Regarding “Immigrants reversing the routine” [News, July 29], I would like to lay out the daily trip I once took from Long Island to Manhattan.
I walked three or four blocks to Hempstead Turnpike, took the bus to 168th Street and Jamaica Avenue, caught the J train to Manhattan and walked four blocks to my job. The walks, bus and train took about 1 1⁄2 hours, and that was on a good day, just one way. I did the same to get home, for a total time of about 11 hours.
Only after about eight years, when I got a raise, was I able to afford to take the Long Island Rail Road into Brooklyn, and subways into Manhattan.
Not only immigrants, but U.S.-born workers as well, spend large parts of our day going to and from home and work.
Thomas Smith, Riverhead
Why devote a page and a half to immigrants’ reverse commutes to their jobs? What makes their plight any more difficult than other commuters’? How about those such as myself who traveled 2 1⁄2 hours each way to work just to make better lives for their families? Is there a subliminal message that Newsday or reporter Matthew Chayes is attempting to convey?
Stew McMullan, Wading River