The Women's March of Jan. 20, 2018, in London, above,...

The Women's March of Jan. 20, 2018, in London, above, and around the world was inspired by the Time's Up movement against sexual abuse. Credit: Getty Images / Chris J Ratcliffe

Women’s March not just about victims

For columnist Cathy Young to suggest that “female victimhood” and “violent patriarchy” are reasons behind the Women’s March is to display her opinion in what is not gender warfare but instead class warfare [“Gender gap could become a canyon,” Opinion, Jan. 23].

Seventy percent of mothers with children younger than 18 participate in the labor force, with more than 75 percent employed full time, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In many instances, they’re single parents. Women also care for their parents, must educate themselves, pay to educate their children and survive under a government that offers little or no help.

Unlike Norway, which offers excellent government-supported childcare, free college education and universal public health care, women in the United States have little support and must scramble for what little is available.

The Republican Party, as exhibited by its leadership, and its antipathy toward programs that help women, are factors in the Women’s March. These programs include Planned Parenthood, affordable health care, availability of child care and equal treatment as workers that includes equal pay.

The march is about way more than female victimhood; it’s about survival under a government that seems to have no clue what life is like for most people.

Jeanette Marinese, Huntington Station

NY should put a fee on carbon emissions

Although Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget for fiscal 2018-19 appears committed to climate and energy concerns, his efforts fall short of the bold actions we need to ensure the protection of our fragile communities, such as Long Beach, where I’ve lived for nearly 30 years [“What’s in the budget for LI,” News, Jan. 17].

I would like to see the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act passed. Among other things, this would establish a state climate action council, which would report regularly on greenhouse gas emissions.

I also encourage the governor to put a price on climate pollution that holds polluters accountable. A modest fee, for example, one that begins at $35 per ton of emissions, would allow New York to continue to invest in the transition to 100 percent renewable energy generation statewide.

This would not only be in the best interest of our great state, but also could serve as a model for the nation and the world.

Susan Vinci, Long Beach

Editor’s note: The writer is a volunteer for New York Renews, a coalition of organizations advocating for good jobs and renewable energy.


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