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The chaplain’s insult

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

The Sanitation Department chaplain, the Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., outraged New Yorkers by calling our city a “plantation” during Mayor de Blasio’s inauguration.

The media focused on his tasteless remark, but ignored a bigger outrage. Why does the Sanitation Department need a chaplain?

Unlike cops and firefighters, sanitation workers don’t put their lives on the line when they do their job. Collecting garbage is a grueling job requiring strength, endurance and a strong tolerance for bad odors, but those who do it usually don’t risk sudden death or life-threatening injury. They return home safely.

Does Chaplain Lucas administer last rites to lower back pain victims or bless those suffering from torn ligaments? His job must be thrown out, just like the garbage his employer collects.

Richard Reif

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • DSNY_NY posted at 3:14 pm on Tue, Jan 14, 2014.

    DSNY_NY Posts: 1

    Funny how Richard Reif of Flushing sounds completely clueeless to what is going on around him. Sanitation workers risk their lives EVERYDAY by being on the streets dealing with people like yourself.

    AS per Forbes:
    The 10 Deadliest Jobs:

    1. Logging workers
    2. Fishers and related fishing workers
    3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers
    4. Roofers
    5. Structural iron and steel workers
    6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors (SANITATION)
    7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
    8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers
    9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
    10. Construction laborers

    I do not see POLICE OR FIREMAN on this list.

    Get your facts straight before you open your mouth. By the way take the test and stop being so Jealous.