Nichelle Nichols was positive role model; Adopt Caven Point protection bill; Ban hidden fees on concert tickets | Letters

Nichelle Nichols was positive role model; Adopt Caven Point protection bill; Ban hidden fees on concert tickets | Letters

Nichelle Nichols broke barriers in TV role

Nichelle Nichols was one of the first Black women featured in a major television series. Her prominent supporting role as a bridge officer on the starship “Enterprise” was revolutionary. As Lieutenant Uhura, Nichols became a positive role model for Black children and young women across the nation. Lieutenant Uhura allowed young viewers of Star Trek to see Black people as equals. Indeed, for the first time on television, Nichelle Nichols’ portrayal of Nyota Uhura gave Star Trek fans the opportunity to see Black people – especially Black Women – as intelligent, contributing members of a group.

In her role as Lieutenant Uhura, Nichols kissed white actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the Nov. 22, 1968, Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren.” This episode is frequently cited as the first example of an interracial kiss on national television. The William Shatner – Nichelle Nichols kiss was seen as rather unorthodox, quite shocking; and, yet, simultaneously, very mold-shattering and ground-breaking.

Nichelle Nichols helped to lay the foundation for a society receptive to equality. Nichelle Nichols drove home the important lesson of Star Trek. Specifically, diversity makes society stronger.  That said, it is up to us to embrace diversity; and, by doing so, live up to Lieutenant Uhura’s example. It is up to all of us to replace bigotry, discrimination, and hatred with tolerance, acceptance, and compassion.

John Di Genio, Jersey City

Pass the Caven Point protection bill

I’m getting too old to worry year, after year, after year, about Caven Point and the migratory birds that need the area.

Bill S2956 must be passed to once and for all protect LSP’s priceless and irreplaceable urban Caven Point Natural Area.

Passing the bill is the right thing to do for today’s citizens and future generations.

Tammy Laverty, Ridgefield Park

Ban hidden fees on concert tickets

We all must take into consideration that a private concert stadium in Liberty State Park would not be able to offer the community and its taxpayers of Jersey City the services that we are entitled to receive from a park for which taxpayers pay taxes.

After you select seats and reach the payment screen, Ticketmaster notifies you of a $4.20-per-ticket “service fee,” plus a $3.30 “order processing fee.” For a single ticket, the $15 advertised price is in fact $22.50 — an increase of 50 percent. As most consumers know, such hidden fees are common.

New York has a bill to ban hidden fees on concert tickets. The bill, which is awaiting Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature, requires ticket pages for N.Y. events, both primary and resale, to show any and all fees.

New York requires upfront ticket fees with the new law. Hidden fees on concert tickets will be banned… Legislation in New York State will require ticketing companies to show “all-in” ticket prices that show all inclusive and ancillary fees. In almost all cases, Ticketmaster adds a service fee (also known as a convenience charge) to the face value price, or in the case of a resale.

How much would a concert ticket cost for popular stars to perform in Liberty State Park and how much would be supplemented by the taxpayers?

Support Bill S2956, the Liberty State Park Caven Point Protection Bill.

Rosalyn Waters-Maxwell, Jersey City

Landlords’ credit should be checked

Just like landlords want to do a background check/credit check, a tenant should do one on the landlord. My wife and I lived in a house for almost 15 years. When we asked the landlord to fix something this particular landlord acted like he was in poverty. So beware, check out the potential landlord.

Jonathan Dale Sr., Jersey City

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