In response to the article ("Port, cruise lines object to pilot rate increases," The Daily News, Jan. 5): Who gets a raise during a COVID-19 pandemic? The Galveston-Texas City Pilots Association must not understand cruise ship revenue is non-existent. I find it absolutely incredible that a new, increased rate is being considered at this time.
There are no cruises; 2021 is a very challenging year because of COVID-19 restrictions. The whole country is rushing to vaccinate the entire population.
Port Director Rodger Rees and the Wharves Board have been charged with keeping the Port of Galveston in a strong financial condition with no cruise ship revenue. No parking lot money. No employees who depended upon cruise ship activity.
This is a challenging period in Texas.
I'm afraid greed isn't going to help the local Galveston County unemployed who read this newspaper. I oppose this increase and support a decrease in rates due to economic conditions.