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Readers sound off on Carranza, David Koch and the Red Sox


A city education panel unanimously adopted guidelines meant to diversify school curriculum Wednesday night in a melee of a meeting with protesters hurling accusations of racism at schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. The protesters, mostly Asian parents, showed up at M.S. 131 in Chinatown with shirts labeled “Fire Carranza” to slam what they called divisive leadership that disadvantages Asian and white families, bursting into chants of “fire the racist,” and “Anti-Asian.” (Michael Elsen-Rooney/New York Daily News)
Problematic article on fire Carranza rally

Elmhurst: Your story about a rally to fire Chancellor Richard Carranza states that Charles Vavruska “led parents in protesting” and quoted Matt Gonzales as saying, “It really concerns me that a City Council member is paying or supporting or elevating someone clearly happy to sow divisive behavior among communities of color” (“City Council staffer accused of stoking tensions at protests over DOE’s plans to diversify NYC schools,” Aug. 9).

The first problem is that this article is saying Asian parents are incapable of fighting and rallying ourselves, and that Asian parents need a white man to direct us. It showed outright implicit bias against Asians on all accounts, if not outright Anti-Asian racism. Asian parents organized the events outside IS 30 and IS 131, and many people led chants at both rallies, with Vavruska being one of them. Also, Vavruska has fought alongside the Chinese community for years, from fighting against hotel homeless shelters to fighting for new gifted and talented programs.

Quoting Matt Gonzales, director of the school diversity project of Appleseed, also adds hot air. He could not tolerate white people joining Asian protests calling out Carranza as a racist — meanwhile his job is to promote diversity in New York City schools. Phil Wong

Voicer of reason

Jamaica: I read comments from other Voicers and am always surprised how slanted the comments can be. Is there no clear idea what is right and wrong anymore? People are losing their lives, whether black, white or blue. That is the real shame. Life is not about arguing racial sides or politics. Common sense dictates that when a life is lost, we need to ask the hard question: Is it wrong? Usually yes! Let’s start being better people and respecting life and each other. Stop arguing race and politics and instead argue for the preservation of life. I would rather lose my job or vacation days than lose my life or cause someone to lose their life. Life should be precious to us all. Cliff Lane

RIP Koch

Manhattan: Certainly the totality of David Koch’s life should indicate that an individual, despite being conservative, could be open to other views and in many cases follow objectives that would be considered by many as liberal (“Koch’s legacy,” editorial, Aug. 24). It is obvious from his record that Koch was an independent thinker and that he favored positions that he felt were best for the U.S. despite any party affiliation. We have lost a patriot. Nelson Marans

Boycott Bill

Mountlake Terrace, Wa.: Bill Maher’s comment on David Koch’s passing is absolutely unacceptable. While I generally agree with Maher politically, his comment is a form of hate speech, to say nothing of disrespectful and uncivil. Congratulations, Bill! You are on par with Trump. Maher’s program should be suspended for 90 days. Dianne Daye

Fourth estate

Syosset, L.I.: I don’t know why certain Voicers are castigating the Daily News for their cover depicting Trump presiding at the Last Supper. Trump got the ball rolling by declaring himself “the Chosen One” and by retweeting passages calling him “King of Israel” and the “second coming of God.” The Daily News is only pointing out the ludicrousness of his comments. They are not mocking Christianity. Certain Voicers seem concerned that the paper does not show a certain amount of respect for the president. News flash: The president himself has no respect for the office or for the American people. I applaud the Daily News for not giving into the whole “both sides have equal validity” nonsense. In this day and age, one must confront the truth. The president is nuts, Voicers. Get used to that. Elena Andrusezko

Impossible war

Beechhurst: The Chosen One (Trump imagining himself as the hero who slays the cheating Red Dragon) is finding out the hard way that trade wars are not that good and not so easy to win (“Chosen One chooses chaos,” editorial, Aug. 24). Trump’s bizarre Twitter order for U.S. companies in China to come back home looks like the domestic equivalent of George McGovern’s “Come Home America” plea. Clearly, the ghost of Steve Bannon, that mercantilist mastermind of Trump’s America First economic nationalism, has cast a pall over 45's presidency. In retrospect, Obama’s pursuit of a Trans-Pacific Partnership to curb China’s hegemonic ambitions was perhaps a better strategy option than the Great Disrupter’s risky trade war gambit. James Hyland


Bronx: Why is the Daily News editorial board writing apologies for the Obamas’ post-presidential lifestyle? (“A home well earned,” editorial, Aug. 25). I guess The News belongs to that group of journalists that believe the former president walks on water. In “Obama: From Promise to Power,” David Mendell discovered a Trump-like self-regard in the young state senator from Illinois as he walked around the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. “I’m LeBron, baby. I can play on this level. I got some game.” I think your editorial perspective is obscured by the fanaticism of the Obama cult. We lavish too much praise and taxpayer dollars on former presidents. Personally, I find the purchase price and size of the house obscene. Gene Roman

True New Yorker

East Rockaway: The Daily News holds itself to be “New York’s Hometown Paper.” Imagine my surprise to see a full two-page article on the rise of the Boston Red Sox with homegrown talent (“Yankees-Red Sox ’18 ALDS was more than just another postseason rivalry showdown,” Aug. 25). If I wanted to read that drivel I would have subscribed to a Boston newspaper! Bill Regan

The royals

New Windsor, N.Y.: I agree with Voicer Angie Lopac about the failure to mention the 42nd anniversary of Elvis’s passing. Lest we forget, another singing icon passed on the same day last year, Aretha Franklin. The King of Rock and Roll and the Queen of Soul, two legends gone but their music will live on forever. Maybe you should show a little more R-E-S-P-E-C-T to such musical icons. Rest in peace, Elvis and Aretha. Todd Schuster


Brooklyn: In the article on the tragic death of Samuel Waisbren, your reporter states, “Both the city’s Department of Buildings and the city Department of Investigation are investigating Waisbren’s death to see if the elevator that crushed him was defective” (“Manhattan man crushed by elevator suffered massive injuries to neck and chest,” Aug. 24). Even if the video from the lobby had not existed, I think it’s safe to say that the elevator and/or its mechanics were defective since a man was crushed to death by said elevator. My condolences to Waisbren’s family and friends. Kris Tapper

A reminder

Secaucus, N.J.: In my opinion, the only design I would choose to use on the new license plates being issued in New York is a depiction of the Twin Towers. Having this image on cars, buses and trucks registered in New York will go a long way in helping fulfill our promise to “Never Forget.” Edith Cardaci