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Readers sound off on Colin Kaepernick, dancing police officers, and guns

2019-09-07

Kaepernick made his own choices. (Andrew Schwartz/for New York Daily News)
Kaepernick fight is good business

Belle Harbor: Once again, the insufferably smug Mike Lupica goes off on a self-righteous rant, lecturing us all on the Kaepernick controversy (“Colts backup QB search just latest reminder Colin Kaepernick not welcome in the NFL,” column, Aug. 31). Before you pontificate any further, Mike, get your facts straight: Kaepernick is not out of a job because of his political beliefs, but because of how he demonstrated them on the field. No one — not me, not you and not Kaepernick — has unlimited First Amendment rights while they are at work. Thirty-two NFL teams determined his conduct was detrimental to business and declined to employ him, a perfectly sound business decision. And by the way, let’s stop making Kaepernick out to be some sort of MLK-like martyr. Remember, he not only knelt for the anthem but he called cops murderers, wore socks depicting cops as pigs during practice, and praised Fidel Castro, one of the greatest butchers of the 20th century. I’ll save my sympathy and outrage for those more deserving. Even though your editors have allowed the sports section to frequently descend into a leftist screed, I’d stick to sports, Mike, if I were you. At least you have a bit of credibility there. Bobby Nelsen

He made his bed

Wantagh, L.I.: To Mike Lupica: Do I think Colin Kaepernick deserves a chance? Absolutely, although he probably will never get it. He took a stance and now has to live with the consequences. I hope he’s content with his decision. The reality of the situation is that nobody even cares. And now he’s unemployed. There are a lot of things I would like to do and say at my job, I’m just not dumb enough to go through with them. Richard Banks

Power grab

Bronx: I had to laugh after reading Voicer and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ recent letter attacking PBA President Patrick Lynch. Public advocate is probably the most useless position in city government and Williams is just the man for that job. He has politicized cop-hating to benefit himself while his idea of progress is rampant homelessness, failing public schools, dilapidated public housing, an out-of-control fentanyl problem and a horrendous transit system. Safer streets don’t happen on their own. They have been accomplished through great sacrifice by our underpaid and underappreciated men and women in blue. But bashing cops and their union has become the key to political power in New York City. It worked for Bill de Blasio, and for Williams. That’s what it’s really all about. Charles T. Compton

Party police

Brooklyn: I think the police officers who were videotaped dancing with the West Indies ladies should be suspended or relocated to another borough (“SEE IT: Another video surfaces of a cop having too good a time with dancer at West Indian Day Parade,” Sept. 3). This is definitely bad conduct for members of a police force who are paid to protect people from violence at the parade and were not doing their job. They set a bad example by their behavior. Charlie Pisano

Hide and seek

Nutley, N.J.: Where oh where has Mitch gone? Gone to protect Trump in any way he can. Where oh where has Mitch gone? Gone to be absent and not protect our elections. Where oh where has Mitch gone? Gone so he can refuse to bring bills passed by the House to the Senate floor. Need I go on? Mitch McConnell’s an obstructionist. Sad. Really so sad for our country. Elaine Bucino

Obedient Trump

Yorktown Heights, N.Y.: S.E. Cupp’s column was correct (“Trump just wants to look tough," Sept. 4). President Trump is the most powerful man on the planet. It’s time he told Wayne LaPierre his solutions on mass shootings instead of the other way around. Anthony Vegliante

Cynic

Bayonne: Since the NRA fails to approve any redesign of gun manufacturing, how about reinstating New York State’s former Rockefeller Laws and throwing anyone found with an unlicensed firearm on them into prison for years? Oh, that’s right, such acts have been declared cruel and unjust punishment and are therefore unconstitutional. Onward to the next gun massacre, sadly enough, in just a few weeks time. Peter A. deMatteo

Democracy inaction

Brooklyn: When it comes to voices for change, crowd size matters. They are taking it to the streets in Hong Kong for all the correct reasons. Where are the people of these no longer United States? Barry Brothers

High standards

Manhattan: Regarding “NYCHA general manager Vito Mustaciuolo cultivates toxic work environment, driving away high-level women staffers, current and former authority employees say,” (Aug. 27): I am an attorney who represents tenants and tenants’ associations in New York City. Often in the course of representing tenant groups, advocates must call upon New York City agencies, especially Housing Preservation and Development, to protect tenants from indifferent and often harmful landlords. Over the years, I have spoken directly with Mustaciuolo, prior to his moving from HPD to NYCHA, in order to alert HPD of especially harmful actions by landlords and dangerous conditions within a building under HPD’s jurisdiction. He always listened and took immediate action when necessary and appropriate. To my mind, he was an outstanding public servant who sought always to do the right thing. I also know that he was incredibly accessible; tenants would often report to me that if they had a particularly difficult problem, Mr. Mustaciuolo would take their calls and personally assure those tenants that their concerns would be addressed. I do not know what went on within the walls of HPD or NYCHA but I sense that he may have also expected an equal commitment from his staff to do the right thing. John D. Gorman

Comic relief

Milford, Pa.: As a former New Yorker, I had a good laugh reading Voicer Tom Newby’s letter. I think we should give him exactly what he wants: ban all autos in the city and force everyone to use mass transit. Can the MTA handle all the extra volume? Also, with no cars there will be no license fees, registration fees and taxes that drivers pay. No toll revenue either. Auto mechanics and auto parts stores would go out of business. Don’t forget about parking meters and ticket revenue (red light and speed cameras too). Do you see where I’m going with this? I think we should try it for one year as a trial. Let me know how it works out. Robert K. Greco

Safety PSA

Whitestone: To the teen driver who blew through the red light and killed the cyclist: May you spend the rest of your life trying to make up for that life. And to all motorists: Drive like your life depends on it. Drive like my life depends on it. God have mercy on us all. Sally DeFelice