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Readers sound off on rodeos, the Endangered Species Act and helping the homeless


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An MSG rodeo is just plain cruel

Tuckahoe, N.Y.: Madison Square Garden will be hosting a rodeo next year, even though these cruel, vicious events have been banned or restricted all over; how shameful that MSG welcomes them.

Since the rodeo crowd defends this blatant animal abuse as Americana, can we assume we will be seeing black people in chains — another sad aspect of Americana — at this event? Will we also look forward to seeing little children laboring in unhealthy, unsafe sweatshop-like conditions — also part of Americana — at the Garden? Of course not; we won’t see any of those American “traditions” — only the horrific forced bucking of otherwise peaceful bulls and horses, thugs yanking steers’ heads by the horns, chasing frightened sheep and slamming them down to tie their legs up, and other atrocities done to those who can’t complain. Americana changed for everyone but those who have no voice.

Animals have died during these events. If they did this to dogs and cats, rodeo people would be charged with abuse offenses. Unfortunately, old laws exempt farm animals from most cruelty statutes. But decent people will not attend this monstrosity; decent people will stand up to rodeo cowards and say no! We reject harming sentient beings for entertainment. Decent people will look past the Americana pretense and tell rodeo perpetrators to get out of New York City. Kiley Blackman

Teach them young

Clifton Park, N.Y.: Should we blame the boys for pretending to throttle the cutout of AOC, for groping her, and for their lack of respect (“Boys will be boys,” Aug. 6)? Or should we blame their parents for not teaching their sons to be respectful, compassionate, and accountable for their behavior? Unless we reevaluate the boys-will-be-boys theory and the suffocating influence of the Old Boys’ Club, we are going to lose our civilized world, or what is left of it, to the whims of grown-up bullies. Annu Subramanian


Charlotte, N.C.: I’d be interested in hearing Ken Cuccinelli’s interpretation of the Second Amendment. Ron Turek


Brooklyn: To writer Jorge Muñiz claiming victory against ICE raids, (“How Sunset Park thwarted ICE,” op-ed, July 27): You talk about the illegal immigrants in Sunset Park like they are celebrities. I wouldn’t be surprised if you are here illegally. As a retired cop who worked the area, I know first hand how the illegals impact quality of life there. I only wish ICE will keep coming and send all illegals back to wherever they came from. Let’s see if the Daily News prints this. Mike Lopez

Species claim

Whitestone: Our genius president has sunk to a new low. Repealing the Endangered Species Act is one of the most dangerous ideas he’s come up with. Climate change is real, clean air is real, clean water is real. Check with your poor excuse of a family. Defending the lives of all animals is so important to our planet and to all human beings. I’m sure your grandchildren would agree. Go ahead and ask them. I dare you. But then again, I repeat, it’s important to all human beings. Sorry to say that does not include Donald Trump, who is not a member of the human race. Audrey Wolfe

Yes, officer

Brooklyn: Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman gets pulled over by police with guns drawn. He did not wind up getting shot. Why? Some people might say because he is a white man. Wrong! It all turned out well because, even though he knew that he did absolutely nothing wrong, he complied with the police officer’s orders! Andrew Feinstein

Hypothetical answer

New Rochelle, N.Y.: Voicer Thomas J. Mullen proposes a fascinating and difficult conundrum here. If someone douses a police officer with an unidentified substance and the officer feels threatened, it would be difficult to accuse him of shooting unreasonably. It would be better if he de-escalated what might be a case of suicide by cop, but nobody would think the policeman unreasonable in feeling under attack and wondering what next. Karen Silver

If it sells...

Brooklyn: Your headline “Kung Pow” (Aug. 14) regarding the miscreants throwing Chinese food at police officers is an insult to all law enforcement. I’m a retired NYPD detective and this would have never happened during my time. Your newspaper only incites these despicable displays of lawlessness in New York City. The Daily News said the “enraged noodle strewn cop” took after the culprit. Did you interview the cop and asked him his feelings at the time? Absolutely not. You’re just trying to sell more papers with your insulting headlines. Please report the news and don’t embellish the facts. How soon before the next copycat does this. Alan V. Garvey

Shame! Shame!

West Nyack, N.Y.: Voicer Andrew Nace-Enzminger wrote: “The NYPD officers being doused in water are lucky to be alive.” This is a disgusting thought. Police officers deal with the worst kind of people on a regular basis. And while a small percentage have turned bad, the idea that millions of Americans are smiling as they die is abhorrent. Please read the history of each person involved before making rash stupid statements. Don’t watch a single news station and think you have the truth. Shame on Nace-Enzminger for his disgusting letter. And shame on the Daily News for printing this anti-cop garbage disguised as someone trying to do better. William Wagner

That’s inconvenient

Ridgewood: So, Department of Transportation, what right do you have to just remove two bus stops along the B38 route for no reason? Sure, you put a sign up, but it was not enough notice and the MTA didn’t know. When I called to ask them, they told me they belong to you. And now you’re getting rid of a popular bus stop, making people with disabilities and old people have to travel a few blocks. What nerve. Amy Marino

Great idea!

Manhattan: Why, oh why, is there no Bramhall coffee-table book or some year-end synopses? A sure sell. Chris Job


Staten Island: Hello! Your newspaper continues to be the very very best! You are awesome! And perfect and wonderful! Keep up the great work! Eva Tortora

Wake-up call

Jackson Heights: Those who refer to New York City as “The City That Never Sleeps” should take a tour of the city’s subway system. Homeless people are sprawled across rows of seats on trains, or camped out in stations. It appears these are the only places some of the unfortunate homeless can sleep. Mayor de Blasio, these New Yorkers need your help. Somebody has to wake up. Glenn B. Jacobi