Chicago: This is National Voter Registration Day. There needs to be a class called “World News Today” in every elementary school, high school and college in America. It seems to me, many people don’t understand the repercussions of not voting. When you talk to students about world news, they begin to develop their own opinions about what’s happening in the world, to our planet, the state of the economy, what’s going on in other countries, who are our allies are, and who we’re at war with and why.
It is simply not enough to register people to vote without educating them about many of the issues that impact their daily lives. That’s pushing the cart before the horse. Most folks don’t know who their senator is, much less congressperson. If you want to compel people to vote, America must start doing a better job of educating its citizens.
A lot of good folks died for the right to vote in this country. The fact of the matter is, no citizen should be allowed to even work without being registered to vote.
“We the people” used to mean something in the United States, but how do you morally defend a country that you know nothing about? William J. Booker
Staten Island: Re “How did our boy die?” (Sept. 23): Once again, a truck driver has killed a cyclist when he made a right turn into the cyclist. It is a widely known issue with large trucks that their drivers often have difficulty seeing objects on their right side due to blind spots in the coverage of their mirrors. This has happened again and again in New York City and elsewhere. A study should be done to determine if blind-spot or poor visibility area cameras would reduce these incidents. Passenger cars already have back-up cameras and blind-spot alert systems to prevent accidents. Why not trucks? Anthony Jackson
Brooklyn: Business and property owners are right in saying the Department of Transportation is putting a new bus lane in in Ridgewood to serve as a cash grab, not to speed bus service. Look at history: Over storeowner protests, the DOT installed dedicated bus lanes on Fulton St. in Brooklyn last year to “speed bus service.” The buses still poke along. What the lanes did facilitate is ticketing and towing, a robust business for the city on Fulton now. Fulton businesses, by contrast, are struggling — as they are in Ridgewood and everywhere else in this anti-small business city. The DOT can be relied on for dishonesty, not to mention disingenuousness. Schellie Hagan
Howard Beach: Donald Trump said he had a beautiful conversation with the president of Ukraine and that he would like to see the transcript released. Well here’s a suggestion for Trump: Pick up the phone, call your acting director of national intelligence and tell him to release the transcript. Problem solved. Barbara Berg
Manhattan: The climate strike is not just a children’s crusade. I am 61 years old, and I was there, holding up a cardboard wind turbine representing renewable energy, and desperately hoping decision-makers would finally understand the urgency of the climate crisis. (Listen up, Mayor de Blasio: We need renewable power to run the city.) I marched with a group of adults, including many retirees. There were union groups, professional groups and a group of indigenous people. The younger you are, the more climate damage you will see and feel in your possibly shortened lifetime, but that doesn’t mean older people get a pass on acting in this emergency. Laurie Joan Aron
East Orange, N.J.: To Voicers John Lemandri and Vin Morabito: To equate painting a face green to imitate a Martian, or white, red, yellow and blue to represent Ronald McDonald, or orange to represent Donald Trump, with the use of blackface shows no understanding of the horrors that blackface represents. Blackface represents a negative caricature of black people and contributed to the spread of racist images, attitudes and racial stereotypes. These stereotypes dehumanized their subjects and served as justification for their mistreatment and subjugation. Blackface has a long and ugly history in the U.S. and around the world. Maybe you should apologize for your ignorance. Ellen Moxley
Staten Island: Re: Voicer John Lemandri’s insensitive letter: Painting your face green offends no one as there are no Martians here at this time. However, painting your face black or brown is offensive as there are black and brown people here and they do matter. Get it? Lorri Thompson
Manhattan: Just a note to tell the Daily News how much I enjoy reading sportswriter Deesha Thosar’s lively reporting on the Mets. I was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan who, like so many other jilted lovers of Dem Bums, turned my (however misguided) affections to the Mets upon their inception in 1962. Thosar’s writing, replete with rich details, makes me feel as though I have personally been present in Citi Field at each game. Thanks, Deesha, and keep up the good work! Elaine Schechter
Brooklyn: As a die hard Yankee and Jets fan I find myself, who has despised both the Mets and Giants through the years, kind of tugging, not pulling, for both teams to do well. I have enjoyed watching the new guys Pete Alonso reaching the 50 homer mark, Jeff McNeil batting .325 plus Jake deGrom do his normal pitching wizardry. As for the Giants, how exciting was watching Daniel Jones drive the team for the final touchdown and win? And don’t say, “If the kicker made the field goal, they would have lost.” That’s how the Giants won the 1991 Super Bowl. Wide right! Bill Brown
Bronx: I was driving down Fifth Ave. this weekend and noticed the hundreds of police and sanitation workers gathered about for a parade. I was wondering how much this all cost the taxpayers. There is also an army of laborers constructing the grandstands and putting up barriers. How much does this cost the taxpayers.? Don’t you think this money could be spent better elsewhere? Not only are these parades costly but they interfere with traffic and the movement of people going to and from work. Kevin Riese
Little Ferry, N.J.: To Voicer Stew Frimer: It’s obvious you don’t get it. People who say “if I offended you” are only trying to be polite because what they really mean is, “Sorry you’re so worried about being politically correct that you refuse to see what’s in front of your face.” When you’re grown up enough to stop worrying about everyone’s feelings we can start to move forward. In the meantime, we’ll stay in liberal stagnation demonizing things people did or even said ages ago. Tom Rogan