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December 18, 2018

Accept Roseanne & ‘Roseanne’

May 31, 2018
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Accept Roseanne and ‘Roseanne’

West Islip, L.I.: Why should Valerie Jarrett not get the same treatment that our U.S. President Donald Trump gets every single night from the Hollywood cult? This was one remark. Most nights, our President is ridiculed, abused and verbally insulted by Jimmy Fallon. It’s all freedom of speech, so they say. Carmel Harrigan

Above it all

Port Jefferson, L.I.: The only reason ABC canceled “Roseanne” is because they are Trump haters. They are just a bunch of left-wing liberals taking the high moral ground of people with a lot of money who don’t give a crap about anybody but themselves. They are Harvey Weinstein-style pieces of crap who abuse regular folks who work hard each and every day, with no maids, no butlers, no drivers, no bodyguards, no gates on our homes, just trying to make ends meet, pay bills and take care of our families. Grace Fornatora




Keep the show

Bayside: I think they should keep the new show and just get rid of Roseanne. Why should all those people, actors and people behind the scenes, be out of work because of one person? Julia Maley

What a joke

Wallington, N.J.: Doesn’t anyone understand Roseanne Barr is a comedian? I’ve heard way worse Polish jokes, and no one gets crazy over it. Everyone needs to get a sense of humor. She was joking! Ronnie Partyka Deckert

White, not right

Manhattan: My ancestry is about 30% German and 28% Anglo-Saxon, plus a smattering of other northern European ethnic groups. Most of the time, I don’t take credit for the good things other white folks have done, and I don’t accept blame for the bad things other white folks have done. But all rules have exceptions. Roseanne: You make me ashamed of being white. John Stout

They hate him

Carlstadt, N.J.: Why haven’t NBC, CBS or ABC pulled the plug on Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel or Stephen Colbert? They say horrible things about our President! ABC is not a supporter of real people. They hate our President. It’s a double standard: Men can say and do ugly things and it’s OK. When a woman who happens to like our President does it, she’s crucified. America happens to like Roseanne because she feels and says things we all agree about. Shame on ABC. Other than “General Hospital” and “Kelly and Ryan,” there’s no reason for me to watch a channel that dislikes my President. Geri Sabia

Hypocrites!

Mamaroneck, N.Y.: While I do not condone Roseanne Barr’s comments, this incident once again displays the hypocrisy of the liberals in the media and entertainment world. Roseanne’s show was canceled due to her comments, but people like Michelle Wolf, Samantha Bee and Joy Behar are allowed to constantly spew their venom about Trump and the conservatives on the air with no repercussions. This double standard must be eliminated. Ted Rallis

Puerto Rico matters more

Humacao, P.R.: I am writing because I am appalled at how the news media would find foulmouthed Roseanne Barr’s rant on Twitter to be so much more newsworthy than the death toll in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria! According to Harvard’s study, 4,645 Americans died in Puerto Rico due to Maria. The death toll from Hurricane Katrina was 1,833. I don’t mean to belittle the tragedy in New Orleans, but the death toll in Puerto Rico is almost three times greater, yet Roseanne Barr is considered much more newsworthy. Puerto Ricans are Americans, but once again are treated like second-class citizens. Karen A. Rubianes

Unbecoming of Muppets

Brooklyn: Shame on you, Henson Co. (” ‘Street’ Brawl!” May 30)! Jim must be rolling over in his grave with the news that “The Happytime Murders” is being released in August — what trash it sounds like! Jim’s work always appreciated the innocence and cuteness of childhood — and a lot of us grownups appreciated (and still appreciate) the show well into the millennium. Henson would have never allowed “explicit, profane, drug-using, violent . . . puppets” in any of his productions! You’ve taken away a lot of innocence — not to mention the possibility that the “Sesame Street” reputation and brand have been ruined. Sesame Workshop has worked for nearly 50 years to build, cultivate and maintain trust with both parents and kids, based on its reputation for wholesome, educational programming — something apparently you guys at Henson Co. seem to have forgotten. Please, please, please drop the “No Sesame. All Street” tag line and take the “Sesame Street” name off your trashy production. Andrea Wiener

Game over

Woodhaven: Play “The Star-Spangled Banner” after the game. Let the players take a knee then — there will be no one in the stands to see it. Neil C. Giannelli

Message on the field

Manhattan: Playing the national anthem is a custom and standing for it is a custom. It has nothing to do with patriotism. Serving your country or working to correct a wrong in this country is patriotism. Anybody can stand; it is a meaningless custom. These players, many of whom are African-American, are entertaining you fans, and if they have a problem with racial injustice, they have a constitutional right to kneel. They have worked hard to get into the NFL, and as celebrities, their act of kneeling conveys a more powerful message than if it had come from the average person. In case you haven’t noticed, African-Americans have been targeted by the police, and killed by the police. If you have a problem with the kneeling, turn away or skip watching the game. That is your right, just as it is the right of the players to kneel. Peter Goodridge

Level playing field

Brooklyn: What the hell happened to football? Last time I looked, it was a cannibalistic sport, like gladiators inflicting harm on the opposing team. Now it’s a political statement. Where would these players be if not here, making millions of dollars? This is the United States of America. We are all under one roof. If you reject the national anthem of this country, get out and play somewhere else. This is the country you have chosen to play football in for big bucks. Don’t diss us. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Rita Leslie

Fire Sessions

Dayton, Ohio: So President Trump regrets that he picked Jeff Sessions as attorney general. A cabinet member can be fired by the President at any time for any reason. Since Trump believes he made a mistake selecting Sessions, he can fix it by firing him. Few mistakes are as easy to fix as this one. Vic Presutti

Look every which way

Brooklyn: Please use common sense when crossing the street. Putting your head down or burying your head in your phone is dangerous and irresponsible; exercising your right of way with arrogance and without caution could result in a trip to the hospital or worse! James Prevete

Cold shoulder

Yonkers: After correctly getting a summons for driving his motorcycle on the shoulder of a highway, a fireman — a supervisor, no less — cried that he was disrespected in front of his 5-year-old son (“Road battle,” May 29). Waaaaaaaaaah! Does the fireman want a hug from the cop to make everything better? Tom Deering

Track to the future

Rego Park: Re “It’s the housing, stupid” (editorial, May 29): Actually, it’s stupid policy decisions that brought us to this crisis. Real estate industry-funded think tanks like the Furman Center push for more density in established neighborhoods that just happen to be well-served by mass transit. While getting more than $7 billion in annual real estate tax breaks, the industry takes little responsibility for the ensuing homelessness, job losses, traffic and school crowding. Instead of following industry prescriptions for packing in more units and easy profits, our elected officials must show some leadership. Why not expand subways to underserved areas, encourage smart development around new transit hubs, and siphon off some of the profits to permanently fund mass transit and infrastructure? The city found $4 billion to extend the 7 train to Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side where no one lived. Surely similar investments can smartly accommodate our housing and transportation needs. Arthur L. Miller







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