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Readers sound off on electoral fusion, the U.S. post-9/11, and Serena Williams


Brooklyn: Your Sept. 6 editorial, “Sin of commission,” incorrectly asserted that “the Working Families, Green, Conservative, Independence and other minor parties rely on (fusion/cross-endorsements) for their survival.”

The Green Party of New York does not engage in and does not support the practice of electoral fusion, and we take umbrage with the claim that we support it. Our position on fusion is the exact opposite of what the Daily News wrote: We support a ban on the practice, and believe its use is detrimental to democracy. Party members are prepared to testify in front of the Public Campaign Finance Commission to such effect, as its ban is within the purview of the commission.

The Green Party is the only third party in New York to consistently run its own candidates on its own platform. We have remained a ballot status party for three consecutive election cycles while running our own gubernatorial candidate. In our view, parties that engage in ballot-line fusion tend to become patronage parties that sell ballot lines for access. Instead of fusion, we should adopt ranked-choice voting and proportional representation, which would do far more to empower voters.

Fusion also permits opportunity-to-ballot, which allows candidates to steal ballot lines from other parties, often by having party members reregister in smaller parties so they can sign OTB petitions. The Green Party has dealt with this undemocratic practice for years, and we hope a fusion ban will also put an end to it. Peter LaVenia Jr. and Gloria Mattera, co-chairs, Green Party of New York

Forked River, N.J.: I watched the name-reading ceremony of those lost at the World Trade Center for the first time. A family member used his few moments up there to lash out at a U.S. congresswoman. We all understand this man’s grief and anger, but whether you agree with him or not, that ceremony is for the families to remind the world of the loved one they lost that day. It is not meant to be a political podium. Of course, Sean Hannity brought him on his show because Hannity lives to throw fuel on the fire of this country’s divisions. Back in 2001, I went to the wound left in America’s heart and I stood among the crowds as the trucks and busloads of those who had just finished their shift in the rubble drove by, looking weary and covered in dust and sweat. We cheered and applauded them as they were driven by. No one cared which party you voted for. We were all one. We were all Americans. Nowadays, I’m reminded of that line Marlon Brando says as Don Corleone in “The Godfather,” after lots of pain and loss: “How did things ever get so far?” Jim Hughes

Manhattan: Flying the American flag on Sept. 11 is a symbol of respect to all that the day represents: the people tragically killed, the heroes who lost their lives trying to save others, our service members who fight terrorism and the tremendous in change how the world lives today. I walk past Saks Fifth Avenue every day and noticed that the flags flying the last few weeks were looking worn. Hundreds of people work there on a daily basis, including window and building designers and I was certain that clean, bright flags would appear on the morning of 9/11, similar to the ones at Rockefeller Center. That was not the case. I pointed this out to the store manager and he agreed that the flags should have been replaced. How sad when more attention is placed on the correct lighting in the display case to highlight the pocketbooks then what truly matters. Elizabeth Bettina Nicolosi

Wilkes Barre, Pa.: With sadness I read through the names of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. I then recalled Donald Trump had scheduled a meeting, at Camp David with the Taliban. I find it almost impossible that any human, regardless of one’s position in life, would allow the Taliban on U.S. soil. Maureen Rudnicki

Oceanside, L.I.: As we reflect on the solemn day of 9/11, with all of its mourning, suffering, tears and loss, the answers to the questions “are we better as a nation?” and “are we more together than divided?” are both shockingly in the negative. With all of the sadness, we have to acknowledge that we are not better, but angrier and less tolerant of each other. We have not learned anything or grown as a country through this tragedy and its aftermath. Tony Giametta

Millburn, N.J.: Re “Serena Williams falls short again at the U.S. Open, and winning that elusive 24th major won’t get any easier from here” (Sept. 7): This year marked a milestone for Serena Williams and me at the U.S. Open. She won her 101st victory there and I dislocated my pointer finger cheering her on. As an avid tennis player and fanatic Serena fan, I have been rooting for her for the past 20 years. Really some serious cheering. I love Serena: her drive, fight, catsuit and courteousness. Saturday’s final was going to be a special day for us. But it didn’t go as we hoped. Driving one-handed on Sunday and feeling post-match blues, it occurred to me that while we lost, Serena has made a middle-aged white woman feel wholeheartedly at one with a younger black woman. In a country so divided, it felt like the greatest victory of all. Wendy Missan

South Wellfleet, Mass.: President Trump has proposed banning flavored e-cigarettes due to serious health-hazards — but in response to the ongoing mass shootings in this country it’s just more “thoughts and prayers.” Go figure. Mike Rice

Edison, N.J.: To Voicer David Fantaci: Way to go! High five! You stated that absurd trash that is passed off as legitimate news is one of the contributing factors that put Trump in the Oval Office. Well said. Also love your phrase “the pollution of the media landscape,” which I suspect is the reason why more people with the right and responsibility to vote know the names of Kim Kardashian’s children than the names of the people running for the Democratic nomination for president. Colleen Passafiume

Brooklyn: Since you animal rights activists think the way Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams proposed killing rats is inhumane, maybe I should catch the hundreds of rats that are running wild in our neighborhoods and have them shipped to where you live. Let’s see how you will feel once they have invaded your property and menaced your families with their filth and diseases. Lawrence Dubois