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Readers sound off on Israel, an emergency ban on vaping and Brett Kavanaugh


Atlanta: Re “Don backs a Bibi priority ahead of Israeli election,” (Sept. 15): I was struck by two items toward the end of this article. One was the statement on how much Israel receives in military aid from the United States. The other was the statement that the need for a mutual defense treaty had been discussed with the conclusion that such a treaty was unnecessary.

While much has been said about the amount of aid that we send to Israel, very little is mentioned about what Israel contributes to America’s well-being. Of course, America and Israel have common values that go back a long way. But we also share a dedication to combating terrorism, an understanding of the need to prevent radical Islamism from imposing its will on Western civilization and a desire to increase economic development in the Middle East. It’s important for your readers to understand that our aid to Israel is not a one-way street.

The article does not identify the people who have decided that the treaty is not needed. At least one organization, JINSA, is a strong supporter of the treaty. The organization’s motto is “Securing America, Strengthening Israel” and its advisory board is composed of people with government experience drawn from both sides of the aisle. Toby F. Block

Forest Hills: I have never had a more visceral response to an article than “Scenes from the front line” (op-ed, Sept. 15) in Sunday’s Daily News. It had me in tears. Every gun rights activist should be required to read it. Guns in civilian hands do more harm than they could ever do good. Libby Gurgis

Manhattan: There’s a lot of discussion now about Beto O’Rourke’s declaration (threat? promise?) to deny assault weapons to civilians. Meanwhile there are some people who think that the solution is to prevent mentally disturbed persons from buying guns. What I’m wondering is why nobody is considering the obvious: Anyone who wants a gun that can murder a dozen people in less than a minute is mentally disturbed. End of discussion. Carol Robinson

Amityville, L.I.: So I see Gov. Cuomo wants to have an emergency ban on flavored vaping. Once again we’re going to punish adults for the actions of children. The last time I checked, the legal smoking age is 21. Instead of screwing adults, how about getting parents to start parenting their children? And please spare me the “you’re not a parent, so you don’t understand” routine. You can’t keep on expecting government to pass legislation in lieu of parenting. Chris Carman

Manhattan: “Get the facts on e-cigarettes” (editorial, Sept. 14): Now in some states, it’s easier to get a gun than an e-cigarette. I wonder if Big Tobacco had anything to do with the restrictions being imposed on e-cigarettes. After all, Big Tobacco needs people to keep smoking cigarettes. Edward Drossman

Manhattan: I agree with Voicer Stephen Hill about the use of cell phones to go through subway turnstiles. Imagine all the money being wasted to set it up. What should someone do if their phone battery is not charged? And everyone does not have a smartphone. If the reason by the switch is financially based, the MTA should look at all the people who jump turnstiles and enter the backs of buses for free. How often are the paper slips for the Select Bus Service checked? I rarely see anyone checking for those slips. Marilyn Ringel

Massapequa, L.I.: If the city wants more money, and it always does, put police at the Centre and Canal St. subway station. The number of people who just walk through the gate and do not pay is staggering! Jim Miller

Staten Island: In response to Voicer John Puglisi’s letter about declaring the air after 9/11 safe: Finally, yes, absolutely! I constantly talk about that trio — George W. Bush, Rudy Giuliani and the EPA’s Christie Whitman — who walk away untouched. My biggest complaint is about Whitman. I remember her assuring safety, then walking away. They were the ones who allowed the destruction to continue and to grow. Why have they not been called to explain and apologize? It would not be adequate but would be some acknowledgement of their role. Now that Giuliani is back in the press, perhaps some very courageous reporter can investigate why he still congratulates himself over a job that harmed so many already damaged souls. Shame on them all. Kathleen Campbell

Manhattan: I was appalled to learn of the way a 12-year-old girl from Hurricane Dorian-ravaged Abaco Island was torn away from her godmother and sent to a children’s camp (“Bahamian girl, 12, trapped in migrant detention in Florida after escaping Dorian’s onslaught in the Bahamas,” Sept. 11). She was not an unaccompanied minor. She was traveling with an adult. This will affect the young girl for the rest of her life. What kind of administration allows this to occur? A heartless one, devoid of compassion and conscience. All American citizens should take issue with this and speak up. Silence is condoning an irrational, cruel act. For shame! Laurie Jordan

Staten Island: Some of us believed Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. A woman of that stature and respect would not make it up and lie under oath. On the other hand, Kavanaugh would and did. He lied to the president, the FBI and the American public under oath. What does not come out in the wash, comes out in the rinse. Impeachment is too good for him. His fellow justices on the Supreme Court should talk him into resigning. He is tarnishing the Supreme Court, one of the pillars of our justice system. James Smith

Fairfield, Conn.: The problem with all the lies and Sharpie-marked maps is that when this administration might be telling the truth in regards to the drone attack on the oil field, you just cannot believe that their statements are true. There is no way I can believe that pompous Mike Pompeo because of past statements. I would like to believe that the government is telling me the truth, but that unfortunately would be too much of a stretch. Bob Bodo

Massapequa, L.I.: With more than a dozen liberal Democrats running for the presidency of the United States of America, can anyone please explain the absence of the Stars and Stripes from the stage of every debate? I’m thoroughly convinced they all hate this country and what that flag stands for. Tom Ascher

Staten Island: Duh lusional duh Blasio is polling at a humiliating minus 35%, and this #WorstMayorEver still thinks he’s a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. It’s just too bad we still have to put up with this joke of a mayor for another two years. Ugh! Lillian Pennino