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Readers sound off on Robert Moses, Felicity Huffman’s sentencing and national politics


Babylon, L.I.: New Yorkers should continue to celebrate and admire Robert Moses because he created the New York that we know and the New York that functions. It is argued by Jason Haber that Moses should be shunned because he may have been a racist (“Robert Moses’ name should be mud,” op-ed, Sept. 15). But Moses successfully built middle class housing on a scale not since repeated. He built a transportation infrastructure that supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and he created New York’s admired state park system. His legacy positively affects all of us. However, those that have benefited the most from his work are working class New Yorkers and those that have newly arrived here.

We honor Moses because he showed that government power can be harnessed and directed towards public works that make a difference in all of our lives. We must not lose that lesson to the desire to subject the irrelevant thoughts of yesterday’s men to today’s standards. Moreover, Moses is not here to defend himself as to what was in his heart and mind. His works are here, and they say that he cared for all New Yorkers. David Bishop

Manhattan: Felicity Huffman went from “Desperate Housewife" to “Desperate Felon.” Her apology was probably written by a publicist to gain sympathy for her. Whatever sympathy there is should be for her family who have to live with the crime. Allan Chase

Richmond Hill: Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to prison time for her crime of stealing the chance for a deserving student to get into a college they earned. Two weeks is not enough. Every parent who broke the law to sneak their undeserving kid into a good school should do real time. All their kids should have to visit them and see what kind of low lives they have for kin. The fines they have to pay should go to a fund for real deserving students. Robert Clolery

Staten Island: Re Felicity Huffman’s sentencing: Wow, it cannot get any better, can it? This is what I call celebrity justice. This is not the first time we, the average people, have seen this justice. The more famous you are, the lesser the punishment. Our justice system is becoming a sham. It is not too late to correct this nonsense. I hope a serial killer will not be given probation if he or she decides to apologize for their crimes. Stop the celebrity justice now. Jeffrey Van Pelt

Huntington, L.I.: I have an old flip phone. I guess that means in the not too distant future I won’t be able to use the subway with the MTA’s new “OMNY” smartphone app! Leonard Stevenson

Bronx: Tokyo has uniformed attendees to push people into trains. Our commuters do it for free. Steve Hann

Belmar, N.J.: Hey, John Sterling, I have a new home run call for you: “Ford — Built to Blast!” John S. Crook

Brooklyn: I was saddened to read your distasteful comments regarding the proposed ban on the sale of foie gras in New York City (“Daffy for ducks,” editorial, Sept. 3). Your playful wonderings about what the City Council may do is a diversion from not mentioning the cruelty behind the industry. If this procedure was done to our beloved dogs or cats, it would rightly be called abuse. Laura Leopardo

Jamaica: The Trump White House and the Trump administration is in shambles and is a disgrace. Our allies and other countries are laughing at the United States of America, even Russia and North Korea. Truly sad! Charlene Black

Rego Park: I know you won’t print this because it’s not anti-Trump. To all the anti-Trump people out there: What is it you are so against? Aside from his personality, be real! Under Trump, the economy is great! Unemployment is lower than ever! More things are being made in America than ever! We are not in any major conflict! Come on now! Bernice Chorzepa

Ozone Park: American Pharaoh must have been trying to tell Pence to put Trump out to pasture when he allegedly bit him. Even a horse bite is subject to the fake news syndrome. Ray Hackinson

Middle Village: In response to Voicer Tom Tyschper: How deep is your head in the sand? Your letter should be addressed to the billionaires who are reaping the benefits of the “tax reform" that the idiot-in-chief got passed in his Republican-controlled Congress. Farmers, mostly the corporate kind, are reaping billions in socialism in the form of a bail out, and you are going to write that we need to buckle up and take it? I think you need to do a bit more research. Start with turning off Fox, I mean Faux, News, and start reading a paper because you are not only off base, you are not even on the baseball diamond. Samantha Papaccio

Copiague, L.I.: I found Julian Castro’s cheap potty-mouthed shot at Vice President Joe Biden during the debate amateurish at best! I have one question for Castro: Did you forget that you want to be Biden’s vice president pick? Well, you can just forget about that now! Carl J. Cruz-Hafner

Brooklyn: Bill de Blasio’s narcissistic denial about his presidential chances — or lack thereof — is more galling every day. He sees himself as a plucky underdog, while ignoring all the New Yorkers who are facing an actual real-life uphill battle just to maintain a basic quality of life. The people living in NYCHA for weeks, months or years without water, working elevators, gas, locks, security cameras, etc. don’t have a choice about whether to keep going in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The mayor does. But he’s choosing his own ego over even making an effort to address their needs. Katherine Raymond

Davis, Calif: Your article “Don backs a Bibi priority ahead of Israeli election” (Sept. 15) failed to mention that U.S. aid is generously distributed to Israel’s neighbors, not exclusively to Israel. Since 1979, Egypt has been receiving uninterrupted aid. U.S. aid to Egypt is never under threat, according to Al Jazeera, because U.S. aid is “untouchable compensation" for maintaining peace with Israel, granted as a benefit for signing the 1978 Camp David Accords. According to the State Department, “U.S. policy seeks to reinforce Jordan’s commitment to peace, stability, and moderation." In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. provided Jordan $2.25 billion in loan guarantees, and also with other yearly support, including over $1.7 billion in 2017 to encourage that “commitment to peace, stability and moderation.” Julia Lutch