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December 15, 2018

Readers sound off on Russia, Hillary Clinton and lettuce

November 26, 2018
Putin’s priorities. (Alexei Druzhinin / AP)

What would Russia want with U.S.?

Bronx: I dare anyone, especially our government’s “intelligence” agencies, to explain the logic of why Russia would waste a moment of energy or money trying to mess with our elections or any other aspect of our nation. I think all honest adults can agree that no outsiders would need to leave their bed to tear American apart: we have always done it to ourselves. We even do it in sports and music! Us vs. them. “Who’s better? Beatles or Stones?”

Most families fight. Most couples fight. Most co-workers fight. All bands fight. Conflict is human nature. Isn’t this why sports and movies and TV are all about conflict? Now, I think anyone in power is corrupted. But who in their right mind thinks Trump needed the Russkies to fill up arenas or to be rich and famous? Who thinks the Russkies needed to make Hillary Clinton hard to listen to and charisma-free? We have seen the enemy… and it’s U.S. Sean T. Sabelli




The price of $

Wellfleet, Mass.: President Trump turning a blind eye to the CIA’s conclusion that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered the execution of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi is reflective of this observation by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Money often costs too much.” In this case the integrity and reputation of the United States. How repulsive. Mike Rice

Fire with fire

Manhattan: The idealism of “When they go low, we go high” does not — alas! — usually work against bullies. Sometimes it is necessary to punch back. I suggest that crowds standing outside the White House shout in reference to Ivanka Trump’s use of a personal email account to conduct official state business: “Lock her up! Lock her up!” Let’s test the hypocrisy of her father and his own cellphone use. Louis Phillips

That’s Mrs. Clinton

Forest Hills: To Voicer Catherine Lo Curto: I’m no huge Hillary Clinton fan, but how rude are you? Clinton is a former First Lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and the 2016 Democratic candidate for President of the United States, who won the majority vote. What have you accomplished in your life that allows you to tell her to “shut up”? Respect is earned. Clinton has earned it. You have not. Pietro Allar

A little respect

Norwalk, Conn.: Dear Voicer Catherine LoCurto: Hillary Clinton received 3 million more votes than Donald Trump, so actually more people wanted and believed in her. Just like your apparent hero, the only sound you seem to want to hear is your own voice shrieking lies. Shhh — you will sound better. Stefanie Pont

Be better

Saugerties, N.Y.: Both Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo apparently have presidential ambitions, yes, but as old-style New York politicians they have disqualified themselves from national office. I had high hopes for de Blasio — he had all the mark of a candidate of the future — but then, like Cuomo, he slid into the classic old style of punishing critics, covering up his own and friends’ criminal activity, and, last straw: claims (as expressed in a Daily News headline): “Actually, I was out of loop on lead woe” (Nov. 20) The denial of responsibility is just astounding. Trump-like. Should be embarrassing, but such denials have become commonplace among politicians, even Saudi princes who, well, control everything. There’s another Democratic Party rising that will not be cowed into becoming go-along-to-get-along politicians. For that, I give hearty thanks. Jack Patterson

Leaf of our senses

Brooklyn: Lettuce ponder our national priorities. Romaine lettuce poisoning recently killed four people. However, even after 300-plus mass shootings this year, Congress refuses to enact common-sense gun legislation. It appears one NRA (National Romaine Association) doesn’t have an influential lobby as powerful as the other NRA (National Rifle Association). Neil S. Friedman

Standing apart

Staten Island: To Jennifer Friedlin (“I still stand with Sarsour and Mallory,” Op-Ed, Nov. 19): Sorry to hear about your privileged life growing up in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Long Island. I grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and my dad worked very hard to support five children living in a small two-bedroom apartment. Our neighbors were Spanish, Greeks, Norwegian, Irish and Filipinos, all hard-working men and women who struggled to live, but we had a community of love. I will guarantee your neighbors were all white, and anyone who wasn’t was probably cleaning your home or working in a store. Sad that you stand with racist Linda Sarsour and her pal Tamika Mallory, both of whom hate this country like their leader Louis Farrakhan. So your white guilt now makes you stand by a man who called Jews gutter rats. This middle-class person is sad for you. Anthony Liverano

‘Wrong’-way play

Manchester, N.J.: It was nice to see Voicer Eugenia Fernandez expressing her gratitude to The News for awarding her tickets to see “The Play That Went Wrong.” I just have to express my extreme contempt for that play. I took a chartered bus to New York, and the show was just 59 seconds a minute of inane slapstick. I could not hear anyone laughing near me except one man. If I hadn’t had to kill time till my bus left I would have left in 15 minutes or less. Instead of cheering I just rushed to the exit. Alan Berman

Standing up for trees

Brooklyn: God bless Voicer Camelia Canepa-Zipprich, who suggests that cutting down a noble, 100-year-old tree for the sole purpose of putting it on temporary display at Rockefeller Center is a travesty. As she suggests, why not have laser lights and carpenters build a fake tree rather than every year killing a healthy living tree? Mary Anne Cohen

Left all a loan

Floral Park, L.I.: Our elected officials should be outraged by “Predators on campus” (Nov. 21). Only one is cited in the story as wanting to do anything about high-cost student loans: Assemblyman Ron Kim. I’m pleased to see someone paying attention. Where are our federal elected officials, like Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Kathleen Rice and so on, while the federal government deceptively rakes in millions from students and their families? The only thing I see politicians do or say: It’s not me, I didn’t know about it! Robert Damato

Follow the money

Thiells, N.Y.: Why doesn’t someone investigate what happens to all the lottery money? When it first started, they said it would help with the school taxes. Every week they take in millions of dollars. Where does the money go? Marion Margiotta

Outta this world writing

Manhattan: I see your clever headline writer is at it again, with “ ‘Mars’ attack” (Nov. 21) for a story on voting-machine jams. “Mars Attacks!” was a 1996 Jack Nicholson film that had a mixed reception. I love your writer’s references — the more obscure the better! Peter Lushing

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