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February 20, 2019

Readers sound off on Stacey Abrams, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Melissa Mark-Viverito

February 10, 2019
Abrams was on point. (/ AP)

Leadership looks like Stacey Abrams

Manhattan: I couldn’t disagree more with Voicer Janice Amato. Stacey Abrams gave a clear, concise speech — refreshingly so, as contrasted with our glorious Presidente and his very long, rambling, almost incoherent address, filled with lies, contradictions, and bombast. Let’s hope that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to stand up to Donald Trump and not indulge his childish whims. The visual is very, very telling: seeing Trump and his cronies together — a bunch of mostly white, middle-aged, wealthy men with one or two women placed amongst them, and then seeing Democrats together, all skin colors, male, female, tall, short, looking like true representatives of this great, diverse nation.

We desperately need a mature, eloquent leader inhabiting the White House, one who can speak clearly, one who doesn’t change his or her mind every 10 minutes, one who is able to read and digest information, one who is familiar with our laws and how our government actually works and, perhaps most importantly, one who communicates via means other than the constant use of Twitter. As Chuck Schumer said: “We can’t govern by a temper tantrum”! Brenda Nicholls

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Hill tradition

East Meadow, L.I.: To Voicer John Amato: You criticize Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats for not standing up and applauding Donald Trump during the State of the Union, claiming that they are disrespectful. But you didn’t say a word about John Boehner and Paul Ryan’s scowling and refusing to stand and applaud during President Obama’s State of the Union addresses, or Republicans never applauding his addresses. You were silent about Republican Rep. Joe Wilson screaming “You lie!” at Obama while addressing Congress. Maybe if Trump didn’t stand up there and turn the State of the Union into a rambling speech full of lies and distortions and actually worked for the betterment of our nation, there would have been applause. Richard Skibins

Let’s talk respect

Manhattan: One question for Voicer John Amato: Did you feel the same way when many Republicans did it to President Obama and the very classy Michelle Obama? Sterling Waterman

Socialism’s scourge

Eastchester, N.Y.: What is your socialist paper thinking about by patting that socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the back, who borders on communism and hasn’t a clue about our history? Socialism has destroyed, Venezuela, Cuba and now your paper, and she wants to destroy our country. What happened to your paper that has gone so far left? By the way, how is circulation? Ralph Valente

Dis-may

Astoria: One did not have to watch the State of the Union address on Tuesday to grasp where America is right now. With Trump and his team of enablers, we have descended into a state of “dis” — dis-array, dis-harmony, dis-honesty, dis-integration, and dis-quiet. We will require all hands on deck, left and right, with a conscience, to repair the damage. Karen N. Pearlman

Bugged by litter

Bronx: Get use to the the quality-of-life declines in our beloved city. We had Melissa-Mark Viverito as City Council speaker lead the charge to throw out any criminal sanctions for urinating in public, graffiti, turnstile jumping, etc. Has anyone noticed the rise of littering in our neighborhoods with this de-escalation of our criminal codes? Now she wants to be our public advocate and will probably get it! She also had a convicted terrorist honored in a past Puerto Rican Day Parade. Shame on anyone who votes for her. Janet Horvath

Serious on the street

Bayside: Thank you, Voicer Julie Lynn. “Flirt” is a real misuse of the word. Do you get it, Daily News? MaryBeth Pepe

Evidence of unfairness

Brooklyn: Re “Discovery reform is dangerous” (Op-Ed, Feb. 5): For decades, district attorneys have used the ultra-conservative New York State Senate to help them pass laws driving mass incarceration, harsher sentencing and an unfair advantage in plea bargaining and trials. Now that a more fair and reasonable state government is evaluating these laws, the DAs’ true colors are emerging. They decry the plight of victims but fail to mention is that in a majority of cases, the main witness is a police officer or the parties know each other. In the rare times the DA would need to, the new law gives the DA the right to ask a judge for permission to withhold the information, for good cause. The DAs seek continued advantage in what has become a game — to push people to plead guilty quickly while extracting the maximum amount of jail time they can from the innocent, the vulnerable, the men, women and children who are caught up in the harsh nightmare of New York’s criminal legal system — the one they helped create. Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director, Brooklyn Defender Services

Mike drop

Afton, N.Y.: Not that it was needed, but I have yet another reason to hate Mike Francesca. Minutes after the death of an all-time MLB great, Francesca has to lead with, “I couldn’t stand him,” referring to Frank Robinson. Who cares how you feel about anyone? Not just the Robinson family but any true baseball fan is freshly mourning his passing. Show a little class. Thomas Tuttle

Laugh at ourselves

New Paltz, N.Y.: I read with interest W. Fitzhugh Brundage’s Op-Ed “What blackface is really about” (Feb. 7) and its correct assessment of blackface ultimately rooted in prejudice, stereotype, and objectification. Yet, his analysis falls in murkier waters when he ascribes whites blackening their skins to be “as much about white male desire for and jealousy of blacks as it was about white bigotry.” Would he consider a black woman whitening her skin as a black female desire for and jealousy of whites as about black bigotry? Similarly, does he think Al Sharpton’s longtime practice of “conking” his hair had anything to do with an envy of whites? Perhaps Brundage might consider an alternative explanation for these phenomena — humor. When whites have worn blackface or blacks have imitated stilted white speech or Archie Bunker cried against “jungle bunnies” or George Jefferson railed about “honkies,” could it have been America’s imperfect attempts to comes to terms with its racial past through amusement and comedy — as flawed, hurtful, and inappropriate as it might be in our current politically correct times? Russell Paul La Valle

Self-defense lesson

Bronx: I have no idea who is telling the truth about the lieutenant governor of Virginia, but I do have a few questions. Why was nothing said to anyone until after his accuser spoke to the Washington Post? Why didn’t she just bite it hard with her teeth, since he would definitely have let go of her neck if she had done this? This was not a child but a woman. Juanita M. Johnson

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