Letters to the Editor

Trump’s Tweets Are “Imbecilic”

Dear Editor:

Why did the president of the United States feel the need to respond to empty rhetoric from Iran by tweeting imbecilic and empty threats from the most powerful nation on Earth? This behavior is embarrassing and could prove extremely dangerous. Shouldn’t the president be above getting baited by a tweet sent out by President Rouhani? What your article, “Trump & Iran Exchange Escalating Tweets” described does not reflect a strong and level-headed leader.

I’m still on edge after he decided America should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, which was also peculiar because that’s a move which should anger most of the world, but if that’s the path he’s choosing, then he better have a plan in place that’s better than what he displayed the other night. When my children argue, screaming at the top of their lungs isn’t an effective way to get your points across, and taking to social media to type an all-caps threat to the leader of another country is not conducive of productive diplomacy.

After his shameful display in Helsinki just a week ago, not long after attacking our allies and NATO on foreign soil, he claimed he was doing what he was doing with Vladimir Putin because diplomacy was better than war. Why is the case different with Iran? It’s not like Russia didn’t attack America with cyber warfare and will do so again. Trump needs to figure out his foreign policy quickly before he gets someone hurt. Actually reading his intelligence briefings and listening to his advisers and agencies would be a start, but this is a man who said he alone could fix all the country’s problems.

Sincerely,

Molly Snell

 

No Sympathy for Sheldon Silver

Dear Editor:

Lock him up! After reading your article about prosecutors trying to land former Speaker Sheldon Silver behind bars for many years, I wholeheartedly agree.

I think it’s very important to always show mercy and forgiveness. We still need to be tough when justice calls for it, and that’s the case here. This man completely betrayed the public’s trust in politics. He used his power and spent his career enriching himself. He knew what he was doing, and it surely wasn’t what the voters sent him to Albany to do.

I’m having a hard time taking his shows of remorse seriously. He seems more like a man who has had his dark past finally catch up to him, and he’s scared to death about the consequences of the chickens coming home to roost. I think we as a society need to make sure it’s made very clear that such brazen abuses of public office will not be tolerated under any circumstances and will be punished pretty harshly.

With all of that said, there’s no reason to be unnecessarily cruel. Lengthy stints in prison, removing a person from society and stripping him of most of his freedoms and identity is all punishment enough. I can only hope that during his time in prison, assuming he does eventually get handed down a harsh sentence, he has the chance for self reflection and will use that to become a better person and spend his remaining days on Earth trying to right some of his wrongs. We can only hope and pray.

Sincerely,

Zach Cohen

 

Hate Crime in Boro Park

Dear Editor:

I’m heartbroken to hear the news out of Borough Park. As your article “Shocking Hit & Run Hate Crime in Borough Park; Suspect Arrested,” described the gruesome incident in Southern Brooklyn, I felt a swash of emotions overtake me.

I love walking around Borough Park because it’s a nice area for leisurely neighborhood walks, and at the same time, it’s an amazing experience to feel so transformed into this Jewish world in the middle of the greatest city in the world. I especially love coming on Saturdays, when the streets are nearly empty of cars because of Shabbat. We should strive to have communities like the one I described, where parents and children can enjoy walking around and use walking to get from place to place. They should be able to do these things without fearing being the next victims of a reckless driver. Vision Zero is a good effort, but clearly more needs to be done because this hit-and-run is far from the only incident in very recent memory to turn tragic.

It’s of course even more discouraging and alarming to see that the hit-and-run incident may have actually been motivated by hate and could wind up being classified as a hate crime. I don’t even want to start trying to get into that mindset to figure out why, just why someone would need to feel such negativity towards a group of people just trying to live a great life, just like everyone else. I hope all the victims and their families can find peace and move on from this ugly incident, although sadly some wounds don’t heal.

Sincerely,

Chaim Horowitz

 

The Decline of the Print Media

Dear Editor:

I’m really upset after reading your article about The New York Daily News cutting its editorial staff in half. What gives?! What kind of a way is this to hold those in power accountable? When the Founders drafted up a First Amendment meant in part to allow for a free press to act as an unofficial check and balance on government, they unfortunately couldn’t see how difficult the “free” part would be when in today’s times, a paper like The Daily News is owned by a big company called Tronc. Tronc has made it very clear that it is more an enemy to the free press than a participant, willing to slash the very staff that makes the news possible in order to save a few bucks for the already-rich executives and investors.

With such huge cutbacks and a bigger focus on cranking out breaking news stories, I know we will see far less original and deeper reporting. Who will pick up the slack? Who will be there to uncover all sorts of horrible things that are going on that would otherwise never be exposed to the light of day without such stellar reporting? How will local communities, already undercovered as it is, get any sort of media attention? Every community has issues and stories to tell, and so many of those places and people will now be silenced while The Daily News is busy dealing with breaking news handled by a short staff.

I don’t know the answer. It’s clearly more difficult in today’s era for media to succeed in the way it once used to, but we need media now more than ever, if anything, to combat the spread of misinformation on the internet. We need to do our best to try sticking to those ideals of a free press. We need to support our media, especially more local media, whenever and however possible, and we need to make sure these outlets become less and less beholden to giant corporations who own them and don’t care about anything but the bottom line.

Sincerely,

Priscilla Eckersley

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