Medford, L.I.: On successive news days this Thanksgiving week, I’m reading that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate former President Donald Trump. And Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is resuscitating an old criminal probe into Trump’s reported $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels. This, on top of the Jan. 6 probe, the Mar-a-Lago raid, some New York rape allegation and a half-dozen more probes and investigations that I lost track of.
As all of this is going on, all I hear from Republican chatter after he announced his candidacy for president is that Trump is “unelectable” and he “can’t win the 2024 general election.”
Do you know who emphatically disagrees with the GOP’s assessment? The Democratic Party, which is completely united in throwing up all kinds of frivolous roadblocks to damage and prevent Trump from ever running again. Which begs the question: Why would they be so focused and expending all kinds of energy and political capital on someone they claim legitimately lost the 2020 presidential election and is even more damaged since leaving office? Shouldn’t they be welcoming Trump back to the campaign trail with open arms?
People ask me why I’m an “election denier.” Aside from six swing states shutting down voting in the middle of the night and the Russian-collusion-complicit media shutting down debate on this blatant transgression, all you have to do is look at the way the Democrats are going after Trump. It’s obvious they fear his candidacy to the point of pure desperation in keeping him off the ballot. Does this look like the modus operandi of someone you soundly defeated fair and square? Eugene R. Dunn
Mechanicville, N.Y.: I’m sick to death of Republicans supporting unlimited gun rights. Don’t people have a right to go to church, to school, to the grocery and department stores or to a concert without risking being shot to death? Why are Republicans only concerned with taking control of a woman’s body to protect the unborn, and not living, breathing human beings? If an AR-15 was used for abortions, would they finally be banned? Shirley Smith
Copake, N.Y.: Lee Zeldin had one thing right: No one and nowhere is safe. Mass shootings have just taken place on a college school bus, in a gay nightclub and at a Walmart. Just this week, a 19-year-old shot and killed his mother and stepfather in their upstate New York home. Yet, no legislative action to prevent these shootings will occur thanks to GOP opposition. It is past time to hold Republican elected officials accountable for the carnage. Despite all the hyperbole over cashless bail, not a single Republican running for office acknowledged the obvious correlation between gun ownership and rising gun violence. In 2020, one perverse reaction to COVID was a spike in gun sales — a record of more than 21.5 million weapons sold. This trend continued in 2021. Mass shootings happen in every state, every setting and among all age groups. If the Republicans are serious about crime, they must start by passing laws restricting gun sales. Joseph Cannisi
Washington: Making the choice to become vegan was not only a health-conscious decision, it was also a decision to respect life and be an example for others by showing that plant-based eating is a viable, healthy and delicious option. As veterans, most of us volunteered because we wanted to make a difference, help those in need and be part of a community of diverse, like-minded individuals. Choosing to eat plant-based food is yet another decision rooted in those values. Through our individual daily efforts to respect life and protect our environment, veterans can again be members of a community that, when our actions are tallied collectively, can overcome considerable challenges. Benjamin Godman
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Brooklyn: A passionate fan of the sweet science since I was an adolescent, I was wondering if the Daily News-sponsored Golden Gloves will take place this year. Ron Goldman
Ridgefield Park, N.J.: I read with great interest “America needs its newspapers” (op-ed, Nov. 19). For more than 60 years, I have been an avid daily newspaper reader. My interests have included not only the Daily News, but the Daily Mirror, Herald Tribune, Star-Ledger and the Bergen Evening Record (now The Record). I am most definitely a paper person — I abhor digital versions of anything, but I digress. I loved the writer’s newspaper delivery stories. I also have one: For several years during my teens, we had a paperboy who, regardless of the weather, time of day or holidays, was there delivering the paper on his bike. He made such an impression on me that I named my son Marc after him. Gratefully, my son followed in his namesake’s footsteps. My Marc is a hardworking, dependable, honest man, one I am very proud to know and to be related to. M.D. Mayer
Manhattan: At Tompkins Square Park, a group of folks were rounded up because they were homeless. In the crowd was a white senior citizen who was once an advocate for the homeless. She had a stroke that landed her in a Bronx hospital. They saw she was homeless so they shifted her to a nursing home somewhere in Brooklyn. As a senior myself, I am outraged over the way she was handled. Is it a crime to be poor? To see this elderly woman homeless is a sad day in America. Helen Murphy
Fort Lee: Voicer Sara Ross seems to object to people who appear to be immigrants buying more groceries than she thinks they need because of the items she sees in their carts when she shops. She bases this on conjecture. The card they are presenting is the SNAP card, formerly food stamps. The items bought with this are limited by law. The sign in my supermarket notes that hot foods are not eligible. The benefits are for low-income shoppers, including seniors and those on Medicare. It does not include many necessities, such as toilet paper, paper towels, etc. The number of family members is also relevant. The larger the family, the bigger the monthly benefit. A family of four can have a benefit of about $900 per month. The other card you see presented by these shoppers? Their debit or credit cards to pay for everything else, including the healthy fish in their carts. Joan L. Weisberg
Fresh Meadows: The city spent $975,000 for tents. You could use that money for the subway system instead. Come on, guys, get your act together. Stop wasting money on the migrants coming from Texas. Robert Kitay
Howard Beach: Michael Mulgrew calls himself a union leader? I call him a weasel. He is the vice chair of the Municipal Labor Committee? And he supports Mayor Adams’ Medicare Advantage push? Of course he does, it’s how he funded the raise for his members. To do so he screwed over 250,000 retirees by expecting us to fund it. How about the rest of the MLC? Are the other unions fine with throwing their retired members under the bus? After going into burning buildings for more than 20 years, I need comprehensive medical benefits now — as was stated more than 40 years ago when I joined the FDNY. Ed Sullivan
Brooklyn: The City Council, in my opinion, does not want to take a stand and light a fuse to this political dynamite. By taking no action, the City Council will remain on the good side of the insurance companies and let the mayor and the unions do the dirty work — a politically clever way to keep favor with the mayor and the much-needed union vote and at the same time tell NYC retirees and their families, “We didn’t do this to you.” The City Council will remain neutral, and if any members are harboring higher aspirations, they wouldn’t want to offend the big insurance companies. Jack La Torre