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Letters to the Editor — April 5, 2021

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Letters to the Editor — April 5, 2021

The Issue: Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Georgia over its new voting bill.

I will not be attending, watching or listening to any Major League Baseball games for the foreseeable future due to MLB’s ill-advised actions toward the state of Georgia (“MLB yanks All-Star Game out of Atlanta over Georgia’s new voting law,” April 2).

As a lifetime Yankee fan, who has long-ago given up on the NBA and NFL, this is not an easy decision. I’ll follow the team and read about the results through the newspapers.

Calvin Castine

Champlain

As an American and a Republican, I will not watch or go to a baseball game ever again, based on the MLB moving the All-Star game from Atlanta. I urge all others who find this move distasteful to boycott.

It is time for the other half of Americans to stand up. This is getting out of hand.

Bob Robustelli

Stamford, Conn.

President Biden needs to put down his coloring book and crayons and read the new Georgia voting law before he foolishly takes it to task.

Furthermore, companies such as Delta, Coca-Cola and MLB should have no involvement in political issues. The new law has absolutely nothing to do with “social justice.” For these businesses to take action is nothing more than appeasement on their part.

What they should consider is that many of their customers and fans are patriotic and of a conservative persuasion.

Maybe it’s time these patriots turn the tables and boycott the products and services of these corporate cowards. When these enterprises start losing revenue, they will stop all this hogwash.

Nicholas Maffei

Yonkers

Most of the mainstream media, predictably, made a hash of their reporting on the Georgia voting law.

Just as predictably, leftist pests coerced several major companies into denouncing the law.

Biden piled on with his own novel spin, likely provided by his handlers, leaving most of the public with a load of misinformation.

It’s too bad there are so few outlets reporting accurately and, even worse, that there are so many people who willingly mislead citizens into drawing erroneous conclusions.

R.J. Walsh

Ramsey, NJ

The Issue: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that calling the migrant spike a “surge” is bigoted.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants everyone to believe that using the word “surge” in connection with the Biden administration’s manufactured border-crossing crisis is a manifestation of “white supremacist philosophy” (“AOC: ‘Surge’ Purge,” April 1).

What that wacky assertion reveals is the extent to which the radical left will employ their moral supremacist philosophy to achieve their goal of transforming America into a socialist dystopia.

James Hyland

Beechhurst

How many Democratic leaders have visited the border to see the children? When their policies don’t work, they run and hide.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi was so concerned about the children crossing the border. Where is she, and how long are they going keep the media away?

Yes, it is a surge of immigrants coming across the border, and no, I’m not a white supremacist.

Joe Meyers

Neptune City, NJ

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NY’s mad criminal ‘reforms’ are now claiming the lives of babies

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NY’s mad criminal ‘reforms’ are now claiming the lives of babies

Let’s start with a truth: Neither the police nor our other criminal-justices institutions are perfect. Their imperfections are worth the attention of those in a position to address them. But that effort must be undertaken without losing sight of another truth: Imperfect though they may be, these institutions are also essential to protecting communities from crime, particularly violent crime.

In recent years, New York leaders have turned their focus almost entirely to reforming the system’s imperfections, and they have lost sight of their public-safety mission. This has constrained the ability of the system to protect the public safety, which has dramatically declined the past year, judging by rising shootings and homicides across the state.

The price is high. Heartrending recent stories involving young children here remind us that, too often, it is the most vulnerable among us who suffer the burden of increased violence.

Take Dior Harris, an 11-month-old baby who had her life snatched from her this week in a drive-by shooting in Syracuse, where homicides are up again so far this year, after a 55 percent spike in 2020. The shooting also wounded two other girls, ages 3 and 8. The police have made an arrest in the case: Chavez R. Ocasio, 23. In addition to murder, he’s been charged with a parole violation, according to The Post.

That he was charged with a parole violation tells us something important: This was someone the system chose to release. Those who make a habit of keeping up with some of the horrific stories of criminal violence in New York and elsewhere know the pattern and its lesson: It’s repeat offenders — often out on bail, probation or parole — who are frequently behind the scourge of violence.

Or consider the story of 10-year-old Ayden Wolfe, who police allege was beaten to death in Gotham by his mother’s boyfriend, Ryan Cato, who was arrested and charged in the child’s murder. Cato, it turned out, had at least one open criminal case (and multiple priors) for a December arrest involving allegations of domestic violence.

Police haven’t yet been able to make an arrest in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, last week. When interviewed by The Post, the boy’s grandmother said of the gun violence in the neighborhood, “It happens all the time.” She added, “Now in this city, it’s kill or be killed.”

Bed-Stuy is where 1-year-old Davell Gardner Jr. was shot and killed last summer while in his stroller at a neighborhood park. Police haven’t been able to make an arrest in that case, either. But a recent gun-trafficking indictment of four men reveals that repeat offenders may have played a role in the neighborhood’s summer violence.

Among those indicted was a New York City MTA worker, 49-year-old Vernal Douglas, who was allegedly heard on wiretaps discussing Gardner’s murder. He seemed to be lamenting the heat the case had brought to his alleged gun-trafficking business. One of Douglas’ codefendants is another 49-year-old, named Montoun Hart, who, according to news reports, narrowly dodged a 1997 murder charge after the judge tossed a confession he had allegedly given while under the influence.

Citing an NYPD spokesperson, Oxygen.com reported that in the years since that case, Hart has racked up a number of arrests involving drugs and firearms.

It’s not just New York, either. In Chicago, Kayden Swann, a 1-year-old boy, was shot in the head on April 6 in what police say was a road-rage incident. Swann was riding in the backseat of a car driven by an acquaintance of his grandmother, Jushawn Brown, who was arrested later that day on felony gun charges but released on bond.

Just outside Houston, in Passadena, Texas, Raymeon Means stands accused of shooting a 6-year-old girl. According to local reports, Means had at least two prior convictions involving children.

While the harms associated with the crime spike many American cities are still experiencing extend to victims of all ages, children are among the least capable of defending themselves and, therefore, among the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, none of these stories seems to have caused policymakers to second-guess their commitment to “reform” for its own sake, leaving us with a troubling question: If the murders and shootings of infants, toddlers, and preteens can’t shame lawmakers into rededicating themselves to safety, what will?

Rafael A. Mangual is a senior fellow and deputy director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute.

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NY Times wants to defund the police — except the one in its lobby

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NY Times wants to defund the police — except the one in its lobby

Last year, The New York Times ran an opinion piece titled “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish The Police,” as well an editorial claiming “. . . too often in recent months, instead of a balm, the Police Department has become another source of trauma.”

These were an ugly par for the course regarding the Gray Lady’s regular mistreatment of New York’s Finest.

So why is a member of the NYPD patrolling the lobby of the Times’ office building? Isn’t the editorial board worried about this cop inflicting trauma on its workforce?

Scratch an advocate who favors defunding the police and you usually find someone with private armed security. In this case, a company such as The Times writes a check to the NYPD, which pays the officer, minus an administrative fee, to provide protection in full police regalia.

As accustomed as we are these days to rank hypocrisy, this example is particularly dangerous. The New York Times has regularly thrown gasoline on the fire of “defund the police,” suggesting the NYPD is a force for bad. Yet faced with worry that someone might slip through their lobby and into the newsroom, who do they turn to?

At least the Times has finally caught up with the opinion of black and Hispanic communities as far as policing goes. Polling has shown, for example, that huge majorities of black Americans absolutely do not want diminished police presence.

And now we know, no matter what fills the pages of their paper, that the Times doesn’t want that either.

As far as the billowing broadsheet is concerned, we should consider turning our neighborhoods into a cop-free social experiment, while its employees enjoy protection their own building. Stop lecturing us.

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Harris’ hopeless ‘root cause’ prescription for the border

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Harris’ hopeless ‘root cause’ prescription for the border

It’s worse than we thought: Vice President Kamala Harris just identified the “root cause” of the surge in illegal migrants at the southern border: climate change.

There’s “the need for economic development” and “a need for resilience around extreme climate” because “severe climate experiences” have been “dampening” agriculture in the Northern Triangle nations where most of the border-crossers come from, she said.

Not a mention of the corrupt governments that prevent economic progress — and are sure to pocket the bulk of any foreign aid meant to develop those economies or make their farms more “resilient.”

Nor did she touch on the gangs that terrorize the common people there, giving them more urgent reason to flee.

Seems like the Biden administration’s strategy isn’t to back more competent leadership and tie aid to real-world results. It will be to pour even more cash into the Green New Deal and throw another billion at bad governments. 

This isn’t an answer, it’s a recipe for burning money.

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