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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 13, 2021

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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 13, 2021

The Issue: Disney’s firing of Gina Carano after she compared treatment of conservatives to the Holocaust.

Gina Carano’s firing by Disney only confirms her statement about the treatment of conservatives in this country [“This is the (woke) way,” Kyle Smith, Feb. 12].

Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Now it is only allowed when it serves the agenda of the Democrats.

As NBC News said, she “falsely” suggested that the election was rigged. Meanwhile, millions of voters agree with her. She criticized the wearing of masks. Isn’t she entitled to her opinion?

There is so much ­hypocrisy now in our country. It’s nauseating and makes watching any television very difficult.

Judith Rogan
Staten Island

When I applied at 18 for my first job in consulting, the interviewer looked through my social media and told me I would have to delete political posts if I were to work in any professional environment.

Carano is a professional. Any professional who posts controversial political statements risks termination.

Disney gave Carano the courtesy of warning her for two months that further consequences would be in order if she continued making controversial posts. She continued anyway.

Hopefully she’s learned her lesson. Considering how conservatives have forgone the concept of personal responsibility in recent weeks, she likely has not.

Tony Peters
Manhattan

Firing Carano proves the point that she wanted to make: If you disagree with the prevailing leftist orthodoxy, you will lose your livelihood and be hounded by “those who know better.”

While her Instagram post may seem somewhat extreme, it was a valid comparison. My mother lived in Germany during the mid-1930s (and thankfully was able to immigrate to the United States before World War II began). All those experiences that Carano mentioned were real.

Why is that any different than what is currently being done to Goya Foods, Mike Lindell and other conservatives? Freedom of expression is a basic part of the Constitution.

Bill Isler
Queens

That the cancellation of Carano is unfair and hypocritical is obvious. Pedro Pascal, Carano’s co-star on “The Mandalorian,” has compared the United States to Nazi Germany and received not a word of censure, and Disney even rehired director James Gunn despite his tweets making light of child sex abuse.

To see hordes of viewers crowding Twitter to sadistically celebrate the destruction of Carano’s career is just baffling.

Robert Frazer
Lancashire, UK

The Issue: The arrest of Bruce Springsteen for allegedly driving while intoxicated last November.

Something stinks, and it’s not alcohol, about the way authorities at the scene handled Bruce Springsteen’s DWI arrest (“Boss held his ‘breath’ in DWI bust,” Feb. 12).

When Springsteen refused a field Breathalyzer test that “incensed the officer”? That’s all I needed to read, as refusing that test is Springsteen’s right and his decision shouldn’t piss off anyone.

He had a Breathalyzer done once in custody and measured at .02, which indicates he’s not guilty.

John Longfield
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Full disclosure: I am a fan of Springsteen’s. Not over-the-top, but a fan.

The Springsteen family are good people who quiet­ly contribute to many charities and organizations, especially in his home state.

Why does the public take glee when a celebrity stumbles a bit? Who out there may have gotten a DWI or were “lucky” enough to avoid it?

Donna Skjeveland
Holbrook

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Biden’s getting exactly the border crisis he asked for

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A new year, a new president, a return of an old problem: unaccompanied children crossing the border in droves.

Thousands of children — usually older teens, 16 or 17, but Border Patrol agents report increasing numbers of kids younger than 13 — are arriving each month from Central America.

On Thursday, a Customs and Border Protection staffer reportedly told top Biden administration officials to expect a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied minors to cross the border in May — the highest level ever.

“We’re seeing the highest February numbers [that] we’ve ever seen in the history of the [Unaccompanied Alien Child] program,” a Department of Health and Human Services official told Axios.

That’s right: a crisis worse than the one that brought the “kids in cages” backlash under President Donald Trump, and the earlier crises that prompted the building of those “cages” under President Barack Obama.

And it’s a crisis that we and others warned would come, as soon as President Biden started reversing every Trump border policy, even those clearly responsible for producing historic lows in illegal crossers, and returning to Obama policies that first triggered the unprecedented waves of children crossing without family.

Now Biden’s having to reopen shelters to house the kids until the feds can figure out what to do with them — shelters that his usual allies denounced as horrors in the Trump years. Yet, says White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “There are very few good options here, and we chose the one we thought is best.”

That’s only because her boss already rejected the option of trying to ensure they don’t come here in the first place.

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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 27, 2021

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The Issue: The parole of a man convicted of killing NYPD Officer Harry Ryman in 1980.

The parole of cop-killer Paul Ford is yet another sign that Gov. Cuomo has absolutely no regard for victims’ families (“Slain-cop kin aghast at murderer’s parole,” Feb. 21).

Cuomo has no interest in protecting the residents of New York, as his criminal-justice reforms and handpicked Parole Board members are causing violent criminals to be released onto our streets.

It is time for all New Yorkers to wake up and protect themselves by pushing this ruthless tyrant out of his easy chair.

Nicholas Maffei
Yonkers

Some 20 cop-killers have been released by Cuomo’s moronic and irresponsible Parole Board since 2017, including one who murdered two cops in one incident.

Combine that with the release of the killer of two moms who were slain with their kids in the house, and you have to wonder how board members keep their jobs.

Meanwhile, Cuomo, who appointed them, wrote a book on leadership, which in retrospect is a total joke, even aside from the parole board.

Where is the outrage over this? How is giving hope to murderers serving society? When will they disband this Parole Board?

Niles Welikson
Williston Park

The Parole Board members lack reason and common sense.

This board has released 20 cop-killers since 2017. What an embarrassing record.

This is morally bankrupt, unethical and shows absolutely no compassion or consideration for these police officers’ families.

This time, it’s the killer of Police Officer Harry Ryman, who gave up his life trying to stop three thugs from stealing a neighbor’s car.

These poor families had to suffer without a father, husband or son.

So tell me: How is anyone’s life improved by of the release of another cop-killer?

Mike Pedano
South Farmingdale

Cuomo’s tenure as governor will forever be remembered for the thousands of nursing-home deaths attributed to his incompetence. That is how it should be.

However, the release of cop-killer Paul Ford by a Cuomo-appointed Parole Board is a reminder that the damage done by this politician is far-reaching.

A life sentence has no meaning in a progressive, liberal state. Who could have guessed that some 40 years after the murder of a policeman, the cops would be the bad guys and lowlife scum like Ford would be freed?

Robert Mangi
Westbury

The Issue: A new documentary that details the accusations of sexual abuse against Woody Allen.

I am fuming after reading Andrea Peyser’s column (“Put me on Team Woody — Mia is full of it,” Feb. 22).

The reason why child molestation continues is because people turn a blind eye to the facts.

Let me ask you this — who in their right mind marries their partner’s own child, adopted or not? If you cannot see there is something wrong with that picture, you have blinders on.

There are limited instances where people have falsely accused others of being child molesters in order to gain custody of their children during a divorce or separation.

In the case between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, you have to look at his behavior. I believe the claims are true.

Panagiota Giakoumis
Middleburgh

I never liked Allen or Farrow, so I have no bias in this endless feud, but I’m shocked that anyone could watch the new HBO documentary and not realize that it’s corrupt and dishonest to only tell one side.

Anyone can make another person look bad with lies or exaggerations.

Andrew Nace-Enzminger
Brooklyn

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Democrats’ sneak attack on the free press

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Democrats’ hot new idea for responsible dialogue is to muscle cable and satellite providers to drop Fox News and other outlets they dislike.

In the runup to a House hearing this week, Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney (both D-Calif.) sent out letters to a dozen providers to silence conservative channels, demanding to know the “ethical or moral principles” behind “disseminating misinformation to millions.”

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr called out the “concerted effort by Democrats to drive political dissent from the political square.”

Indeed: At the actual hearing, the subcommittee chief, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) gave the real agenda away: “More free speech just isn’t winning the day over the kind of speech that we’re concerned about.”

Sadly, this kind of intimidation works. As lefty Matt Taibbi notes, the last Democratic push for censorship got Facebook and Twitter to go along, with results like their blackout of The Post’s pre-election Hunter Biden scoops.

The government doesn’t have to actually ban speech by law (in violation of the First Amendment) when politicians simply can threaten the private sector into doing their will.

Too bad Taibbi was one of only a few lonely voices on the left to call out this concerted assault on basic democratic freedoms.

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