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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 22, 2021

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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 22, 2021

The Issue: The death of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh at the age of 70.

I remember where I was when I heard Rush Limbaugh’s very first New York broadcast (“Rush Limbaugh, 1951-2021,” Editorial, Feb. 18).

That’s how much of a transformational figure he proved to be for me and for millions of others.

He renewed an AM radio industry that was in a death spiral. He enabled the burgeoning of a widespread, grassroots American patriotism that had been started by President Ronald Reagan but needed an heir to the leadership position. Rush was always there, year after year.

Rush clearly loved America and its people. Always the gentleman, while he hilariously lampooned the liberal chattering class, his respect for callers was universal, no matter their political slant.

Rest in peace, Rush. I will miss you and your very American sense of fairness and decency.

Vincent Puleo

Staten Island

With Limbaugh’s passing, the voice of American conservatism has gone quiet, perhaps for good.

The fake-news media will continue spreading the vile gospel of the DC Swamp while GOP politicians continue to pretend they’re not just Democrats in bad suits.

With Rush gone, there’s no one brave enough to point out you can’t spell liberalism without “l-i-e-s.”

Pete McArdle

Bethel, Conn.

Thank you for your positive Rush Limbaugh articles.

In the 1990s, when Rush had his TV show filmed in New York, I went to be in the studio audience three times and met Rush personally.

He was extremely cordial, well-mannered, respectful to everyone (audience, staff and television technicians alike) and eminently humble. I was in the audience for his 45th birthday show and also on Ronald Reagan’s 85th birthday.

He preferred honoring others to being honored himself. I have heard Rush described as arrogant and self-absorbed, but if you met him in person like I have, he was anything but.

Chet Jelinski

Whiting, NJ

I was saddened to learn the news of Rush’s passing, a true broadcasting legend and pioneer in conservative radio. As did many others, I grew up with Rush (starting on local media in New York on WABC radio) when I was ducking high school.

I knew at that time, he would be a force to reckon with, and it made me want to go into politics or broadcasting.

No one can replace Rush, nor stop the movement he began. He raised AM talk radio from the dead, brought conservative media into existence, and saved the Republican Party when it was losing its way.

He was a principled, humble and charitable gentleman in his private life, and a fierce lion and defender of American ideals of freedom, less government and the pursuit of happiness. Rush’s talent on loan from God has come due, and paid in full. RIP.

Robert Pearl

Brooklyn

Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh was a torch of truth who kindly guided listeners through good times and troubled ones alike.

Liberals and the mainstream media will try to diminish, demonize and decimate his legacy.

But “Dittoheads,” with whom he forged a personal connection, knew Rush to be a caring, humble individual who just happened to be a genius and a master communicator.

Driven by his devotion to conservative values, Constitution, and country, Limbaugh was broadcasting almost until his last breath, handling a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis with unparalleled grace and grit, almost daring it to take him down.

While his golden voice gliding across the airwaves is already missed, the legend lives on. Sayonara, Rush, and may the angels guide you home.

S. Silver

Manhattan

The Post has it exactly right when it says that Rush Limbaugh “was an entertainer first, and only then a political commentator.”

Beyond the information one always picked up from his radio show, that’s what made me listen to him over many years.

Donald Nawi

Scarsdale

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The Issue: The discussion of law and order at last week’s Democratic debate for mayor.

If any one of these five candidates becomes mayor, it will be the continuation of the de Blasio era (“Crime focus of Dem debate,” June 11).

Many of them are in favor of defunding the Police Department, which is why there is so much crime, and shootings are rising every day.

The people of this city had better wake up when they go to vote. Haven’t we had enough of this? When will it stop? These candidates will not put an end to all this.

Rob Johann

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Thinking that a Republican candidate could not win the mayoral race in New York, I switched my party to Democrat so I could vote.

After listening to all the Democratic candidates during the debate last week, I want to immediately switch my party back to Republican and vote for Curtis Sliwa.

He is our only hope to live in a city that values law and order. He won’t cave to these left-wing zealots who will further destroy our city and our quality of life.

We need a mayor who can bring back the tourists, help our economy and ensure a better life for all of us.

We cannot let the city go into further decline with any of these Democratic candidates. Please, wake up and vote for someone who will lift all of us up.

Susan Green

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The fact that Andrew Yang is slipping in the polls is the only good news in the mayoral race.

Eric Adams is talking about crime, while Yang thinks the biggest issues for the city are AI and climate change.

If Yang wins, people will be dreaming of “the good old days” under Mayor de Blasio, formerly thought to be the bottom of the barrel.

Andrew Delaney

Miami, Fla.

I am not impressed by any of the Democratic candidates for mayor of New York City.

What each of them is proposing will cause further crime, divisiveness and decay, raise taxes, make life more miserable for residents and visitors and drive more families out of the city.

What does it take to get through to the New York voter? How bad does it have to get before they abandon a party that is becoming more idiotic with every election cycle?

Take a look at cities and states that have been doing well under Republican leadership and consider voting Republican.

D.M. Diana

Greeley, Pa.

Even Adams is falling for it. He said the “solution” to city violent crime is to reach out to youth and improve mental-health services.

These chic answers are a guarantee that innocent New Yorkers will continue to be murdered, raped, thrown onto subway tracks and maimed.

Get the violent off the streets first. Whether they are criminal or mentally ill, sort that out afterward. Get them away from the rest of us first.

Paul O’Keefe

Union City, NJ

I generally agree with The Post’s endorsements, but I am baffled by its support of Adams for mayor.

His stance on the NYPD changes at his convenience. One day he’s anti-cop and a fierce critic of the NYPD (even though he was employed by the NYPD), and then he switches and comes across as pro-police.

Can New Yorkers elect a mayor who lacks common sense and leadership skills? His suggestion last summer to New Yorkers to settle disputes about illegal fireworks on their own and not call the police was deadly. Shatavia Walls, 33, died as a result.

Adams lacks the moral compass and common sense required to be a winning mayor. The people of New York deserve better.

Susan Berger

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