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From the left: The Wrong Housing Fix

“The racial wealth gap is a crisis neglected,” but Rep. Maxine Waters’ plan for “racially preferential down-payment assistance” for homeowners “is politically fraught,” warns Anne Kim at Washington Monthly. Waters would provide $25,000 in aid to “economically and socially disadvantaged” members of groups that “have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice” — which is “at once restrictive and an invitation to get in the ring and compete for spoils.” It also risks “diverting needed attention” from “deeper, systemic problems contributing to the racial homeownership gap.” Democrats “can try to pass a minorities-only program that will almost certainly go down in defeat and likely inflame voters,” but “a more inclusive program” with fewer benefits is “the surest path to equity.”

Conservative: Stelter’s Embarrassing Display

Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” “host Brian Stelter partook in a highly embarrassing act of professional self-debasement” by offering “schoolgirl giggles and petty star-gazing over White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki,” snarks Stephen L. Miller at Spectator USA. Stelter claims to be “a real journalist,” so acting “like an ‘Entertainment Tonight’ host with the spokesperson for the most powerful man in the world . . . should raise eyebrows.” He failed to challenge Psaki “on any of the very real and mounting issues facing this administration.” Other CNN journalists who claim to be “rigorous and dedicated” should be embarrassed.

Economist: Exorbitant Cost of ‘Infrastructure’

“The Biden White House is furiously trying to cajole congressional ­Republicans into signing off on [the president’s] $2 trillion ‘infrastructure bill,’ ” but without the “deluge of subsidies for wind, solar and electric-vehicle manufacturers,” it would only need $600 billion, notes Stephen Moore at RealClearPolitics. Indeed, Biden could “fix our roads and bridges, modernize our water and sewer systems and upgrade ports and airports” without a single dollar of new spending. He must only “take back $175 billion in blue-state bailout money” from states that are already ­reopened, “stop paying $300 a week for supplemental unemployment benefits” and reassign the $123 billion “allocated for schools and teacher unions in years 2022-2028.” His plan is thus a needless “bankrupting of America.”

Top cop: #DefundPolice = Slashing Safety Net

The #DefundPolice movement is “centered around the idea of taking from law-enforcement organizations many of the responsibilities and associated funding that have become flash points,” former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton observes at FoxNews.com, such as dealing “with the mentally ill, the homeless, the addicted.” But cops cover these areas only because American society “decided it did not have the willpower or the funds to run programs that would handle them successfully. Mental institutions closed; shelters became unwelcoming and unsafe; addiction services became underprioritized and overwhelmed.” Police departments would love “to pass along many of these responsibilities and focus on more traditional policing concerns,” but can’t “until some other fully capable entity is prepared to step into the breach.” Slashing the safety net so dramatically in the name of “small government” was misguided, but until we “make those investments again,” it’s law enforcers who supply the one last net.

Libertarian: Pandemic Proved Policy’s Limits

“The pandemic is a case for policy humility,” argues Reason’s Peter ­Suderman. When Gov. Greg Abbott lifted Texas’ mask mandate and ended capacity limits in March, he got “a flood of high-profile criticism,” with President Biden calling the decision “Neanderthal thinking.” But three weeks later, “Texas reported its lowest case rate in a year,” and there has “been no sustained uptick since.” Ditto for Florida. High officials, experts and media were “united in their belief” that Texas and Florida were reckless, but it seems “much of what was done in the name of protecting people from the coronavirus made little or no impact at all.” A “more humble approach” would “have been more cautious about sweeping restrictions on business and social activity” and “more apt to change course as new ­information” emerged.

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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Benjamin Netanyahu showed the opposite of grace as he exited from power on Sunday.

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Letters to the Editor — June 14, 2021

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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

Queens

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

Manhattan

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

Brooklyn

Want to weigh in on today’s stories? Send your thoughts (along with your full name and city of residence) to [email protected]. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, length, accuracy and style.

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‘Nash Bridges’ movie reboot to star Don Johnson and original cast

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Don’s ‘Nash’ gets rehash

From 1996 to 2001, Don Johnson played San Fran’s Special Investigations cop who nailed bad dudes on CBS-TV’s “Nash Bridges.” It’s now back as a two-hour movie.

“It’s set again in San Francisco which is now in a slump since the pandemic,” he told me, “but we’ll get it going again. First episode’s a two-hour movie in the fall. USA Network. I deliver it end of August and more episodes are contemplated. I’m executive producer. I own half the show’s copyright.

“Great is I got them all — Jeff Perry, Cheech Marin — the whole old crew back together again. I started them. I trained them. Even my writers wanted in on this. I kept all the phone numbers. So I sent word out and everybody got back wanting in on it. The story — I myself worked on the script — is contemporary. It’s 10 years later in the lives of the characters. And it’s a diverse cast. We’ve got a trans woman in it.

“A star of our original show was that yellow Barracuda — a 1971 Dodge — that I always drove. The thing was old when I found it. I was actually now able to locate it, and I bought it back in an auction. The thing had been in a museum in Ohio. Soon as the locals in San Francisco saw me riding around in it again, they yelled, ‘hey, it’s effing Don Johnson . . . effing Cheech.’

“Aug. 9, I start my second season of ‘Kenan’ on NBC. But right now, soon as I finish this, I’m off to Europe — Greece, Italy . . . and what am I going to do? Just bop around.”

A P.S. Don once hung up on me — just to watch “Once Upon a Time . . . In Hollywood.”

It’s another film about Jackie

Even Jackie Kennedy’s coming back. Again. In yet another screen incarnation. This time, Brit actress Gemma Arterton plays her. Why an English actress, I don’t know. I’m lucky I know this. This new film, “37 Heavens,” is about Jackie’s relationship with highly born Brit nobleman Baron David Ormsby-Gore Harlech. Proper gent. A diplomat. Britannia’s ambassador to Washington. Also a little ambassadoring to Jackie. He’s gone now, but it’s based on private letters unearthed when his lockbox got unlocked — or handed down — or brought out. Harlech will be played by Guy Pearce. In leaky Washington, following the death of JFK, the thought was this baron might have been her next. He was for sure her confidante. Or whatever.

Listen up . . .

Another retread is “The Nanny.” Onetime superhit TV series, created by and starring Fran Drescher, it’s wheezing back. On Broadway. As a musical. Drescher won’t star though. Me, myself, I was on “The Nanny” 100 years ago. And I just got a residual check — $12 . . . Fresco by Scotto reopened with party planner Larry Scott’s new streetside annex. At the opening, every diner was comped. No check for anyone. Courtesy of the Scottos welcoming them back.

Speak up!

DJT at a rally called Cy Vance a political hack who’s persecuting him and his family. When you’re at someone else’s mercy — or mouth — risky to poke him in the eye. Tali, front-runner for Manhattan DA, with the backing of Dem representatives Torres, Velazquez and Espaillat, even fielded a question about Donald with: “We are constrained as prosecutors not to go in and prejudge anything, and not to casually talk about legal arguments.” Chicken. Talk of laying an egg.

Good guess

“Big Sky’s” Brooke Smith called Vanity Fair, Variety and me to bitch Emmys maybe omitted her. “They say they only nominate series regulars.” So? “So in my last scene I killed my husband and went to jail. So I guess I’m not coming back.” OK.


Visitors sometimes say our city isn’t friendly. Not true. Where else can a mugger knock you down, heist your wallet then tell you, “Have a nice day.”

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.

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