Reviews | “Patriotic and honest Republicans” who tell the truth


For the editor:

Regarding “Trump pressured states to comply with fake voters” (front page, June 22):

There’s a silver lining that I didn’t expect during the January 6 hearings. I am a lifelong democrat. Republicans who have made headlines in recent years have been chilling in their cruel and vicious remarks and extreme agendas on race relations, same-sex marriage and abortion and, most importantly, in their devotion to the ex-president. .

But the hearings brought to the front very reasonable, patriotic and honest Republicans. There are people who voted for Donald Trump and supported his platform, but in the face of his drive to overthrow a fair election, they succeed. They tell the truth about lies and corruption and put their careers and maybe their lives on the line.

It gives me hope that there is a way out of the corruption nightmare of the last administration and a way forward with healthy debate and compromise.

Joan Bancroft

For the editor:

Of all the crimes Donald Trump may have committed or incited his deceived followers to commit, the malicious attack on two election officials, Wandrea Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, is the most shameless act of deceit and cowardice of all. his pathetic career. .

Two humble women worked selflessly during a pandemic to maintain our democracy. Donald Trump has abused the power of the presidency to maliciously destroy the good name of these women in his quest to undermine our democracy.

If no further details or testimony from these hearings are withheld, future generations will wonder how someone with no sense of decency could have been President of the United States.

fried asher
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

For the editor:

As victims of verbal threats and abuse, Wandrea Moss, her mother and other family members should be as eligible for 24/7 safety and peace of mind as Brett Kavanaugh and other Supreme Court justices and their families. We owe them our lives.

Lois Berkowitz
Oro Valley, Arizona.

For the editor:

Regarding “Texas GOP Adopts Stolen Election Claims” (news article, June 20):

Many Republicans who reject President Biden’s 2020 victory hold seats in state houses or in Congress to which they themselves were elected in that same “illegitimate” election. If this election was so fraudulent, how could these same Republican Holocaust deniers (so conveniently) accept their own 2020 elections?

David E. Cohen
North Haledon, New Jersey

For the editor:

Regarding “Judges Deliver Victory to Faith-Based Schools” (front page, June 22):

Whatever you think of the government’s offers to pay tuition for the private education of children, paying those tuition fees to religious institutions is clearly a violation of the First Amendment prohibition against establishing a religion by the government, despite the majority ruling of the current Supreme Court to the contrary.

There is no clearer government support for religious institutions than sending them public money, exactly the kind of government action the First Amendment prohibits. It is not the court’s duty to uphold religion, but only to ensure that the government stays out of the affairs of religion and does not prohibit its free exercise.

What we have instead is a court determined to strengthen religion in this country. It doesn’t matter that the Constitution says otherwise.

Bruce Neumann
Watermill, NY

For the editor:

Once a state funds private schools, it can no longer refuse to fund religious schools. People who believe that this exclusion is justified on the basis of “separation of church and state” are mistaken.

Andrea Economos
Hartsdale, NY

For the editor:

Re “So long, Tolstoy station? Cities ‘decolonizing’ by erasing Russian names” (press article, June 8):

Having visited Ukraine, including Kyiv, in more peaceful times, I can certainly appreciate that it is entirely appropriate to remove the names of prominent Russians from public places in an effort to “decolonize” this wonderful nation. However, the name of the author Leo Tolstoy, a true man of peace and goodwill, should remain.

James K. Riley
Pearl River, New York

For the editor:

The title of your June 9 article on browsing bookstores was: “Can any app capture this experience?” The answer is obvious – of course not.

Browsing through books is a physical experience, involving visual, tactile, and sometimes even olfactory sensations. In a physical bookstore, people are driven to pull a book off a shelf and take a closer look at it for many reasons, some obvious, some subtle, and some downright mysterious.

Every book browser has experienced those magical cases in which they found books that they weren’t looking for or even didn’t even know existed, but to some extent affected their lives.

The possibility of making another such fortuitous discovery is why people like to browse bookstores. It cannot be designed or subjected to an algorithm.

MC Lang
Chevy Chase, MD.


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