Smithtown, LI: Your article on the Sacco and Vanzetti case (“The Vanzetti Knife, A Family Treasure,” August 23 editorial) was particularly insightful given that it was placed alongside the editorial tribute of The News to Dr. Anthony Fauci about his retirement. Unfortunately, the two articles presented side by side only serve to underscore how little the Italian-American stereotype has been erased over the past 100 years. My way of dealing with the stereotype was similar to yours in that I responded by excelling in my chosen field rather than confronting misinformed idiots and giving them the attention they didn’t deserve.
In the very “red” city where I live, I hear an almost daily onslaught of mostly Italian-American supporters of the former president rattling off the talking points they hear on TV. They praise Rudy Giuliani for ruining his career as mayor and federal prosecutor to act as an accomplice to the former president and, in the same breath, disparage Fauci for using his medical degree to save millions of lives during his 50-year career. These Italian Americans don’t seem to realize or care that they are being used by non-Italian Americans to perpetuate a negative stereotype of their own ethnicity.
Wake up, Italian Americans! Waiting for Columbus Day to show your pride is not enough. When you see people in our culture acting unethically, call them out. When you see people in our culture making positive contributions, like Fauci, do all you can to support them and give even more praise. It costs nothing to conduct oneself with dignity. This is the only real way to fight against the stereotype. Karen Cirillo
Hackensack, NJ: As the Democrats seemed to be gaining ground on the abortion decision, they are once again managing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Forgive $10,000 in student loan debt to anyone earning less than $125,000 a year, or as the administration calls them, “low income” — seriously? In what elitist world do these people live? Mar-a-Lago? Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell warm up their fastballs on the heels of that muffled move. Ken Byrnes
Richmond Hill: If the Russian invasion of Ukraine lasts any longer, I think it will end in Russia’s bankruptcy. They lack oil, gas, ammunition, tanks and bombs, battleships and all the good MREs. How do you say “Let’s get the hell out of Dodge” in Russian? Robert Clolery
Manchester, NJ: For most of my working years, I took the bus from New Jersey an hour and 20 minutes away. As we paid the toll on the New Jersey Turnpike, I saw many cars, mostly luxury cars with a stationary driver, some reading a newspaper and smoking. We moved at 20 mph. These drivers don’t care about the huge expense involved, including parking. They will complain but pay the extra charge. The only solution is to install odd plate numbers on odd days and even on even days, forcing these fatcats to carpool with friends and neighbors. This is the only way to reduce congestion. Alain Berman
Brooklyn: Governor Hochul recently allocated $10 million to counties to create threat assessment teams to combat domestic terrorism. According to NYPD crime data, there have been 816 shootings this year as of August 1. Most of these incidents were committed by street thugs, not domestic terrorists. Why is it more urgent to stop one person from shooting 20 people than to stop 20 people from shooting 20 people? Hochul said, “My number one priority as governor is keeping New Yorkers safe.” Which New Yorkers is she referring to? The only New Yorkers safe these days are criminals – safe from prosecution! Why do some Democrats think everything can be solved by pumping in more money? We have the tools – judges and prosecutors – to make New York safer. It suffices to remind the judicial personnel of their profession and to dismiss those who do not do theirs! Josh Greenberg
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Chappaqua, NY: So Brett Kavanaugh lied in his hearing about Roe vs. Wade. I wonder if he lied about anything else during the hearings. Renee Pollard
Manhattan: To The Voicer Peter McCarthy: I appreciate your surely well-meaning suggestion that I “forget etymology and learn federalism.” However, I had never realized that the two studies were mutually exclusive and I supposed that the more one grasps the true meaning of the words, the clearer our ideas and discussions about policy become. After repeating the well-known fact that little Greece was a democracy and vast Rome a republic, he adds a mysteriously ambiguous note: “Our founders chose wisely. Which of these two do you think they chose? The answer, it seems to me, depends on who you quote, when and under what sociopolitical circumstances the quote occurs, and why someone would choose one term over the other. The most serious studies of the terms conclude that they frequently overlap. In characterizing the government of our country, one continually finds descriptions that seek to have it both ways, indicating how these hybrid, historically variable concepts blend together. Stamos Metzidakis
Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania: Voicer Peter McCarthy overreacts to Voicer Stamos Metzidakis referring to the comparison of “democracy” and “republic” as a quibble. But in internet acronym slang, as a descriptive of the modern state, it’s a DWAD (distinction without difference). There are exceptions: while both imply popular sovereignty (“of, by and for the people”), only direct democracies (and those that provide for initiative, referendum and recall) allow for significant citizen control. ; and republics, depending on the method of selection of representation, may not reflect the popular will. As for McCarthy’s classic historical references, the Spartans might have been surprised to call their form of government a democracy. John A. MacKinnon
Kew Gardens Hills: Regarding your August 25 front-page headline, “Students Get 10G Break”: Over 60% of Americans don’t have a 4-year college degree. Why should they repay the debt of those who do? Forcing truckers and construction workers to foot the bill for philosophy and gender studies is unfair, elitist, and racially inequitable. Most college graduates are “disproportionately white and Asian,” notes the New York Times. Instead, Congress can pass legislation requiring all US colleges that receive federal aid, such as research grants, Pell grants, or subsidized student loans, to freeze tuition at current rates or reduce them. if they exceed the rate of inflation. President Biden should sign it. If he doesn’t, it proves he favors educated elites, not hard-working middle-class taxpayers. Richard Reif
Larchmont, NY: I paid off my student loans. I paid off my wife’s student loans. I paid for each of my three children to go to college so they could graduate debt-free. I was able to accomplish this because my wife and I worked impossible hours and sacrificed and skimped and saved. Now it turns out we were suckers. We could have borrowed and asked the government to recover up to $50,000 for all of us. How to recover this? Robert S. Herbst
Bronx: August 26 column by Re Filip Bondy “Sympathy for Novak after dropping out of US Open? No blow! ”: He wants us to know that Novak Djokovic dropped out of the tournament instead of being banned or unable to compete. Then he claims that Djokovic could compete but “just had to follow the COVID regulations that every visitor to this country still faces”. Question, Mr. Bondy: Does this apply to the thousands of visitors who cross our southern border, some of whom have traveled to New York and may attend the Open, as its website indicates that ticket holders no longer need to show proof of COVID vaccination? Bondy recovers at the end, however, with three honest words: “that vaccine nonsense.” Joe Schulok
Congers, NY: To Voicer Gene Lindsay: If I had a choice for a neighbor, I’d rather have an immigrant than an ignorant racist like you anytime. Beth Friscin