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To the editor,

To Tom Allon (“Political Spin Cycle”), on your column concerning Trump’s reality show, take your head out of your liberal butt. We the “deplorables” will have the last laugh on Nov 8.

To Shavana Abruzzo (“A Britisher’s View”), “stick a fork in you!” Who asked for your Britisher’s view anyway. One word to you ma’am — Brexit!

To the editor, if I wanted slanted opinion I would stick with the New York Times or CNN.

Domenica Ragusa

Brooklyn

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To the editor,

Donald Trump has stated he didn’t pay any federal income tax, and I am sure there are many more in the same situation.

Knowing this, it’s a good time to establish the flat tax, where all are equal and everyone pays their fair share. No more complicated tax forms. No special tax lawyers, etc.

Hillary Clinton, on your list of “firsts” in office, how about changing the current tax system to a flat tax?

Etta Dorf

Sheepshead Bay

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To the editor,

I know that Hillary Clinton is not a perfect candidate, and there are significant questions about her record and policies.

The nature of American politics is that there is a viable two-party system, and individuals have different beliefs. That is wonderful and I have friends of all political persuasions. We discuss things based on facts.

One thing we all agree on is that we want a competent, mature individual as president. Donald Trump has shown both by temperament and statements that he is not qualified to be president. I grant you that he has raised legitimate issues on trade, on the e-mails, and several other topics. However, his actions clearly indicate that he is not capable of being a president who is compassionate, and respects all opinions and individuals.

Alan Podhaizer

Trump Village

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To the editor,

To all Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters who attended his massive rallies, I know how angry you must feel. Your hopes and dreams seemed to have been taken away from you. By thinking about voting for a third party will not only deny changes you hope to see, but will restrict your lives for the future. With Bernie in the race he was able to pull Hillary more to the left for things that would help everyone, not just a few.

We also need to take back the Senate with Democrats who will work for the people and not deny problems exist, like many natural disasters that have affected many towns and cities.

So with towns flooding, bridges in disrepair, train accidents, and gun violence, the Republicans are silent. What the Republicans will do is stall every program the president proposes like business as usual. Take a look that these do-nothing legislators who refuse to vote for the next Supreme Court judge. Why? Because they want a judge who they think can be controlled to vote the way they want him to.

Sorry, it ain’t gonna happen. Take that to the bank!Jerry Sattler

Brighton Beach

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To the editor,

I’m no fan of Donald Trump, but frankly I’m fed up with people criticizing him for the allegations and claims made by women from ye past. These women woke up much too late.

Before Donald Trump campaigned, he was a celebrity. We know what celebrities are all about. He was not much different and should be judged as such. All those allegations are between him and those women. Remember we had presidents who acted immorally in the white house (ie: Clinton, Kennedy)

On the other hand, Hillary Clinton, with a political career of 30 years, can be judged as a politician. She will not free women (as if we are enslaved). She could not even free herself from a destructive, pathetic marriage. She is enslaved for her own political gain with a man who is an embarrassment to his family and the American nation. I would not put my trust in her as she jeopardized the safety of American people here and abroad by putting classified information in harm’s way.

I just read a report that a person who hacked her e-mails on her private server was given two years in prison. She played dumb that she didn’t know what the ‘C’ in the classified e-mails stood for. Well, just for that dumb reply she should be removed from any political positions.

Name withheld upon request

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To the editor,

Donald Trump must have rocks in his head for saying Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was not a war hero because he was captured. What evidence does Trump have that Senator McCain asked to be captured? He is extremely far fetched, to put it very gently, to imply it was McCain’s own fault.

By Trump’s way of thinking, if there are any more prisoners of war, he will feel it is too much trouble to rescue them.Elliott Abosh

Brighton Beach

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To the editor,

Republicans have blocked Obama since he was originally elected in 2008 with everything he tried to do, basically because he’s an African-American and they couldn’t or wouldn’t accept the fact that a black man was elected president.

They have done everything and anything they could to derail him and prevent him from helping the country. From no jobs bill at the height of the U.S. bleeding 700,000 jobs a month after the Bush stock market crash, to ObamaCare, and finally to Merrick Garland, they have squashed even those bills that they originally supported. Their goal was to make him a one-term president, but luckily that didn’t work out for them.

Donald Trump is the original birther, and a racist, bigoted pig who treats women like objects for his own “enjoyment.” He harped on the birther issue for several years until Obama finally showed an acceptable birth certificate and then (along with Seth Meyers) made him the laughing stock at the annual correspondents dinner. To add insult to injury, the next night Obama got Osama bin Laden and sent him to a watery grave.

Trump wants to ban Muslims, send Mexicans back to Mexico (even those who have been here for many years and even have children born here), take us out of NATO, along with using the bomb wherever and whenever he chooses. He would sell the U.S. to Russia and escalate war in the Middle East, along with ending all bank regulations, dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies, some of which were started originally under Republicans.

Both Trump and Republicans deserve what they’re now getting because of their treatment of President Obama. The Trump “tape” has squashed his run for the White House and sent Republicans into a tailspin which hopefully will play to our advantage on November 8, and allow us to expand Obama’s legacy and keep in place those laws (including executive orders) that he and the Democratic Congress, who were in the majority from when he took office until 2010, put into place.

Rosalie Caliendo

Gravesend

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To the editor,

Hillary hit the nail on the head, as I am one of those filling her “basket of deplorables.” I believe that political correctness has run amok. I believe that after almost a century of government handouts, everyone should stand on his or her merits, without being given special status.

I believe that being a citizen means standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance and the American anthem. I believe in being proud of my country’s achievements in technology and business without apologies to those who add nothing to our greatness. I believe that certain politicians have been playing social experiments in the hope that we will soon be governed by those who openly follow Lenin and Marx.

Yep, I am proud to be one in that “basket of deplorables!” Oh my, despicable me!Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

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To the editor,

I’ve worked the elections for approximately 20 years, both as a poll worker and coordinator.

Everyone knows that there are problems in Brooklyn with the Board of Elections. In the last primary, in a small electoral district, we had 17 affidavit ballots. People coming in as Democrats and not finding their names, voting, and then their votes not counting.

People who have died still have their names on the rolls, even though we bring this to the attention of the board. It not only annoys the relatives, it opens up other problems as well.

There was supposed to be an investigation, where are the results?

Bob Seidenberg

Brooklyn

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To the editor,

To all the women who support Trump, how you feel if he grabbed your daughter by her private parts? Would you still have high regard of him? Or would it be just locker-room talk that all the boys use.

I cannot remember any of my friends saying anything so hurtful towards women, so I guess for your daughters to have psychological scars for the rest of their lives is just fine.

If Trump gets away with this, what message does it send to other men who attempt the same thing? Just bear in mind many scars don’t heal, and the fear of men could be long-lasting. Do you think you’ll ever see grandchildren if your daughters have fear of men?

Also, how very interesting that Donald Trump is the only graduate of Trump University with a doctorate degree. The thing is what has he learned?

As a college student one is exposed to many new cultures and backgrounds which should broaden one’s understanding to learn and share knowledge with others, while making new friends. Instead all he did was find ways to insult Mexicans, Muslims and a Gold Star veteran who died for this country, and then insulted his mother for not speaking.

Trump also denies extreme weather changes that have taken place now and in the past. In California there’s been a five-year drought, and hundreds of families have lost their homes in constant wild fires. A few winters ago areas, some southern states had massive snow falls and ice storms that caused major roads to be closed down. This has never happened before. Also, the East Coast has had record heat waves. This should be a concern to each and everyone of us.

Trump says he could walk down Fifth Avenue and shoot someone without fear of being arrested. How does that make you feel to hear that when we’ve had so many killings? It makes me uncomfortable.

Solomon Rafelowsky

Brighton Beach

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To the editor,

If “Teflon dame” Hillary Clinton was ever indicted for any crimes she committed, which is very doubtful, she should use the “Affluenza Defense,” which seems to apply perfectly in her case.

She is wealthy and successful. She shows signs having trouble functioning in normal society. She has trouble distinguishing right and wrong. She has a sense of entitlement. She believes she has a superior intellect, and doesn’t seem to understand the consequences of her actions and ignores the rules.

Peter G. Orsi

Marine Park

Dopes!

To the editor,

“Worth a Shot” is the result of electing liberal politicians (by Caroline Spivack, Oct. 21). Were they born dumb, or did they go to idiot school?

Providing heroin-injection facilities contradicts functional living and, of course, who else, but crooked dysfunctional Council members would allocate taxpayer funds to provide heroin-injection facilities in the functional areas of New York — and for addicts who mostly do not pay taxes.

Of course this is the latest idiocy by politicians who repealed part, and modified other parts, of the tough Rockefeller Drug Laws in New York, and by President Obama who is pardoning and releasing drug pushers from prison at alarming rates.

We have seemingly insurmountable problems in the city, such as Islamic terrorists trying to blow us up, crime in public schools, politicians infesting good neighborhoods by relocating miscreants, and an out-of-control, illegal alien problem, and our politicians’ major concern is to insure that heroin addicts shoot-up with clean needles so that they don’t contract HIV. What are these politicians on?

At some point, the good areas of the city will become the bad areas, property values will decline, and those who can afford to leave will do so and take their tax dollars with them. Remember that in 2010, New York State lost two of its 29 House seats because many people relocated, and at about the same time, American businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano, whose state and local tax bill was about $13,000 per day, moved to Florida.

People work hard to live in neighborhoods that are relatively free of crime and drugs, and politicians, in their infinite wisdom, want to change that? Why? It’s bad enough that addicts infest our city and live on the taxpayers’ dime, but now they can shoot up in formal settings supervised by the government. When people relocate their predominant questions are: How are the schools and how is the crime? No one asks “Where is the nearest shoot-up facility?”

Certainly, physicians must have some involvement in this government-created debacle. Will they ignore their Hippocratic Oath? Which disease does heroin treat? Is it a poison? Definitely, politicians would never take a similar oath relating to their trade. On second thought, they probably would, they would simply lie.

Before the next election, city officials who are running for office must provide their pro or con opinion for the voters. Those who approve shoot-up facilities must offer to have one next to their home. Seemingly, politicians care about the addicts who shoot up, but not about the lawful residents.

Talk about a bizarro world!

Elio Valenti

Brooklyn

Schmuck Chuck

To the editor,

“A-Hill-a-buster” by Julianne Cuba (Oct. 27) reminded me that Sen. Charles Schumer (D—Park Slope) has a lot in common with Halloween.

He has spent millions of dollars on television commercials paid for by his pay-for-play friends. He proudly boasts of his billions in financial assistance “treats” from Washington brought back to New York. Schumer’s “trick” is that he fails to tell voters where the money to pay for this came from.

Since 1981, under Schumer’s watch as both a Congress member and senator, our national debt went up by $18 trillion. It increased from $1 trillion in 1981 to $19.7 trillion today. Schumer never talks about this at his standard Sunday news conferences or campaign reelection commercials. It is nothing to be proud of.

What is really scary is the trillions of dollars more in national debt that both President Hillary Clinton and Democratic Senate Majority leader Schumer could bring us.

Like the cowardly lion from the Land of Oz, Schumer came out against the proposed treaty with Iran, but with a wink and nod to President Obama refused to lobby his fellow senators in joining him to oppose the treaty.

Many Jewish and non-Jewish friends of Israel are not happy with his abdication of leadership on this issue.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y.

Reader to reader

To the editor,

I strongly agree with Ray Davis to eliminate the deposit on bottles and cans (“Reader’s 5-cents: Buh-bye to bottle bill!” Sound off to the Editor, Oct. 14) .

I, too, am sick and tired of people entering my front yard to search for redeemable bottles and cans. This is a tremendous nuisance and a degradation of my beautiful neighborhood.

They leave behind a big mess, and they do not care that they are invading your personal property.

New Jersey does not have a five-cent deposit on any beverage bottle or can, and their recycling program still works, and they do not have to put up with unwanted pests on their property.

Vivian Patanio

Dyker Heights

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To the editor,

Elaine Kirsch asked if anything can be done to save Sheepshead Bay regarding increased traffic to be caused by the Voorhies Avenue Tower, currently under construction, and other new development (“Reader raises hell about tower,” Sound Off to the Editor, Oct. 21).

Yes, there is. A new one-way southbound public street snaking through the development would improve traffic, enabling Sheepshead Bay Road to be converted into one-way northbound with more direct bus routings. Also, when a new bridge is constructed under the Belt Parkway, the street could be widened between the Belt Parkway and Emmons Avenue.

In fact, the original plans called for a new public street when commercial development was proposed for the ground floor. Now it would require the use of eminent domain, so it is still possible. The problem is that the Department of Transporta­tion’s priorities are bicycles and pedestrians, not the free movement of traffic. They believe slow traffic and congestion (dubbed traffic calming) are safer for pedestrians, and that is all that matters.

Elaine’s concern that buses will not be able to turn into Sheepshead Bay Road because of increased traffic is very real. Rather than take positive steps to reduce congestion, will the city’s solution be to ask the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to remove buses from Sheepshead Bay Road, so that additional stores will have to close?

Allan Rosen

Manhattan Beach

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To the editor,

I totally agree with Jerry Sattler (“Coney past,” Sound Off to the Editor, Oct 28). One thing not mentioned was that the Boardwalk should have been replaced with wood, not concrete.

Years ago, before the army corps of engineers replaced sand that came up to the Boardwalk when it rained or snowed, the water would fall between the cracks. Even when we had a major hurricane the tide would come close enough to the Boardwalk. Some of the stores would need to pump water from their basements, but it was not close to what Hurricane Sandy did. So do we follow a pattern that makes things worse or do we use common sense, recognizing how a concrete walkway causes more problems in the long run.

It’s so easy for politicians to make decisions for people who they don’t even represent. Just look around and see the over-development and out-of-scale condos that will affect each and every neighborhood in the future.

Solomon Rafelowsky

Brighton Beach

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To the editor,

Sheldon Silver, the disgraced former Assembly speaker, was convicted of taking millions of dollars in bribes, but hasn’t done a day in prison yet.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t even get indicted after all her illegal shenanigans, and laughs about it while mocking the judicial system. I guess justice really isn’t completely blind for everyone.

Justice is supposed to be blind. Justice is supposed to be fair to everyone — no bias or prejudice because of who you are or how much money or fame you have.

First Lady Michele Obama once said, “For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country.” I have to say this may be the first time in my adult life that I am not proud of my country.

Cronin Miller

Midwood

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To the editor,

When we were drafted during the Korean War, Hillary was playing with her dolls. We received $80 a month, and more for overseas.

After the military, we began our careers, and I chose teaching. In order to teach in the city in those days, you had to pass a series of exams, and if you failed one, you were finished.

By the mid-1950s, many people had a yearly salary of $4,000, and the total sum of the salaries of a cop, fireman, and teacher over 20 years wouldn’t add up to the $150,000 that Hillary Clinton is supposed to make for a speech. How much money did the party which hired her pocket?

I’d like to read a transcript of one of those speeches, for I want to know what her super-message is. It surely exceed the knowledge of Einstein, Aristotle, and Diogenes, and the wisdom of Confucius.

At a senior affair in Florida, an elderly lady said that she was present when Hillary kicked off her shoes and said she wished she had her dad’s World War I gas mask. No comment.

I have a question for people voting for Hillary because she’s a woman: Would you go to a beauty parlor to fix your teeth?

George Manos

Bay Ridge

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To the editor,

First lady, New York senator, Democratic nominee are all terms that can be used to describe Hillary Clinton. Throughout her life, there have been many conspiracies and rumors about Clinton and her husband, Bill. The majority of these rumors and conspiracies have always sounded too spurious for a regular person to perceive as believable. Yet one piece of news that was reported in April sounded more bizarre than any prior conspiracy, and more like false reporting. “For the Ku Klux Klan, Clinton is our choice,” said Will Quigg, a California grand dragon. Quigg went on to say, “She is friends with the Klan, and all the stuff she is saying now; she’s saying so she can get into office. OK?” Hillary Clinton, the woman whom Republicans despise for being too far on the left side of the political spectrum, was endorsed by an important figure in an organization that is more Neo-Confederate Republican than any other in the U.S. Yet perhaps the Klan’s endorsement does have some reason behind it. There are a few major issues that make the KKK who they are: Firstly, their racist history, and secondly, their opposition to homosexuality. While Hillary Clinton was serving as a senator to New York, she was asked in 2004, what her stance on homosexuality and marriage is. She said she believed “marriage is not just a bond, but a sacred bond between a man and a woman.” (And only recently when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage did she say that “marriage equality represents America at its best.”) Not only was she against homosexual marriage, but in 1994, her reaction to Bill Clinton’s “three strike” criminal bill was perceived as racist (another trait which the KKK has always possessed).

The then-first lady said, “They are not just kids anymore, they are often the kinds of kids which are called super predators, no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.” Super predators is a term used mostly to refer to black children who commit crime, and is considered a racist term. Even more recently, Dolly Kyle, Bill Clinton’s childhood friend told Sean Hannity in an interview that we should “watch the imperious way Hillary treats anyone beneath her, especially young black women.” He then confirmed his allegation that Hillary Clinton is racist and said, “I am absolutely suggesting she is racist.”

But it is not a surprise, since Democrats prior to Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil rights Act, were always the ones who supported racism. Perhaps Hillary Clinton is a classic Neo-Confederate Democrat. Just from her previous stances on race and homosexuality, one can understand why the KKK would come out in endorsing Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is also conservative. Gun control, abortion, and immigration are issues that Conservative Republicans have always had strong opinions on. Coincidently these issues are also ones that Clinton is passionate about. In April of 2008, then-Secretary Clinton said that she disagreed with then-Sen. Obama’s assertion that “people in our country cling to guns.” She then went on to say, “You know, my dad took me behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl…You know, some people now continue to teach their children and grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s a part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are.”

That statement sounds like it came out of the mouth of an old Texas conservative. Although since becoming secretary of state she has changed her opinion on guns, she did indeed have a pro-gun past. She has the same past with abortion as with guns. Although she was never quite clear on her abortion stance, she always said that no matter what, abortions should not happen frequently. During her run for president back in 2008, she said that abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare, and by rare I mean rare” — another opinion that she shared with Republicans.

Her stance on immigration follows the pattern. In Nov. 2015, Clinton was asked what she thinks about securing the Mexican border. She answered with no hesitation, “Well look, I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.” Yet again, as with the other issues, she has since has changed her stance on immigration into one more coherent with that of the modern Democrat.

America has become more liberal than ever before, and this is why Hillary Clinton is choosing to hide her conservative past, and choosing to display herself as the common liberal.

Batya Goldberg

Brooklyn

Hey, Tom

To the editor,

Tom Allon is either missing the point of a presidential election or he is willfully deceiving the public (“The choice is simple: Vote for Hillary, Political Spin Cycle, online Sept. 19). The point of a presidential election is to elect the best candidate to lead America, and Hillary Clinton is not that candidate.

Anti-Trumpers claim that Trump offended everyone under the sun, but Trump never offended America, which is all that voters should care about on November 8.

Trump disparaged women, groped them, and used vulgar language to address them; that is a fact. It is also a fact that Hillary Clinton defended a rapist she knew was guilty and disparaged the rape victim in court. Additionally, it is a fact that husband Bill groped and raped at will, and not a word from Hillary, the alleged protector of women’s rights. To add salt to injury, she disparaged, not protected, the women that Bill groped and raped, and not one word from leftists who, for this election, suddenly seem to care about women.

Tom further deceives the public by stating that Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades were in his private life. Sexual escapades are consensual and are beyond the scope of our discussion. Bill Clinton raped women and lied to Congress about it; he was eventually impeached and disbarred — points that Tom neglected to mention.

Hillary and her felon husband have offended America time and time again. Case in point: Hillary refused to help Americans in Benghazi and was responsible for the death of four Americans; while Bill dodged the draft, was convicted and received a presidential pardon from Jimmy Carter. Apparently, these offenses against America are fine with clueless voters who elected Bill president.

Trump and Clinton are running for president, not as Pope. I suggest that voters, including Tom Allon, put their personal idiosyncrasies on the back burner and concentrate on America. After eight years of Obama degrading America, anti-Trumpers are willing to put the presidency up for sale by supporting a self-serving crook so that she can further damage the country? Does anyone understand what’s at stake?

Here is what Donald Trump wants for America: To build a strong economy, a strong military and a strong national defense, to secure the southern border, eliminate sanctuary cities, and implement an immigration system that vets incoming immigrants, to root out terrorist cells in the U.S., treat terrorists as military combatants and crush supporters of terrorism, to tax countries’ imports that manipulate their currency that in turn hurts America’s currency, to break away from OPEC (we have enough oil in America), to change the tax system to help a dwindling middle class, to drive healthcare costs down by repealing ObamaCare, to get Congress to cut spending to decrease our national debt, to institute workfare instead of welfare, to bring jobs back to America by imposing a tax on imports of American companies’ goods that are made overseas, to have a conservative Supreme Court that follows the Constitution for a change, and more.

And what does Hillary want for America. We really don’t know. So far we’ve only heard bits and pieces that her handlers have scripted. Can she speak for herself? Definitely not and her handlers agree, that’s why they keep her hidden and scripted. The latest news in a leaked CNN e-mail revealed that Hillary had prior knowledge of some questions in the second debate, an attestation to her boundless incompetence, and to the biased liberal media that lies to deceive the public.

With a straight face, some claim that Trump’s past improprieties lends to Trump’s character. Have they viewed Hillary’s four-decade long list of past improprieties? If not for a negative character, she would have no character at all.

Elio Valenti

Brooklyn

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To the editor,

Tom Allon wonders why we did not have the proper intelligence to prevent the 9-11 attacks, and places that failure at the feet of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. He states we were warned by Osama bin Laden and the CIA.

Proper intelligence would have been a personal e-mail to the Oval Office from hijacker Mohammed Atta. Everyone knew something was coming, they just didn’t know who, where or what. Even the present administration does not have the answers to our present problems.

Maybe, just maybe, if the government agencies were allowed to communicate with each other they could have figured it out. But because of the shenanigans going on in the White House they were prohibited from communicating by the Clinton Administration because if they put two and two together they might get four. Bush neglected to reverse this order. Score one for you, Tom.

As for Florida’s corrupt count, I thought the determination by the New York Times cleared that up when they investigated the issue and stated Bush won.

How many terrorist attacks against America were there during the Clinton-Gore administration? How many dot.com companies were created then and went under, and were investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission after their administration? And who got blamed? Right, Bush. Clinton and Gore left a surplus due to the tight reins of a Republican Congress.

Wars cost money. The Afghan authorities were contacted and told an individual living in their country was responsible for the terrible attack. They refused to cooperate. What was Bush supposed to do? Shrug and walk away? Peace costs money, too.

I have always been conflicted about Iraq, but Saddam Hussein had been on our radar since the Reagan years, and had already caused one serious conflict with his invasion of Kuwait. Yes, we found and killed Osama with the help of a Pakistani doctor who languishes in prison due to President Obama’s betrayal. Bush allowed 9-11 to happen? Really? He rushed to war in the “wrong place?” Where was Osama?

As far as economic collapse, talk to Barney Frank, who refused to deny the American Dream to people who could not afford it. Tom also points out that Hillary “pushed” Obama to “finally” execute Osama (that depends on which story you believe), and how she “spent four years crisscrossing the globe to maintain peace” (how did that work out for the Middle East?) and “important alliances” (by sharing classified information, no doubt).

Tom says she did not “handle Benghazi well,” but I know of four dead Americans who would use stronger language.

Name withheld upon request

Dumb-olition

To the editor,

There is no demolition permit necessary if you want to demolish a home!

I was shocked to see a home at 312 83rd Street had been almost completely demolished. The demo crew was hanging out in the remains. In fact they were in a frightfully deep cavern that had been excavated in the center of what had once been the perimeter walls, a few bricks were all that remained.

I reported the condition to Community Board 10, and asked if they were aware of the situation. After investigating, the board’s staff discovered that a new building permit had been filed, but they were taken by surprise, because no demolition permit notification had been sent to their office. The Department of Buildings’ response was that a new building permit, does not require a demo permit. So, the clever-if-unscrupulous architect and owner found a way to avoid filing a demo permit.

The board also discovered that complaints about a demolition without a permit are categorized as a B priority, rather than an A priority, lessening the severity of this very dangerous practice. Usually, a demo permit triggers and insures safety measures. By negating this step, the owner and architect put the safety of the neighbors, as well as their workers at risk. Now think about the consequences this brings to our community and city. The possibility of gas leaks; compromising the structural integrity of neighboring properties, and harming the health and lives of workers.

How can you demolish a building in New York City without a permit, especially with the spate of recent construction disasters? And how do we stop this from ever happening again? What needs to be done immediately?

Any significant demo of a building needs to trigger the requirement of a demo permit, so that both our neighbors and workers on construction sites are protected. “Significant” needs to be clearly defined! The Department of Buildings’ definition of a demo needs to be immediately changed. Did you know that the removal of three walls (which means there is no roof) on a structure, is not considered a demolition in the city? This is ridiculous and deadly.

Once again our community is put at risk. Another set of bad actors subverted our building laws, negating any responsibility for the consequences. They have destroyed yet another lovely Bay Ridge home. They have put our neighbors and community at risk. They have put their employees in serious danger.

Close this loophole in city law and policy, now.

Victoria Hofmo

The writer is president of the Bay Ridge Conservancy.

NYPD blues

To the editor,

She put down the scissors, but soon lunged at the police officer with a bat!

Already the phony ultra-liberals are criticizing the police officer who shot and killed a deranged woman. Of course, our brilliant progressive mayor says he will get down to the bottom of the situation. What would he and the other lunatic far left have liked — that the police officer to have, heaven forbid, suffered a fractured skull and be comatose in the hospital?

This disturbed lady had acted out repeatedly and the police were frequent visitors to her apartment. What would you want the policeman to say: Mamma-la dear, put the bat down, and we’ll sit over a bowl of chicken soup?

In this situation, the officer acted properly. This woman would eventually have killed an innocent person during one of her tirades. She should have been institutionalized Support our police and don’t immediately condemn them.

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Care 4 caregivers

To the editor,

Mayor DeBlasio signed into law two bills that take important strides toward supporting both paid caregivers and unpaid family caregivers in an aging city.

That’s great news, and it can’t come soon enough. Across the state nearly 2.6 million unpaid family caregivers help make it possible for older adults and loved ones to live independently at home – and at a much lower cost to taxpayers than if they had to move to institutional care settings. As our population continues to rapidly age – and especially since the number of potential family caregivers can’t keep pace — we will need to make sure caregivers have the support they need.

And that’s what New Yorkers want; an AARP-commissioned survey found eight of every 10 city voters 50 and older felt strongly that elected officials should make support for family caregivers a priority.

Family caregivers help their older loved ones with medications and medical care, meals, bathing and dressing, chores and much more. And they do this all while often putting their own needs last, with many juggling full- or part-time jobs.

The two new laws require the Department for the Aging to identify the needs of unpaid caregivers and develop a comprehensive plan to address those needs, and to establish a new Division of Paid Care within the Office of Labor Standards.

Those are great steps, but this year’s city budget did not include adequate funding for services to help New Yorkers age independently at home. The next step for our city leaders is to make sure next year’s city budget does.

Beth Finkel

The author is the state director of AARP New York.

‘Feel-good’ bill

To the editor,

So the Congress and Senate grew a pair and overrode a presidential veto. Now the victims of the Muslim terrorists, who initiated the 9-11 attacks, can sue the home countries that have supposedly sponsored the death and destruction on our own soil. Good luck!

I can count on one finger, and you know which one that is, the success rate of obtaining a judgment against these rogue Muslim nations. I hope that anyone suing has a good stash of funds to pay their lawyers while their case drags out for decades.

It seemingly is a great feel-good bill, but don’t hold your breath for reparations!

Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

Jes’ the facts

To the editor,

I would like to send my condolences to the mother who lost her life in Hoboken NJ train accident and to the injured. I wish them a healthy and speedy recovery as soon as possible.

The one federal agency I have great respect for is the national transportation safety board. I find this organization the most reliable when it comes to investigation of train, boat, and plane accidents. What I also admire they go through each and every piece of material to determine what caused the accident, and how to improve the problem so it won’t happen again. This process does not happen overnight. It can often take many months or a year or two for the results and recommendations.

Until all the facts come out I wish people wouldn’t jump to conclusions. Please let the experts do their job without interference from the papers who think they know how the accident took place.

My other wish that all other agencies would follow the same pattern, and be completely and honest with all investigations presented to them.

Jerry Sattler

Brighton Beach

Defending Japan

To the editor,

The U.S. spends $5.5 billion per year to provide military defense to Japan. Under the defense treaty, the U.S. is obligated to defend Japan, even if Japan provokes another country such as China, yet there is no reciprocal clause in the treaty.

As long as the U.S. military is providing defense to Japan, the U.S. must require that Americans are given the right to live, work, study, and operate a business in Japan, on an equal basis to Japanese citizens.

If Japan does not agree to provide U.S. citizens these rights, Japan should simply be declared a territory of the U.S., as our military is already in control of the country.

It is unfair that U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for Japan’s security, as a result of Japan’s bad behavior in World War II, yet U.S. citizens cannot benefit from the fruits of the security.

Rev. Dr. Eric Hafner

Toms River, N.J.

Scofflaws

To the editor,

According to the Department of Transporta­tion’s web site, “double parking is illegal at all times, including when street cleaning is occurring, regardless of location, purpose or duration.”

At such times affected motorists routinely double park and leave their vehicles unattended on the opposite side of the street to avoid summonses. This practice blocks and prevent legally parked vehicles from moving. This is more than a mere inconvenience. At times, I have been late for or missed important appointments because double parked cars blocked egress. At other times double parked vehicles have prevented me from getting to my 97-year old mother who lives with advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

The NYPD does not enforce double parking rules. I have repeatedly watched traffic enforcement agents ticket vehicles parked on the wrong side of the street while inexplicably ignoring long lines of double parked vehicles. This enforcement failure allows motorists to violate the law and the rights of others with impunity.

The selective enforcement of traffic regulations has to stop. I recognize that double parking is not the highest police priority, but the law is still the law. If the police can target Eric Garner for selling individual cigarettes, then it can also enforce parking regulations. An occasional ticket blitz, which would require only limited time and resources, would go far to reducing this longstanding concern.

So, what’s holding the city back? It can only be a lack of political and administrative will.

Arnold Kingston

Sheepshead Bay

Never forget

To the editor,

Fifteen years ago, our neighborhood became the laser-focus point of the world, as an attack on our city and country brought down the World Trade Center. The effects of that attack set off a chain reaction of international events, many of them as unfathomably horrible as that day 15 years ago.

It isn’t talked about much, but the events of 9-11 also left residue on our neighborhood’s psyche, on our landscape, in our lungs. Incredibly, while politicians at the national level were quick to seize on our local and national tragedy to sow fear, division and hostility, we had to fight for compensation for first responders, and some parts of that fight are still ongoing. And of course the complicated financial and social issues that resulted from the once-tallest building in the world crumbling into our streets, those issues have not gone away. There are ripple effects in transit, in safety, in health, and in all facets of local governance, just as in our families and circles of friends.

That day left a deep scar in so many ways, but it also demonstrated that there are no people on Earth more cooperative or resilient than the people of Lower Manhattan. This neighborhood is beautiful, and it responded beautifully. The hugs we all gave to strangers in the weeks and months following 9-11, the loads we carried for each other, and the unquestioning help we gave to family and strangers, alike, were ephemeral symbols of a complicated, beautiful love we try to live out in our diverse community every day. The struggle that followed was hard, it was awful, but it was also true to our tradition of struggle for justice and reconciliation in this neighborhood, stretching back to the earliest days of American activism.

We may never have satisfactory answers, but may we always grow stronger by pulling together.

Paul Newell

Lower Manhattan

Free java

To the editor,

As temperatures fall, the desire for a warm cup of joe rises. On Sept. 29, celebrate National Coffee Day with a free or reduced-price cup of coffee at coffee shops nationwide.

In past years, Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Caribou and many others have offered food and drink deals on this day.

Joan Mangano

Mill Basin

Republi-CONS

To the editor,

Congratulations to the people who voted for the Republican Party. After 9-11 devastated the whole country and many first responders gave their lives to save people what did your party do for them? I’d say nothing for years — while many were dying from toxic fumes your party was quiet.

It took many years for Congress to finally act and do the right thing, but did they really care? Then your Republican Congress decided to shut down the government. Once again your party decided not to fund this Zika outbreak to the full amount that the president wants.

Saving all lives from people who should never have a gun again hasn’t swayed your party. Then I wonder if one of their family members was killed by gun violence, would it make any difference?

Jerry Sattler

Brighton Beach

A-nniversary train

To the editor,

Happy anniversary to the A train! On September 10, 1932 service started on the A train, which originally ran between 207th Street in upper Manhattan and Chambers Street in downtown Manhattan.

This was the first city owned and built the Independent Subway System subway line. At the time, it was considered state of the art, with rattan seats, metal straps and overhead fans, and providing speedy service. The subway cars were so well built, many ran over 40 years into the early 1970s. The basic design of these cars served as the foundation for future generations right up to the present day. Stations on the A line were built to accommodate up to 11 car lengths. During the 1930s, the city began building and financing construction of the new independent subway — today’s A,C,E,F and G lines). This new municipal system completely subsidized by taxpayers dollars would provide direct competition to both the privately owned Interboro Rapid Transit (today’s 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 lines) and Brooklyn Manhattan Transit (today’s B,D,J,L,M,N,R,Q and Z lines).

The original base fare of five cents was established in 1913. Municipal government forced both the B.M.T. and I.R.T. into economic ruin by denying them fare increases in future decades that would have provided access to additional badly needed revenues. Big Brother, just like the Godfather, eventually made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. The owners folded and sold out to City Hall in 1940.

The A train became famous in the 1940s when jazz musician Duke Ellington wrote “Take the A Train.” The A line was extended in 1936, known as the “Fulton Street branch” and running thru Brooklyn, terminating at Lefferts Blvd. in Queens. When the Long Island Rail Road abandoned the Rockaway Beach Branch in the 1950s, the A line was extended to provide new service to the Rockaways on June 28, 1956.

In 1953, the old city board of transportation passed on control of the municipal subway system, including all its assets to the newly created New York City Transit Authority. Under late Governor Nelson Rockefeller in the 1960s, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was created.

Many are too young to remember that up until the 1970s city transit extended E line service, which ran express in Brooklyn, providing supplemental service to the A line during rush hours to the Rockaways. Riders up until the early 1970s had to pay an extra fare when traveling beyond Broad Channel to any other station in the Rockaways.

For off peak and late night service, there was the old local shuttle from either Rockaway Park or Far Rockaway to Euclid Avenue Station which was the first stop in Brooklyn.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y.

Lights off!

To the editor,

The 1,250-watts lights on the sidewalks outside the Sheepshead-Nostrand Avenue Houses, as part of Mayor DeBlasio’s study on using lighting to deter crime, are so blinding that one must turn one’s head away, even from as far as a block away.

Because these are not high overhead lights, as are street lamps, but are only a few feet higher than eye level, the light shines right in one’s eyes. When walking or driving down Avenue V and turning into my street, the blinding light causes me to turn my head away or down. The inability to look straight ahead and be aware of one’s surroundings is counterproductive to the aim of deterring crime. It could also potentially cause a vehicular accident.

These lights also make the neighborhood look like a prison yard. Wouldn’t it make more sense to simply increase the wattage of the existing street lamps, which are overhead lights and do not shine directly in one’s eye?

Unless the light is increased throughout the whole area of the public housing, I don’t see how an occasional light placed at two-or-three-block intervals can do much to deter crime. Good intentions aren’t enough.

Shirley Ranz

Sheepshead Bay

Field of cleans

To the editor,

Something has to be done with some of these baseball players who look completely disheveled on the field.

How can they play ball in such hot weather with that long hair? Many sport beards as well. They look like they’re answering a casting call for the remake of the musical “Hair.”Kudos to the New York Yankees for having a policy which demands neat, clean shaven players on the field.

I’m not advocating a suit and tie on the field, but their appearance on the field is disgusting to view.

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Star spangled canner

To the editor,

It was sad to see the San Francisco 49’ers quarterback not stand for the National Anthem. Of course it is anyone’s right to not stand for the rasing of the flag, regardless of his reason for not doing, but he should realize many soldiers in the past and present have made the ultimate sacrifice for it.

There are still conflicts overseas, with are troops being put in harm’s way. If he has issues that are politically motivated or otherwise, he should put that aside to be respectful of the red, white and blue.

Joseph V. Comperchio

Gravesend

•••

To the editor,

Certain professional sports players are making a political statement on the field by sitting for the national anthem and bashing cops. As citizens of this great country we can make a statement too.

The teams condoning these un-American actions deserve a good kick in the wallet. Find out which product endorses these teams and team members, and which products are advertised during the games, and then write to the head of each company, telling them that you will stop buying their products and spend your hard-earned dollars on competitors’ offerings. This, along with simply turning off the continuous anti-American drone on the television networks, should send the message that the playing field should be devoid of demonstrations and political activism.

Now grow up and play ball!

Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

Capt. America

To the editor,

In an era where political correctness is rampant, it was nice to see Captain America, a white guy, heralded as a hero. True, he is a comic book and movie character, but he rallies all to the great cause of the American way.

Some people are hell bent on decapitating statues of great Americans like Washington and Jefferson, along with brave civil war heroes, simply because that they are ignorant of history and their true contributions to America. To them it’s black or nothing!

They should stand back and be grateful that without these men building our country and protecting it, they wouldn’t have any opportunity at all to grouse about their color.

Times have changed and any hero of any ethnicity should be embraced, celebrated, and immortalized without first deciding whether their color is appropriate.

Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

‘No clue’

To the editor,

In all honesty, how could Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina say that the school system is better off with fewer suspensions?

Doing this will only embolden disruptive children to carry on even worse than they usually do. There is no fear now whatsoever since it appears that anything goes in our system.

The chancellor and mayor know full well that some of our schools are so bad that the military needs to be called in. We need to instill military discipline in these schools if we have any hope of salvaging them. Why is there no talk of returning to the 600-school concept for chronically unruly pupils? Are we afraid that if we did this, teachers would be able to teach and be recognized for their efforts instead of being admonished for not being able to “control” certain children?

The basic problem is that our so-called educational leaders and “experts” spent little or no time in the classroom, but are able to dictate policy. At least 10 years of teaching experience should be required before you become a supervisor. Experienced educators know the rigors of classroom teaching; others have no clue.

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Trump dump

To the editor,

I have had a lot of questions about Donald Trump’s qualifications to be president of our country, since he began his campaign, and his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention left me with a lot more.

First of all, how many writers did he hire to write his speech? Did he study it beforehand or just read it off a teleprompter without really knowing or caring what he was saying, as long as he got support from his listeners? How much of the speech did he really mean, besides the parts blasting Hillary Clinton?

Will Trump, if he becomes president, actually do any of the things he promised he would in his speech, other than building a wall between us and Mexico which will undoubtedly antagonize Mexico and many other countries, and not keep out terrorists or drug dealers? They will either break through the wall or tunnel under it. Will Trump send thousands of homeless immigrants, including hungry children, back to their homelands to be either assassinated or starve to death? Trump now says he wants to help all Americans, including women, minorities and L.G.B.T. citizens. Can we really believe him?

Trump’s speech and Hillary Clinton’s supposed carelessness or dishonesty have left me wondering if there is such a person as a completely honest politician, and whether a completely honest politician could win an election. I doubt that honest Abe Lincoln could have won the presidency in today’s political environment. However, I do think that Hillary Clinton, honest or not, is far more qualified to run our country than Donald Trump. I have a few questions for Trump that he has never answered: Why haven’t you released your tax returns? Why did you create, sponsor, support, and give your name to a fraudulent so-called university that bilked thousands of students out of hundreds of thousands of dollars? How do you expect to manage our country’s budget when you couldn’t even keep your hotels and casinos in Atlantic City from going bankrupt?

Hopefully, we’ll have all the answers we need before November.

Elaine Kirsch

Gravesend

War and peace

To the editor,

Another senseless loss of life in Nice, France, where men, women, and children who had nothing to do with politics of the country paid the ultimate price.

Can leaders be so blind? For every loss of life, the anger of many begins to build up. Quite often we hear that war should be the last resort, but why do we continue bombing countries that never attacked our nation?

I suppose that history will not judge us in a positive way. We stoke the flame of anger with each bomb drop and drone strike that kills innocent people. Payback is what we reap.

How many times have we heard let’s have a dialogue? Have we really tried that? Or are they just a bunch of empty words?

Name withheld upon request

Err waves

To the editor,

I tried to watch the Republican National Convention only to find that regular broadcast TV — a wasteland of inane comedies, unreal reality shows, and a spattering of highly filtered and biased network convention coverage — did not have continuous coverage of this most important event. I and the millions of others who have cut the cord find that we just have to muddle through whatever limited coverage is offered.

It is only too well known across this land that the talking heads of the networks have their own slanted democratic agenda, which are only to be believed with a really big grain of salt.

After they put their spin on the events, we’ll just have to keep our eyes and ears open to get the straight story.

Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

Bad sports

To the editor,

It’s baseball season again. Teams will be battling it out on baseball diamonds across the country.

I watched a game in which the Atlanta Braves were playing. It was obvious to me that Native Americans would be offended by this team being called “Braves” and having a tomahawk symbol on their uniforms. Another offensive thing is the tomahawk chop.

The equivalent of that would be to have a team called the San Francisco Soldiers, and the symbol on their uniform was a rifle, with fans doing a mock rifle shoot in the stands. I think many people in this country would be offended by that.

After the genocide we caused them, the least we can do is to treat Native Americans decently.

Jerome Frank

Coney Island

‘Comm’ off it

To the editor,

I read Jerome Frank’s letter about how the media is not liberal, but conservative ((“Rob ‘ Jerome,” Sound off to the Editor, July 10). I want to thank you for a good laugh, but my next thought was how can an adult person be so naive?

Jerome, for you knowledge, the media is overwhelmingly liberal and bias. I emigrated from a so-called Latin-American country. I know what Communism does to people.

When I was younger my compatriots were immigrating in masses to Venezuela for a better future. Venezuela was the most prosperous country in Latin America. And now after years of Communism the Venezuelan people are looking in the garbage disposals to feed their children.

I am old enough to remember the old Soviet Union where stores were empty and people were waiting in line to buy any food available. Today if you visit Russia and the rest of the former Soviet Union, nobody is waiting in line for food, the stores are full of merchandise. So what does Venezuela today and the former Soviet Union have in common? The answer is very simple: Communism.

Is that what you want for the United States? The most corrupt politicians in the United States in recent history are the Clintons, without a doubt. They did not invent bribery, but they perfected it. Do you really think that anybody pays hundred of thousands of dollars to listen to Hillary’s words of wisdom?

Then you were parroted the Clintons’ line about Donald Trump failing several times in his businesses. That is right, he failed and he picked himself up, and he started again, that is something to admire, actually.

Hillary never failed because she never risks her own money, she is playing safe, she is always using our money.

Ana Pusar

Marine Park

Blame game

To the editor,

Everyone seems to be blaming someone else for the killings of black men, the killings of cops, the killings of people in custody, the killings of innocents — whether at war or just walking down the street minding their own business.

I’ve heard it’s the president’s fault, the mayor’s, Al Sharpton’s, the guns’, the judges who let loose career criminals, and parents who don’t give their children family values and discipline, or teach them about consequences for bad actions.

We can blame friends, gangs, the father who wasn’t around, the courts and the legal system, drugs, unemployment, the media, and the weather. Hey, what about blaming Ted Turner, who started the 24-hour cable news networks bombarding us with much of the same stuff over and over. But let’s not blame the rotten, dirty, no-good, demented scoundrel who pulls the trigger or causes the mayhem.

He’s usually just a good boy who made a mistake or is being falsely accused. Just look at his cherubic face on his first-grade graduation picture, but don’t look at the one on social media — you know the one where he is holding a gun and flashing gang signs.

Peter G. Orsi

Marine Park

Oy vey

To the editor,

Jewish people have a way of addressing trouble with two little words — oy vey — and oy vey, do we have trouble. We have a president worse than Carter or Nixon. This president lied and made a treaty with a terrorist country that calls for the death to America and Israel.

We also have the worst-ever mayor who should go to jail. We have a Congress which would rather protect pedophiles and perverts than innocent children. Oy vey! Oy vey!

What can we look forward to? Two wannabe presidents who out-lie each other. What to do? Just say oy vey and go on our way.

Jay Sonners

Coney Island

Parking hogs

To the editor,

I live on East Third Street between Avenues X and W. There are two cars, owned by brothers, that are constantly illegally parked during alternate side parking.

We have alternate side parking on the west side of the street on Tuesday and on the east side of the street on Fridays. The two cars parked illegally are left in the same parking spots for months — one of the cars has been in the same spot since January! Currently they are parked on the west side of the street which has alternate side parking rules on Tuesday. The reason why they get away with this because they have covers they put on their cars that prevent Sanitation from issuing tickets.

I understand that there are problems like this in other parts of Brooklyn — some are also worse than my street — and I was told by someone knowledgeable that these cars were slated to be towed away, but they still sit here. If the city doesn’t have enough tow trucks to handle the removal of all these illegally parked cars, then it should let towing companies in each borough bid in order to remove these cars.

I know the police have many priorities dur

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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