Readers sound off on the end of the ceasefire, expelling lawmakers and regulating e-bikes

Readers sound off on the end of the ceasefire, expelling lawmakers and regulating e-bikes

Israel is blowing its chance to restore sanity

Dartmouth, Mass.: Initially, Israel had the sympathy and outrage of a significant list of nations when Hamas inflicted a barbaric attack upon Israeli citizens. But that sympathy faded swiftly as Israel’s reprisal became disproportionately unjustified, which caused a rift not only among nations, but between political factions in the United States. Most damaging of all, Jews everywhere were put at odds with each other and the target of antisemitism that may have been latent but was easily aroused.

There was loud clamoring for a ceasefire, even from devoted allies. It came, to the relief of millions of people affected directly and indirectly. The media spotlight was again trained sympathetically on the released hostages and much attention was paid to their treatment by Hamas. A slight shift in opinion could be seen, providing Israel with sympathy once again.

This was the perfect opportunity for Israel to change course, extract the remaining hostages and declare victory by virtue of the decimation of large concentrations of Hamas tunnels and command centers. But Israel’s leadership unfortunately resumed the bombardment and vowed to fulfill its mission to completely destroy Hamas. This is an absolutely unattainable goal, as Hamas has legions of supporters in other countries, and Palestinians who lost loved ones, homes, livelihoods and a livable environment will now join Hamas and avenge the atrocities committed against them.

Undoubtedly, millions of Israelis were relieved with the ceasefire and hoped for a new direction in policy toward Gaza and the West Bank. This was a missed opportunity that will reverberate for decades to come, and Israel may stand isolated and containing the largest ghetto in Jewish history. Betty Ussach

Genocidal rhetoric

Cedarhurst, L.I.: Voicer Juan Montalvo regurgitates the old canard of Israel committing genocide but then responds with the “from the river to the sea” chant, which is a call for the obliteration of Israel, i.e. genocide. Mr. Montalvo, better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. Adam Moskowitz

Zionist aggression

Bronx: To Voicer Richard D. Wilkins: First off, there are many Israelis protesting Israel’s killing of thousands of innocent civilians. Second, there is no peace because for 75 years Zionists have been stealing land and oppressing the Palestinian people. I’m Jewish and I have relatives who teach their children that the only good Arab is a dead Arab. Richie Nagan

Will of the people

Long Island City: Like the Daily News Editorial Board, I believe it was a mistake for the House of Representatives to expel George Santos (“Failure all around on Santos,” editorial, Dec. 2). He is an unusually stupid person, but his corruption is average, as members of Congress go. That he was elected at all is the fault of New York Democrats, who were apparently incapable of doing even basic opposition research in 2022. The people of his district were best positioned to decide his political fate going forward. Luke J. Cole

Clean House

East Meadow, L.I.: Now that George Santos has been purged from the House, it’s time to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Elise Stefanik and Paul Gosar. Don’t call it “draining the swamp.” Consider it flushing the toilet. Richard Skibins

Next up

Kew Gardens Hills: Congratulations to the House of Representatives for having the courage to expel “Lying” George Santos. Too bad they did not have the courage to expel terrorist supporter, antisemite and liar Rashida Tlaib. She is 50 times more dangerous than Santos and I would prefer 10 of him to one of her. Barry Koppel

Won’t be fooled again

Rockaway Point: I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton because I thought her presidency would bring too much drama (oh, the irony!). I won’t fall for the Republican propaganda again against the Democratic frontrunner, President Biden. If Biden deserved impeachment, the proof would already be known. Likewise, Donald Trump’s lawyers would show proof that Trump is innocent of his many lawless actions. How do you justify treating Trump as if he is above reproach and the law?! Patricia J. Murphy

Direct action

Staten Island: To all of those who are rightfully concerned about animal cruelty, I would suggest that a donation to the ASPCA would go a lot further in addressing the problem than writing letters about a comic strip. Ralph D’Esposito

Uncouth commentary

Brooklyn: To Voicer Stephen Markbreit: Talent and wit hardly excuse Bramhall’s penchant for hurting people personally. And if we’re talking about wit, you might check out Gary Larson, whose comic strip in the Daily News, with its brilliant commentary, came at no one’s expense. As to Trump, what’s the going price of eggs going for lately, $25? Ron Goldman

Singular issue

Brooklyn: For nearly half a century after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in 1973, Republicans claimed that abortion was not a federal matter and whether it was legal or not should be left to the individual states. Now that Roe has been overturned, many Republicans are singing a different tune. They do not believe that women in pro-choice states like New York, California, Vermont and Illinois should have a legal right to terminate unwanted pregnancies. They are now demanding a federal ban on abortion in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., with some extremists calling for outlawing abortion even in the case of rape, incest or threat to the life of the pregnant girl or woman. Americans who believe in reproductive freedom need to keep this in mind for next year’s elections. Dennis Middlebrooks

Festive flop

Staten Island: I agree with Voicer Thomas Sarc: I haven’t watched the tree lighting in many years. It used to be a half-hour show that has morphed, I believe, into a two-hour production. Light the tree already! They torture you with the entertainment and, not for nothing, the tree looks the same every year no matter what size! Lynn Fodor

Call it what it is

Trumansburg, N.Y.: I’m a new grandfather who is losing hope after decades of denial about how fossil fuel use is causing our climate crisis and unnatural disasters. I am asking you to do everything you can to stem the tide of fossil fuel disinformation. For a start, let’s stop using the phrase “natural gas.” The disinformation spread by multi-billion-dollar fossil fuel companies has been so pervasive that we often take part in spreading these falsehoods without it even occurring to us that we are doing so. René Carver

No progress

Brooklyn: I wrote several letters that went unprinted by your paper concerning the rampant disregard for public safety in allowing bicycles and mopeds to do whatever they want in NYC. You had a wonderful editorial about the problem several weeks ago (“Hitting the brakes on e-bikes,” Nov. 12) that received no response whatsoever in the Voice of the People. I was hoping that finally, with a bona fide Daily News editorial, something would be done about the vehicles on our sidewalks. It is awful not to be able to safely take a walk. When will pedestrians become the “kings and queens” that your editorial demanded, and when will our needs be put ahead of the food delivery apps that are terrorizing our city? Ed Temple

Time for a shake-up

Staten Island: Well, another loss by the N.Y. Jets. What will it take for owner Woody Johnson to sell the team? I said this before but I will say it again: Woody, sell the team! You are so obstinate! Jeffrey Van Pelt

Rooting for him

Tobyhanna, Pa.: To Voicer Joseph Napoleone: I know our paisan Tommy DeVito plays for the Giants, but being a paisan, I hope he makes a name for himself in the NFL. BTW, I lived most of my life in South Richmond Hill, near Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Ave. Joseph Matarazzo

Easy enough

Rutherford, N.J.: Mayor Adams versus the FBI: “Show me the man and I will find the crime.” Famous quote by Lavrentiy Beria. Bruce Southern

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