Flushing: Old King Lear reflected on his heritage and decided it was time for him to retire and accordingly he wished to divide his kingdom between his three daughters: Goneril and Regan, who were married, and his youngest daughter, Cordelia, who was not yet married. Therefore, he asked each of his daughters a question: How much did they love him?
Each of the two eldest daughters gave their father a politically correct response, an abundant affirmation of their enduring love for their father, but Cordelia, perhaps looking forward to the day when she too would marry and, in deep happiness, should sharing her father’s love with her husband’s love says something to the effect that she loved her father as much as a daughter should love her father, no more, no less. Poor Cordelia, wrong answer! And poor King Lear, devastated to the point of madness and who lost his kingdom to the benefit of his two sons-in-law and his daughters.
Former President Trump has made his three eldest children, Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric (all born to his first wife, Ivana) fully involved in his four-year presidency. He now finds himself in the unenviable position of his daughter Ivanka – by many accounts his favorite child – having testified against him, disclosing that, in a dispute between his father and his attorney general, William Barr, over a description of the events leading up to the so-called January 6, 2021, uprising, she is more supportive of Barr’s version.
Will Donald Trump be able to survive the emotional trauma or will he dissolve into madness like old King Lear? Saul Grosman
Cortlandt Manor, NY: Talk about coincidence – I was driving with my daughter the other night and she was misbehaving. She then asked me if we could stop for an ice cream, to which I replied with a “No!” Next thing I knew, she had her hands around my neck and was turning the steering wheel in a Carvel parking lot. It was incredible, I tell you, and at the same time, a little hard to believe. Michael P. Devine
Bronx: In 2016, Crystal Mason, of Texas, was sentenced to five years in prison for voting provisionally in that year’s presidential election while on probation after serving a five-year sentence for tax fraud. Mason was convicted despite her testimony that she did not know she was disqualified from voting. In 2020, former Republican congressman Mark Meadows, who left Congress to become President Donald Trump’s final chief of staff, was simultaneously registered to vote in three states: North Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina. South. Neither he nor his wife have ever lived at the address they listed as theirs in North Carolina when they voted on Election Day in 2020. Meadows has never been charged with voter fraud. The vastly different ways in which Mason and Meadows were treated is one of countless examples of the glaring inequalities of the American criminal justice system. Miriam Levine Helbok
Brooklyn: Tuesday was probably one of the darkest days in New York State history. An incredibly small number of people turned out to vote in this first of two primaries. The Legislature bears the responsibility for creating districts that were unacceptable to the court, and the Governor bears the responsibility for not merging this June primary with the upcoming primary in August which will be restricted to members of Congress and the State Senate. . Robert Mascali
Manhattan: Mayor Adams, I know your current focus is to stem crime and violence, as it should. However, you also need to address quality of life issues. Why are drivers allowed to play their music at deafening volumes at all hours? Why are bikers allowed to zoom-zoom at all hours? I am woken up most nights by these two loud noises. It will only get worse as the summer continues. Rosemarie Jenkins
Dobbs Ferry, NY: We have this gun violence in New York City and the Supreme Court decision just took it up a notch. In the “bad old days” (the 1970s), when I was a homicide detective, 1,800 to 2,000 homicides were committed each year in the city, mostly by firearms. An anti-crime unit was formed and tasked with removing weapons from the streets. It took a while but they did it. Two thousand homicides have gone down to 500 a year. In 2020 this unit was phased out and here we are today with children as young as 5 years old being slaughtered. We now live and work in a dangerous city. Randy Jürgensen
Forest Hills: How was the judge in the Zhiwen Yan murder case able to declare his disgust one minute and grant the defendant bail to put him back on the street the next day (“‘Duck sauce killer’ freed », June 28)? I know he’s under house arrest, but that means nothing these days (I wish your newspaper would stop calling Yan’s killer a “duck sauce killer”. He didn’t kill a condiment. He murdered a wonderful man, husband, father, employee and friend to everyone he met). It’s disgusting and everyone is still scared. Sherri Rosen
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Hollywood: New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo hits so hard his walk music should be Bob Dylan’s song “Joey” about mobster Joey Gallo with its mournful chorus: “Joey, Joey / What’s got to them made you want to come and suck you a way?” Gregory W. Chupa
Bear, Delaware: So now, after Kyrie Irving finally decided to go for his $37 million player option, the latest news is that Kevin Durant has just requested a trade to the Brooklyn Nets and Durant has reportedly gone straight to the owner to get it. In the famous words of Sugar Ray Richardson, “The ship is sinking”. What a disaster! Benjamin Rosario
Flemington, NJ: Voice Tim J. Cummings wrote the most articulate and informative account of the overthrow of Roe c. Wade. It was a concentrated effort to remove stare decisis protections – the very issue on which the three justices lied under oath. Marie Ellen Momberger
Whiting, NJ: As a liberal, pro-(intelligent) choice woman: yes, it is a woman’s right to choose, but she must also take responsibility for her choices. When there are so many ways to prevent pregnancy, why would a woman choose to overlook reasonable choices and submit to a dangerous, intrusive, complicated and costly (and barbaric) procedure to end an unintended consequence? Which is easier, hitting the brakes or cleaning up the mess after the crash? Judith Bevan
Brooklyn: Anyone who believes in abortion is a communist. Why? Because you have no respect for human life. God created your child. I will also add that St. Thomas Aquinas said that birth control is worse than abortion in that the child is never born. Wanda Lucci
St. Albans: Abortion is a gray area. Does life begin at conception? Does life begin at birth? My intuition tells me it’s probably somewhere in the middle, but how do we know? God hid it from us. We have to be careful here. I want people to have their rights, but whatever we choose to enact into law, we must recognize the possibility of taking a human life. Everett Harnett
Neptune, NJ: It’s sad to see all Republicans voting (as a bloc) to try to prevent everything President Biden is trying to do and then blame him when things don’t get done. They are all acting like sheep after everything Trump tells them to do. He doesn’t care about them but wants them to be loyal to him, not to the country. He wants the power he had as president. They will always follow him – look at Ted Cruz – because they are afraid of not being re-elected. He was a scammer before 2016 and still is. Delores Clark