Nissequogue, LI: Perhaps there is no better way to illustrate the madness and degradation of the rule of law that has devolved under decades of Democratic Party control in Albany than the attempt assault involving GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin. He was campaigning in a suburb of Rochester when he was attacked on stage by a former Army veteran with underlying mental health issues with a pointed weapon resembling brass knuckles that could have caused serious bodily harm without the quick response from the Zeldin team.
Hours after the near-fatal incident, which is expected to send shock waves across the political landscape, the suspect was released on bail without bail, as Zeldin predicted, before being arrested and detained by federal authorities. How, in the name of all that is sacred, can someone who attempts a high-profile political assault be released as if they had committed a jaywalking offense? We should take better care of our veterans, but that doesn’t take away from the cashless bail that constantly threatens our society.
If the Democrats who have cultivated this pathetic soft-on-crime culture can sit down and allow this attack on a sitting congressman, no ordinary citizen is safe in the Empire State. Isn’t it the primary responsibility of the government to keep the peace and protect us from the chaos that Zeldin’s aggressor surely represents?
This is a watershed moment – an indictment of the entire woke police defunding movement. A vote for Hochul is a vote for the status quo and a steady decline of civilization. A vote for Zeldin is a vote for the return of accountability and the rule of law. Steve Louro
Perth Amboy, NJ: Re “Special Death Livery” (July 28): Unreal. Who decided to put this wording on your front page? How dare you? Hurt a family facing such tragedy – how do you think their parents and family feel? Did anyone think about it before writing it? This is not a joke. Larry Gray
Staten Island: Thursday’s front page headline was most appalling, disgusting, insensitive and rude. “Special dead livery”? I understand that a catchy headline sells newspapers, but this was shocking, even to you. Did the person who wrote this headline or the person who approved it ever consider the family, friends and colleagues of the victim? What a horrible lack of empathy and journalistic integrity. Shame on you. The Daily News has long been a shell of itself, but I always held out hope for a turnaround. Not anymore. Marguerite Ponterella
Fresh Meadows: Re “Surprise! Manchin says he now has a health, energy and tax deal with Chuck” (July 28): Is Sen. Joe Manchin finally on board to deal with the climate crisis because record-breaking heat from this summer and the wildfires finally made an impression? Or is it because he will get a side deal for a gas pipeline? Whatever changed Manchin’s mind, kudos to Senator Chuck Schumer for not giving up on him. Now New York State Legislative Leaders Carl Heastie and Andrea Stewart-Cousins should take their lead and make deals, or whatever the politicians do, and pass climate legislation like the All-Electric Building Act. they bottled this year. We still need good surprises. Sara Rebecca Storch
Brooklyn: Your “Climate of Compromise” editorial (July 29) is timely. The senses. Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin negotiated solutions to two of our most pressing issues: the climate crisis and inflation. The bill is a huge deal, and it may grind through Congress as part of the reconciliation process. Now is not the time for senators or representatives to delay things or promote pet projects. Compromises have already been made to get to this point of hope. For the sake of my young children and the planet, I urge Congress to pass the bill as soon as possible. ella ryan
Utica, NY: Chuck Schumer finally took Mitch McConnell’s lunch money, so the Republicans turned around and kicked the weakest and most vulnerable kids in school – disabled American veterans! What “patriots”! And they have the nerve to ask for our vote in November? No way ! Jeff and Joan Ganelles
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West Babylon, LI: I’ve read many opinions here on Donald Trump – most of you hate him. Yet I don’t see many letters from people who say they hate President Biden. Maybe the newspaper won’t allow too many people to say such things. I hate this president but I wouldn’t write in a newspaper to say that (yes, I know what you’re thinking). My point is, I’d love to hear Democratic supporters say what they love about Biden without any mention of Trump or use of the word Republican. Is it possible? Mark Grosso
Manhattan: If most people had three guesses when naming the president responsible for allowing corporate America to shift profits to low-tax countries, they’d probably only name Republicans. But, because it takes time for policy to be implemented, the connection between Arkansas traveler Billie Bob Clinton and this policy initiative of his Treasury Department is not easily discernible. Its effects are, however. Because of this, the United States is losing taxes equivalent to about four times the total federal welfare funding under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), another of Clinton’s follies. Lydia DiBello’s voice rattles off a litany of complaints, mostly economic, that she attributes to Biden’s policies, chiding Biden voters: “You get what you deserve!” The irony, of course, is that the terms of Biden’s term — as with the first year or two of each presidency — are consequences of the policies of his predecessor. Michele P. Brown
Manhattan: I’m on four buses a day. Every day, fewer and fewer people are masked despite the announcements and often free face masks. Bus drivers say nothing and the only time I saw officers getting on the bus they only cared about the fares paid and ignored people without masks. Parents with children board the bus without wearing a mask. This sends a clear message that there is no need to obey a rule if it is inconvenient. Shame on everyone! Marilyn Levin
Cos Cob, Conn. : It drives me crazy when I get on the train to go to work and I can’t get into the bathroom because someone is immobilizing it to avoid paying for the ticket. The conductors constantly let this go on unabated. James P. Norberto
Brooklyn: The recent op-ed by someone who doesn’t even own a car preaching about allocating parking spaces (“A Better Way to Allocate NYC Street Parking,” July 28) is ridiculous. Parking is not free. Car owners pay hefty license fees and gas taxes that go to the city, and exorbitant tolls that go to the MTA. Saying he wants to use the few feet between the sidewalk and the car as public space is another ridiculous suggestion. Reduce the area around fire hydrants from 15 feet to 6 feet, as is the case in Boston. This will create nearly 100,000 additional parking spaces. Robert Mascali
Whiting, NJ: I find it very annoying how the Yankees announcers constantly address each other by name in their analysis of the game. I’ve never heard other advertisers, past or present, do that. It’s just not necessary. They must realize that their job is to describe the game for the audience and not for each other. Michael Kay and Paul O’Neill are the absolute worst. Please cut it, guys! Enough is enough! I also find O’Neill’s “ha-ha-ha” very boring. John Brandenburg
Point Pleasant, NJ: After 60 years, I must say goodbye to the Daily News. I learned to read by reading the comics in The News. I can’t tell you how many important copies with historical titles I have, but you got rid of my life. $87.50 a month is just not acceptable. I hate to say this, but I hope more subscribers do the same and you go broke! Goodbye! Speroni gene