opinion | “Patriotic and honest Republicans” are telling the truth


About the editor:

On “Trump Pressures States to Obey Fake Electors” (front page, June 22):

There is a silver lining that I didn’t expect at the January 6 hearings. I’m a lifelong Democrat. The Republicans who have been in the news in recent years have been chilling with their cruel and vicious statements and extreme agendas on race relations, gay marriage and abortion and, most importantly, their devotion to the ex-president.

But the hearings brought some very sensible, patriotic, and honest Republicans to the front lines. There are people who voted for Donald Trump and supported his platform, but come through in the face of his drive to overturn a fair election. They tell the truth about lies and corruption, putting their careers and maybe their lives on the line.

It gives me hope that there is a way out of the corruption nightmare of the last administration and a way forward with sensible debate and compromise.

Joan Bancroft

About the editor:

Of all the crimes Donald Trump may have committed or inspired his deluded believers to commit, the malicious attack on two campaign workers, Wandrea Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, is the most flagrant act of deceit and cowardice of his entire pathetic career.

Two humble women have worked selflessly to uphold our democracy during a pandemic. Donald Trump has abused the power of the Presidency to maliciously destroy the reputation of these women in his quest to undermine our democracy.

Unless further details or testimonies from these hearings are known, future generations will wonder how someone with no sense of decency could actually become President of the United States.

Ascher Fried
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

About the publisher:

As victims of threats and verbal attacks, Wandrea Moss, her mother, and other family members should be just as entitled to around-the-clock security and peace of mind as Brett Kavanaugh and other Supreme Court justices and their families. We owe them their lives back.

Lois Berkowitz
Oro Valley, Ariz.

About the publisher:

On “Texas GOP Accepts Stolen Electoral Claims” (News article, June 20):

Many Republicans who oppose President Biden’s victory in 2020 are occupying statehouse or congressional seats to which they were elected in the same “illegitimate” elections. If this election was so fraudulent, how could those same Republican abstainers (so conveniently) accept their own 2020 election?

David E Cohen
North Haledon, New Jersey

About the editor:

Regarding “Judges Deliver Victory to Faith-Based Schools” (front page, June 22):

Whatever you may think of government offers to pay the tuition fees for children’s private education, paying those tuition fees to religious institutions is clearly a violation of the First Amendment prohibition against the government institution of religion, despite the majority of the current Supreme Court of Justice the opposite.

There is no clearer government support for religious institutions than directing public funds their way, the very kind of government action that the First Amendment prohibits. It is not the court’s duty to endorse religion, but only to guarantee that the government stays out of the affairs of religion and does not prohibit its free exercise.

What we have instead is a court bent on strengthening religion in this country. No matter what the constitution says otherwise.

Bruce Neuman
Watermill, New York

About the publisher:

Once a state funds private schools, it cannot refuse to fund religious schools. Anyone who believes that this exclusion is justified because of the “separation of church and state” is wrong.

Andrea Economos
Hartsdale, New York

About the editor:

To “So Long, Tolstoy Station? Cities ‘Decolonize’ by Erasing Russian Names” (News article, June 8):

Having visited Ukraine, including Kyiv, in more peaceful times, I can certainly understand that removing the names of prominent Russians from public places is very appropriate in order to “decolonize” this wonderful nation. However, the name of the author Leo Tolstoy, a true person of peace and goodwill, should be preserved.

James K Riley
Pearl River, New York

About the editor:

The headline of your June 9th article on browsing bookstores was: “Can any app capture this experience?” The answer is obvious – of course not.

Browsing through books is a physical experience that involves visual, tactile, and sometimes even olfactory sensations. In a physical bookstore, people are drawn to pull a book off the shelf and examine it for many reasons, some obvious, some subtle, and some downright mysterious.

Every book seeker has experienced those magical instances where they have found books that they were not looking for or even knew existed, but which to some extent have affected their life.

The possibility of making another such random discovery is why people love browsing bookstores. It cannot be constructed or subjected to an algorithm.

MC Lang
Chevy Chase, MD.


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