Readers Speak About Abortion, Urban Crime and Pet Shops – New York Daily News

Manhattan: For 50 years, Republicans have had one goal, to end a woman’s constitutional right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health. They played the long political game, laser-focused on what they saw as the prize, the overthrow of Roe v. Wade. While Democrats have become embroiled in culture wars and gender battles, Republicans have fought their way into local, state, federal and judicial power.

For 50 years, they relentlessly chipped away at the walls that held in place our right to free and safe abortions, their agenda so radical and cruel that, while Republican-controlled states enact abortion bans, they do not not even exceptions for victims of rape or incest, regardless of their age. But rest assured, they’re not done, they’ve already warned us that they’re coming for contraception, same-sex marriage, and any other rights inconsistent with their sick need to impose their draconian religious “values” on the rest. of us. .

Rest assured that the people who have worked for five decades to achieve their goal will not stop forcing some women into unwanted pregnancies in the red states, they will not sit idly by while the blue states continue to offer us the freedom to make our own choices. The moment they win a majority in Congress and the presidency, they will pass a national ban on the choice to end abortion for all of us and our daughters! They count on us to be lazy, not sufficiently informed or interested in our own future and not vote. They rely on their ability to distract us with valid but uneven topics like crime, inflation, or gas prices. So to women of voting age, young and old, I ask why are you willing to give up your freedom? Geidy Perez-Storch

Manhattan: So Mayor Adams and Governor Hochul announced their attack on keeping guns out of Midtown by posting signs that read “no guns in Times Square”; ….absolutely brilliant! Why didn’t all the experts think of this years ago? These geniuses are also planning to turn over money from the city’s pension funds to credit card companies if they don’t help trace munitions purchases, another stroke of genius. How many licensed gun carriers in New York have committed crimes with their legal firearms in Times Square, and how many gangsters buy their ammunition using their own credit cards? Let’s put more emphasis on holding lawmakers, district attorneys and judges accountable. Bruce Robertson

Brooklyn: I get the paper every day at 8 a.m. when the store opens. With a bad hip, I don’t walk too fast. Today, crossing the street, I see an old Chinese man walking in the same direction. As I walk slower than him, I wait for him to pass before starting behind him. He looks at me and takes a few more steps then looks at me again. For about 20 feet he continues to look over his shoulder. Unfortunately, I realize that he is afraid that I will attack him. I slowed down so he could go further. I’ve lived in this block for 59 years, I can’t remember ever looking over my shoulder to check if I was safe. Just a sad day. Gregg Gallo

Newton, NJ: I want to congratulate all the politicians in New York State and New York City for changing the name of the old jingle from “I love New York” to “I hate New York.” Aden O’Donnell

Park Ridge, NJ: The United States stayed away from any direct military involvement in the war in Ukraine to avoid an escalation that would lead to World War III, which in all likelihood would be a nuclear war of which there is no would have no winner. Now that the bombings have concentrated around Europe’s largest nuclear reactor, located in Ukraine, it is only a matter of time before one of the missiles hits the reactor or one of the silos that store the nuclear waste, spilling radioactive material that will contaminate all of Europe and Russia. Then we will have our nuclear war. Steve Ostlund

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Manhattan: Lately all the GOP is doing is hiring lawyers to defend the indefensible. Chris Jobs

Yonkers: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. As a volunteer advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I call on my members of Congress to pass legislation to prevent suicides and support crisis care. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline must be sustainably funded so that confidential, voluntary services by trained counselors are accessible. HR 7116, the implementing act of 988, would provide federal funding and state guidance for 988 crisis services across the country. These centers defuse 98% of crisis calls without dispatching emergency services. Well-resourced crisis support systems can connect callers with local resources, including someone to talk to (call centres), someone to respond to (mobile crisis teams ) and a place to go (crisis stabilization centers). We must ensure that every state has the capacity to provide comprehensive crisis response services to help save lives. For more information, visit afsp.org/988. Join me in urging Congress to take action to stop suicide! Lori Mastrangelo

Bronx: I am 80 years old and I don’t know how to get in touch with the city council, who will make a decision about the installation of larger buildings in Throgs Neck, where there is no place for people who they claim to represent. It will be a deadly trap: there is not enough security; elderly people are attacked, raped, beaten and their property stolen; and the children live in fear and are terrified. If the elevators in a new building stop working, they will have to go up and down eight, nine, or ten stories to get out and back to their apartments. Our police have their hands tied because the judges are sending murderers back to the streets. Many blessings to the greatest city and state and to our politicians, God is watching you and all of us. Catherine Praino

Centereach, LI: I’m 88 years old. I’ve been a Yankees fan since I was 12. Now all of a sudden, because of Amazon, we’re missing one game a week, unless we’re paying for it. With all the money baseball makes, do Yankees fans deserve it? Lucille Fuchs

Manhattan: As a New Yorker and lifelong pet owner, I’m well versed in the issue of pet stores and their puppy mill outlets. After years of debate, the legislature overwhelmingly passed the Puppy Mill pipeline bill, and it now awaits Governor Hochul’s signature. This legislation prohibits pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits. Consumers could still acquire any pet directly from responsible breeders, animal shelters and rescue groups. New York is one of the largest markets for the puppy mill industry, with one of the largest numbers of pet stores selling factory puppies. Please join me in urging Hochul to sign this popular bill, ending our state’s involvement in the puppy mill-to-pet store pipeline! Devin Jane Buckley

Manhattan: The News recently published several sections of lists of unclaimed funds. I noticed that some of them – Santander Bank, from page 27 of Wednesday’s paper, for example – have names listed alphabetically by first name! Why would anyone do it this way? John Guinan

Syracuse: William Daroff’s August 30 op-ed, “Dissolve This Biased UN Commission on Israel,” is correct. Even by the UN agency’s standard abysmal treatment of Israel, the Commission of Inquiry stands out for its embarrassing horror. How the other kangaroo courts must be envious of such audacity! Led by openly anti-Semitic and ardent antagonists of Israel, generously funded and massively staffed, with unlimited reach and mandate, its spewing of hatred and spreading of insidious lies, unless disbanded, will be totally unjust, without constraints and without refutation. Richard D. Wilkins