Point Pleasant, N.J.: Voicer Karen Cirillo makes an excellent point. Italian-Americans should be proud of our heritage and we should do everything possible to end the negative stereotyping of those of us of Italian descent. I consider myself a proud Italian-American. I have openly admonished Italian-Americans for acting unethically, and I have praised “paisani” for making worthwhile, positive contributions to the community.
I disagree with Cirillo’s statement about waiting for Columbus Day to show our pride. Christopher Columbus is not a source of pride for the Italian people — he is actually an embarrassment. Nor is Columbus an Italian hero. Instead, he was Spain’s first conquistador, and, in reality, the original gangster in the New World. For many years, I have tried to convince people that we should no longer honor and pay tribute to Columbus. “Don Colombo” reinforces all the negative stereotypes of Italian people. Just like the stereotypical Mafiosi boss we see in gangster films, Columbus terrorized and exploited the native population and European settlers for his personal gain and to maintain control of his territory. Columbus instituted the slave trade in the Western Hemisphere. He was also a pimp who rewarded his lieutenants with pubescent, underage indigenous girls. Anyone who dared to defy the authority of Don Colombo was cruelly punished.
These factual accounts of “Don Colombo” are well documented. If we really want to end the negative stereotyping of Italian people, then we must start by dumping Columbus Day. We shouldn’t allow this man to be the poster child of Italian legacy, culture and heritage. Carminuccio Cosimo Palladino
Paramus, N.J.: Wouldn’t it be nice for the planet if some of the UN General Assembly delegates used Skype or Zoom and teleconferenced? This would be a real teachable moment for all of us! The gridlock inflicted on the poor people who live and work in Manhattan is staggering. This gridlock is compounded by the crime on the subways, homelessness and the building boom that New York City is still enjoying. Ironically, climate change is very important to the UN General Assembly delegates. Walt Stevens
Forest Hills: As a stroke survivor like John Fetterman, I’m insulted by the cruel comments made by Dr. Oz — but at least Fetterman knows whether or not he lives in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey, and knows how many houses he owns. This is a wizard without a heart, courage or a brain. Stew Frimer
Manhattan: White supremacists are getting national press in the Miami Herald, The New York Times, on CNN and on HBO. The networks and news outlets are helping organizations like the Proud Boys grow their followings. Edward Drossman
Flushing: In response to Voicer Thomas Facchiano: You are seriously advocating for Sept. 11 to be declared a national holiday. Why? So the uninformed, devoid-of-empathy Americans can have a last hurrah of summer to go to the beach, pool, barbecuing, picnicking, celebrating, taking advantage of sales at Kohl’s and Macy’s? Is this how we should remember the worst attack on our soil that killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans? No, absolutely not! You compare the idea to Memorial Day. If we take your advice, Americans will be greeting each other on the holiday with “Happy Sept. 11″! Needless to say, that would send a horrible message. Paul Gross
Charlotte, N.C.: Sept. 11 was about a week ago and it’s time to pack it away for another year. We say we’ll never forget but we couldn’t even keep the now-closed 9/11 Tribute Museum open for more than 20 years. Why doesn’t the federal government assume the cost of the Tribute Museum and the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum? Why haven’t they been folded into the Smithsonian Institution system as an affiliate? I travel a lot and there are scads of Smithsonian affiliates scattered across the nation. Are any of those more important than this? Schools throughout the tristate area should be making field trips to the museum every year, perhaps as part of the fifth-grade curriculum. We need to remember our history, and not just with a memorial. Names on slabs of granite mean nothing to younger people who did not live through the events. People need to see the objects and hear people’s stories to truly remember. Why do you think you can visit the concentration camps so many years after WWII? Barbara Haynes
Plainview, L.I.: Add the names of Erin Merdy’s three young children (”City knew mom had psych troubles,” Sept. 15) to Lisa Steinberg, Nixzmary Brown, Elisa Izquierdo, Zymere Perkins and Myls Dobson — a list of lives sacrificed by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services. ACS let this case “fall through the cracks” even though those cracks are more like gaping holes in their floors. It closed a recent probe of Ms. Merdy without conducting a mental health exam. And ACS has the nerve to issue a statement claiming that its “top priority is protecting the safety and well-being of all children in New York City.” Richard Siegelman
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Brooklyn: Excuse me, but couldn’t some of the $1 billion that Chirlane McCray got to help mental health services in the city have gone to help Erin Merdy and save her children? Where did all that money go, anyway? Anita Dente
Hillsborough, N.J.: Re Voicer Thomas Sarc’s dislike of Shriners Hospitals for Children spokespeople Alec and Kaleb: I’d rather watch these two bright young men pitch for a hospital than have to listen to old has-beens like Joe Namath and Jimmie Walker screeching about Medicare Advantage plans, or failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee hawking sketchy sleep aids during virtually every television commercial break. Teresa Maj
Omaha: Can someone comment and tell me why the U.S. has not banned the NHL’s Russians? The U.S. Open’s? Tom Dahulick
San Francisco: Much as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria are remembered for their cultural legacies, including William Shakespeare’s plays and the Tudor and Victorian styles of architecture, Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign spanned an evolving era of music, fiction, television and film in which she was an influential figure. Elizabeth II was the subject of “Her Majesty,” the Beatles’ final song on their final (“Abbey Road”) album, and she reportedly enjoyed ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” because “I am the Queen and I like to dance.” A.A. Milne dedicated a book of “Winnie the Pooh” songs to the newborn Princess Elizabeth, and she met Thomas the Tank Engine in one of Wilbert Awdry’s “Railway Series” children’s stories. She was portrayed on film in the comedy “The Naked Gun” and the dramas “The King’s Speech” and “The Queen,” and on television in “The Crown.” Her passing ends a remarkable Second Elizabethan Age. Shoshana and Stephen A. Silver
Newton, N.J.: To the obviously soulless Voicer Timothy Collins: If your twice-impeached hero croaked tomorrow (wishful thinking), you’d insist on 30 days of worldwide mourning. Queen Elizabeth was a much more consequential world figure and is deserving of worldwide attention upon her passing. Your homophobia is also obvious. Go away. Michael Schnackenberg
Bronx: Re “Council bid to fund abortions” (Sept. 14): As New York City retirees fight to keep their earned Medicare benefits, l find it offensive that the City Council wants to fund abortions. The city wants to save money off the backs of retired workers. Meanwhile, l’m sure that Mayor Adams and the rest of the city politicians are not giving up their benefits. City unions should not back the city Medicare Advantage push on its retirees. Daniel Correa
Norwalk, Conn.: To Voicer John Lemandri: Donald Trump said the FBI searched Barron’s room for documents, but the Department of Justice said they did not. Stop watching only Fox News. They, like Trump, always twist everything. I’m angry with the Daily News for putting this Voicer’s comment in the paper. It only gives Trumpers an opportunity to get the lies out to the public. F. Larusso