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Readers sound off on the Book of Revelations, Trump on police and youth mental health

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This election, a choice of biblical proportions

Manhattan: I am not a religious fanatic nor am I in church every Sunday, but I do know the basics and was baptized an Episcopalian. I support President Biden because I feel he is a good and honest man who acts like a president should and doesn’t fly off the handle every time someone criticizes him.

Donald Trump has a very thin skin and has revenge in his heart! Imagine wanting to lock up Liz Cheney for her referring to the Department of Justice bringing charges against him for the raid on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. He puts himself above the law. The U.S. Supreme Court is now peppered with justices he appointed, and it is obvious that they all vote in his favor.

Back to my point regarding religion: I have not read the entire Bible, but thumbing through the New Testament, I stopped at the Book of Revelations and it depicted a “Beast” like Trump. It scared me so much that I put it down. When Trump started shouting “bloodbath,” I decided to pick it up and find out more about this beast who began very nice and personable but slowly took over and became a dictator. He ruled the world and led it to destruction. The Bible warns of such a person emerging in government and becoming a beast!

I am not saying this is the absolute truth, of course, but if you are a Christian, you have to stop and say is this a prophecy or what? Whatever you say, Christian or not, Trump has enough things against him for anyone who has a brain to pull the right lever on Election Day! Michael DeSouza

Odious attendee

Brooklyn: To the family of Police Officer Jonathan Diller: Why would you invite the former president of the United States to such a solemn occasion? It smacks of politicization and division. Do you not remember the officers who died or were injured at the insurrection incited by that man? May God help America, because there is no healing in sight. ܲԱǷɱ

Photo op

Swannanoa, N.C.: l just read your piece on the ex-prez and current prez being in the Big Apple for different events. The phrase that took me aback was this one, lightly edited: “Trump made little effort to hide his hopes to… reinforce his focus on crime” (and b.s.-ing his blue-collar supporters). Here’s how l see it: Biden was at a long-planned event with Democratic presidential heavyweights. Trump teleported into a funeral for a fallen cop. There’s a few ways you can take the thrust of Trump’s message, but I’ve come to take his words at face value. He has been focused on crime for decades and he intends to walk that path until he sheds his mortal coil. As the story notes, Biden did call Mayor Adams and asked him to pass his condolences to the bereaved before Trump’s publicity stunt. Some of us, even in our golden years, remember stuff from years back. Rob Stimson

Critical context

Manhattan: Disappointing to see credulous coverage of Trump claiming to support police when he has repeatedly stated that he’ll pardon people convicted of attacking police on Jan. 6 and has referred to them as “patriots.” Every single article about Trump and police should point this out. Cecily Keating


Brooklyn: I was disgusted with the Orange Fraud showing up for the wake of Officer Jonathan Diller. Looking back at Jan. 6, he did not care about the lives of law enforcement officers. He watched while they were attacked and overtaken by his followers. I assume he was there because this is an election year and he is pandering for votes. So far, there have been 27 officers who died in the line of duty this year. How many of those funerals did he attend? He showed up for his photo op in New York because he knows eyes are on New York and not Small Town, U.S.A. My heartfelt condolences to Diller’s family, friends and community. I back the blue 24/7. I hope people know not to drink the Kool-Aid when it comes to this fraudster. Ramona Scott

Say less

East Meadow, L.I.: To Voicer Bob Pascarella: Please get a life! Maybe take up fishing or learn a new language. Go shopping at your nearest mall. Anything that would take up your time and allow you to explore the beautiful world we live in, and stop you from continually writing to Voice of the People and checking every day to see if your love letters to Trump appear. Anthony Natale

Doesn’t sound so bad

Central Islip, L.I.: Elon Musk takes a drug to combat depression. Hey Elon, can I have some of your billions so I can be depressed too? Thomas Sarc

War is hell

Belle Harbor: Genocide is the deliberate killing of large numbers of an ethnicity or nationality with the intent of eradicating them. Those who equate the IDF’s tactics in Palestine to the Holocaust cheapen the term. The unfortunate fact is that civilians are often at risk in modern warfare, especially when the aggressor uses its populace as human shields. The best way to stop your civilians from being killed in a war is not to start one. Hamas has sown the wind, and now they are reaping the whirlwind. Bobby Nelsen

Smarter investment

Brooklyn: Stephen Berger’s call for a reevaluation of our Medicaid spending priorities (“A real debate on Medicaid spending,” op-ed, March 27) is spot-on, but I would argue that one of the top reasons to rethink investments is our under-resourcing of support for children and adolescents experiencing profound mental health crises. Our kids are significantly worse off since the COVID-19 pandemic. With Medicaid as the largest payer for mental health services, strategic investments in youth services are crucial. I see daily the dire need for services targeting our most at-risk youth. These are children potentially engaged with or at risk of entering the child welfare and juvenile legal systems due to unaddressed mental health issues. The debate on Medicaid spending should prioritize investments in high-acuity mental health programs, ensuring that every child in New York has the support they need to thrive. Ron Richter, former commissioner, ϲʿֱ Administration for Children’s Services

Benefits bargain

Manhattan: I strongly object to Mayor Adams’ ongoing taxpayer-funded giveaway to asylum seekers that could total $53 million to the New Jersey company Mobility Capital Finance. The monthly payments for food are higher than New Yorkers’ SNAP benefits. This is totally unfair. I smell some kickback to City Hall with this no-bid contract. This company gets a percentage commission with every debit card swiped by these migrants. Enough is enough with these so-called asylum-seeking people who are here only for economic reasons and not because of persecution in their homelands. All the gangs are already here, so fear of being hounded by gangs there is unfounded. Cecilia Gullas

Un-enshrined right

Holliswood: Re “Old deal meets new reality” (editorial, March 16): You are right. Someone should bring a case re New York City’s “right” to shelter — a case to end it. There is no right to shelter in the New York State Constitution’s Bill Of Rights. Some rights that are listed are religious liberty and the right to organize a labor union. The passage that advocates and a judge from 40 years ago hang their hats on reads: “Subject to the limitations on indebtedness and taxation, nothing in this Constitution… shall prevent the Legislature from providing for the aid, care and support of the needy.” So, it’s up to the state Legislature to aid the needy (while not bankrupting the state), which it does with the various social safety nets already in place (SNAP, welfare, unemployment benefits and Medicaid, to name a few). And the state’s Court of Appeals never ruled that this “right” exists. Gregory W. Chupa


Staten Island: Defending his top aide, Tim Pearson, against sexual harassment charges, Mayor Adams said he is especially deserving of due process and the presumption of innocence because he was present at the World Trade Center collapse and saved “a great deal of people.” Really? Brian O’Leary

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