The Issue: A new Siena poll showing 27% of New Yorkers plan to leave the state in the next five years.
The great exit from New York should come as no surprise (“Exit stage left,” April 13).
With high taxes, dirty streets and a dysfunctional educational system, there is no where to go but out.
New York is dominated by liberal Democrats whose failed policies have alienated half the population.
No open discussion, no compromise and no consideration for opposing views. Their way or the highway. While I’m still in New York, I had to get out of Brooklyn.
The feature article “Empire’s Flee Circus” was almost humorous. Enjoy Texas, with no license needed to open-carry a handgun, and hope a customer at a big-box store is unarmed.
Hurricanes and sky-high home insurance rates go hand-in-hand in Florida. And Los Angeles has traffic, floods and homeless camps downtown. Enjoy your new-found Edens.
Robert J. Katz
According to a new poll, 27% of New York state residents plan to leave the state in the next five years.
On Easter Sunday, my wife and I were visiting friends and ended up discussing the problems here in New York.
My friend of over 50 years told me that a few years ago, a man climbed into a window in his house while he was home. He did not speak and did not steal anything. He seemed to be mentally ill.
My friend called the police and the man left by the window again. After that, my friend got an alarm system. He tells me he and his wife want to leave New York.
My wife and I are over 70 and no longer feel safe in New York. The bottom line is that the prices are too darn high and New York is no longer a safe place to live.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
I plan to turn in my New York state driver’s license for one issued in Georgia in about six months.
This is for the reasons that you touch upon in your article and other issues associated with the way the state is run. I’m done.
The Issue: A 1992 essay written by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries defending anti-Semitic statements by his uncle.
Any anti-Semitic statement is troubling, especially by a public official (“Jeffries heat for ’92 essay,” April 14).
However, Democratic House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries was a young man when he wrote his opinion piece. There is no evidence of a recurrence.
But there are many elected officials, unfortunately in both parties, who clearly have a consistent pattern of promoting anti-Semitism and must be ostracized for it. Whether it is former President Donald Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene or Rep. Ilhan Omar, their views must be repudiated and prevent them from winning elected office.
The connection between Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and the anti-Semitic CUNY professor Leonard Jeffries would not matter much had Rep. Jeffries obfuscated less around his own actions at the outset of his career and pointed out more clearly that he did not share his uncle’s views.
The piece he wrote defending both his uncle and Louis Farrakhan shows his true nature.
Having only “a vague recollection” of the controversy simply doesn’t cut it. The two things to disdain most about any Democratic pol are his (or her) faces.
David S. Levine
Hobe Sound, Fla.
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