Letters to the Editor — Jan. 31, 2021

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Misguided defense
The Jan. 27 opinion piece by Rav Arora supports wrong-headed attitudes about police use of excessive force (“Yellow Journalism 2.0,” PostOpinion).

His analysis of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., is misguided and focuses more on officer safety than it does on public safety.
Fortunately, the two are not mutually exclusive, but Arora’s piece actually makes officers less safe by perpetuating a false narrative. What he ought to do is examine and opine on why cops often have to use force in order to keep themselves and the public safe.

However, trying to justify shooting a man in the back seven times, whether unarmed or armed, is an exercise in futility. Obfuscating and skewing facts provides fuel to the lunatic fringe, like we witnessed on Jan. 6 at the Capitol. The savage behavior of the insurrectionists tragically resulted in the deaths of several officers and injury to dozens of others.
Andrew Rosenzweig
Westerly, RI

Sharing vaccines
Ensuring people in other countries have fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines does not mean Americans will suffer (“Vax Madness,” Post­Opinion, Jan. 26).

What Betsy McCaughey failed to recognize is this pandemic won’t be over for anyone until it’s over for everyone — from health-care workers in the United States to vulnerable people caught in conflict and humanitarian crises.

Following the World Health Organization’s public health framework for the equitable use of COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to end this pandemic.

However, wealthy countries, including the United States, have already bought the bulk of the first doses, leaving few for developing countries — like those that have agreements with WHO’s COVAX facility.

As the writer explained, US taxpayers contributed billions of dollars to the creation of COVID-19 vaccines. If the US really wants to make a difference, it should demand the pharmaceutical corporations it funded share their intellectual property with other manufacturers so more vaccines can quickly be made.

Dr. Carrie Teicher
Director of Programs, Doctors Without Borders

What cops deserve
Thanks for your excellent editorial (“The Kind of Cops NYC Depends On,” Jan. 28).

It’s not surprising that New York cops continue to put themselves at risk to protect the rest of us despite the vicious rhetoric and violent assaults they’ve endured over the past year. It’s what they’ve always done.

If Mayor de Blasio, who has enthusiastically supported the Marxist anti-police movement, wants his rare words of praise for cops to be taken seriously, he should at least offer them pay consistent with suburban officers from surrounding communities.

If the city can continue to pay teachers, who are refusing to return to work due to the pandemic, why can’t it pay our cops, who take bullets to keep the least of us safe? Otherwise, the mayor’s words ring hollow.

Charles Compton
The Bronx

Biden’s green dud
I think President Biden’s plan to eliminate coal, oil and gas by 2035 is absolutely brilliant (“Green monster Joe’s ‘job killer,’ ” Jan. 28).

With the sheer number of people who would freeze to death in winter and overheat in summer, we could definitely slow down climate change.

Oh, let’s not forget about all of those currently employed in the energy industries who would starve to death for lack of jobs. Coding won’t keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.

Noelle Albanese
New Rochelle

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