Opinion | The Cuomo Scandal: ‘This Is a Sad Time for All New Yorkers’

To the Editor:

Re “Cuomo Urged to Quit After Damaging Report” (entrance web page, Aug. 4):

Here is my message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: When the allegations of sexual misconduct got here out, I agreed along with your stance of not resigning and that we should always let the investigation happen and see what the conclusions are.

Now that the investigation is finished and the findings of the report have been shared, it’s time to resign. This won’t take away out of your earlier accomplishments as governor.

So, Governor Cuomo, do the proper factor, apologize to all of those girls and the residents of New York and resign. The quicker you do it, the higher it is going to be for everybody.

Choosing to problem the conclusions of the report will trigger extra ache, struggling and trauma to all concerned in addition to present political instability ought to the New York State Assembly underneath Democratic management resolve to question you.

Michael Hadjiargyrou
Centerport, N.Y.

To the Editor:

I’m all for changing Andrew Cuomo, however I think about him a good governor. We are coping with a harmful Republican opposition that’s beholden to a psychological destroyer. So as a result of the instances are threatening our Republic and our nation’s well being, to switch Mr. Cuomo presently could be a difficult proposition.

Elliot Kotler
Pleasantville, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Apart from any political points, if Gov. Andrew Cuomo did what he’s accused of doing, he ought to resign. If he really can’t comprehend that even the behaviors he admitted to are inappropriate and meet the definition of sexual harassment, and that “that is just not who I am” isn’t a protection, then he ought to resign.

His relentless bullying of Mayor Bill de Blasio through the years makes it laborious to consider his denial that he abused his energy.

He is correct about one factor: He lived his grownup life in public view and we did see his behaviors. What he can’t appear to simply accept is that they weren’t OK and that these behaviors meet the usual of sexual harassment.

Elaine Edelman
East Brunswick, N.J.

To the Editor:

I don’t suppose it’s correct for President Biden to name for the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. I believe it’s as much as the New York State Legislature, the members of the governor’s Democratic Party and, if crucial, the voters in New York, Democrats and Republicans, to make that selection.

The president shouldn’t use the status of his office to affect a difficulty that ought to be resolved within the state of New York.

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John A. Viteritti
Laurel, N.Y.

To the Editor:

I used to be born and raised in Albany, and once I was a baby my father would take me to the governor’s mansion on New Year’s Day to shake palms with the present officeholder. I had a sense of historical past and delight about meeting these individuals who have been chosen to steer New York State.

I met Gov. Averell Harriman and loved the expertise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s father, Mario, all the time struck me as an honorable and principled particular person regardless of the plain human flaws he carried with him like anybody else. His son Andrew completed many issues I admired, however dwelling within the shadow of his father he has sadly failed to finish his mission to enhance the lives of New Yorkers.

This is a unhappy time for all New Yorkers.

Ray Starman
Niskayuna, N.Y.

To the Editor:

I hope my story will persuade extra individuals to get the Covid vaccine.

When I used to be 6, I acquired polio and spent two weeks in a kids’s hospital. Even my dad and mom weren’t allowed to go to, besides to speak with me via a window, and cry.

During these terrifying epidemic years after we didn’t know the way it was transmitted, anybody might get the virus, however it was referred to as childish paralysis as a result of it hit younger individuals hardest.

Although I used to be one of many fortunate ones to stroll out of the hospital, I noticed many youngsters have bother respiration, be positioned in an iron lung, then disappear.

I made mates with some, however I used to be too younger to understand what number of have been dying. At finest, some went dwelling to spend their lives in wheelchairs, on crutches or in braces.

A couple of years later, I lined up outdoors the varsity nurse’s office to get my shot. As I recall, we couldn’t attend college with out getting the Salk vaccine.

Here’s the punch line: After a whereas, due to the vaccine, polio merely didn’t exist. It was now not within the information and even in casual dialog.

Please consider me: If everybody acquired one of many extremely efficient Covid vaccines, we might don’t have any Covid variants; we might don’t have any Covid.

Fred Heiler
Chester Springs, Pa.

To the Editor:

Re “Vaccine Proof Needed to Dine Indoors in City” (entrance web page, Aug. 4):

Mayor Bill de Blasio has introduced that patrons of eating places, gyms and theaters should present proof of vaccination. But he isn’t mandating the identical safety in faculties and is leaving kids needlessly uncovered to Covid.

Although lecturers who aren’t vaccinated have to be examined weekly, they’ll simply cross on the virus to kids since testing could be too late to forestall transmittal. If a instructor does take a look at constructive, the complete class will be quarantined and despatched dwelling, forcing dad and mom to overlook work.

The mayor ought to revisit this coverage instantly, earlier than the reopening of colleges. Our kids have suffered drastically from a year of distant studying. It is time we deal with the well being and welfare of our kids as a precedence.

To the Editor:

Re “Spain’s Reparations for Jews Become Elusive” (information article, July 25):

While Spain’s 2015 pronouncement that it will confer citizenship on Sephardic Jews was commendable, its about-face is reprehensible.

When King Ferdinand callously ordered the expulsion of Spain’s Jews in 1492, it was a cataclysmic occasion and a really darkish second within the annals of Jewish historical past. Tens of 1000’s of Jews have been banished from Spain, resulting in quite a few deaths alongside their arduous journey and forcible conversions that robbed numerous Jews of their heritage and religion.

After extending a proverbial olive department and pledging to do the proper factor for individuals of Sephardic Jewish descent, Spain sadly appears to have reneged.

The proven fact that Jews with official claims to Spanish citizenship and duly accomplished purposes can be handled so cavalierly, both being fully ignored or summarily rejected on fallacious grounds, is completely shameful and an affront to their ancestors, whose lives have been shattered after they have been forcibly faraway from the nation they referred to as dwelling.

N. Aaron Troodler
Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

We suggest 4 totally different classifications for interactions between people and sharks: a sighting (no harm), an encounter (bump, no harm), a shark chunk (harm) and a deadly shark chunk. These classes don’t diminish the gravity, the phobia or the tragedy that shark bites signify.

In truth, they acknowledge the truth that as much as 38 p.c of reported shark “attacks” don’t have any harm.

This dialogue isn’t supposed to affect the way in which victims of sharks or their households speak about tragic incidents. The expertise is theirs, not ours. I’m pleased to take the jokes from the media, however let’s additionally keep in mind that there are actual lives at subject.

Christopher Pepin-Neff
Sydney, Australia
The author is a senior lecturer in public coverage on the University of Sydney.

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