I agree with your editorial about the troubling ties of Mayor Adams’ friends and advisors (“A [Too?] Open Embrace,” Oct. 1).
It’s not one person, it’s many. That’s been an issue since he was elected mayor, and it has been clear to anyone paying attention.
In the best of times, that’s worrying. Today, with all the major challenges this great city is facing, it’s straight-up frightening.
The city desperately needs a clear vision, underpinned by strong, smart and independent leadership. Adams continually demonstrates that he’s not up to the task. He has no big-picture plan and is overwhelmed and slow to react to everything thrown at him.
Even worse, his response is to blame others instead of taking responsibility and solving the problem.
Adams often talks about bringing swagger back to the Big Apple and how he plays hard and works hard. Great. But working hard means nothing without substance — and the mayor seems more focused on doing stuff for his dodgy friends and advisers than the people of this city.
John Dudzinsky, Brooklyn
Speech in danger
Two recent articles in The Post made me believe that free speech has become endangered.
One was about how students who take part in debates are being prevented from expressing pro-police and pro-Israel viewpoints (“Unfree to disagree,” Oct. 1).
The other was about a radio station in North Carolina that won’t allow the broadcast of Metropolitan Opera performances that deal with LGBT issues (“Radio station cuts off ‘offensive’ Met operas,” Oct. 2).
Whatever happened to that old expression: “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”?
John Francis Fox, Sunnyside
I strongly disagree with your hagiographic portrayal of the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein (“Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 1933-2023,” Editorial, Oct. 1).
Whatever good she did is overshadowed by her arrogant refusal to resign during the last few years of her life.
Feinstein will be remembered as the poster girl for our American gerontocracy. She had given her daughter power of attorney, reportedly couldn’t remember that she’d been in the hospital for three months and also reportedly had an aide telling her how to vote.
Nobody in that condition should ever be permitted to hold a position such as United States senator.
Allowing horror shows like this to go on is astoundingly irresponsible and dangerous. Congress must rise above its addiction to political power and pass a federal law requiring people holding high office to pass an annual physical and cognitive test in order to remain in office or run for re-election.
Stuart Ellison, Brooklyn
Attack on tourists
On “ ‘Drunk’ NJ woman fired after telling German tourists on NYC-bound train to ‘get the f–k out’ of US” (Oct. 4): The behavior exhibited by this unhinged woman should be met with criminal consequences.
The problem of unruly passengers in the air and on the rails seems to be getting more and more pervasive. There is no place to retreat on a train or plane, which escalates the severity of harassing behavior.
It’s good to learn that this disgusting woman was fired from her job. But she should also be dealt with in criminal court. This type of reprehensible behavior must not go unchecked.
Peter Janoff, Stamford, Conn.
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