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Letters to the Editor — May 15, 2022

What Blas owes
Council members Joann Ariola and Robert Holden are 100% correct (“Debt Recovery Plan,” May 8).
Former mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to have his pension frozen until all the money is refunded for his misuse of city services.
If he needed that security when running for president and for his family’s personal business, he would have had to pay for it out of pocket or campaign funds.
If he feels it would be safe to challenge in civil court, that would be his right – if he could find lawyers to represent him. I seem to remember that he still owes money for his legal representation of his defense against corruption.
Joseph Susol, Ridgewood

Debt debacle
Kudos to Carrie Sheffield for her article on student loan relief (“Joe Goes From Grad to Worse,” May 7).
My daughter graduated from a local college in 2011 with $16,000 in student loan debt. Why was the debt so low? By staying home, she saved over $80,000 on room and board. She received a $7,500 scholarship each semester and entered college with 30 credits by taking advanced high school courses. The debt was repaid in four years.
So where are my daughter and the other students who have fulfilled their obligation and repaid their loans going to get their money back?
Second, why should my tax money be used to pay off student loans for someone else’s child or children?
This is just another example of Democrats trying to buy votes. Perhaps colleges and universities should repay the loans from their endowments.
Lately, politicians have accused oil and gas companies of inflating prices. Perhaps these same politicians should turn their misguided anger into action by investigating colleges and universities because, as Sheffield put it in his article, “tuition fees have far outpaced inflation over the past two only the last few decades”.
L. Schaefer, Levittown

AIPAC smear
Karine Jean-Pierre says attending an AIPAC conference is not compatible with progressive behavior (“Press sec. ripped AIPAC,” May 8).
The term “progressive” once described independent thinkers willing and able to stand up for their beliefs. It now designates people who follow the dictates of certain leaders. And one of those dictates is that Israel and its supporters are always wrong.
For these progressives, it doesn’t matter that the Palestinian leadership flatly rejects Israeli and American proposals that could have led to the creation of Palestine’s first-ever Arab state long ago, and it doesn’t matter that Israel’s unilateral decision to withdraw from Gaza has seen an increase in the number and types of attacks launched against Israeli population centers from Gaza.
How can the Palestinians claim the right to use violence against “the occupation” when they live under the administration of leaders of their choosing who refuse to negotiate to end the conflict? Will this question ever be asked and answered in the White House?
Toby Block, Atlanta, Ga.

Crime Fighting Loss
The NYPD has lost another valuable crime-fighting tool (“GOPers Pushing for OK Family DNA,” May 12).
A court ruled that the familial DNA search regulations were invalid because a state committee implemented them without the consent of the Legislative Assembly.
DNA research used by other states has brought cold criminals to justice. The DNA program in New York began in 2017 and New York approved only 30 applications, resulting in two arrests. It’s not abuse.
Joseph Valente, Staten Island

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