The Issue: The City Council’s decision to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from City Hall.
What ignoramuses (“Jefferson knocked of his pedestal,” Oct 19). What self-centered blinds. They only see Thomas Jefferson as someone who owned slaves.
Cancel culture will not win out. Along with Mayor de Blasio, the council members who are taking down the Jefferson statue are the ones who should be removed.
The Sovietization of New York continues apace. Banishing Jefferson’s statue from City Hall is the latest step toward turning us into a people without a past.
Statues of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Jefferson were removed in New York City. How about the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC? And all those Jefferson nickels?
More important, who’s next? George Washington owned slaves. Andrew Jackson owned slaves, too. And the list of slave-owning presidents goes on.
Will the progressives demand that all the faces on our currency be replaced? Will they demand all those statues come down? When will the madness end?
As the City Council pondered whether to exile a statue of founding father Thomas Jefferson from its chamber, the New York Public Library “Treasures” exhibition was displaying his original handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence, which contains a passionate and eloquent condemnation of the African slave trade.
It was eventually cut from the final, official text of the declaration by his colleagues of the Continental Congress.
On the audio accompaniment to the NYPL show, a commentator ponders how Jefferson could reconcile his opposition to slavery with his ownership over his lifetime of 600 slaves.
Could it be that committing economic suicide did not seem like a viable option to him — just as abandoning fossil fuels and motorized vehicles for the sake of the environment does not seem like a viable option to us today?
Elsa A. Solender
Council members have shown disrespect to the values, honor and ethics of our founding fathers over the years.
Removing Thomas Jefferson from that den of inequity, lies and corruption known as the City Council chamber was the honorable thing to do.
The Issue: The death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell at 84 from COVID complications.
A great American who embodied the American dream just died (“Farewell salute to Gen. Powell,” Oct. 19)
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell came from humble beginnings in New York City to serve under multiple presidents.
Like any human being, he was not perfect. He made a terrible mistake in supporting the second Iraq War.
He admitted that mistake, which clearly shows that he was a responsible person.
Powell was a patriot and a hero, one who was greatly admired. He deeply loved his country and sacrificed a great deal to contribute to its greatness and to keep it safe.
Powell made one serious mistake, his false assertion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
Unlike many politicians, he later acknowledged that this was a stain that would forever accompany him. Better late than never to acknowledge a grievous error.
Peters Township, Pa.
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