Letters to the Editor — Dec. 12, 2022
The Issue: The Trump Organization’s conviction on 17 criminal charges, including for tax fraud.
Former President Donald Trump may escape criminal punishment for his involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt and for taking classified documents to Mar-a-Lago, but the efforts of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and New York Attorney General Letitia James ensure that he doesn’t escape with impunity (“Trump Org guilt on tax rap,” Dec. 7)
Although their charges against Trump pale in comparison to the more heinous crimes that Trump engineered, we should remember that Al Capone was convicted and imprisoned for tax fraud, not for murder and racketeering.
Paul L. Newman
Merion Station, Pa.
It is no secret that DA Bragg is pro-criminal, and not pro-New York City citizen.
Numerous felons and other criminals have been released without bail only to commit similar offenses against the citizens of our city.
He has even gone further and had citizens who defended themselves arrested and detained.
Now, the airwaves are full of Bragg taking credit for the recent verdict against the Trump Organization regarding tax fraud. He won’t speak up about the crime against our citizens, but will brag about his case against Trump.
It was nice to see the Trump Organization found guilty, on all counts, for criminal business practices.
But like always, Donald Trump and his children will walk away from this with no punishment.
The potential $1.6 mil fine is a farce. It is meaningless. His business being flagged to potential lenders is also meaningless.
Hopefully the day will come when Trump and his children are held accountable.
If only lawmakers would put as much time and effort into prosecuting criminals who are making the streets of New York City unsafe as they have for finding the Trump Organization guilty of tax fraud, we would see some real progress.
Ever since Trump won the 2016 election, Democrats have been hellbent on destroying him. It reeks of partisan politics. It stinks to high heaven.
JoAnn Lee Frank
The Issue: President Biden’s reaction to a reporter asking whether he’d visit the border while in Arizona.
A perfect opportunity for President Biden to visit the border presented itself with his visit to Arizona, but when asked if he would, he said, “There are more important things going on” (“Joe’s Border Callousness,” Editorial, Dec. 7).
When someone in your family dies of a fentanyl overdose, loses their job because their employer can hire someone in this country illegally for less money, you receive an astronomical increase in your local taxes to pay for their education, health care, and housing, or you read that another Border Patrol agent died in the line of duty or committed suicide because of the stressful conditions they have worked under, remember that our president had more important things to do.
Biden’s reaction to a question about the current border situation is no surprise.
Members of this administration have been employing this type of “newspeak” since Biden’s first day in office.
While the country is dealing with many issues that have been exacerbated by the policies of this president, his answer is always to try and shift the focus elsewhere —Nothing to see here. He might as well have just said, “Let them eat cake.”
Peter W. Kelly
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