Readers sound off on paying for NATO, Navalny’s death and the Lakewood Church shooting

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You can’t blame all the present chaos on Trump

Naples, Fla.: To Voicer Mike Barrett: It seems like this country picks up a great amount of the NATO cost while other countries either decline to pay or only pay half of what they should. So you think that is fair? We send foreign aid to everyone and never receive compensation when it is our turn at the bottom of the bucket.

As far as NATO and our so-called allies, they should be paid up — Donald Trump is right about that. We must always be prepared. As far as not backing up countries that are part of NATO and our allies, it has happened already on Biden’s watch: Israel. They pleaded for help and the United States delayed that aid. They were attacked by Hamas terrorists who still hold a large number of Israeli and American hostages. So, please don’t tell me that Trump is the problem.

If he was still president, not only would NATO countries be paid in full, but we would not be facing half the crap that we are. Russia would never have attacked Ukraine. China would not be contemplating taking over Taiwan. Hamas would not have attacked Israel on Oct. 7, and if they did, there would not be much left of those terrorists. Iran would not have been so stupid to push the U.S.A. into a corner. We would not have our military bases in the Middle East constantly under attack or have to protect waterways. And we would not have Putin threatening our satellites and communications systems. John Leonard

No refuge

Ocala, Fla.: I find it amazing that so many Arab nations are angry at Israel for retaliating against Hamas for the Oct. 7 murders. I find it fascinating that none of them are welcoming the displaced Palestinians. We hear about the suffering on both sides, but no one wants the Palestinians? I am curious why this point is never brought up by the media. Lynn Miller

The hand that guides

Larchmont, N.Y.: I find it ironic that Speaker Mike Johnson says not to worry about Russia possibly launching nuclear weapons into space. He says, “Steady hands are on the wheel. We’re working on it and there is no need for alarm.” What happens if his puppet master calls and tells him not to do anything because the panic is good for his reelection prospects? I wonder how quickly Johnson would let go of the wheel and let the car drive off the cliff! Steve Michaud

Eerily silent

Swarthmore, Pa.: As the world reflects on the death of Alexei Navalny at the hands of Vladimir Putin, tributes to Navalny’s bravery, his resoluteness and his love of country are being echoed around the globe. One world leader wannabe who has not offered his concern or condolences is Donald J. Trump. Frankly, Navalny’s death in a brutal, Arctic Russian penal colony is the least of Trump’s concerns, and as it removes a prickly thorn from the side of Trump’s putative good friend, Putin, he may even welcome it. As a presidential candidate who admires and seemingly wants to emulate autocrats like Putin, Trump’s happy to see his “friend” further tighten his vise-like grip on power. Trump’s dream is to one day enjoy the kind of dictatorial power exercised by Putin. If given the opportunity, he most assuredly will try to do so. Ken Derow

Policy of denial

Manhattan: To Voicer Andrew Ross, who has a very selective and narrow view of the COVID-19 timeline: I agree that mistakes were made early on, as no one was prepared or actually understood the approaching danger of the pandemic. What I have issue with, Mr. Ross, is Trump’s response once we knew how deadly it was. The man gets no pass from me for shutting down travel to China. That one action does not eradicate everything he did downstream to, again, politicize and ignore the reality of what was happening. Elizabeth Winters

Bad behavior

Brooklyn: It’s a shame that we open our city to these migrants coming in, and they’re causing all sorts of robberies and havoc, especially the attack on two police officers. Send them back. Charlie Pisano

Racially reductive

Marlboro, N.J.: Re Pat Leonard’s article “Diva, Las Vegas” (Feb. 15): I now only skim the Daily News because it’s so socialist-liberal. Leonard’s article demanding that Travis Kelce be shown absolutely no leniency for bumping coach Andy Reid is re-goddamn-diculous. He’s comparing Kelce, who has never had any off-field or negative locker room incidents as have the likes of Terrell Owens, Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Brown, Kadarius Toney and Keyshawn Johnson, all of whom have competed for misfit of the month throughout (most of) their careers. Jeez, really?! The guy had nothing else to come up with, so he pulls the race card. Really sickening. That’s all I got — just like Leonard. Howie Winick

Conduct unbecoming

Chadbourn, N.C.: Travis Kelce is truly a punk. He is one reason that masses of people in the general public don’t like so-called sports stars. Their classless behavior is almost unbelievable at times. He should have been terminated on the spot. It is truly vexing, sickening. I wouldn’t walk across the street to get his autograph, nor if he was offering a handful of tickets to see him play. Many descriptive phrases come to mind as relates to Travis, one of them being “overgrown spoiled brat.” Teddy Bullard

Not unusual

Boynton Beach, Fla.: Voicer Joe Schulok complains about the liberal media’s alleged meager reporting of the Lakeland Church shooting. What, pray tell, Joe, did the liberal media fail to report? That the mass shooter was able to obtain a military-grade assault rifle in December 2023 in spite of a criminal record and several run-ins with police, or having obvious mental health issues? Are you a proponent of “red flag” laws that allow police to identify and manage gun owners with criminal records and mental health issues before tragedies occur, which Texas Republican politicians refuse to enact? Or perhaps, Joe, the liberal media has developed an immunity to mass shootings, particularly when the only death reported is that of the shooter. Perhaps liberals in general are joining the ranks of their brothers across the aisle in accepting the only right-wing solution to mass shootings: thoughts and prayers and a “get over it and move on” attitude. William T. Bredin

This shouldn’t be normal

Astoria: To paraphrase Albert Einstein, we can not solve a problem with the same consciousness that created the problem. How are we not livid about another mass shooting, somehow believing more guns (and prayers) are answers to the ongoing violence?! We are normalizing too many things that are detrimental to our collective human family. Alas, I fear that as long as we keep doing nothing, the body count will only increase! We must come together and find ways to shift this paradigm for all of our safety and well-being! Karen N. Pearlman

Escape plan

Warwick, R.I.: The recent active shooter incident at Lakewood Church in Houston reminds all of the personal need to be informed of the means of public safety that the facility provides. They include large shopping malls, business and medical offices, indoor and outdoor sporting and entertainment venues, and religious and educational facilities. It has been noted through media coverage that in many hazardous incidents, those present panic and run in all directions with no guidance for where the emergency exits are located. A few states have copied Rhode Island’s fire codes and adopted mandatory public announcements of the paths of egress and locations of all emergency exits. When entering any public structure, look for all exits, or hopefully, the facility informs with printed instructions on handouts or on QR codes posted throughout. Without this, people stampede and create a devastating incident with deadly results. Bob Sweeney

Ritzy trip

Manhattan: As you report, the honchos are vague about their motives for a winter break in balmy Dubai. Fortunately, the people know that Adams & Friends spend a lot of time following big money. Here they go again, likely with a casino in mind. I am not alone in being unimpressed. Frankie Turchiano