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Readers sound off on qualified immunity, ‘Jeopardy!’ and prosecuting Trump

Brooklyn: Qualified immunity should not be legal in any shape or form, which is why dirty judges, who would have to recuse themselves to start with, fabricated it out of thin air. Just like the Hitler-ific “absolute immunity” judges quietly gave themselves in violation of the 14th Amendment. Why hide this from the public if it’s legit or lawful?

What’s being hidden from the public the most is even crazier: Qualified immunity’s entire conceit is that if cops are ordered to follow a policy, they can’t be punished in any way for following orders (like the Gestapo). But that means the police chief and politicians are then liable, not the obedient patrol cops, get it?

Either cops go rogue and the brass can claim the police department didn’t authorize this, or the cops did not go rogue and it’s the department, brass, mayors and governors who are responsible for serious crimes (like shooting unarmed people in the back), not their dumb puppets.

Either killer cops go to jail or police brass and politicians must go to jail. Even if these liars were right that qualified immunity is constitutional, someone must go to jail every single time police do bad. Capiche?

Yet, the house always wins. Let’s start by not allowing police to investigate themselves. And we must be allowed to film all court hearings and trials. I beg my fellow Americans to read the Declaration of Independence. Time to fix America by taking out the trash. Somer Krieger

Manhattan: Re “ ‘Hostility’ still raging, sez Black Bravest prez” (March 20): The FDNY has been notoriously un-diverse and mostly white for decades. Monday’s front page screams “$400K to go away” and explains the plight of Latino EMT worker Arnaldo Rodriguez’s years-long discrimination legal battle for being wrongly barred from the FDNY. Most glaring is the front page showing seven firefighters, all with white faces. Then, pages 4-5 shows seven academy recruits, the present FDNY commissioner and a former FDNY chief, all with white faces. My 1987 academy class of approximately 356 recruits had only two African-Americans — myself and another probie. Pages 6-7 go on to tell how the FDNY still has a bad record on diversity. Leonard Marshall

Bronx: President Biden proposes tax increases on the wealthy after Republicans win control of the House, just as President Barack Obama saved most of his progressive proposals for after Republicans took control of Congress in midterm elections. This seems to be an excuse for Democrats not to defy their wealthy supporters, just as they use the filibuster, though President Donald Trump got around that and passed tax cuts for the wealthy with only 51 Senate votes. On the local level, Mayor Adams evicts migrants from a hotel, continues to push the Medicare Advantage scam on seniors, has the city sheriff legally steal marijuana from unlicensed shops while after a year, there are only three licensed ones, and offers workers raises that don’t keep up with inflation. Yet he claims to serve God. Sounds like he’s serving the other guy. Richard Warren

Brooklyn: There’s an old saying: “Penny wise and pound foolish.” When governments loosen regulations on transportation, infrastructure, food, medicine and health care, it ends up costing society a lot more. When local governments ban abortions, they lose gynecologists in their regions; when they cut funding for school breakfasts and lunches, they have more problems with their students; when they decimate libraries in schools and communities, they have less-educated citizens. Voters must demand that politicians forgo right-wing stunts and penny-pinching so that our nation actually gets better. Ellen Levitt

Whiting, N.J.: The “Jeopardy!” program is entirely too rushed, resulting in mistakes. I suggest eliminating the interviews, which are usually about some foolish happening in the person’s life. So, who cares about it anyway? It is just a waste of time. Without them, there would be more time for the rest of the program. I usually can’t understand what they are saying anyway. John Brandenburg

Staten Island: No disrespect intended, but when the time came to replace “Dilbert,” did you just reach into a hat and grab the first thing that came to hand? “Grand Avenue” is awful. Why can’t you run a few different strips and let the people vote? I vote for “Scary Gary” by Mark Buford. Victor R. Stanwick

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Breezy Point: So tell me that Alvin Bragg bringing charges against Donald Trump is not political. The man who downgrades robbery charges and releases murderers is going after a misdemeanor charge that is weak at best. His witnesses are a prostitute and a convict who has been involved in a few scandals and just wants revenge. The case is already seven years old and if Trump beats it, he will come out stronger and more determined. We do not need him back in the White House. I wish Trump would just go away and enjoy his golf. Big Al, why don’t you investigate ThriveNYC? I’m sure the people in NYC would love to know what happened to the money that the previous mayor’s wife squandered. Oh, I forgot. That would be going against your own political party. Patrick Campbell

Brooklyn: Donald Trump wants protests if he is indicted. I would like a parade. Clare Butts

Charlotte, N.C.: It’s absurd listening to Trump and the Republicans whine “witch hunt” over the Stormy Daniels mess when they had no problem impeaching Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky mess — and please don’t trumpet that ridiculous “it wasn’t Monica Lewinsky, it was lying to the FBI” nonsense. It was a flimsy excuse then and it’s a flimsy excuse now. Barbara Haynes

Woodstock, N.Y.: Could Voicer Earnest Kienzle kindly remove his tinfoil hat and stop spreading the nonsense that it’s the vice president’s job to decide who won the presidential election? Just think for two short seconds that if the veep actually had that power, we would never go to the trouble of having another election every four years — or ever. The vice president would simply declare the nominee from his party won. Get it? That’s precisely why what you’re saying about Pence’s constitutional duty cannot be true — beside the fact that isn’t true. If you can read, you will understand that his job in the process is to announce the results of the election. Suzanne Hayes Kelly

Clark, N.J.: My vote for the most valuable person of March Madness 2023 is Amir Abdur-Rahim, head coach of the Kennesaw State University basketball team. Susan S. Roeser

Long Island City: It’s two-ladies-and-a-guy-in-a-room time in Albany, hammering out the state budget, and there are some crucial things on the table that aren’t getting the attention they deserve: The All-Electric Building and the N.Y. HEAT (Home Energy Affordability Transition) Acts. Gov. Hochul, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins agree on banning new gas hook-ups with the AEBA. But let’s get started building them now. AEBA will be toothless without N.Y. HEAT, which would change the regulations to prevent gas companies from continuing to build gas hook-ups and pipelines for new all-electric buildings. Without N.Y. HEAT, low-income people whose gas fees will rise as they cover more of a growing and unnecessary system will face huge financial burdens, and our city will be further overlain with leaking methane. Do the sensible thing, you three. Grace Mok

Hoboken: To Voicer John Brindisi: Yes, all of us “woke” people lose many hours of sleep worrying about what will happen to us when we arrive at those magical gates made of pearls, with white clouds floating all around, and some dude named Pete says yea or nay to our entry. Do you realize how utterly ridiculous that fantasy of yours sounds? Not for nothing, but if there were such a powerful being, wouldn’t you think he would understand and welcome that doubt and questioning among his people of his existence, what with all the pain and suffering in the world? Joe Ewansky


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