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Readers talk about the MAID Act, Roger Corman’s films, and coping skills

New Yorkers should not suffer painful deaths

Brooklyn: Kudos to the Daily News for calling out the New York State Legislature for its inexcusable multi-year delay on the upcoming Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) Act (“Life, death and Albany,” editorial article, May 9). The sole purpose of this deeply compassionate legislation, contrary to countless irresponsibilities irresponsibly spread by opponents of the measure, would be to give terminally ill New Yorkers the option of a peaceful death if their end-of-life suffering becomes too great to endure. This kind of end-of-life autonomy has been very responsibly made available to mentally competent dying patients for years in ten other progressive states – including our neighbors in New Jersey and Vermont – as well as in Washington, DC.

As a result of the procrastination and dithering in Albany, far too many New Yorkers continue to watch their terminally ill loved ones suffer an unnecessarily painful death. This indicates a clear failure of leadership on this critical issue by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (pictured). Do these legislative leaders not realize (or care) that more than 70% of New Yorkers support the passage of this truly compassionate and responsible measure?

In the few weeks remaining in the legislative process this year, I can only hope that Albany steps off the sidelines and passes the much-needed MAID Act. While death is inevitable for all of us, the inaction of our legislative leaders on this issue continues to translate into far too much excruciating and unnecessary pain throughout New York. Bernard O’Brien

Arguments from the sector

Valhalla, NY: National Grid’s Long Island, Staten Island and Brooklyn gas rates are expected to increase by nearly $65/month by 2026. This follows recent Con Edison gas rates of nearly $30/month in just one year in New York and Westchester. A significant portion of both of these increases are due to wasteful investments in new gas pipelines, and New York State can expect larger increases in the future. The NY HEAT Act will address this issue while directly addressing energy affordability for all New Yorkers. Yet right-wing politicians and fracked gas propagandists from the state published a double dose of disinformation: “Don’t repeal the NY HEAT Act: It threatens the safety of all New Yorkers” (op-ed, May 12) and “We need to be honest about energy costs” (op-ed, May 12), in one day. Anshul Gupta

Former sentence

Saratoga Springs, NY: In the absence of anyone else doing it, I hereby decree that effective Monday, June 17, 2024, the phrase “X, formerly known as Twitter” will cease. From now on, the phrase will just be ‘X’. Inform all parties involved. Bob English

Stick to what you say

Woodland Park, NJ: Tom Selleck was interviewed last week on every available TV show to promote his new book and told us how disappointed he is that his show “Blue Bloods” has been canceled. He said he worries that if he doesn’t work enough, he may not be able to maintain the 63-acre avocado farm where he lives. With the extra time he now has, maybe he’ll see one of those constant commercials promoting reverse mortgages for the very problem he’s worried about. Look, Tom. Problem solved. Johannes Dent

B-movie A-lister

Tivoli, NY: One of the greatest directors of the 20th century passed away a few days ago (“Farewell ‘King of the Bs’,” May 13). He was 98. Roger Corman made mostly B-movies, but they were entertaining and brought new life and fans to actors like Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. He was the first director to use a new actor in his films: Jack Nicholson! He also directed one of my favorite films of all time, “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.” Best Valentine’s Day Movie Ever! Marc Savino

Deplorable loophole

Manhattan: Voter Louie Russo has the right idea about enforcing laws regarding e-bikes speeding on sidewalks, but he’s missing a point. How do you issue a ticket to an e-biker who is often undocumented, has no ID and may not speak English? There are no permits to suspend or registrations to revoke; documents that an officer needs to enforce the law. E-bikes are treated like any other bicycle, except that they are not allowed to travel faster than 30 km/h. But many speed past me in my car while I drive the 40 km/h limit. Rewiring the lithium-ion battery cells will produce more voltage, which means more speed, but also an unbalanced charge that could cause a fire. The city is now considering lowering the speed limit for motorists to 30 or 16 km/h. Good idea, but it doesn’t apply to e-bikes because it can’t be enforced. Vincent Novak

Public insecurity

Brooklyn: The tourist who was stabbed in Times Square and the famous actor who was randomly punched in the face (“Actor Buscemi randomly punched on Midtown street,” May 13) are alarming because it has become a trend of people walking on the streets and public transportation travels every day and night in NYC. They say the attackers are mentally ill, so they are released soon after their arrest because of lenient prosecutors, judges and jurors who take pity on them. But whether those who commit serious crimes are mentally ill or not is no excuse for letting them back onto the streets without any real jail time to commit more crimes, sometimes taking someone’s life. Joseph Comperchio

Well said

Staten Island: Kudos to voter Nancy Reilly for her contribution to Voice of the People on the raising of the American flag that was removed by protesters at the City College of New York. She completely understood. No one could have said it better! What a patriot. Brian O’Leary

Dress to impress

Massapequa, LI: Thank you, commenter John Brandenburg, for your letter about dressing professionally at work. When I was a young girl, I admired how stylish and professional the women looked as news anchors. I learned from them how to dress professionally and feel respectable, feminine, etc. when I wasn’t partying. Maybe Fox News wants the women to look “foxy” so more men will watch. There are other local stations that do not have a dress code. Two anchors on News 12 with their cleavage and tight pants; PIX11 has one who dresses really inappropriately. However, I admire Kaity Tong on PIX11, who always looks stylish and casually elegant. Other women will respond that it is ‘body shaming’ to tell women not to show their bodies. I think the problem is no self-respect and no respect for their colleagues or the public. What message do they send? Jean-Marie Chiaramonte

Things change

Tarrytown, NY: To voice actor Dennis Burge: Is it because of me that newsstands are going out of business? I think you’re going to blame me for the end of VHS tapes, 8-tracks, and not putting our kids in car seats. It’s called adjusting, Dennis. I am 60 and keep up with the times as much as possible. I understand your frustration if you pay a dollar more and don’t receive the latest edition. That’s why my advice to you was to subscribe to the digital version. And I certainly don’t subscribe to get the latest news about the Lupica family. But if you’re like me, whether you like it or not, we grew up with it. Stefan Talenti

Strengthen yourself

Warwick, RI: Most Americans live their lives without serious worries as they go about their daily activities. Normally we expect the car to start, your job to be safe, your money and valuables to be safe, your technology to respond normally and your personal safety to be assured. But even if one negative event occurs, we are desperate for an immediate solution because time is not a solution option. Therefore, we must live our lives expecting sudden changes to occur, as they will certainly occur. A health crisis, job loss or financial worries are just some of the setbacks we will all face at some point. Preparing for the unknown is difficult. Therefore, accepting these difficulties with calmness and determination can be a start to resilience and recovery. One option is to live life with enthusiasm and purpose so that these difficulties can be dealt with clearly. Time is a factor that restores. Bob Sweeney