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Medford, LI: On successive news days this Thanksgiving week, I read that US Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate former President Donald Trump. And Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is resurrecting an old criminal investigation into the $130,000 payment Trump reported to Stormy Daniels. This, on top of the January 6 investigation, the Mar-a-Lago raid, a rape allegation in New York, and half a dozen other investigations I lost track of.

While all this is going on, all I hear from the Republican babble after he announced his run for president is that Trump is “ineligible” and that he “cannot win the 2024 general election.”

Do you know who strongly disagrees with the GOP’s assessment? The Democratic Party, which is completely united in throwing up all sorts of frivolous barricades to harm and prevent Trump from running again. Which begs the question: Why would they be so focused and spend all sorts of energy and political capital on someone they claim rightfully lost the 2020 presidential election and is even more damaged since leaving office? Shouldn’t they welcome Trump to the campaign trail with open arms?

People ask me why I am an “election denier.” Aside from six swing states shutting down voting in the middle of the night and media complicit in Russian collusion shutting down the debate on this flagrant transgression, all you have to do is look at the way the Democrats are going after Trump. It is obvious that they fear his candidacy to the point of sheer desperation to keep him off the ballot. Does this sound like the modus operandi of someone you defeated fairly and honestly? Eugene R. Dunn

Mechanicville, NY: I’m sick of Republicans supporting unlimited right to bear arms. Don’t people have the right to go to church, to school, to the supermarket and department store or to a concert without risking being shot to death? Why do Republicans only care about taking control of a woman’s body to protect unborn, non-living, breathing humans? If an AR-15 was used to abort, would it ultimately be banned? shirley smith

Copake, NY: Lee Zeldin was right about one thing: no one and no place is safe. Mass shootings just happened at a college school bus, at a gay nightclub, and at a Walmart. Earlier this week, a 19-year-old man fatally shot his mother and his stepfather at his home in upstate New York. However, no legislative action will take place to prevent these shootings thanks to opposition from the Republican Party. It is high time to hold Republican elected officials accountable for the carnage. For all the hyperbole about cashless bail, not a single Republican running for office acknowledged the obvious correlation between gun ownership and increased gun violence. In 2020, one perverse reaction to COVID was a surge in gun sales, a record high of more than 21.5 million guns sold. This trend continued in 2021. Mass shootings occur in every state, in every setting, and among every age group. If Republicans are serious about crime, they need to start by passing laws restricting gun sales. Jose Cannisi

Washington: Making the decision to go vegan was not only a health conscious decision, it was also a decision to respect life and be an example to others by showing that plant-based eating is a viable, healthy and delicious option. As veterans, most of us volunteered because we wanted to make a difference, help those in need, and be part of a community of like-minded diverse people. Choosing to eat plant-based foods is another decision rooted in those values. Through our individual daily efforts to respect life and protect our environment, veterans can once again become members of a community that, when our actions are counted collectively, can overcome considerable challenges. Benjamin Godman

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Brooklyn: A passionate fan of sweet science since I was a teenager, I was wondering if the Daily News sponsored Golden Gloves would take place this year. Ron Goldman

Ridgefield Park, NJ: I read with great interest “America Needs Its Newspapers” (opinion editorial, November 19). For more than 60 years, I have been an avid daily newspaper reader. My interests have included not only the Daily News, but also the Daily Mirror, Herald Tribune, Star-Ledger and the Bergen Evening Record (now The Record). I’m definitely a paper person – I loathe digital versions of anything, but I digress. I loved the writer’s newspaper delivery stories. I have one too: For several years in my teens, we had a paperboy who, regardless of the weather, time of day, or vacation, would be there delivering the paper on his bike. I was so impressed with him that I named my son Marc after him. Fortunately, my son followed in the footsteps of his namesake. My Marc is an honest, trustworthy and hardworking man, who I am very proud to know and be associated with. md mayer

Manhattan: In Tompkins Square Park, a group of people were detained because they were homeless. In the crowd was an elderly white man who was once an advocate for the homeless. He had a stroke that landed her in a Bronx hospital. They saw that she was homeless, so they moved her to a nursing home somewhere in Brooklyn. As a senior, I am outraged at the way she was handled. Is it a crime to be poor? Seeing this old lady homeless is a sad day in America. helen murphy

Fort Lee: Host Sara Ross seems to object to people who appear to be immigrants buying more food than she thinks they need because of the items she sees in their carts when shopping. She bases this on guesswork. The card they are presenting is the SNAP card, formerly food stamps. Items purchased with this are limited by law. The sign at my grocery store indicates that hot foods are not eligible. Benefits are for low-income shoppers, including seniors and people with Medicare. Does not include many necessities such as toilet paper, paper towels, etc. The number of family members is also relevant. The larger the family, the higher the monthly benefit. A family of four can have a benefit of around $900 per month. The other card you see presented by these buyers? Your debit or credit cards to pay for everything else, including the healthy fish in your carts. Joan L. Weisberg

Fresh Meadows: The city spent $975,000 on tents. Instead, you could use that money for the subway system. Come on guys, get your act together. Stop wasting money on immigrants coming from Texas. Roberto Kitay

Howard Beach: Does Michael Mulgrew call himself a union leader? I call it a weasel. Is he the vice president of the Municipal Labor Committee? And he supports Mayor Adams’ Medicare Advantage push? Of course he did, that’s how he financed the pay raise for his members. To do it, he screwed over 250,000 retirees by expecting us to fund it. How about the rest of the MLC? Are the other unions okay throwing their retired members under the bus? After going into burning buildings for over 20 years I need full medical benefits now as stated over 40 years ago when I joined the FDNY. ed sullivan

Brooklyn: The City Council, in my opinion, does not want to take a stand and light a fuse to this political dynamite. By taking no action, the City Council will stay on the good side of the insurance companies and let the mayor and unions do the dirty work, a politically savvy way to keep the mayor’s favor and the much-needed vote in the labor union. At the same time, tell New York City retirees and their families: “We didn’t do this to you.” The City Council will remain neutral, and if any member has higher aspirations, I wouldn’t want to offend the big insurance companies. Jack LaTorre

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