Letters to the Editor — Aug. 18, 2021

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The Issue: The 9/11 museum’s choice to limit guests for the 2021 reading-of-the-names due to lack of funds.

Since the beginning, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum has run astray from its mission (“A Point of Honor,” Steve Cuozzo, PostScript, Aug. 15).

Indeed, the physical memorial and museum were a beautiful tribute.

But then there was the tasteless attempt to install a first-class restaurant on hallowed ground. After installing the Memorial Glade to honor first responders, the museum hosted a private party with VIPs and politicians. Last year came the insult of playing a recorded reading-of-the-names.

The ground at Ground Zero belongs to those we lost, those who were injured and those who lost someone. Right behind that list is those of us who were first responders and recovery workers who left blood, sweat, tears and a part of our souls to save lives and preserve the dignity of those who were murdered and who sacrificed themselves for their fellow man.

Robert Burdick
Meriden, Conn.

If Mayor de Blasio wasn’t busy paying attention to the woke and disillusioned crowd and Gov. Cuomo wasn’t busy trying to grab every associate in sight, maybe those who lost their lives on that horrific day could be respected as the victims they were.

Shame on the mayor and soon-to-be-ex-governor for their lack of courage to keep this torch lit and pay due respects to the fallen.

Doc Ludemann
Bridgeport, Conn.

Although Cuozzo considers the museum and memorial to be a masterpiece, few people do. You mostly hear words like “cold,” “sterile” and “unmoving” used to describe the memorial.

All of the carnage from that day was put out of sight underground in the $28-per-ticket museum.

And did he forget the iconic photo of three firefighters hoisting an American flag over the tragedy was at first considered to be “too rah-rah American” to be in prominent display by shameful museum leadership?

Instead of Cuozzo being outraged by recent events, he should be outraged over the history of a museum leadership that has failed to allow the mournful to mourn and the prideful and patriotic to be proud and patriotic.

John Brindisi
Manhattan

As Cuozzo so effectively points out, the decision to restrict the recognition of America’s greatest disaster on its 20th anniversary is indeed appalling.

Yet the city government can find the funds to house the homeless in posh hotels all over Manhattan. No priorities here.

Samuel Frazer
Fort Myers, Fla

The Issue: Sen. Chuck Schumer’s call for a crackdown on people buying fake COVID vaccination cards.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is supposed to have New Yorkers’ best interests at heart, wants people who buy counterfeit vaccine cards to be arrested and face possible jail time (“Schu: Arrest Rx-card fakers,” Aug. 16).

But if these same fraudsters throw a frozen water bottle at a cop, they could see no jail time. Good to see you have your priorities straight, Chuck.

Robert Mangi
Westbury

Schumer wants people with fake vaccination cards to be arrested and go to prison. What happened to my body, my choice?

Kevin Judge
Naples, Fla.

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