Letters to the Editor — Jan. 7, 2022


The Issue: The one-year anniversary of protesters breaking into the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021

I salute The Post’s editorial that recognizes that former President Donald Trump went too far in accusing the Democrats of fixing the 2020 presidential election, which led to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot (“A Year After Jan. 6 Riot,” Editorial, Jan. 6).

Admitting that The Post endorsed and preferred him to President Biden, your newspaper still said that the charges of faked, suppressed or stolen votes were baseless.

Instead of being remembered for some good things he did — like triggering an economic boom and improving security at our southern borders — Trump may be remembered more for his untruthful claims of voting irregularities and crowd-pandering that incited some extremists to volatile behavior.

Ray Starman, Albany

Like many Americans, I was very upset when the riot at the Capitol happened a year ago. I was upset at the attack on our democracy.

But the only thing that upsets Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues about the riot is that it was not as bad as it could have been. Everyone knows that politics is a game to her, and there’s no game she likes more than the martyr game.

In the future, “1/6” will be remembered no more than The Pratt Street Riot of 1861 is remembered today.

Ed Frond

Weeping Water, Neb.

The Justice Department has charged more than 700 people for their involvement in the Jan. 6 violence and destruction at the Capitol building. And yet no one has been charged with “insurrection” at this time.

Clearly the use of the word “insurrection” is incorrect. It is an exaggeration and used for political advantage against Republicans.

At the same time, Trump was either “asleep at the wheel” or not recognizing the seriousness of the violence at the Capitol.

Democrats conveniently sweep under the carpet the rioting, looting, burning and destruction in many cities across the country during the previous summer.

That includes trying to burn down a courthouse with people inside and the declaration of an “autonomous zone” in Seattle.

Charles Winfield

Princeton, NJ

A year has passed since the Jan. 6 insurrection, and what have we learned?

Almost 150 Republicans voted to overturn the election results just hours after the Capitol was attacked in the name of Trump.

They were so scared of losing power that they resolutely positioned their support behind him while trampling over our Constitution.

Rep. Liz Cheney called them out by speaking the truth that Biden won fair and square and Trump was just a sore loser — and she was removed from her leadership position because of it.

Republicans continue flocking to Trump for his support in the 2022 elections. We all have a front-row seat watching how power corrupts absolutely and how truth is thrown aside.

Bob Bascelli


I am a moderate and vote both ways.

One point about the Jan. 6 “insurrection” — I keep hearing Democrats saying, “We came an inch from having our democracy overthrown.”

Are you kidding me? Let’s say the nutcase protesters decided to stay in the Capitol building and impose their rule. Our military would have shown up in body armor, tear-gas masks and assault rifles. The protesters would have freaked and jumped down the nearest manhole (where they belong).

We have the strongest military in the world, and we could somehow be overthrown by a bunch of flunkies looking for attention?

Charlie Craig

Portland, Maine

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