RIP, Matthew Perry and more: Letters to the Editor — Nov. 5, 2023
RIP, Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry was insanely talented, and, as is the case with many comedic geniuses, there was a deep sadness within him (“Friend’s tragic end,” Oct. 30).
If you took the time to read his memoir, you would know that he struggled immensely with feelings of self-worth.
He once gave an interview saying he wanted to be known for helping others with their addiction problems, more so than for his years on “Friends.”
The lesson to be learned from his life is to tell others that you love and care about them before it’s too late, especially if they don’t ask for that validation: It doesn’t mean they don’t need it.
Betsy Flor, Putnam Valley
I agree with Kevin D. Williamson’s point that there is institutional failure across our society, now clearly seen in academia, the mainstream media and corporate governance (“Confidence Killer,” PostScript, Oct. 29).
While it has been like this for a while, it has gotten much worse.
What Williamson did not address, however, is that this circumstance did not develop organically. It has been carefully cultivated by an elite class with immeasurable resources.
Democracy requires a fully informed electorate, free and open discourse and transparency about institutional decisions. Without that, we will become serfs to the unelected elite.
Stanley M. Rubin, Fresh Meadows
Idiot National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who, shortly before Hamas’ deadly invasion, assured Americans that the Middle East was entirely quiet and under control, should be muzzled from giving Israel advice on how to conduct itself (“Jake Sullivan’s Oopsie,” Eddie Scarry, PostOpinion, Oct. 27).
He is just another example of an arrogant Ivy League elitist with no common sense. That this administration is still relying on this buffoon is quite frightening.
Mitchell Schwefel, Barnegat, NJ
The article “McD’s wage & price hikes” (Nov. 1) makes an important point: Even the Democrats get something right once in a while.
Yes, the current administration has done its fair share of pushing inflation, but so has corporate greed. McDonald’s crowing about soaring profits while charging $18 for a Big Mac meal is a slap in the face of the consumer.
I rarely eat at McDonald’s, but sometimes it’s nice to get some fast food. The more they raise their prices, the less I eat out.
But remember, it’s not just McDonald’s — so many corporations are helping to squeeze what little the average person makes into their coffers.
Chris Plate, Waterloo
This teenager, along with anyone who thinks assault is a good way to get likes and views on social media, may want to pause and consider the possible consequences, aside from arrest and prosecution (“Teen admits to randomly sucker-punching strangers at park for social media attention,” Oct. 29).
There’s the likelihood of severe injury to the victim’s brain and/or cervical column, even possibly paralysis or death. It’s called rabbit-punching and has been a no-no in boxing.
And suppose the victim is trained in martial arts or legally carrying a concealed weapon? Instinct and self-preservation quickly kick in, and one reflexive move made in self-defense might prove serious or even fatal to the assailant.
Vincent Ruggiero, Scottsdale, Ariz.
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