Albany: In a recent Daily News opinion piece (”A disastrous deal for public health,” June 2), former Obama administration officials point out the flaws in the plan hatched by the World Health Organization, India and South Africa back in 2020 when the world was still in the grips of the pandemic. Authors David J. Kappos and Gary Locke are spot-on with their assessment of the Biden administration-approved proposal that, if adopted by the World Trade Organization, will force U.S. companies to give away their COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights.
The proposal, a waiver on the TRIPs agreement — Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights — sends the wrong message to the world that the U.S. doesn’t value and protect the investment we make into science and research, including for companies and investors that call New York home, accounting for hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue.
While the motivation behind this move is noble (getting more COVID vaccines to countries that need them), the fact of the matter is this plan is outdated and simply not in line with the current realities of COVID vaccine distribution. Vaccines are readily available here in the U.S. and too much so in places like Africa. Some of our adversaries on the global stage would be all too pleased to have our science as they try to take over the leadership of global research and development, a coveted spot that the U.S. now holds.
The Biden administration should immediately walk back their support of the TRIPs waiver plan. Lev Ginsburg, senior director of government affairs, The Business Council of New York State
Staten Island: To Voicer Mary Caggiano: Not only did hypocrite Patti LuPone not wear a mask at the Tony Awards but, with the exception of a handful of people, the whole packed audience was maskless in both levels of Radio City Music Hall, yet you and I still need to wear a mask when we go to the theater. By all means, let’s follow the science (or make it up as we go along)! Lori Rudolph
Manhattan: Before Patti LuPone turned mask-Nazi and tried to embarrass a paying member of the audience, what was she, herself, spewing into the air as she emoted on stage? Barbara Maddox
East Hampton, L.I.: As a 40-year horse owner and breeder, I support Deep Hollow’s decision to protect their horse’s welfare and prevent a situation that would have been tantamount to animal abuse (“TikTok star Remi Bader says Montauk ranch rejected her from riding horses due to weight, claims owner ‘laughed at’ her,” June 15). It is difficult to address the cause of America’s obesity problem. Recent studies show that 70% of Americans are overweight. However, the pain, suffering and stress on a horse’s spine should be the ultimate consideration. Remi claims “other places allow her.” If so, I am certain “other places” were interested in a fast buck and did not support the horse’s interest. I do not support the use of sexist language but also wonder how combative this influencer was with staff at Deep Hollow over her rejection. Mattie Fein Moore
Manhattan: The Daily News Editorial Board calls Mike Pence a hero (”Hang Mike Pence’s portrait,” June 17). In reality, he is nothing of the kind. Yes, he did his job on Jan. 6 under great stress. But what was he doing in the days leading up to Jan. 6? He remained silent as Donald Trump tried to bully him to illegally reject the electoral count and overturn the election. At any point after the election results were determined, he could have made a public statement saying the election was not fraudulent and that he had no power to overturn the results. Pence could have exposed the depths and illegalities that Trump used to try and subvert democracy. A statement of this kind could have influenced a good many people to maybe not take part in an attempted coup or threaten his life. He said nothing. Please, Mike Pence is no hero. Eli Ganias
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Bronx: If what S.E. Cupp says in her column (”The Dems make a risky bet on Trumpy Republicans,” June 16) is correct — that the Democratic political action committees (and I am a Democrat) are giving money to support extremist right-wing candidates in the hope that they will be too extreme to win — this is a very dangerous game. As the Trump rallies continue to draw thousands, it is clear that in this political climate, no candidate is too extreme. In fact, it seems that the crazier they are, the more support they attract. Sandi Lusk
Belle Harbor: Voicer Jake Pickering states that “the GOP is done” and that “racist Republicans will choke” on Nov. 8. He is obviously oblivious to the state of mind of “we, the people” and I look forward to his admission on Nov. 9 of being markedly wrong. Bobby Nelsen
Brick, N.J.: Friday’s Daily News had an excellent article on gun crime, “Ex-con free to open fire.” A criminal with a rap sheet including two gun arrests was given a turnstile sentence by Judge Margo Brodie. The prosecutor only asked for 24 months. Gun problems: Use the current laws with maximum sentences. That will stem the shootings. Billy Rath
Manhattan: “The news that New York City and New Jersey will be among 16 North American countries hosting the 2026 soccer games…” (“Look out, world!” June 17): You’ve got to be kidding. It’s mind-boggling that neither the writer nor an editor detected the embarrassing assertion that “16 North American countries” will host World Cup games in 2026. This is just the latest blunder in the Daily News’ breaking news emails. How is it possible that the paper of Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill has devolved into this kind of nonsense? The Daily News’ legacy deserves better. Kevin Haynes
Flushing: I’m old enough to remember the early ‘70s and the gas crises. Cars could only gas up on alternate days (odd or even) depending on the last digit of your license plate. The muscle cars of the ‘60s became few and far between and the so-called Japanese invasion of smaller, fuel-efficient Toyotas and Datsuns (now Nissans) began. The market worked to increase fuel mileage but did little to help the environment as carbon dioxide emissions continued. Fast-forward to today. The environment is as poor as predicted. Gas prices are going through the roof but the only change I see is the ever-growing number of Teslas I spot on the road each day. The proposals to roll back gas prices and gas taxes are counterintuitive. They will only keep the vast majority of gas-guzzling, environment-destroying SUVs on the road longer. If $5-plus-per-gallon gas is not helping the world’s warming problem, lowering it will only make it worse. Ben Jordon
Camden, N.J.: Anthony Bright is my best friend from New York City. We met at a small, historically United Negro college in Charlotte, N.C., in the early 1980s at 19 years old. Most of us northerners on campus considered him to be the “mayor of New York City.” Now, nearly 40 years later, Eric Adams, the current mayor of New York City, has declared Juneteenth a legal holiday. Celebrate Juneteenth! Wayne E. Williams
Matawan, N.J.: Do you close your sports department at 9 p.m.? In Friday’s Sports section, there was no mention of the results of the Mets game from the night before, which ended before 11 p.m., or the fact that the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship around that time! Half of your articles were by the Associated Press, with negligent local coverage of our area’s sports teams. Are we supposed to go buy the N.Y. Post for sports news while ignoring their biased Republican political reporting? Robert Wyshynski