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For the editor:

Regarding “Ukraine accuses Russian soldiers of wartime atrocities” (front page, April 4):

Now is the time for the United States and its NATO allies to do more than just threaten more and more sanctions or point the finger at Russia for the unconscionable horrors it continues to inflict with impunity. to the Ukrainian people.

The West essentially sees the growing slaughter of innocents as collateral damage, believing that doing more would risk provoking a global conflict.

Refraining from establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine and refusing to directly insert US and NATO forces on the ground are not a sign of politics, but a form of appeasement . Sanctions, severe as they are, will not stop Vladimir Putin. Nor are charges or accusations of war crimes. He clearly doesn’t care.

Our reluctance to fully engage will further embolden him there and elsewhere while encouraging his authoritarian colleagues to use the same tactic in other threatened democratic outposts like Taiwan.

The real pressure on Mr Putin from the Russian people and military leading to his ouster will not come from sanctions or verbal broadsides, but from the threat of an ill-conceived war that could endanger their very existence. . It is a direct message that they will understand.

Greg Joseph
Sun City, Arizona.

For the editor:

Is it possible to be even more shocked by Russia’s aggressiveness and cruelty? The news of the murder and execution of Ukrainian civilians demands that the world not turn a blind eye to the evidence of these horrors. One day this war will end. Will there be justice for those murdered by Russian armed forces and Ukrainian separatists? The perpetrators of these crimes must be found, tried by an international tribunal and punished.

True justice must also demand that Russia pay a heavy penalty for the crimes committed in its name. Global companies should not return to Russia after this war. It can’t be “business as usual”. Russia must pay reparations to rebuild Ukraine.

The world has made a collective decision not to intervene directly in this war. The world must now commit to bringing justice to the Ukrainian people.

Marty Streim
Boulder, Colorado.

For the editor:

Re “Dozens of bodies in the suburbs of kyiv; ‘They shot everyone they saw’” (front page, April 4):

Even before these Bucha reports, I wanted to write to say enough!

What will it take for NATO, the United Nations and the rest of the world to be driven to intervene to save Ukrainians from starvation and barbarism – and now point-blank executions? Entire towns were razed to the ground and fleeing Ukrainians shot and killed.

Gathering evidence for a war crimes prosecution against Russia at a later date will take too long and will not stop the slaughter. Something must be done now.

Anne Bogan
new York

For the editor:

Reading the latest reports on the alleged killings of unarmed civilians by Russian soldiers in Ukraine made my stomach ache. I’ve seen movies of Nazis murdering Jews in the same way, tying their hands behind their backs and shooting them point-blank in the neck, then burying their bodies in mass graves.

The history of mankind is replete with stories of one group killing another, acting like barbarians. Unfortunately, it’s in our DNA. War has a way of drastically reducing our desire to be civilized to the lowest common denominator of barbarism. We can’t seem to break this horrible pattern.

Len DiSesa
Dresher, Pa.

For the editor:

“Balloons Expand Their Profiles” (Thursday Styles, March 24) briefly mentioned the environmental cost of balloon activity. It seemed superficial; there is more to this story than landfills and trash.

Balloons are primarily derived from petroleum. Like bottled water, plastic bags and other single-use plastics, balloon party decoration funds an industry that is destroying our climate, harming our health and putting profits before people.

As we transition to cleaner energy, the oil industry now sees plastics as a critical profit center. Plastic production is expected to double over the next 20 years.

To deal with the climate crisis, we must turn off this dirty tap. It means switching to clean energy and saying no to single-use plastic. We need to eliminate this waste from our lives rather than promoting it as a new trend.

Believe me, I love a good party as much as anyone. But let’s find ways to celebrate in a way that models the future we all want for our families.

Laurie David
Chilmark, Mass.
The writer served as producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” and is the co-author of “Imagine It! A Handbook for a Happier Planet.

For the editor:

Our failure to meaningfully tax billionaires and dynastic wealth is part of the larger problem that our elected officials are often more polarized than we are and have passed important legislation that is more extreme than we Democrats and Republicans want.

How can voter majorities in both parties force our federal elected officials to start passing the laws we want? By focusing on one issue at a time that voters of both parties want and letting officials know that unless they publicly commit and act to promote and pass a given piece of legislation, they will not won’t get our votes.

The devil is in the details, but imagine a model bill that attempts to tax the richest fairly. Only a small fraction of individual voters should let their elected officials know that they want this bill introduced and voted on if those elected officials ever want to be re-elected.

This approach has worked incredibly well for the 0.1% in controlling the tax laws passed by both sides. Time to make it work for the 99.9%.

David Schwartz
Berkeley, California.

For the editor:

On “New York can set its rents high”, by Mara Gay (Opinion, March 30):

Ms. Gay failed to mention a key element to meaningfully solving the housing and homelessness crisis: legislation on evictions for just cause. This bill would protect millions of tenants of unregulated housing from being evicted without just cause. In other words, if you’re a good tenant who has always paid your rent on time, your landlord can’t evict you on a whim.

It would provide tenants with basic rights such as a reasonable limit on rent increases, the right to a renewal lease, and the right to seek repairs without fear of reprisal.

The Good Cause Bill is a budget-neutral, common-sense solution to preventing evictions and addressing statewide homelessness. Instead of offering unnecessary tax incentives to the real estate industry to build new market-priced homes that won’t benefit struggling New Yorkers, why not focus on keeping families who already have a roof over them? from their heads?

Adrian Holder
new York
The author is a civil practice attorney at the Legal Aid Society.

For the editor:

“Someone needs a grip: racket smash is out of control” (Sports, March 31):

The broken racquet is not a display of anger. It is a demonstration of spite, frustration and a feeling of victimization. It’s a temper tantrum, and its practitioners compel the audience to watch and sit through the infantile behavior.

Shame on professional tennis for not putting an effective end to it.

Paul Rosenberg
Palm Beach, Florida.

For the editor:

How about making a tennis player who destroys a racquet play the next two games with that racquet? A penalty like this could help stem the current eruption of destruction on the pitch.

Judy Popkins
The author is a former referee and chair tennis instructor.


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