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  • But Your 2020 Election Was Not Fraudulent?
  • The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Religion and Schools
  • Don’t Erase Tolstoy’s Name
  • Book Browsing, in a Bookstore

The Jan. 6 committee heard from a group of witnesses who were pressured by former President Donald J. Trump to overturn the election.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “Trump Pressured States to Comply on Fake Electors” (front page, June 22):

There is a silver lining that I did not expect in the Jan. 6 hearings. I am a lifelong Democrat. The Republicans in the news over the last several years have been frightening in their cruel and vicious remarks and extreme agendas on race relations, gay marriage and abortion and, most important, in their devotion to the ex-president.

But the hearings have brought some very reasonable, patriotic and honest Republicans to the front. There are people who voted for Donald Trump and supported his platform, but when faced with his drive to overturn a fair election, they are coming through. They are telling the truth about the lies and corruption and putting their careers and maybe their lives on the line.

It gives me hope that there is a way out of the nightmare of the last administration’s corruption and a way forward with sane debate and compromise.

Joan Bancroft
Denver

To the Editor:

Of all the crimes Donald Trump may have committed, or inspired his deluded faithful to commit, the malicious attack on two election workers, Wandrea Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, is the single most shameless act of deceit and cowardice of his entire pathetic career.

Two humble women worked selflessly during a pandemic to uphold our democracy. Donald Trump misused the power of the presidency to maliciously destroy the good reputation of these women in his quest to undermine our democracy.

If no other details or testimony from these hearings are remembered, future generations will ask how someone who had no sense of decency could actually be president of the United States.

Asher Fried
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

To the Editor:

As the victims of threats and verbal assaults, Wandrea Moss, her mother and other members of the family should be as eligible to receive 24/7 security and peace of mind as Brett Kavanaugh and other Supreme Court justices and their families. We owe them their lives back.

Lois Berkowitz
Oro Valley, Ariz.

But Your 2020 Election Was Not Fraudulent?

A resolution adopting the false claim that former President Donald J. Trump was the victim of a stolen election in 2020 was passed by Republican state-party delegates in Texas.Credit…Leah Millis/Reuters

To the Editor:

Re “Texas G.O.P. Adopts Stolen Election Claims” (news article, June 20):

Many Republicans who reject President Biden’s 2020 victory are occupying seats in statehouses or in Congress to which they themselves were elected in that very same “illegitimate” election. If that election was so fraudulent, how could these same Republican election deniers (so conveniently) accept their own 2020 elections?

David E. Cohen
North Haledon, N.J.

The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Religion and Schools

Credit…Pete Marovich for The New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “Justices Deliver Win to Schools Based in Faith” (front page, June 22):

Whatever you may think of government offers to pay the tuition for the private education of children, the paying of that tuition to religious institutions is clearly a violation of the First Amendment’s prohibition against the government establishment of religion, despite the current Supreme Court’s majority holding to the contrary.

There is no more clear government support of religious institutions than sending public money their way, exactly the kind of government action that the First Amendment prohibits. It is not the court’s duty to support religion, only to guarantee that government stays out of the business of religion and does not prohibit its free exercise.

What we have instead is a court bent on strengthening religion in this country. Never mind that the Constitution provides otherwise.

Bruce Neuman
Water Mill, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Once a state provides funding for private schools, it cannot then refuse to fund religious schools. People who believe that this exclusion is justified based on the “separation of church and state” are getting it wrong.

Andrea Economos
Hartsdale, N.Y.

Don’t Erase Tolstoy’s Name

To the Editor:

Re “So Long, Tolstoy Station? Cities ‘Decolonize’ by Erasing Russian Names” (news article, June 8):

Having visited Ukraine, including Kyiv, in more peaceful times, I can certainly understand that eliminating the names of prominent Russians from public places in an effort to “decolonize” this wonderful nation is very much in order. However, the name of the author Leo Tolstoy, a true person of peace and good will, should remain.

Tolstoy was one of the greatest, most positive influences on both Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Among many other actions, Gandhi named a farm he established, as a refuge for passive resisters and their indigent families, the Tolstoy Farm.

James K. Riley
Pearl River, N.Y.

Book Browsing, in a Bookstore

Apps have struggled to reproduce the kind of real-world serendipity that puts a book in a reader’s hand.Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

To the Editor:

The headline on your June 9 article about browsing in bookstores read, “Can Any App Capture This Experience?” The answer is obvious — of course not.

Book browsing is a physical experience, involving visual, tactile and sometimes even olfactory sensations. In a physical bookshop, people are moved to pull a book off a shelf and take a closer look for many reasons, some obvious, some subtle and some downright mysterious.

Every book browser has experienced those magical instances in which they have found books they weren’t looking for or even knew existed, but which to some degree affected their life.

The possibility of making another such serendipitous discovery is why people love to browse in bookstores. It can’t be engineered or made subject to an algorithm.

M.C. Lang
Chevy Chase, Md.

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