Since when is nudity a pillar of gay culture?
Rockaway Park: It was a beautiful, sunny day in Rockaway. The waves were extraordinary and many surfers were out, including many young teenagers who were surfing the waves under their parents’ watch.
As it happens, you start out surfing on the east side of the jetty on Beach 149th St. and end up on the west side of the jetty due to the current. This is where respect for each other comes in. A woman was sunbathing completely nude near the jetty where everyone had to exit the surf and climb back to the eastern side of the jetty to catch more waves. A parent told her to put her bottom on and her response was, “F— you.” The U.S. Park Police were called and responded and the officer, using great diplomacy, asked her to don her bottom and she complied after a lengthy diatribe concerning her rights.
At this point, a gentleman came over and explained to us that this was a gay beach (duh — I lived on the block for 22 years) and tried to explain this away as part of a culture. It’s been a gay beach for a very long time and this has nothing to do with being straight or gay. Let us be clear: It is strictly about being completely naked.
If we are all supposed to respect each other, doesn’t this apply to everyone, especially where young children are concerned? Let’s all respect and consider everyone’s rights at all times and the world will be a better place. Bill Gallagher
Not so simple
Glen Ridge, N.J.: I have one question for self-righteous Voicer Jennifer Berenbaum when, regarding abortion, she stated that “you are careless and get pregnant?” and “killing your babies should never be used as birth control.” So, is getting raped a “careless” action? Francine Ferrara
Bending the knee?
Brooklyn: What legacy did Mayor Adams seek to honor by lowering our city’s flags for Queen Elizabeth and prominently offering his condolences to the British Consulate? Was it out of respect for the institution? The one that invaded in 1776, leaving the bodies of slain patriots to rot where they fell in Flatbush, Gowanus, Kips Bay, Harlem, Pelham and Washington Heights? Those who starved American prisoners to death on prison ships in the East River? Or was it out of respect for Elizabeth herself? She who did nothing to stop her military from trying to brutally force her Kenyan, Yemeni and other freedom-seeking subjects to remain under the crown, or when her government drove her Windrush Caribbean subjects from their British homes? She who did nothing when her intelligence services handed out Catholic kill lists to Protestant paramilitaries in Northern Ireland? Who is Adams representing with such royalist and imperialist nonsense? Not most of us in Brooklyn. Dylan Yeats
Peters Township, Pa.: There are few individuals who are universally admired for their leadership on the world stage with grace, poise, dignity and gentility, and who have endured countless challenges and personal tragedies. The late Queen Elizabeth was such a rare individual. She served to solidify the treasured and longstanding bond between our countries and if she ever had a political leaning, it was invisible, as she was a friend to American presidents of both major parties. Elizabeth was truly the people’s queen. She shall be fondly remembered and her memory cherished for all time. Oren Spiegler
Bayside: Is this the England Daily News? Who cares about the new king of England? If you do, move there. We have runaway inflation, crime everywhere and shady (out-of-touch) Chuck Schumer is looking to pass a gay marriage bill, while the ordinary citizens are trying to not get mugged and afford the high prices of food. Make New York City Great Again. Timothy Collins
Brooklyn: The mayor and the sanitation commissioner said recently that the Sanitation Department had volunteers coming in on Labor Day and the trash would be picked up. Our neighborhood pick-up days are Monday and Thursday. On Friday, we were still waiting for the volunteers to come. No pick-up on Monday or Thursday. This mayor is making me wish de Bosio was back in office. Leighton Perkins
Kew Gardens: One of the most detrimental things about the former president doing unprecedented things without consequence is that he establishes a precedent, which creates a legal reference. This nation does not need a future plagued with other presidents who defend their actions with, “Donald Trump did it and nothing happened to him.” Glenn Hayes
Hungry for the hoosegow
Howard Beach: If getting indicted and placed in handcuffs was the “best day in his life” for Steve Bannon, then spending a few years in jail just might make him ecstatic. And is there a better place for his happiness than Rikers Island? When Steve is sentenced, let’s see if he will be singing, “happy days are here again.” Barbara Berg
St. Albans: Like many others, I am also lamenting the hiatus of two of my favorite comic strips, “Red & Rover” and “Zits.” When I read the paper, I try to read the comic pages first because it is a necessary and welcome bracer to all the madness contained in the rest of the paper. The “WuMo” strip of Sept. 8 of this year, however, was — and I hope I am not alone in this — 100% USDA Grade A not funny. A grown man — a parent, no less — giving children dog food in the misguided notion of being a zero-waste family? Really? Children probably read this comic! This particular strip should never have been presented for publication to the Daily News, let alone approved and printed, and should be placed in the “What the hell were you thinking?” file of the strip’s creators, never to be shown again! Anthony Vasser
Brooklyn: For the last few weeks, I have been reading about the possibility that Maimonides Hospital may be going under. The hospital lost a staggering $145 million last year and has barely enough money to make it through another year. I remember when the hospital was called Israel Zion. My brother and sister were born there and my dad received the finest care from renowned heart surgeon Dr. Cunningham. Every member of my family has been treated there up until five years ago, always getting great care. I don’t know if it’s the multimillion-dollar salaries that hospital execs get or dirty politics. The fact is that Maimonides was once a great hospital and could be again. Louie Scarcella
Holliswood: I had a pair of tickets to the Twins/Yankees game that was rained out on Tuesday ($28 each). Because of my schedule, the only game I’d be able to attend for the rest of the season is Thursday, Sept. 22, against the Red Sox. The Yankees have plenty of seats available for that game at $19 and $29. But they won’t exchange my tickets (where I was willing to take a monetary loss or pay the $1 extra, with the seats being further out toward the outfield than my $28 seats) because they deem the Red Sox game a “premium” game. What kind of nonsense is that? And Major League Baseball wonders why they are losing fans. Gregory W. Chupa
Garwood, N.J.: I hope that Voicers, local news media and the Daily News sports department were watching Thursday night as New York’s only resident team, the Buffalo Bills, put an absolute whooping on the Super Bowl defending champs. Their quarterback proved he is not “a work in progress” as are the two other New York prima donna teams. Even after the Giants raided the Bills’ front office and offensive coordinator, they showed why they are much more than even-odds favorites to be playing on the next Super Bowl Sunday. Maybe now the local news outlets will give them more than a one-minute mention. Maybe now, The News’ sports department will give them more than one paragraph every two weeks. After all, they’ve been in the playoffs three out of the last four years. What say the Green and Blue? Go Bills Mafia! John Deichmeister