Opinion | Liz Cheney’s Courage

To the Editor:

Re “Even in Wyoming, Cheney’s Stance on Trump Is a Politically Perilous One” (information article, Feb. 3):

Liz Cheney, chair of the House Republican Conference, displayed large braveness in voting to question President Donald Trump. Despite apparent potential pitfalls, Ms. Cheney threw political expediency to the wind and cast what she has termed a “vote of conscience.”

More vital, her assertion previous her vote was one of the vital highly effective any politician has ever delivered, paving the best way for the most bipartisan vote to impeach a president in our nation’s historical past.

Thankfully, different House Republicans confirmed bravery by selecting — albeit by secret poll — to maintain Ms. Cheney in her management put up.

Gene Harrington
Ellicott City, Md.

To the Editor:

Re “Changing School Names: ‘Caricature’ or About Time” (information article, Jan. 29):

As a local San Franciscan who has returned to the town of my delivery after a number of many years and has pursued a lifetime of civil rights commitments, I’m embarrassed by the obvious priorities of our present college board members.

Apparently, after the expenditure of a lot effort and time throughout this important interval, our faculty board has determined to rename 44 public faculties. These would come with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Paul Revere, the naturalist John Muir and (critically!) our former mayor and present senator Dianne Feinstein.

To be certain, public college training is the civil rights subject of our day. Desperately pressing wants embrace opening our faculties, integrating our faculties, correctly staffing our faculties and revising our curriculum as wanted.

Please get actual and save the renaming drama for an additional day.

Michael Rooke-Ley
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Re “Rochester Officers Suspended After Pepper-Spraying of 9-Year-Old Girl” (information article,, Jan. 31):

At one level, an officer stated, “You’re acting like a child.” She responded, “I am a child.”

This alternate is a searing proof level of the “adultification” bias that endangers the lives of Black women, who are sometimes perceived as being older than their age. Adultification bias, coupled with gender bias and anti-Black racism, leads a cop to consider that pepper spraying a 9-year-old woman is the best determination, or a college useful resource officer to body slam a 16-year-old Black girl to unconsciousness.

As a Black lady working with Black women and gender expansive youth, I can let you know that whereas these scenes make us gasp, they don’t seem to be remoted.

All youngsters must be nurtured and given the identical stage of alternative to study, thrive and really feel secure. Yet Black women are routinely disadvantaged of grownup care, safety and empathy. This leads to criminalization, increased charges of sexual and gender-based violence, and lifelong trauma, all of them inadequately addressed.

Joanne N. Smith
The author is the founder and government director of Girls for Gender Equity.

To the Editor:

Re “Picture This: A Great Menu on Instagram” (Food, Jan. 27):

What if docs and dentists began working from their garages? Rogue meals pop-ups are exempt from any well being inspections, which could embrace random checks for product temperature, dish sanitizing ranges and hearth hood security. No one is aware of if the cook dinner’s pet cat is strolling alongside the prep counter, or what protocols are taken for cleanliness.

Meanwhile, eating places nonetheless need to proceed paying their well being and liquor licensing charges, hearth security charges, legal responsibility and staff’ comp insurance coverage, pest management, hire, and on and on — all whereas maintaining compliant with state well being and security insurance policies.

These dwelling cooks are a possible public security hazard to their neighbors and their clients. They are additionally taking business away from eating places, whose monetary burdens haven’t relented.

Dena Lowell Blauschild
Parkland, Fla.
The author is co-owner of a restaurant.

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