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Letters to the Editor — March 14, 2023

The Issue: The release of over 41,000 hours of unedited video footage of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Putting aside the larger issue of whether Jan. 6 was in fact an “insurrection,” we can learn something from the videos (“Of Justice & Jan. 6,” Editorial, March 13).

What we should understand is the great unifier, President Biden, needs to immediately release Jacob Chansley from prison. He has already served over two years for peacefully entering the capital.

And if the actual goal is punishing those who incited violence that day, a suitable replacement in his cell appears to be Ray Epps.

Brian Sullivan

Rockaway Beach

What the Jan. 6 Committee did in hiding videos from the public is the same as what happened to Kyle Rittenhouse, when the prosecution allegedly withheld video footage of the night of the demonstrations.

The exact same thing was allegedly done to Jacob Chansley, the so-called QAnon Shaman. His defense should have been allowed to have those undoctored videos.

Walter Faust


Isn’t it great that Tucker Carlson is able to show just what happened inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6?

The Democrats are going crazy over this. Their lies are plain to see with these videos. They are trying to tell us that what we are seeing with our own eyes is not true. They have really lost their minds. Hopefully, their phony “insurrection” claim can now be put to rest.

Charlie Yannelli

Barnegat, NJ

The Democrats’ plan to demonize and magnify the Jan. 6 riot, claiming without evidence that it was an insurrection, has had its desired effect.

Keeping Americans locked up without a trial for well over two years is what happens in despotic regimes, not in America.

And yet the hysteria and politically magnified circumstances that the Democrats used to circumvent the rights of the Jan. 6 protesters have advanced the phony narrative that the country itself was under assault.

Those who broke laws or attacked police should be held accountable, but the rights of all under the Constitution must be protected.

Steve Heitner

Middle Island

The Issue: The Post’s report that the state is providing misleading statistics on proficiency rates in schools.

Why even bother to provide tests at all if the state is going to fudge the statistics (“A score point,” March 12)?

And how is it possible for students to opt out of tests? Since when are tests voluntary? What a complete farce.

Samuel Frazer

Fort Myers, Fla.

​I thought, after reading Mary Kay Linge’s article, of Mark Twain’s alleged assessment of statistics. Namely: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”

The proficiency rate in English Language Arts was a very impressive 90% at PS 95 Eastwood in Queens. However, 77% of the students there were not tested. Thus the real proficiency rate would be a mere 20%.

Naturally, the Department of Education can legitimately claim that the results reflect the success of the test-takers. However, they don’t reflect the overall success of the school.

These published statistics about proficiency rates are just lies.

Frank Brady


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