Letters to the Editor — June 8, 2021

The Issue: The 10-year-old boy who was slain in Far Rockaway amid a dispute over a shared driveway.

While New Yorkers mourn the emotional, jarring death of 10-year-old Justin Wallace, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio remain oblivious to the pervasive lawlessness in the city and have not even once said it’s time for a moratorium on the war against police (“My boy was killed over a driveway,” June 7).

We have an equally heedless group of politicians within the mayoral race, campaigning on promises to further limit both police presence and enforcement of the law.

If the face of that innocent little 10-year-old doesn’t move the anti-police rabble to rethink their position on law enforcement, nothing will.

Patrick O’Connor

The Bronx

A 10-year-old boy was shot and killed in Far Rockaway for no logical reason.

Justin is one of many killed. There are those with guns who should not have them. We need more police and more jails.

Cuomo and de Blasio need to wake up, as do the Legislature and the City Council.

If they don’t, more good children will surely die for no reason. My heartfelt prayers go out to the family of Justin Wallace, which is grieving at this time.

Frederick Bedell


Justin Wallace
Justin Wallace was killed on June 5, 2021 in Queens, New York.

Graffiti is everywhere in New York City, crime is out of control, there are shootings day and night: of men, women — and, worse, children are not excluded.

Those riding the subways and buses are targets for violent crimes. Who wants to go to work or come home on New York City transit with the fear of being stabbed, assaulted, pushed off the platform or shot?

The lax laws allow criminals to be released the same day, even if they were arrested for serious crime.

Our governor and mayor have handcuffed the NYPD from making arrests of the worst criminals. New York City has regressed, making it dangerous for hardworking people to walk the street or ride transit.

New leaders must be brought in who will shake things up, not people who will sit on their hands.

Joseph Comperchio


We’re seeing the shootings and murders of innocent people, especially children, in America”s largest cities.

Enough talking and writing about out-of-control crime in America. Now is the time to declare war on inner-city gangs and criminals.

Highly trained law enforcement should eliminate this scourge of crime forever. There is no other solution.

John Kirkwood

Westwood, NJ

A 10-year-old boy was shot and killed over the use of a driveway. This is totally insane.

There are bullets flying everywhere. This has to stop. What is the city coming to? It’s a war zone.

As of right now, our out-of-touch mayor has no answers to all this. He has done nothing to stop these shootings. He has failed miserably.

I’m hoping that the next mayor will take his job more seriously and protect the people of our city. God knows de Blasio hasn’t.

Robert Johann


Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio visiting the family of 10-year-old Justin Wallace in Far Rockaway on June 6, 2021.
Wayne Carrington

Could somebody please tell me just how many more children need to be shot to death before our elected politicians, both state and city, bring back some form of “law and order” to our city? Shame on everyone of them.

Kim Cody


The tragic shooting death of 10-year-old Justin Wallace because of a dispute over a shared driveway is beyond the realm of logic.

What is wrong with people? Have they no decency? Is there no longer any respect for the sanctity of life in this city?

A young child is dead, another victim of the continued crime surge in our city.

What is it going to take to make the politicians of New York state and city take a unified stand on how to deal with crime?

This writer joins all other New Yorkers in mourning the loss of this beautiful child.

John Amato


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