Opinion | Words of Gratitude and Comfort for Frank Bruni

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To the Editor:

Re “Hate Is So Much Bigger Than Trump” (Aug. 11):

Reading Frank Bruni’s column was painful. The engineer who presumes to diagnose Mr. Bruni’s eye disease as being the result of his sexual orientation or the college teacher who contends that because of Mr. Bruni’s homosexuality his columns “cannot be read with the belief that they are impartial” are clouding hate in the verbiage of religiosity and holy concern.

I am a straight 65-year-old man who will continue to read and learn from Mr. Bruni’s columns. They are informative and enlightening, and I look forward to seeing them in The Times.

I consider Mr. Bruni to be one of my teachers, and I am grateful to have him in my life.

Ben Miles
Huntington Beach, Calif.

To the Editor:

I was so saddened to read about Frank Bruni’s worsening eye condition, and the response by a reader who can so smugly, so callously pass judgment on him. I appreciate his making public this hatefulness directed toward him as I think it accurately reflects the ongoing fight for dignity for the L.G.B.T.+ community and, more generally, all minorities.

Mr. Bruni, my prayers are with you as you face the challenges ahead.

Jim Langford
Arlington, Tex.

To the Editor:

Regarding Frank Bruni’s excellent column, I am reminded of the words of Tom Lehrer, the brilliant musical satirist, introducing a song for National Brotherhood Week in the 1960s. He made a paradoxical pronouncement that I think many of us share in the Age of Trump: “I know there are people in the world who do not love their fellow human beings, and I hate people like that.”

Bruce Sheiman
New York

New Rules Putting Endangered Species at Risk

To the Editor:

Re “U.S. Weakens Law Protecting Species at Risk” (front page, Aug. 13):

The American bald eagle is not for sale. The Endangered Species Act forbids a cost-benefit analysis of how much economic gain justifies the eradication of a species.

Climate disruption increases the danger to many species, requiring an expansion of the scope of scientific analysis. Instead, the Trump administration wants to pretend that climate science is uncertain, even in the face of record heat waves, wildfires, floods, storms and rising sea levels.

Our economy is booming in part because of a massive regulatory retreat at the federal level, but noneconomic limits must be preserved. Or we will create a Hobbesian future in which human life becomes “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” by destroying the richness of nonhuman life that surrounds and sustains us.

Eric W. Orts
The writer is a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and faculty director of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.

Message to ‘the Squad’

To the Editor:

Re “‘The Squad’ Is the Future,” by Barbara Ransby (Op-Ed, Aug. 9):

So the squad is the future of the Democratic Party? If so, prepare for an even more divided country. Prepare to re-elect Donald Trump and other Republican candidates.

Remember, party of the future, if you want to be able to govern, you will have to represent the whole country, not just the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

If you fail to acknowledge that, you will find yourself on the sidelines, forever “right” but nonetheless ineffective.

Michael F. Mascolo
North Andover, Mass.

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