Letters to the Editor – September 4, 2021

The question: The potential release of the convicted murderer of 24-year-old Barbara Meliota in 1982.

I am writing this letter to support Phyllis Meliota (“’I can never forgive’,” August 30). I am a retired police officer and I oppose the parole of Anthony Doyle and all the murderers.

Doyle’s crime was savage, brutal, and animalistic. It is a despicable excuse for a human being. He should be denied parole and die behind bars.

Barbara Meliota was only 24 when she murdered her. She can never be released on parole of the death penalty inflicted on her by Doyle. He should never be released on parole.

Gary Acerra

Staten island

I read the article regarding the possible upcoming parole of Anthony Doyle, who very violently murdered Barbara Meliota, who was a nurse at Montefiore Hospital in 1982.

It would be a shame if he were ever released. This man is pure evil, and a life in prison is too good for him. Murdering a nurse is like murdering a police officer. He is someone who has dedicated his life to helping people.

Please, for the sake of his family and friends, never let this thug out of jail.

Lenny nelson

Valley stream

How will Doyle’s release serve the good of society?

Anyone who does something this horrible is not really human. There is certainly no guarantee that he won’t do something horrible again.

The irresponsible New York Parole Board consistently overlooks things like this. He should have been executed, which would have happened if it had happened in Texas or Florida.

Why on earth should he have the privilege of enjoying his “golden years” after intentionally taking a life in such a horrible way? Where is the logic in this?

How can we justify this? Only our Parole Board, friend of cop killers and all other kinds of vicious murderers, could.

Niles welikson

Williston Park

The potential release of nurse Barbara Meliota’s killer reminds us once again of just how liberal officials, including the late Governor Mario Cuomo, who promised us “life without parole” for capital crimes, simply do not feel the moral outrage of those at the time the crime was committed.

I predict the eventual release of David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz. To those who oppose the death penalty, I say: life without parole must be exactly that.

Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld

Small Neck

The problem: The Democrats’ attacks on Larry Elder, a Conservative candidate in the California recall election.

In a despicable but predictable response to a Conservative candidate for governor of California, the left launches into its usual racial tirade (“The Left’s Shameful Denigration of Larry Elder,” Heather Mac Donald, September 1).

Desperate to overcome the Liberals’ natural inclination to vote for a black candidate over a white, Democrats attempt to smear Elder as a black and white supremacist.

By using this term, they reveal that their definition of a white supremacist is simply conservative. Elder frightens progressives because he supports his beliefs with facts.

Robert mangi


I live in Los Angeles, and finally we have a fantastic candidate for governor in Larry Elder.

Democrats can’t stand him leading the polls, and he’s so clear and precise in his message of decency, free choice, and support for law and order.

They can’t stand it, so they call it the black face of white supremacy. It’s funny but so sad and dangerous.

Ed Herbst

Los Angeles, California

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