To the Editor:

Re “Trump Pressured Pence and Incited a Mob Against Him” (front page, June 17):

Again and again in Thursday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing, we saw video and heard testimony about Donald Trump saying Mike Pence should have the courage to overturn the election.

Let us talk about courage. The most prominent actor who lacked courage in this most dangerous drama was Donald Trump. While Mike Pence was 40 feet from a mob that called for his murder, a mob incited by Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump himself was sitting in the safety of the White House watching what was happening on TV. He was the pathetic “wimp” who had promised to join the crowd at the Capitol and instead went back home and watched the violence from the safety of the White House.

Mr. Pence refused to leave the Capitol, instead staying to fulfill his duty to the Constitution, to the law and to us. Let us talk about courage and what it meant on that day, and thank Mike Pence for what he did.

Shirley Stuart
Berkeley, Calif.

To the Editor:

J. Michael Luttig, a former federal judge and adviser to Mike Pence, in testimony before the Jan. 6 committee stated the absolute peril that the former President Donald Trump and his supporters pose to American democracy in 2024.

One of two scenarios is likely to follow in the wake of the hearings: Attorney General Merrick Garland decides to prosecute the former president and co-conspirators, or (if acquitted or never charged) Donald Trump is free to pursue the presidency in 2024, an attempt that is likely to fail in a free and fair election.

Both of these scenarios may result in widespread violent insurrection. Without a centrist coalition, an unlikely possibility in our politically polarized nation, we must find another way, one that avoids political violence and preserves the rule of law.

The resolution of this fraught situation may lie in a conditional presidential pardon of Donald Trump, a pardon that would stipulate that the former president acknowledge the commission of federal crimes and disqualify him from any federal elective office. While nauseating to contemplate, a pardon might be the only way to avoid civil war and the overthrow of American democracy.

Eric Radack
Santa Fe, N.M.

To the Editor:

Re “Five Blunt Truths About the War in Ukraine,” by Bret Stephens (column, June 15):

Mr. Stephens’s column challenging the Biden administration to do even more to help the Ukrainian government (beyond currently providing advanced howitzers, rocket launchers and munitions) brings to mind the question of what former President Donald Trump would have done if still in office.

Does anyone believe that Mr. Trump would have lifted a finger to help President Volodymyr Zelensky? Who could rationally think that he would have rallied NATO and the European Union to unify in opposition to his friend Vladimir Putin? And isn’t it clear that Beijing would have learned an important lesson from Mr. Trump’s inaction as Ukraine was crushed?

Don’t compare President Biden to the perfect. Compare him to the alternative.

James A. Steinberg
Rhinebeck, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Germany cannot let its historic trauma from Nazism lead to paralysis when faced with the instant fascist threat from Russia.

Rather, Germany must make itself the byword for antifascist action in support of Ukraine, at its darkest hour.

The whole world is watching.

Ted Gallagher
New York

To the Editor:

Re “Air Travelers Into U.S. Won’t Need Covid Test” (news article, June 11):

I am sure many travelers “breathed a sigh of relief” that the mandate to provide a negative Covid result before boarding an international flight back to the U.S. has been lifted. However, there will also be a great number of travelers who will feel too unsafe and uncomfortable to get in a plane cabin for hours with scores of passengers, some of whom could transmit the virus.

Many will give up international travel, concerned about contracting Covid. Airplane passengers cannot even rely on vaccines since they do not help as much with the Omicron variant. Lifting the test mandate is a foolish, imprudent recipe for disaster.

Giovanna Di Bernardo
New York

To the Editor:

Re “Internships That Aid All But Interns” (Your Money, Business, June 11):

Ron Lieber correctly identifies the endless cycle that keeps unpaid internships very much alive: Those who can afford them take them, and get a crucial first step in their careers. Mr. Lieber doesn’t focus on the arts world, where unpaid internships have long reigned, but if we look there, you can see a fascinating trend: Paid internships beget diversity throughout an organization.

In 2020 I made a $5 million donation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City that created a new class of interns, all paid. Since then, applications have gone through the roof — 200 percent — and the applicants and the colleges they come from are far more diverse. That means a more diverse work force in the future. But there’s more: Other arts institutions have followed suit.

I call on other philanthropists and arts and business leaders to pay their interns and create this new paid path to the top for students of all backgrounds.

Adrienne Arsht
The writer is the former chairman of the board of TotalBank and a vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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