2010-05-12 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Aircraft Carriers In Jeopardy To The Editor:

An article in the Navy Times entitled “Strike group mission expands far beyond simple escort” has me concerned.

The aircraft carrier strike group is composed of a carrier and air wing, a submarine, and five or six escort destroyers and cruisers. The escorts protect the carrier by interdicting enemy units attacking the group.

Unfortunately, at times the carrier has only one escort because the other ships are dispersed hundreds or even thousands of miles from the carrier to carry out “patrol missions, exercises and port calls”. An example of this policy occurred in 2008 when the Carrier Theodore Roosevelt visited South Africa while some of its escorts were in the Mediterranean and another escort went to France for a D-Day event.

As stated, the Navy is comfortable dispersing the ships because we are not “facing direct, hot war threats”, but what would happen if Russia or China with its submarines and missile delivery systems decides to launch surprise attacks against our carriers? One escort and the air wing cannot protect a carrier from a large-scale attack.

Our carrier strike groups should remain intact when they are deployed and ancillary events should be handled by other ships in the fleet or possibly not at all.

We currently have 283 naval ships, which is the smallest U.S. Navy since 1916, and it is 17 ships short of the recognized minimum of 300 ships. It is a woefully inadequate number and we need more ships.
Donald A. Moskowitz
Former AG2 and LT, USN
Londonderry, NH

Rights In America

To The Editor:

It seems kind of hypocritical when Washington displays concern over the “rights” of minorities in Arizona. Isn’t this the crowd that passed the Patriot Act, and removed our right of habeas corpus with the Military Commissions Act? Why are we searched at airports, our emails read and phone calls spied on and data kept about us in government files and so much more? Clearly, citizens don’t count.

Citizens in AZ have rights to protect themselves from the crime, drunk drivers, property abuse and mayhem created by the illegals and so do citizens in the rest of our country. America belongs to the American people, not the pompous, overpaid elite who believes themselves to be our keepers in D.C.
Lawrence Burke
Roslyn, NY

Let Us Give Thanks

To The Editor:

Thanks to the alertness of New Yorkers, including Police Officer Wayne Rhatigan, this city averted what could have been the worst terrorist strike since September 11th, 2001. The police department and fire and emergency services responded swiftly and took immediate, appropriate and necessary action to protect the many hundreds of people who were in the affected area of Time Square. Congratulations to all of you who are the stellar examples that all New Yorkers should look up to and respect. You all put your lives on the line for us every single day, and for that also, I say thank you and God bless each and every one of you.
John Amato
Fresh Meadows, NY

Terror Cannot Win

To The Editor:

Accused terror suspect Faisal Shahzad who is suspected in the attempted Times Square bomb has been apprehended. Many different people and law enforcement agencies deserve credit such as the vendors who saw something and said something, along with the NYPD, FBI, Homeland Security and finally the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. All these [agencies] acted swiftly in record time, 53 hours and 20 minutes. This could have been a terrible disaster but the acts of these evildoers have been spoiled again. There have been more arrests in Pakistan and there will be more to follow. All because those who saw something said something. We must all be the eyes and ears against terrorism. Now let me say to all who were involved in the capture, “Job well done.”
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village, NY.

Schapiro Wines of NYC

To The Editor:

I can’t be the only one to remind you that historical notice ought to have been taken of Schapiro Kosher Wine Company, which operated on Rivington Street in Manhattan for probably a hundred years (including during Prohibition). Frank Sehn

Kindness and Caring

To The Editor

Several positive articles were printed in the April 28 edition of the Gazette, which really inspired me.

I am proud of the students at the Sunnyside Reform Church Sunday School for packing and obtaining materials for the goodie bags that they sent to our soldiers and forces over in Afghanistan and in Iraq.

This is a deed of loving kindness, to show others and to lighten their load and also to raise respect and pay homage to those who are giving of themselves in wars in strange and dangerous lands and promoting freedom.

These children again are showing the rest of the young people that children can do positive things and they are shining examples and inspirations to all. Hats off and kudos to them.

I am also glad that Assemblymember Gianaris held that run for Autism. These people and children are challenged but can be helped and they are God’s creation and to help others in need and to lighten their load and to have research to help these people lead lives that are functional are deeds of loving kindness and blessed in God’s sight. I applaud our assemblymember for being there for all people, senior citizens, disabled, children, and those in between. I had the honor of being awarded a proclamation from him and meeting him several times.

I also applaud the bike race for children in memory of Julian Wager. He was my hero, my inspiration and there is not one moment in every day that I do not think of him and cherish the memories I have of him.

I know that he loved children and one of his pet projects was the Boys and Girls Club and what a great honor and testimony to pay tribute to Julie than to have these children participate and do physical activities that Julie could not do due to his disability, although he would have won an electric wheelchair marathon race.

I also was so interested in the Queens Farm Museum reading its history and yes this farm with the auction of those home grown wines will make money for our city and also encourage more tourism which will increase revenues for an already financially strapped city.

I am proud of our early heritage and those who came before us to make our community of Queens a truly historic place.

I also heard on television and radio news that there may be a pedestrian area in Astoria at 30th Avenue and 33rd Street. That is not a good place since Astoria is so congested already with traffic, and also there are cafes where people can sit outside and also parks nearby.

30th Avenue and 33rd Street is a main thoroughfare.

It is enough that Herald Square is all tied up as a result of that pedestrian walkway and also the planning for the new one in Manhattan will snarl traffic even further. More parks should be planned instead.

I also applaud Senator Gillibrand for her idea for a tier program for teenage drivers.

Not all teenagers have the capability to drive although they may have the same age and intelligence. Also people over 70 should be tested both for the vision and also medically and have another road test. I’ve heard of people 100 driving.

Medication may slow down reaction time and also these seniors are prone to heart and other life threatening ailments.

I am dismayed and appalled at the cut of massive proportions to the public hospitals that is planned.

Since three hospitals in N.Y. are already closed, we are strapped for medical facilities and our city is targeted for terrorism and if God heavens there should be a major emergency including accident, hurricane, terrorism other things there would panic people in medical need and no place to send them and to treat them.

Medical care is a right not a privilege and should not be part of the budget axe.

The public hospitals are havens for the people who have no insurance. Obama Care bill comes to effect in 2014 helping the uninsured and that may be too late by that time.

I agree with the governor in having one day a week furlough for state employees and also to have the lawmakers work five days a week.

The lawmakers should be furloughed also and lose a day’s pay since there is no cooperation whatsoever with the budget.

It seems that they’re making a mockery of our governor and not respecting him at all. This is an awful, abominable situation.

I applaud the new surgical head of orthopedic surgery at Mt. Sinai Queens hospital.

Senior citizens are unfortunately prone to broken bones and so are teenagers and sports teams in our local area schools and the orthopedic surgeon and staff and other planning events will help a great deal but Mt. Sinai Queens is so small.

Lastly again the plans for new subway trains and buses must not be made and bought since MetroCards for children are in jeopardy and so is Access-A-Ride and elimination of buses and trains. The old trains and buses are good and the ones on the chopping block must be saved.

Transportation in the public realm, buses, trains and Access-A-Ride are necessities for our large city.

It seems that the people at the top have these public hearings and do what they want and just let those affected vent. It is all talk and then no regard to those in need. A sad situation. Let us pray that our city and state and federal leaders and lawmakers learn to cooperate.
Cynthia Groopman
Long Island City

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