2011-12-21 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Welcome Home Troops

To The Editor:

As the holiday season continues, it is very gratifying to know that many of our brave men and women who have been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home. Every single American owes an extreme debt of gratitude to all of these brave men and women who have been risking their lives each and every day to protect our freedoms that we might take for granted. Also, let us remember all of the more than 4,000 servicemen and women who gave their lives in both of these conflicts, and their families, who have lost their loved ones. For those families whose soldiers are coming home, we are truly happy for all of you.

God bless America and happy holidays to all.

John Amato
Fresh Meadows, NY

Be A Santa!

To The Editor:

Christmas is almost upon us and there is much for parents to do to make Christmas a special time for their children. There is that special magic about Christmas that brings much joy and happiness in a little child’s eyes. Mothers and fathers are busy this time of the year and try to make this magic happen. You see Santa Claus is more than that iconic character of fable. He is the effort of every parent who looks forward to buying those toys and things that brings that special joy to every boy and girl. The sad thing this year is that many parents are out of work or have special financial problems due to a slow economy. These parents may not have the money to bring that kind of special happiness to their children this year. These children might think that Santa may have passed them up because they made the naughty list this year.

Let’s not let that happen and give to the many charities, churches and community groups that play Santa this year for those children in need. Think how sad it must be for that child who has no toys under that Christmas tree this Christmas Day. It is that symbolic character of Santa that makes childhood a time of hope and expectations. It is that spirit of generosity which can go a long way to brighten the life of a poor child. There are those who say there is no Santa Claus but there really is and it is anyone who brings joy to a needy child this Christmas. So be a Santa this Christmas to a poor needy child.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village, N.Y.

National Security Threat?

To The Editor:

This letter liberally references Brigadier General Jim Cash’s article entitled, “Another Government Cover-Up” in the January issue of Military. I agree with his assessment that the contrail observed off the coast of California in November 2010 resembled a missile launch contrail, not an aircraft contrail.

In the 1980s Cash was a command director and assistant director of operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD is responsible for the detection of aircraft and missile threats and reporting them to the president for action. Cash was a USAF fighter pilot for over 25 years.

Why did the Obama administration put out information that the contrail recorded off the California coast was made by an aircraft? My initial reaction was that the contrail came from an inadvertent launch of a missile by one of our Navy’s surface ships or a submarine. Although this continues to be a possibility, I believe the likelihood of this event is somewhat remote because of the number of people who would have been aware of this occurrence. The other possibility is that the launch came from a foreign submarine, probably Russian or Chinese, which went undetected across the Pacific Ocean to our coastline.

If it was a missile launch from a Russian or Chinese submarine, it calls into question our ability to detect the approach of potential threats to our national security and our ability to defend this country. It should also alert our president, the Secretary of Defense and Congress to the increasing capabilities of foreign militaries, especially Chinese and Russian armed forces; and the need to maintain a strong U.S. military establishment. We should not be cutting back our military forces in the face of a threatening environment.

I agree with Cash. The integrity of our administration is under scrutiny and “once again the leader of this nation chose to disguise the truth and keep the American people in the dark on an issue that possibly constitutes a major threat to the entire U.S. population”.

Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, NH

It’s Just Politics

To The Editor:

The world as I know it is over. To wit, on some streets, it is forbidden to smoke but permissible to burn a flag; you may post and view porn on the Internet but you can’t pray in school; if we lie to Congress it’s a felony and if Congress lies to us, it’s just politics because members of Congress are exempt from the laws and regulations that apply to ordinary citizens.

The fact that the top 50 percent of wage earners pay 97 percent of all income taxes, almost 50 percent of the population pay no taxes, many millions receive housing and rent subsidies, almost 46 million receive food stamps, 26 million receive EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) means that half the population has no skin in the game. Calls for higher taxes and more entitlements in the name of fairness leads me to ask how much of my private wealth is community property? The number of people dependent on the government’s largess is growing and there is little doubt for what and for whom they will vote. Elections have become public auctions of private property.

I have concluded that politicians have no loyalty to their constituents nor do they see themselves as representatives. They act as masters who are beholden to their biggest contributors and are generous benefactors to those who vote to keep them in power. I have abandoned any conception that politicians and political parties hold the answer to my future.

It is disheartening to see so many people clamoring for an omnipotent oppressive government with more regulations, higher taxes, spending and borrowing in spite of all that has happened. The results of these policies are a matter of record. If they persist in their delusion that doing more of the same will produce different results, there is little doubt that President Obama will be re-elected in 2012.

Ed Konecnik

Drone Clone

To The Editor:

A U.S. military drone was captured by Iran. It’s completely intact, which means that all of its technology will be able to be studied and ultimately used by Iran.

The military is to blame, in part. They should’ve equipped the drone with an explosive that could have been detonated, either manually or automatically, in the event that it went down. That seems like something that could’ve been managed easily enough.

Drones are unmanned. So there would be no immediate concern for the safety of pilots in equipping the unmanned spy plane with an explosive. If that wasn’t feasible for some reason, other options might have been employed.

The drone is one of the United States’ most sophisticated means of surveillance. Now that technology is in enemy hands due to a lack of foresight as it seems.

Ken Klinger
Bayside, NY

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