2015-08-19 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

This Is No Game

To The Editor:

What is right and what is wrong? Seemingly an easy question, but one which in reality is quite difficult. For the answer is too often predicated upon one’s ambitions and personal preferences.

The knee-jerk reaction to the proposed Iran nuclear treaty by Republicans might in fact be righteous but when heated, acrimonious rejection occurs prior to reading the document occurs, then other motivations must be considered. When absolute rejection is accompanied by no alternatives other than to demand changes which would never be agreed upon by Iran, diplomatic avenues to resolve the issue have been discarded.

Iraq was a waste of American and Iraqi lives and to our treasury. Those who served proudly demand our respect and thanks. Those who sent them on false premises with acclamations should receive our scorn. The very ones who cavalierly sent our armed forces to Iraq are the same who offer nothing as to Iran but eventual boots on the ground.

Perhaps it should be required that those who vote for war must have a child serve their country in the heat of battle. It would cause a closer examination of why those with the power insist on arms versus diplomacy to settle conflicts. Perhaps then what is right would dominate the self-serving political gamesmanship that has defined Washington.

Ed Horn
Baldwin, NY

Loves Horse Force

To The Editor:

It’s neat Queens has a “Horse Force.” I’m always delighted when I spot one and must resist the urge to give ‘em a pat – the horses that is, not the cops, though they do deserve plenty of praise.

Ken Klinger

Pathological Testing

To The Editor:

Universal Pre-K is finally a reality in New York City, as it has already long been throughout every other forward-moving nation except ours.

The inspectors from the health and fire departments have done their jobs and the only big question mark, as usual, is whether the Department of Education can deliver on its assurances. Hopefully the city’s approval protocols will be reliable and sites will be staffed by qualified personnel and all providers will be properly vetted “without fear or favor.” Let’s pray that pre-K remains a grade for self-discovery and learning through play and not tainted by the pathological testing regimen that has infected our school systems and debased the education profession.

Ron Isaac
Fresh Meadows

NRA Has Devolved

To The Editor:

It was interesting reading recently the disparity of views related to gun ownership between today’s NRA President Wayne La Pierre and those of the earlier 1934 NRA President Karl Frederick. One would normally expect that with the passing years an organization such as the potentially lethal NRA would evolve toward wisdom, rather than devolve toward ever-increasing ignorance and paranoia. The weapons of today have become ever more dangerous as has the NRA itself, even since the recent ever-popular Chuck Hestonian hysteria. “I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses,” said Frederick (1934). A far cry from today’s NRA mania. Pity.

Nicholas Zizelis

Test Hunters’ Courage

To The Editor:

Those hunters who killed innocent animals in Africa should be given a dose of their own medicine. They should be thrown into a deep pit – one filled with hippos, crocodiles and lions. In less than five minutes those hunters would be history, and believe me, those animals would finish them off very, very quickly. That is exactly what those muderers deserve!

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Alzheimer's Research

To The Editor:

I would like to applaud state lawmakers for the reintroduction of legislation of a $1 billion referendum for neuroscience. This could lead the way for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) and state Senator David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown) are sponsoring this bill and it would be placed on the 2016 election ballot. This was announced at a news conference at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset. In my opinion this is a most insidious disease that destroys many lives and their families. I am 66 years old and am quite troubled, as others are as well, of coming down with this disease as we get older. Now here is something else to think about and that is the treatment of Alzheimer’s is expected to cost $1.1 trillion by the year 2050.

I would also like to praise Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) for his support of this referendum. In this proposed referendum he said this could make New York the neuroscience capital of America. But more importantly, to end Alzheimer’s would be a great accomplishment if this could end the suffering. Remember this too: To end this disease will take the support of all of us.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

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