2016-10-26 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Breast Cancer Awareness

To The Editor:

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and is a reminder for all of us to do something. Throughout the month of October, women are encouraged to make mammography appointments. Some may wonder why a man is writing about breast cancer, which is mainly a women’s disease although men can come down with this disease as well. Yet this disease affects us all. The ones we love – mother, sister, wife, lover or life companion – are affected by this most insidious disease. We are caregivers, and try to care for those we love.

I know my wife of almost 30 years goes every year for this test. And I know it scares her because breast cancer runs in her family and she has had friends who have had this disease. Yet each time she goes for the test, I’m afraid to hear the worst and maybe lose the most important person in my life. I know many men have fears like myself. But we all must remember that early detection is the answer. Also, when coupled with new treatment options, mammography screenings do improve a woman’s chance of survival. We all need to get involved and do what we can to help fight against this disease, donating money to the American Cancer Society and organizations that help women cope with this disease. A lot of these organizations can be found on the internet and our local newspapers. There are also runs and walks this month that help raise money and those who can should enlist and volunteer their efforts in these fundraisers.

Finally, I remember a very powerful song a number of years ago by Melissa Etheridge who battled breast cancer and recorded this song called, “I run for life.” Which I found a very powerful message against Breast Cancer. Let me leave you with a few lines from the song, which tells of one woman’s fight to stay alive:

“I run for hope, I run to feel, I run for truth, for all that is real.

“I run for your mother, your sister, your wife. I run for you and me my friend, I run for life.

“And remember someday, if they tell you about it, if darkness knocks on your door, remember her, remember me.

“We will be running as we have done before, running for answers, running for more.”

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

An Insulting Increase

To The Editor:

Next year, Americans on Social Security will receive an increase of 0.3%, which averages out to $4 more a month. What a travesty! There have been no significant COLA increases for Americans on Social Security for the last several years, which is outrageous. People depend on their monthly checks to pay bills, pay rent and buy food. If they are lucky enough to have additional income, such as a pension from their job, they might be able to save some more money, but not very much. What is this country coming to? People have worked hard all of their lives and when they retire, they should have an adequate amount of income to live off of for the rest of their lives. Instead, it has become harder and harder for people to make ends meet, whether they are retired or still in the workforce. Something is very wrong with this scenario, and the government needs to get its act together and start working to improve the economic situation for all Americans – retired, disabled and working!

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Disenfranchised

To The Editor:

It has always been my understanding that the purpose of an absentee ballot was to serve disabled people, shut-ins and military people deployed far from the convenience of a polling place.

I have had polio since the age of 9 months and cannot walk without a crutch nor stand for a protracted length of time, especially now that my ankle is causing me frequent, severe pain. Imagine my shock and astonishment when I read the note on the mailing envelope for the ballot which stated: “Unless sufficient postage is affixed to this envelope it will not be received by the Board of Elections. INQUIRE AT THE POST OFFICE AS TO AMOUNT OF POSTAGE NECESSARY.”

Requiring a handicapped/disabled individual to get to a post office and then wait on the line to get an envelope weighed and pay for the postage is quite thoughtless, almost to the point of being cruel. We didn’t ask to be disabled, and we would gladly be like everyone else if that was possible, so why are we penalized? Can’t they use post-paid envelopes or let us know the exact postage?

It is every American’s right and duty to vote. Shouldn’t the Board of Elections and the US Postal Service actively support this effort and not create barriers?

Marie Proto
Little Neck

Untrustworthy Candidates

To The Editor:

We know that many politicians make promises they cannot keep, and they typically use manipulative and ambiguous language to hide their true ideas and feelings. They hope the public will forget their false statements.

However, Trump and Clinton might have the record for the most lies conveyed to the public during the campaign for president.

James Green, in a letter in the Londonderry NH Times, referenced the fact-checking website, Politifact, and exposed the false statements by the presidential candidates. Approximately 29% of Clinton’s statements were either Mostly False, False or Pants On Fire. Trump fared even worse. Approximately 71% of his statements were either Mostly False, False or Pants On Fire.

Trump cannot be trusted when he said he will bring jobs back to America. He has outsourced jobs to China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Mexico. He employs many foreign workers.

Unfortunately, Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President, has made two significant gaffes in recent interviews, and he appears to lack knowledge of world affairs.

We can’t trust Clinton or Trump to tell the truth. I am writing myself in for president.

Donald Moskowitz
Londonderry, NH

Federal Transit Funding

To The Editor:

Don’t blame Washington for the recent accident at Hoboken Terminal when it comes to how New Jersey Transit decides to use federal assistance for installing Positive Train Control. Federal support for transportation has remained consistent and growing over past decades. When a crisis occurred – be it 9/11 in 2001 or Hurricane Sandy in 2012 – Washington was there for us. Additional billions in assistance above and beyond yearly formula allocations from the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration was provided. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided billions more.

Most federal transportation grants require a 20% hard-cash local share. In most cases, USDOT FTA accepted toll credits from New Jersey Transit instead of hard cash for the local share. This saves New Jersey Transit over $180 million yearly.

In 2016, Washington made available $447 million in Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula, $185 million in Section 5337 State of Good Repair, $60 million in Buses & Bus Facilities, $342 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that will be transferred to FTA for transit projects and $22 million in Section 5310 & 5311 Enhanced Mobility/Rural Transportation. It is New Jersey Transit’s decision to program most of the $974 million to capital projects other than Positive Train Control. There are other opportunities for up to several hundred million more in discretionary competitive grant programs, along with hundreds millions more in available Disaster Relief Recovery Act of 2013 (Hurricane Sandy) dollars.

Larry Penner
Great Neck

Attacks An Outrage

To The Editor:

I am appalled to learn that a mentally ill lady of 66 was shot by a police officer and was killed as a result. Why did the officer not follow the protocols for handling an emotionally disturbed person and use a taser?

I am glad that more names were added to the memorial wall for police officers who were either killed on 9/11, killed in the line of duty, or died as a result of illnesses incurred during work at the 9/11 site. This is a testament to the bravery and heroism of those souls who risked their lives to save others.

I am outraged at the attacks on women lately, and on the attacks on police and other law enforcement officers. It is an abomination and the moral fiber of our nation is crumbling, sad to say.

In addition, the number of older drivers over 65 has increased, and they should be given physicals and a road test again. Licenses are renewable without retesting after expiration dates, which is wrong.

I also am not in favor of truckers who are 80 years old driving trucks. There is a shortage of truck drivers and older drivers can cause accidents. Their reflexes, eyesight and other facilities may be impaired.

All buses, cars and taxicabs should have automatic safety brake control, just as there are supposed to be on railorad trains, and that also goes for subway trains.

That is awful that the Republican headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed. What happened to just campaining without being angry, nasty, hostile and destructive?

Also Wikileaks should not ever disclose Hillary’s emails. That is a smear tactic.

I do not want our nation to be the laughingstock of the world.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

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