2017-03-01 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Days Are Numbered

To The Editor:

Rational thought concerning the Trump presidency would indicate that this is really the beginning of the Pence presidency. Bookies must have odds on Trump either being impeached or resigning before the end of his term.

There shall be a never-ending demand for release of Trump’s tax returns. Chances are high that Russian involvement will be found. Trump’s violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution will be self-evident. The GSA (General Services Administration) will voluntarily or by litigation terminate Trump’s lease on the Trump hotel housed within Washington, DC’s Post Office as a violation of the lease and contrary to the Constitution.

If Trump is found to be connected to Putin, either by way of personal finances, business dealings or through his campaign staff, the implications are explicit. The Republican leadership are anti-Russia, and view Putin as a thug.

The national security members of Trump’s cabinet in large measure are opposed to his policies, such as Trump’s disdain for NATO. They view Russia as a danger, and agree with members of Congress that Russian involvement in the election was an attack upon American democracy.

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, as leaders of the House and Senate, will use Trump to achieve the objectives they have advocated for, but that were blocked by Obama. Once their goals are achieved, and the glow of Trump has dimmed by revelations and missteps, they will dump Trump as quickly as possible. Republicans will realize that keeping the White House in 2020 will require Pence assuming the presidency before the next election cycle.

Ed Horn
Baldwin, LI

Immigration Defense

Dear Friends,

In response to President Trump’s orders to enforce immigration laws to speed up deportations, and given the current political atmosphere, our immigrant communities are living in constant fear. As I reaffirm my district as a sanctuary district, it is vital that immigrants know how to protect themselves. Unfortunately, they need to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Last week in Corona, as part of the Independent Democratic Conference’s Immigration Defense Coalition, we held a Know Your Rights forum at PS 19’s standing-room only auditorium. As a reminder, this is the emergency hotline number we established for individuals who need assistance with immigration questions: 800- 213-6385.

On Tuesday, Assembly Member Ron Kim and I unveiled legislation aimed at protecting restaurant owners from unfair health inspections. Under our proposal, restaurateurs and employees will be able to file anonymous complaints against inspectors who abuse their powers. The bill will require the creation of an oversight body, which will publish an annual report regarding the complaints received. In addition, the legislation enables establishments to reschedule health inspections up to three times. This bill will protect the industry and the customers.

If you have any questions or need assistance, do not hesitate to stop by my office or to call us at 718- 205-3881.

Jose Peralta
State Senate

It’s Who You Know

To The Editor:

It’s been described as a giant wad of used bubblegum, but the new sculpture on 43rd and Jackson Avenues in Long Island City, “The Sunbather,” is here, apparently to stay, so get used to it. The 4,000-pound bronze behemoth was financed by city taxpayers, under the Percent For Art program, at a cost of over a half million dollars. Part of the furor was over the fact that the community never even saw renderings of the mangled Pink Panther until after it was a done deal. The 9-foot-tall sunburned sculpture was erected without ceremony, and barely any press, last November. As many may recall, last November the collective mind was on other things, such as the angst-filled presidential election.

Thankfully, Councilman Van Bramer got bills passed that allow for the community to have some say and also more transparency in the choice of art that will become fixtures in our neighborhoods, perhaps for the rest of our lives.

Hanan Imos
Astoria

Don’t Gut Medicaid

To The Editor,

I am appalled at threats upon Jewish community centers and at Jewish cemeteries. Religious hate crimes are indeed awful, and an abomination in every sense of the word.

I am glad that suicides among teenagers have decreased nationwide. Bullying and depression must be nipped in the bud, and counseling is important.

I applaud the Harlem Globetrotters role model for visiting a youth gym and inspiring them. We need more people like that who reach out and help others.

It is an abomination and shameful that a sports doctor was molesting young girls. It not only is sinful but it casts a bad name on medical professionals who would do such a horrible thing. Professionals we trust must be beyond reproach.

Home health aides and home care workers are a necessity for disabled, elderly and frail so they can stay at home. More must be recruited, trained properly, and be given sensitivity training and paid at a rate that will discourage them from leaving. They should have a background in caring for people, not a three-week crash course from an agency.

I think that people who are transgender should and must use restrooms of the gender that they were born with, and that is true with public facilities in schools.

I would also tell our public officials to not to take funding away from nursing homes, which is needed under Medicaid. That would be a terrible, horrible, heinous act.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

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