2018-11-07 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Veterans Day

To The Editor:

Veterans Day is a day to honor all who have served this great country of ours. Americans really should take pause on that day to honor our brave men and women. Over 242 years many have fought to defend those freedoms we all hold most dear. I myself have served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era and was most proud to have done so. As a member of the American Legion, I would like to impress upon the many to remember all those who gave their lives and the many veterans who today suffer with both the visible and invisible scars of war. They suffer from ailments like traumatic brain injury, and post traumatic stress disorder. They lived through soul-jarring bomb blasts that have caused burns, claimed limbs, and stolen lives. These veterans have served our country with pride and devotion to duty so that we might have those freedoms we enjoy today. We salute our brave men and women who are now serving in Afghanistan and have served in Iraq, as well as other parts of the world. Those who have served have done so at great personal sacrifice, leaving family, friends and jobs behind to serve the greater good. I hope and pray this Veterans

Day that many will fly the American flag from home, offices and businesses in honor of our veterans and to keep them in our prayers. Let me also ask all that read this letter to call a veteran you might know and say thank you for a job well done. May God bless these brave Americans and may God bless America on this day we call Veterans Day.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

Valor And Dedication

To The Editor:

As we prepare to celebrate this coming Veterans Day, we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of our veterans, past and present, as well as those veterans who will serve in the future, for all of their service to our nation. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives to defend our nation so that we can continue to enjoy the many freedoms that we have. Veterans also need to be rightfully and justly compensated by our government for their years of service. It is so important for all of these brave men and women to have access to decent, affordable health care, as well as to be able to live in affordable housing. Many of our veterans also have families that need to be taken care of. This nation helps so many other nations around the world via monetary aid, and while that is commendable, our government should also be helping our brave veterans monetarily – this should be a top priority of Congress and President Trump. Waiting times for veterans who are applying for medical and other governmental benefits need to be significantly reduced. They are entirely much too long, which causes undue stress for our veterans and their families. On November 11, let us all remember all veterans who sacrificed their own wellbeing, and in many cases their own lives to continue to protect our great nation, the greatest one in the entire world. God bless all of our veterans on this Veterans Day. You are very much appreciated for all of the sacrifices that you have made for our wonderful nation.

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Is That For Sale?

To The Editor:

The holiday shopping season is upon us and the mere thought of it may provoke a sense of dread or eager anticipation. Each has the ability to excite the imagination in either positive or negative ways. As I think about this holiday season, I am thinking with the end in mind. Where will I be and how will I feel on January 1, 2019? In like fashion, I am imagining the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections and wondering where we all will be in terms of healing some of the wounds that have succeeded in ripping us apart like the seams in a cheap raincoat. Just as on January 1, I don’t want to blame, shame and guilt myself through the year ahead. I have great hopes for us, and our nation’s future on November 7.

I invite you to go on a shopping trip with me, and it is imperative that you consider the price of everything and recognize that quality comes at a price. Bargains fray and wear out quickly, betraying your sincere wish for a long and durable relationship. I will be asking: “Are freedom, democracy and human rights for sale? If so, how much do they cost and can I afford it?” While I check my wallet and credit card balance, I ponder whether I, my family, friends and neighbors, can do without them. Will next season bring a new twist on these treasured heirlooms, replacing them and pulling them off the shelf in favor of the newest gadget?

Shopping around, I see that the crowds have thinned and some people have opted out of even getting involved, giving their well-justified reasons for not showing up. I guess I can’t blame them because they are frustrated, fearful, angry, possibly overdrawn at the bank and thinking that prices have gone up too much. Is liberty and the ideal of safe futures for those expectant children scrambling through the wrapping paper already a lost cause? Even if they are tarnished values, they may still be a good buy.

Perhaps I can remind us all of when the price was paid in human lives, sacrifice and hard-won victories over the inclination to exclude; hate and punish those who overspent at the register. I invite you to join me in thinking about the cost of that partition that may have been dreamed about. You know, the one that separates you from the clamoring noise of your neighbor; the one that you build in your heart when you think that your neighbor is an inconsiderate wretch who wants to deprive you of the peace and prosperity of your home.

This holiday season, let us go shopping for the best quality our meager purse can afford and be content to know that if we put our funds together, on January 1, as on November 7, we will have shopped for something better than what we had in 2018.

Dr. Sharon M. Cadiz
Astoria

Parental Duty To Educate

To The Editor:

Within many social areas, it is believed with great and justified conviction that parents are the first and main educators of their children. Today, it seems that this is clear neither in theory nor in practice among parents and public authorities.

The right of parents to educate their children, which has foundation upon natural law, is essential because it is they who have given them life. Moreover, children depend on their parents for their own development, not only for sustenance and physical care, but also for the acquisition of early habits of personal autonomy, which takes place within the intimacy of the family, i.e., the authentic community of love. The role played by parents for the emotional development of a child throughout the first years of that child’s life is fundamental. Furthermore, emotional deprivation is one of the most important causes of school failure.

The education of children, other than being a right, is a duty of parents since they brought their children into the world and no one can exempt them from that responsibility.

The right and duty of parents is primordial and original in respect to other people and institutions that are involved in education. For having given life to their children, parents have the natural duty to educate them and this duty should be recognized by all.

Moreover, the right to education and the duty of educating are irreplaceable and inalienable. Schools are collaborative entities for education, but can never substitute parents on this responsibility. There is no rational sense to commentaries made by parents, such as: “I don’t know how to educate children, I was not taught to do this, schools may teach them instead,” etc. Parents cannot completely delegate their duty to educate their children unto others, because the role of the family is irreplaceable.

Throughout history, there have been tentative (efforts) carried out by totalitarian states to separate children from their families by making the state the main (entity) responsible for the education of children. These (efforts) have always been a failure.

In the realm of cooperation between families and educational institutions, it should always be clear that both the right to education and the duty to educate children are essential, primordial, and irreplaceable.

Arturo Ramo, Ret. Education Inspector
Teruel, Spain
(Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez
Moretti)

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