Letters to the Editor

12/23/2010 1:44 PM |

Response to Riverhead school board president
Any time a public official or a school board president says “trust me,” I immediately grab my wallet and keep it firmly in my two hands. For years we’ve been seeing school tax hikes that are two and three times the rate of inflation. Then when we’re told to trust those in charge, we get hit with a $123 million building repair bill.
“Trust me,” and I read that government employees receive twice the salary as those who work in the same private industry job.
“Trust me,” and I see Suffolk County spending over $2 million on a brand new helicopter. What? So County Executive Steve Levy can say, “Mine is bigger and newer than yours”?
“Trust me,” said the Republicans a month ago, and now the top wealthy 1 percent of Americans, who get 25 percent of the total income produced in this country, are getting the same tax breaks as the middle class.
“Trust me,” said Senator Charles Schumer, who voted yes on the bill.
Trust you? There’s hardly a public official that I trust any farther than I can throw them, and believe me, at my age I can’t throw too far.
Thomas W. Smith

Not just Republicans
Regarding the letter published Dec. 16 entitled “Backwards priorities,” writer Howard Meinke should remember that until Jan. 1, 2011, the Democrats still control the House, Senate and White House. Just as they pushed through health care reform without Republican support, they are capable of pushing through anything else they want without Republican support.
If Mr. Meinke feels that the Republicans are getting something they want, it has to be because the Democrats are allowing it.
Seems to me that there are some Democrats who paid attention to the elections in November and wish to keep their jobs in the future.
Robin Carr

GOP turns back on 9/11 responders
Here’s a plea to Republicans and Tea Party supporters.
Can one of you explain how Republican senators can justify filibustering a bill granting additional much-needed health benefits to 9/11 first responders? They said they did it because Democrats were holding up a bill providing $100,000-plus tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.
Why are you, who are usually so vocal about 9/11, all so silent in the face of this obscenity?
Jerry Silverstein

Protecting marriage
America is waking up, and it’s about time.
For some time now, our fundamental basic natural values have been systematically undermined, ridiculed and attacked by radical, minority fringe groups.
As with the majority of Americans, we say, “Enough is enough!” We have finally drawn the line and our religious leaders have spoken out and are leading the charge.
The leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the United States have come together to express their commitment toward the protection of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In a letter, “The Protection of Marriage,” these leaders affirmed “the importance of preserving marriage’s unique meaning and reinforcing the foundational cell of human society.”
Yes, America, enough is enough. Today is the moment to stand up for marriage, true values and their unchangeable meanings.
We the people have now drawn the line. Let the truth set us free.
Merry Christmas and to all a Happy New Year.
Jack McGreevy



9 Comment

  • Don’t wast your time with fantasies of our “fundamental basic natural values being systematically undermined, ridiculed and attacked by radical, minority fringe groups.”

    There are many religious leaders who don’t believe as you, or the signatories of this letter, do.

    As for your biased views of human sexuality, enough is enough.

    Didn’t you realize what you were fighting the wars for?

    Tell it to the Marines. Let’s see how they respond to the integration of gays in their sacred ranks.


    Get a life, Jack. Leave others alone. And please tell the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the other conservative religious leaders who are sponsoring the “Defense of Marriage” letter to do the same.

    The truth, not religious dogma, shall set us free.

  • Gee Brad, just how will the Marines respond to open homosexuality in their “sacred ranks”?

    No one knows for sure, but neither you, the administration, nor their liberal enablers really care what the effect on readiness will be since their isn’t an iota of respect for “evil America’s” military. This was a statement about power, and who wields it.

    Not one military in the world has integrated open homosexuality into front line fighting forces, and for good reason.


  • The first responders came to New York from every state in the union. 70% have developed respiratory diseases and a number of them have developed serious cancer. Many were volunteers who came to NY out of patriotism. Referencing “union jobs” in this context is sad. As for NYPD and NYFD members who
    risked their lives at Ground Zero, their “union” contracts were the last things on their minds when they answered the call.

  • Jerry, Jerry, Jerry you just don’t get it; do you? I have read you conservative hate columns for quite some time now and have come to the conclusion that you are just as delusional as the bureacrats that you support. Allow me to help you out with a few facts that may be inconvienent to your rhetoric. Democrat majority in the house. Democrat majority in the Senate. Democrat in the White house. So, now please explain. How exactly were the powerless Republicans holding up the first responders bill.

  • Sorry Broth, but you’re wrong ,wrong, wrong, on all counts.

    Check this Wikipedia entry:

    “Most Western armed forces have now removed policies excluding non-heterosexual individuals (with strict policies on sexual harassment). Of the 26 countries that participate militarily in NATO, more than 22 permit gay people to serve; of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the United Kingdom, France, and Russia permit gay people to serve openly.” Where did you get your supposed ” facts?” And your “for good reason?” First, your statement is patently false. Second, what “good reason” do you imagine?

    Your opinion that neither I, “the administration nor their liberal enablers really care…”etc. etc. is also flat out wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    That’s just your strained view of people who don’t agree with you. And an obviously biased view, at that.

    The truth is just the opposite of your preposterous claims.

    This was not “a statement about power, and who wields it,” but rather a long overdue recognition of human rights. Get used to it. The days of people who think like you are over, thank you very much.

    You flatly declare,”Not one military in the world has integrated open homosexuality into front line fighting forces, and for good reason.” Wrong again. Wrong, wrong, wrong, as described above. The real fact is, the United States was among just a handful of western nations that persisted in banning homosexuals from the armed forces, until DADT was eliminated.

    Maybe you’re not old enough, or just willing to overlook, the stilted arguments when President Truman integrated the armed forces in 1948. Jim Crow segregation still was the law of the land in the American South. Omar Bradley protested “social experimentation,” opponents brought up the bunkroom and shower situations, effects on combat readiness, etc.etc. Similar arguments ensued with the integration of women into the service academies. All proved wrong, like your arguments here.

    You’re batting .400 so far.

    People who “like” those have some learnin’ to do.

    If you want to try to make blanket statements, you should at least check your facts. Readers shouldn’t have to do your job for you. The populace is confused enough. Blatantly false statements don’t add to their enlightenment.

  • Broth, please don’t feed the trolls.

  • Feeding the trolls?

    You misuse the term “trolls.”

    Making false statements and exposing deplorable biases are not feeding anyone but gullible readers who are of like mind.

    Unfortunately, they’re all around us.

    Maybe we need a college on the North Fork.

    Ta ta!

  • One Senator can hold up a bill in the Senate. Republicans conducted more filibusters last two years than the Senate did through the 50’s and 60’s combined. They filibustered the bill for months.
    Simple facts. Look them up.