Letter: Anti-Semite misses his aim

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A white supremacist goes on an anti-Semitic rampage and ends up killing three Christians ["Suspect's history of hatred," News, April 15].

The guy can't even tell the difference between a Jew and a Christian -- which is the point. So what is it that these people hate?

Daryl Altman, Lynbrook

Gun argument fails to persuade

Regarding "School knifing and guns" [Letters, April 13], two readers said that a Pittsburgh-area stabbing spree demonstrates that gun control is unnecessary, because determined people will always find a way to do harm.

It's a shame that this has to actually be pointed out: Knives have a multitude of uses. Most are benign. Guns, particularly assault rifles, have only one use: to kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time.

If the 16-year-old stabber had an assault rifle, chances are these would have been all fatalities, not wounded kids.

Russell Alexander, Brentwood

Climate change and LI shores

In the article "UN: Nations must shift to clean energy sooner" [News, April 14], it can't be any clearer how important it is for the citizens of Long Island and all coastal communities to actively bring this issue to the attention of our local and national politicians.

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Our way of life is in jeopardy; rising sea levels and ever-more-powerful storms will make it difficult and, in some communities, impossible to continue to live in this beautiful area.

While politicians in Washington argue over whether climate change is valid, we residents witnessed its potential for destruction firsthand during superstorm Sandy. We now have to decide whether we should remove a whole section of summer communities from Fire Island. The people we voted into power to look out for our safety and financial survival are focused on the next election.

I can't imagine living anywhere else. The time has come to adopt stronger measures to ensure our long-term security. The United Nations gives us until the midcentury to lower emissions by 40 to 70 percent. That's a tremendous task. If we don't take a strong stance on lowering greenhouse gases, life on Long Island may become only a memory that is spoken of with regret by future generations.

Anna Fox, Medford

Veterans deserve property tax break

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I was offended by the remarks of a World War II veteran who said the attitude toward the property tax discount was, "Oh, give me stuff, even if my neighbors have to pay for it" ["Tax break, with a catch," News, April 14].

Less than 0.5 percent of the population serves in the armed forces. Americans should be ashamed that they are opposing veterans tax breaks. Veterans risked their lives and many are living with the aftermath of debilitating injuries and post-traumatic stress. Maybe we should go back to the draft.

Nancy Bartow, East Northport

Don't commit U.S. troops to Ukraine

Lest we forget, it was 100 years ago in July that Russia went to war over Austria-Hungary's invasion of Serbia, launching World War I ["Unrest in Ukraine grows," News, April 17].

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Let's not go to war again. We need to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, but we must make it a united stand, with our NATO allies and the European Union imposing harsh and meaningful sanctions.

Europe has more leverage than us; let it place the greatest pressure. No American soldiers should be fighting Europe's wars.

Joe DiBenedetto, Massapequa

Psychics' appearance not worth a mention

What a shame that Newsday chose to waste a page promoting the local appearances on Long Island of various TV psychics and mediums ["The spirits move them," exploreLI, April 15].

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These charlatans are charging as much as $200 for admission and are profiting handsomely from the grief and gullibility of their neighbors. I guess we should be thankful that Newsday ran this piece in the entertainment section and not the science section. It should have appeared in the police blotter.

H. Mitchell Schuman, Brightwaters

Continue to seek gov't repayments

Thanks to great reporting by Newsday, we learn there are bad people in this world every day.

Undoubtedly, some of those people knowingly collected Social Security benefits to which they were not entitled, and were asked to repay excess benefits and failed to do so ["Social Security officials should let old debts die," Editorial, April 16].

Further, some of these people left a significant inheritance to their heirs -- for example, a typical Long Island home worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. In these cases, wouldn't Newsday agree that the debt to Social Security should be repaid, along with any outstanding bills?

George Deller, Old Bethpage

Editor's note: The writer is a retired IRS collection agent.

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