Statue removals and U.S. history

I cannot believe how some Americans think [“Sorting through the good, bad and traitorous in history,” Letters, Sept. 3].

The Confederate flag represents segregation and terrorism even to this day, and should be taken down. Statues represent a presence of what has taken place. They show, and some even explain, the history of the United States. They show what our ancestors went through to get our country to where it is today.

The Civil War split a great nation, causing a war of brother against brother. Think how many Americans were willing to, or did die, for their beliefs.

Was slavery right? No. No man owns another, and as Americans we know that. To destroy statues just to make a point will not change any of the history.

We need each other, and we need to pull together as a strong nation, so the world will see us as the great United States that we are.

Wayne L. Miller, Islip Terrace

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I just read yet another article on the controversy over the removal of historical statues from our public spaces. Then I turned on my radio and heard the classic song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by the Band. I immediately thought, where will this lunacy end?

After the statues come down, will the politically correct gang decide some music offends them? How about the Beatles’ “Back in the USSR” or Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” which mentions Watergate? Where does it end? Who decides? What percentage of people needs to be offended?

The cleansing of our history, and therefore our society, is a slippery slope. We must stand up and end this madness.

Doug Heimowitz, Jericho

On a destroyer, a crowded ‘bedroom’

The Aug. 30 exploreLI column “Among college lessons: How to live with roommates” reminded me of when I went into the Navy during the Korean War in the 1950s.

Growing up, I shared a bed with my two brothers. Then on the USS Sullivans, a destroyer, I slept in a bed of my own for the first time. But I shared my new bedroom with 84 other men. The shower area was shared with 10 to 12 other men at the same time.

How times have changed.

William H. Perkins, Holbrook

Immigrant produced dubious information

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Family members and supporters of Denis Guerra Guerra, who Newsday says was deported after a traffic stop, protested his deportation [“Protest over deportation,” News, Aug. 31].

Police said Guerra Guerra was operating an unregistered vehicle from Illinois and could not produce a driver’s license. The bigger problem here is that Guerra Guerra was committing identity theft because, police said, he gave them the Social Security number of a California resident and the alien identification number of a New Jersey resident.

It was Guerra Guerra’s actions that led police to discover an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention request, which led to his deportation. I wonder whether his supporters would still support him if he were illegally using their Social Security and alien identification numbers.

As acting Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder stated, “Regardless of a person’s legal status, all persons in Nassau County are required to abide by the local, state and federal laws currently in effect.” Clearly, Guerra Guerra didn’t.

Don Hagan, Wantagh

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Editor’s note: The writer is a retired Nassau County police detective.

Are we supposed to govern our country on feelings or the rule of law? Information from police indicates that Denis Guerra Guerra knowingly broke laws. Police said he couldn’t produce a driver’s license, was operating an unregistered car, produced a Social Security number from a California resident and an alien identification number of a New Jersey resident.

What’s more, he was a youth leader at a church! Some role model.

Advocates said his deportation will send tremors through the immigrant community. Not really. The community of immigrants here illegally, maybe.

Do they want law enforcement officers to look the other way? That’s not how our country works.

Michael Appice, Westbury