Nations must join forces vs. terrorism

The spate of terrorist attacks seems to have left no place unscathed. In Barcelona, a van was used as a weapon of death, mowing down unsuspecting victims in the Las Ramblas district popular with tourists [“Van mows down 13 in Barcelona,” News, Aug. 18]. Sadly, children were no exception; 7-year-old Julian Cadman of Australia was killed.

While the peace-loving world condemns another dastardly act and prays for the victims and their families, one has to bear in mind that the disparate forces of global terrorism share an objective: unleashing mayhem and spilling innocent blood.

The international community must make this a higher priority and fully collaborate to preempt terrorist organizations. Otherwise, the list of innocent people cut down will get longer.

Atul M. Karnik, Woodside

Calendar contention in Levittown

First the Levittown school district mailed school calendars without holiday names [“Adding back holidays,” News, Aug. 26]. Then I received a printout of the online version in the mail, complete with the holidays. These were provided in case we senior citizens don’t own computers.

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Now the whole calendar is being reprinted with the holidays and being made available to be picked up at the schools.

It’s nice to see my school tax dollars at work in such a productive fashion!

Barbara Nadel, Levittown

According to Levittown school district Superintendent Tonie McDonald, eliminating holidays from the 2017-18 school calendar allowed for more room to list school activities.

Look at many of those dates and you’ll see that there are no activities listed — because the schools are closed. Though it may be considered politically correct to exclude all religious holidays so as not to overlook any, it’s most certainly politically incorrect to exclude our national holidays, which affect all citizens of our nation.

Veronica Wenegenofsky, Levittown

A fashion contrast in Houston

It was nice to see Vice President Mike Pence down in Texas with jeans, gloves and work boots, helping to clean an area devastated by Hurricane Harvey [“Searching for more survivors,” News, Sept. 1]. Working next to him was Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in a wheelchair, doing the same. That’s real leadership and demonstrates caring for the people of Texas.

A few days before, President Donald Trump and his wife showed up for what turned out to be a photo shoot. The first lady looked as if she had just returned from a shopping spree. Hardly work duds!

Gary Schaefer, Manorville

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Avoiding cameras could bring a ticket

In the letter “Avoiding red-light cameras at all costs” [Aug. 22], the writer says she cuts through shopping centers to avoid the cameras and takes alternative routes.

It’s illegal in New York State to use a parking lot as a through street to avoid traffic signals. The letter writer may receive a moving violation in her effort to avoid a red-light ticket.

Rather than memorizing camera locations and going out of the way to avoid them, it’s better to simply drive at the speed limit. This will allow ample time to stop at a red light.

Barbara Nadel, Levittown

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Northwell playing into Trump’s hands

It’s very disturbing that Northwell Health, with $11 billion in annual revenue, has decided to drop out of the state insurance market [“LI insurer dropping out,” News, Aug. 25]. The company’s chief executive, Michael Dowling, is playing right into President Donald Trump’s trap of trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act.

Why isn’t Northwell Health showing concern for the health of New York’s residents? Where is the company’s sense of community? This powerful health consortium purports to care about people but then tells 126,000 policyholders to find new insurers. It’s outrageous!

Eileen Bruning, Huntington

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired program supervisor for the Suffolk County Office for the Aging.