Where is the respect for our heroes?

A small replica of the Eagle lunar module, crafted out of gold by Cartier, was stolen in July from the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

When I was a kid in upstate New York, vandals broke into the war memorial arena where our pro basketball team played. They scrawled graffiti on the walls, above the top seats. The next day, the newspaper, which I got up at 4 a.m. to deliver, headlined that the “cowards” who defaced a place dedicated to heroes had to turn themselves in. They did, and they cleaned the stupidity off the walls and repainted.

Have we forgotten that some risked all for us, and should be honored for helping America?

Tom Mariner, Bayport

Federal bill would upgrade water systems

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The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act is probably the most important environmental legislation to be considered by this Congress. Millions of Americans, particularly low-income people and communities of color, have inadequate access to clean, safe and affordable water. This bill is designed to remedy these ills.

In the past, the federal government was one of the most reliable stewards of our public water resources, but in the past 40 years, that financial support has dwindled. Our water infrastructure is aging and inadequate. For example: the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, lead in New York school water, traces of chemicals in some Long Island communities, companies polluting drinking water in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and the revelation that wells near the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank contain chemicals that can hurt the immune system and fetal health.

The legislation would establish annual dedicated funding to replace lead pipes, improve public water and sewer systems, install fountains in schools, and other important programs.

Joseph M. Varon, West Hempstead

Editor’s note: The writer is a volunteer with Food & Water Watch, an advocacy organization.