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LETTERS: Beloved priest, profiling, immigrants

Kissane was loved

Your story about the death of Msgr. James Kissane ["Dynamic priest, chaplain," News, Dec. 22] captured the essence of the man and his ministry. The school where he was so welcomed and loved by the students and staff was not mentioned by name. It is Our Lady of Providence Regional School in Central Islip. Father Jim helped us live our motto, "Diverse in Body, One in Spirit."

Joanne Wolter

Miller PlaceWelcome immigrants

I would like to make a public apology for my support in November of the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council ["Tables may turn on Oyster Bay, a new land of 'No,' News, Dec. 15]. I am a middle-class white female with the comfort of a secure job. I had the good fortune to be born in the "right" country, with the "right" skin color. But my ancestors were immigrants. So were yours. And they came to this country speaking the wrong language, working odd jobs, getting paid day by day. That's what this nation is built upon. I am embarrassed that our political system feels the need to deny immigrants-legal or illegal-the chance to realize the American dream.

Dr. Jordana Rothschild

PlainviewUse profilingCall it profiling, but certainly don't compare it with the arrest of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor. Anyone on the FBI watch list should also be on the no-fly list if they look Arabic, have an Arabic name or are flying to the U.S. from a Middle Eastern country. They shouldn't be given visas anyway. We must ignore the ACLU.

Onboard security measures are too late. The ones who hate us shouldn't even be allowed on the plane. We are in a state of war, and our primary objective is to protect Americans and American interests, not worry about hurt feelings.

Steven Haar

BayvilleResolution: Be niceIn a survey, New York City came in as the No. 1 grumpiest city. I guess it's because most of us are so much in a hurry or because of the stress in our own lives. We have found it hard to show kindness to others. Let's start the new year by saying hello or even good morning to those we make eye contact with. Let's try to be courteous when we are driving and not try to cut each other off or madly beep our horns when we think the person in front of us is going too slow.

At work or school, we should lend a helping hand and show kindness with words of encouragement. At the supermarket, let the person behind you with just a few items go ahead. These resolutions can show that New Yorkers are friendly, kind and respectful.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

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