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Letters: Daughter of 9/11 victim offers lessons

Rudy Mastrocinque, 43, of Kings Park, shown with

Rudy Mastrocinque, 43, of Kings Park, shown with his son Peter, wife Meryl Ross Mastrocinque and daughter Amy, was killed Sept. 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Credit: Mastrocinque family

I’m happy for Amy Mastrocinque, the Long Island teacher who wrote an essay, “Muslims Did Not Kill My Father” [“Meeting hate with love,” News, Feb. 1].

I’m happy that she can get some relief and closure in believing that it wasn’t Islam that drove men to crash planes into the World Trade Center on 9/11, killing her father.

I believe the attackers were psychotic, ignorant and frustrated Muslim radicals. My son and his friends who made it out of the towers know that it was Muslim radicals who killed their 343 fellow firefighters, as well as police and others that dreadful day.

We have to know who is traveling in and out of our country, who they are staying with, and what are they involved in — and then they will be welcomed. Until they are properly researched, they are detained. That’s not the same as a ban.

Shirley Johnson Hicksville


I was very happy that Newsday published the story about Amy Mastrocinque. I went online to read her entire essay. It strengthened my hope for humanity in the 21st century.

I’m a retired special education teacher, and I believe her school and students are very lucky to have such a sensitive and wise teacher. She eloquently shared her pain of losing her dad on 9/11 and her growth over the years. She included her realization that terrorists might say they are Muslim, but they do not practice the teachings of this religion.

I believe her dad is very proud of the woman she has become. I applaud her courage for speaking up for her beliefs and sharing them with the world.

Brian Abrams, Babylon