Everyday people feel sting of hatred
Newsday published news of a drop in reported hate crimes across Long Island [“Hate crime drop on LI,” News, March 20]. However, the article mentioned that advocacy groups are concerned that many hate crimes go unreported.
Two recent observations in my life confirm these concerns. One happened to an assistant in my physician’s office who is of Asian descent. She told me that a person screamed at her in the local supermarket to go back to her own country.
Another happened to a woman of Hispanic descent. She was spit at by a person screaming racial epithets from a moving car as she walked down the street. Both women were born here and are U.S. citizens.
Before we congratulate ourselves, we need to examine this serious problem from more than just a statistical viewpoint. Community policing should include an ear to the ground regarding what is happening to everyday citizens.
Jane Corrarino, Setauket
Legislators should reject cuts to EPA
Despite what new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says, the truth is that global warming is caused by emissions from burning fossil fuels [“Doubt on warming,” News, March 10].
Pruitt’s claim that “there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact” is simply false. But falsehoods, so-called alternative facts, are what we’ve come to expect from the Trump administration.
It’s obvious that President Donald Trump, Pruitt and some members of Congress deny climate change science to justify drilling every bit of oil and gas, which most scientists say must stay in the ground if we are to survive on a livable planet.
The carrot these deniers dangle, as always, is jobs. But we should not have to do jobs that dig our children’s graves when there are jobs to be had developing a renewable, clean energy economy.
We need all legislators to reject funding cuts to the EPA and work to strengthen, not undermine, policies that fight climate change. It’s time for our government to stop working for the fossil fuel industry and start working for us and our children.
Amy K. Posner, Lido Beach
Don’t ignore train crossing gates
Motorists need to treat railroad crossings no differently than a red light at a normal intersection [“LIRR train strikes van on track,” News, March 14]. I presume they would not drive through a red light.
My experience tells me that the wait period, from the time the barricades come down to the time they rise, is often no different from waiting at a red light at many busy intersections.
Michael C. Lefkowitz, East Meadow
Suspicious about firing of Bharara
I was deeply disappointed by the termination of Preet Bharara as U.S. attorney for the Southern District [“Final office visit for fired Bharara,” News, March 14].
Bharara demonstrated integrity and courage, which we need badly. He didn’t seem to have a partisan political agenda in selecting his cases for prosecution. One can only wonder why President Donald Trump reneged on his promise to keep Bharara in the job. Could it be because the Trump organization is headquartered within the district Bharara oversaw?
As the questions grow regarding Trump’s business interests and potential conflicts with his presidency, it wouldn’t be surprising if he wanted someone more controllable in that job. Draining the swamp seems to be one more area in which Trump has been willing to put his own interests ahead of those of the public.
Cynthia Lovecchio, Glen Cove
Federal gov’t should use zero-base budget
I keep hearing that the rate of increase in the federal budget is slowing. But it’s still an increase [“Vow to fight NYPD cuts,” News, March 20].
Why is it assumed that existing budget-line items are still needed? The federal government should return to zero-base budgeting, which would require that each budget line item be reviewed and justified as needed. There has to be much dead wood that, once exposed, could be eliminated. I’m sure that if this were done, the savings would be great.
William J. Van Sickle, Brentwood