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Letters: Inflammatory rhetoric unhelpful

In this July 8, 2016, photo, a man

In this July 8, 2016, photo, a man holds up a sign saying "black lives matter" during a protest of shootings by police, in Washington by the White House. Credit: AP

Les Payne’s op-ed, “Haunted by our original sin” [Opinion, July 17], was so far off the mark. He wrote that Micah Johnson, the shooter in Dallas, was “executed without trial” after killing five police officers.

Payne failed to mention whether Johnson was asked to surrender to face due process. More than likely, he chose death by cop as his way out.

This article was a piece of inflammatory rhetoric that does not help. Yes, there is much work to be done. This situation will be solved by people of good will of all races. An eye for an eye will make us all blind.

Steven Bernstein, Wantaugh


In light of the horrendous tragedies between law enforcement and citizens that we have suffered through in the past few weeks, I would like to make an important point [“Black Lives Matter marches out east,” News, July 18].

We have many rights in this country, but resisting arrest is not one of them. When a person resists arrest, the next step is some form of violence, sometimes leading to serious injury or worse.

I am a retired New York City police officer and have encountered this many many times.

Dennis Houlahan, Malverne


Many people don’t understand both sides of the shootings plaguing our nation. Good guys with guns kill bad guys with guns. True, but also true, bad guys with guns kill good guys with guns. There are more horrible deaths of police in Baton Rouge as I write this letter [“3 officers shot dead,” News, July 18]. When will it stop?

In a July 17 letter, “Guns can present clear, present danger,” the writer paraphrases a statement of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: You’ve got to know where to draw the line. Now is that time.

Since the assault rifle ban expired in 2004, incidents of shootings with these semi-automatic weapons seem to have increased. This has led to multiple killings by single shooters.

As long as our government allows weapons manufacturers to sell their killing machines in our country, these tragedies will continue. We don’t have to repeal the Second Amendment. We simply have to draw the line on certain types of weapons.

Tony Mignone, Massapequa Park