Editor's note: Teacher Cara Nelson's seventh-grade Social Studies class at East Hampton Middle School wrote letters to the editor this month as an exercise. This is what they had to say.
'Rebirth' of site in lower Manhattan
I am writing in response to the article "Top of the world: 100 stories up, WTC's observatory opens May 29" [News, April 8].
You should have put in more information about the first responders and the families of the victims of the World Trade Center attacks. You should have added a little more feeling when writing this article, giving thanks to the heroes on that day of devastation.
I did enjoy that you called it the "rebirth of lower Manhattan," specifying the milestone next month for New York for its opening of the 1 World Trade Center observatory for visitors.
To me, this is something special for the victims' families and others to remember the day the world and New York came together to conquer the bad.
Andrea Valladares, East Hampton
I found this article very interesting because I've visited the World Trade Center. I thought it was absolutely amazing that our country was able to build this beautiful memorial for these brave and strong people.
I liked how Newsday included the information about when the museum opens and closes. I found that very helpful. The way the writer explained the structure of the museum made me want to immediately buy a ticket.
Emily Lupercio, East Hampton
Solving homeless problem in NYC
I am writing to you about "City Hall draws rally for homeless" [News, April 8].
The ideas about a solution for the growing homeless numbers are good, since I've had experiences of seeing homeless people. When I go to New York City, I see many homeless men and women sitting huddled along the dirty sidewalks. Some of them even have cardboard signs that say, "Help me," or, "I need money," etc.
I believe we can solve the homeless people problem by lowering prices of small apartments and also lowering prices of rent. Another solution is to give homeless people a temporary apartment so they would be able to get jobs.
Emma Silvera, East Hampton
South Carolina officer faces murder charge
I'm writing in response to "Murder charge for a cop" [News, April 8]. I'm glad that finally a cop will face a murder charge instead of being let go, even when evidence points to a crime. Although I am melancholy about the death of an African-American man, who probably did not commit a crime, I think that this case will be seen as a step in the right direction by Ferguson, Missouri, protesters.
Rickey Brew, East Hampton
While reading this article about the shooting in South Carolina, I felt many things.
First, I was shocked to learn that the event had been recorded. I thought that the video was solid evidence, and it would be tough to get around it.
Second, I was surprised that the video of the shooting was shown to the family of the victim. It must have been sad for that family to watch a relative shot.
Last, the fact that a cop is accused of the shooting made me think about other events similar to this one.
Overall, I was shocked when reading this article. It was a big jaw-dropper to read that a cop shot someone, and the whole thing was recorded.
Ricky Orellana, East Hampton
I thought you did a really good job writing this story. But I do think that you could have added more details. One detail is a picture of the victim.
If this picture is not obtainable, another thing you could do is capture a moment in the video to show the reader proof of the killing.
Clark Miller, East Hampton
'Minecraft' article for young readers
I'm writing in response to "Mega minecraft" [exploreLI, April 8]. When I saw the bright, colorful images, I was immediately drawn in. I started to read, and it turned out the photos weren't even the best part!
When I read the headline, this program seemed right up my alley. I am a huge Minecraft fan, and this struck me as something that was out-of-the-norm newspaper material. I am used to seeing newspapers completely aimed at adults, so it was very refreshing to see something focused on a more youthful audience.
This diverse range of news is what leads me to congratulate and favor Newsday. In fact, I attended Minecraft event in Sag Harbor as a spectator, and I'm glad I did. I hope there is more to come.
Wells Woolcott, East Hampton
Charge in deadly drone strike
I'm writing in response to "Judge: Charge CIA" [News, April 8]. The article pulls you in to explain the details about the incident with the drone strike in Pakistan.
I agree with what was written, and it was very well explained.
Ethan Stillwachs, East Hampton
Four national titles for UConn
I'm writing in response to "UConn gets three-peat" [Sports, April 8]. I think the headline and the picture matched up well, and that makes me want to read about the UConn women's basketball team.
Whenever I go into any type of magazine or newspaper, I usually look for a nice picture and an interesting headline, and this article had both.
The article said that UConn forced 13 turnovers, and it went on a 7-0 run. This showed how UConn got a three-peat from its amazing performance. I hope UConn continues to do amazing in the future.
Nikos Georgopoulos, East Hampton
I enjoyed reading this article and am interested in women's college basketball, so I would like to share some of my thoughts.
I really liked the way you wrote this article. It was very intriguing and made me think a lot about women's college basketball.
Second, in my opinion, the Connecticut Huskies are and have been the best women's college basketball team for many years. They are clearly dominating the league, and this is because of phenomenal coaching. Geno Auriemma has coached Connecticut for 29 years and made the program an example for others on and off the court.
I also believe that the more UConn wins, the more young, aspiring players will want to play for it. This sets UConn up for many more years of success.
UConn winning so often also has some bad effects, though. It draws some people away from watching and supporting women's college basketball. For example, the other day I asked my friend if he would watch the championship. He replied, "Well, we already know who's going to win." And we did: UConn! The more it wins, the more people stop caring!
Overall, I think you did a good job summing up the game, and I'm glad you gave Long Islanders a chance to think about women's college basketball.
Alden Powers, East Hampton
Boston bomber: prison or death?
I'm writing in response to "Boston jury deliberates" [News, April 8] about the Boston Marathon bombing. The bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will either be sentenced to death or receive life in prison.
I was interested in this article because I want to know other people's opinions on the sentence. Also, the lawyers who are defending him made good points.
Kelsey Casey, East Hampton
I really liked that there was a lot of information about the Boston bombing and the charges that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is facing for bombing Boston.
I really liked the details that The Associated Press provided. For example, the article it said, "Jurors are considering 30 charges against Tsarnaev stemming from the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260."
Last, I liked when it said "a prosecutor told the jury that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a cold-blooded decision aimed at punishing America for its wars in Muslim countries."
Keytin Cardenas, East Hampton
I want to state my opinion on the Boston bombing matter.
I believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be given the death sentence. He has made families suffer, so why shouldn't he get to suffer?
We would also save money by not keeping him in jail for life. Even if he didn't fully plan the attack, he did the deadly act and planted those bombs and should be punished for his foolishness.
Emilio Hernandez, East Hampton
I thought the article was very well written, although the headline was not a very good match. It showed a boring side to the story.
If you want more people to read the article, you should make it something like, "The trial for Boston's safety," or something else that would engage the mind of a reader in college or high school.
What I did like about the article was that you included numbers that informed the reader about the serious damages that were done.
Julia Brierley, East Hampton
I'm writing about this because I was glad to see that this was addressed as a top story.
Dzhokhar Tzarnaev was one of two Boston bombers, and he killed three people and injured more than 260 runners and bystanders. The jury is considering 30 different charges for Tsarnaev.
Defense lawyer Judy Clarke told jurors that it was the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who bought the bomb parts, built the bombs and planned the attack. But Dzhokhar Tzarnaev was still involved with the attack on the Boston Marathon and therefore should be charged with the crimes.
Leah Hatch, East Hampton
Plane crash photo compelling
I am writing in response to "Crash after game kills 7" [News, April 8]. I would like to compliment the writer on the coverage of the event, but I do have some suggestions.
I was shocked when I first read this article because I could not believe a plane had crashed! I liked the fact that the author got to the point of the story rather than dragging the article onto three pages. Also, the picture captured my attention. Another positive aspect was the details, which included the location, type of plane, victims and cause of the crash.
However, I would suggest using a different headline, because this one didn't hook me into reading the article. The picture did. Actually, the headline was misleading because I thought players from the basketball game were killed, but this was not the case. The plane crash had nothing to do with the basketball game except that the passengers were on their way home from the game. Otherwise, the article was well-written.
Remy Campbell, East Hampton
Support for Hispanic Day parade
I am writing in response to "Hispanic Day parade June 7" [News, April 8]. I thought this was an interesting article because I've never heard about the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day parade on Long Island. Now I know what it is and that it needs money to continue.
I think people should give money because this parade helps Hispanics come together.
Liam Leach, East Hampton
I enjoyed reading your article about Hispanic culture spreading through Long Island. It sounds great that people have a day when they can celebrate where they came from and share it with others. The article was informational, which was good because now I know where the celebration is and when. I never knew there was a parade in Bay Shore, and it's the 49th annual parade!
My suggestion is to put a picture of last year's parade to show the reader how well the event went.
Kathleen Berrezueta, East Hampton
Road rage ends in stabbing
I'm writing in response to "Too much rage on our roads" [Editorial, April 8]. I agree that road rage is out of control. I know that people have crashed into each other in rage, but stabbing someone after bumping into his vehicle would be unthinkable.
The article states that Brett Penny walked to a truck after stopping his car. He then returned to his car bleeding from a stab wound. People should stop taking out their anger from whatever issues they're having on other people.
Nicolas Villante, East Hampton
Jobs report has good and bad news
I am writing in response to "U.S. job openings at 14-year high" [Business, April 8]. I'm 13 and almost at the age to get a job.
I think the writer should have kept the negative and positive effects on the job openings together instead of splitting them.
Michael Pratt, East Hampton
Airport change adds up
I'm writing in response to "Travelers to TSA: Keep the change" [News, April 8]. It shocked me that people leave behind so much loose change.
At John F. Kennedy International Airport, security collected $42,550 in loose change. That's amazing. In five years, passengers in New York City airports left behind about $2.74 million.
The government could use that money for colleges for teens. Also, that money could be used to bail out kids who are being detained for crossing the U.S. border.
Jennifer Sanchez, East Hampton
I reading this article with my mouth wide open in shock. I can't believe so many people left their spare change in the bins. It's crazy to think that since 2010, the Transportation Security Administration collected $2.74 million.
I think we should use the money for good purposes. For example, we could use it to donate to charity, but I'm sure the government has that covered.
Nallely Luna, East Hampton
This article was very interesting, and I was surprised how much money is left in these airports. Although the article was great, I have questions.
Do the airports receive claims for the money left? Do many of these people come back if they left a quarter or $100 in the scanner?
Camila Moscoso, East Hampton
I was stunned when I read this article! The amount of change that is left annually at airport security checkpoints nationwide is a number far greater than what I had originally expected. In my opinion, these types of articles are the most appealing because they open your eyes to notice things that you would never have thought twice about.
Most of all, the article made me realize that over the years, people have become more careless. But with their carelessness, a great deal of things can be accomplished. The money could be donated to charities across the nation. It could be used for further cancer research or to help provide for the homeless or anyone in need. With all of this lost change, we could give it a new purpose and help make the world a better place.
Maya Poblete, East Hampton
Ending sibling squabbling
I am writing in response to "To end sibling squabbles, get the kids brainstorming" [exploreLI, April 8]. I disagree with the method the author suggests to end sibling fighting.
The technique mentioned is to let your children brainstorm solutions. That may not always work. I'm a teen with a sibling, and I know this personally: Whenever I get into a fight with my brother, talking never works. Each of us usually spends some time alone after the fight, until we've cooled down.
This technique helps in my particular case. Then again, siblings deal with fighting or squabbling in many different ways.
Tatiana Betancurt, East Hampton
Sayville softball team inspires
I'm writing in response to "Shaw's big day: 3 homers, 7 RBIs" [Sports, April 8]. I saw Sayville's team play when my sister played in high school. I was amazed that the girl in the article, Lyndsey Shaw, hit three home runs! That was an amazing moment for her.
When I read this article, I thought, "Wow, I wish I could hit that many home runs in one game -- or at all." I play softball and hit my first home run in Little League last year.
Reading this article has inspired me to practice more, to play a little harder, and one day I will be as great as you, Lyndsey Shaw!
Alison Fioriello, East Hampton
Flight noise in East Hampton
I'm writing in response to "No ban on copters" [News, April 8]. I know people are getting worried about East Hampton Airport. The people who live near the airport are arguing about the noise.
I don't agree that flights should be banned. The airport was built first there.
Roven Chuchuca, East Hampton