Wrath aimed at LIRR seems excessive
Like most mass transit systems, the Long Island Rail Road needs improvement "Fire halts most LIRR service" News, Aug. 24].
Transporting hundreds of thousands of passengers per day is by no means easy. Taking into consideration the complexity of the system, mechanical problems are inevitable. In all fairness, the current wrath aimed at the Long Island Rail Road appears excessive. All in all, the railroad does a fair job of getting passengers to multiple destinations on a daily basis.
Although I agree that outdated mechanical systems are long overdue for replacement, periodic problems are inherent with any system that transports large volumes of people daily.
Jason E. Hill
Travel support for Imam upsetting
The fact that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf finds all of the mosque controversy a positive boost to the Muslim cause disrespectfully suggests that he has a deliberate agenda in place .
What is incomprehensible is that his 15-day tour of the Middle East is being funded by the U.S. State Department. In a crumbling economy, why are taxpayers, who are struggling to survive, footing the bill for this trip?
but what are we for?
How is that so many Americans can be against the location of this mosque, myself included, yet so few of us have openly protested these wars? Is symbolism more important to us than the lives of our sons and daughters?
The wars drag on, and I'm not quite sure how anyone will know if we won. My prediction is that if there were a draft these wars would have ended a long time ago. As long as someone else is doing the fighting it is easy to ignore the real cost of this mess. We need to look no further than Vietnam.
Regarding Clarence Page's column "The spread of dumb-ocracy" : I must agree with Page, especially his last sentence with regard to what happens when elections are close. He states that the deciding votes usually come from the least informed, least engaged and most emotionally driven voters.
Does this opinion describe the result of the last presidential election?