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Newsday letters to the editor for Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

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Opioid problem is narcoterrorism

It’s time to call the heroin and fentanyl tragedy devastating our country narcoterrorism [“LI’s opioid toll growing,” News, Feb. 4].

More than 63,000 people died in the United States from opioid overdoses in 2016, and 555 deaths were recorded that year on Long Island.

Had these deaths had been caused by standard terrorist methods — guns, bombs, etc. — the outrage would be deafening.

The so-called war on drugs has failed. Attacking the problem from the bottom up has served only to fill jails with low-level drug sellers and users.

A concerted, focused effort must be made to stop the importing and wholesaling of heroin and fentanyl. We must consider these as terrorist acts and punish them as crimes.

Let’s stop calling this an epidemic, as it cannot be solved medically and will take a federal effort to curb these narcoterrorist weapons.

Deane McGuire, Patchogue

Washington swamp now a cesspool

Regarding Newsday’s editorial “Drowning in a swamp of dysfunction” [Feb. 18], President Donald Trump has talked of and promised to “drain the swamp.”

Under his leadership and through his appointees, that swamp has turned into a cesspool. The majority leadership in Congress is either incapable of smelling the stench or unwilling to acknowledge it and do what is necessary to correct it, or both.

Meanwhile, America sinks in a mire of unqualified, ethically and morally bankrupt officials who put personal privilege and party ahead of the country.

“Make America great again” is a false catchphrase. America is great and strongest when people are united for the common good.

Chris Monzert, Lynbrook

Towns, villages can aid green power goal

Applause to the Town of Southampton for taking steps to move to 100 percent renewable energy [“Full of energy to succeed,” News, Feb. 16].

All of the steps noted will help: from installing light-emitting diode streetlights, to retiring internal combustion cars in the town fleet in favor of electric vehicles, to considering community choice aggregation, which would enable the municipality to negotiate to buy green power in bulk.

But where will this electricity come from? Largely from offshore wind. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Offshore Wind Master Plan outlines steps that will help Southampton, and all of Long Island, achieve our renewable energy targets. It’s important for towns and villages to be vocal in supporting the planned offshore wind projects.

Helen Roussel, Southampton

Disappointed that bid for rehab site failed

I was pleased to read Lane Filler’s column “A community’s curious alternative” [Opinion, Feb. 7].

As a resident of nearby Bayport, I followed closely the application by the Seafield Center to put a 76-bed drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation center for women at the St. Ursula Center in Blue Point.

I became dismayed by the opposition to Seafield. While the opioid epidemic ravages our community, still too many people prefer to cling to ignorance rather than help rehabilitate our friends, family and neighbors.

I initially hoped that Seafield could become a partner in the community, perhaps sponsoring counseling services or a scholarship for those in the Bayport-Blue Point School District whose lives have been affected by this epidemic. Unfortunately, that will not come to fruition.

Hopefully, the public library proposed at the site can be used for community education and support groups for those directly and indirectly affected by addiction.

Thomas E. Murray III, Bayport

Single-state solution wouldn’t work in Israel

I remind op-ed writer Rev. Raymond A. Schroth that it was Egypt that announced that the Straits of Tiran would be closed to Israel, and which then mobilized forces along its border, precipitating the Six-Day War [“In Mideast, consider shared humanity,” Opinion, Feb. 15].

Since its creation, Israel has constantly sought peace with the Palestinians, only to be rebuffed.

But suppose that Israel does as he suggests and agrees to a single state of Israelis and Palestinians. Jews would be the minority, and in a democracy, the majority controls. Suppose the Palestinians were the majority and voted to change what was agreed to, and from then on the only religion allowed would be Islam — well, maybe Christianity, too, but not Judaism.

Who could stop that? After the Holocaust, do you think Jews will ever again voluntarily put their well-being in the hands of others — especially others who hate them?

Gerald Deutsch, Glen Head