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Newsday letters to the editor for Monday, June 12, 2017

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Chinese workers from Wuhan Guangsheng Photovoltaic Co. work

Chinese workers from Wuhan Guangsheng Photovoltaic Co. work on a solar panel project on the roof of a 47-story building on May 14, 2017 in Wuhan, China. Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Frayer

Wise people will prevail against terror

Starting Sept. 7, 1940, German bombers conducted air raids on London for 56 days and nights [“12 arrested after London attacks,” News, June 5]. More than 40,000 civilians lost their lives.

The British prevailed. I know the term “stiff upper lip” has been employed quite frequently.

Now another twisted ideology has reared its demonic head in the form of indiscriminate terror attacks. I am confident that wise people will penetrate the roots and motives of this 21st century enemy that has no identifiable army — just a ravenous appetite for destruction based upon some enigmatic principle. Intelligent investigation and not knee jerk reaction is the key.

Nicholas Santora, Roslyn Heights

NATO treaty didn’t apply to Iraq, Libya

Columnist Ted R. Bromund is ignorant of the intent of the NATO treaty and the rights and obligations under Article 5 [“Want a good ally? Be a good ally,” Opinion, June 4].

An armed attack on a member in Europe or North America would be treated as an attack on all members. Since neither Iraq nor Libya attacked a NATO member, no member was obligated to engage in or support an invasion.

Stanley Kalemaris, Melville

Let Uber and Lyft operate in Nassau

Let’s hope the politicians allow Uber and Lyft to operate in Nassau County [“Nassau’s car wars: Ride apps vs. taxis,” News, May 28].

We read about the chronic transportation limitations involving Nassau Inter-County Express bus, Long Island Rail Road, etc.

If politicians really want to do what’s best for their constituents, they will allow ride hailing. We need more options. Of course, cab companies will resist, but they need competition to give riders more choices on fares.

Michael Sullivan, Garden City

U.S. will lag behind China on energy

President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the landmark Paris climate accord simply shows unscientific favoritism to the fossil fuel industry [“We’re getting out,” News, June 2].

Trump often boasts that he is reviving the coal industry. But even coal executives don’t expect any growth in coal. It’s a dying industry. Cheap natural gas, among other things, is killing it.

Meanwhile, solar and wind are invigorating the domestic and world economy with job growth and price drops. Even the coal museum in Harlan County, Kentucky, has put solar panels on its roof to reduce its electric bill.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s “International Energy Outlook 2016,” renewable energy is the world’s fastest-growing energy source, with coal being the slowest-growing one. The U.S. occupation with the fastest growth rate is wind turbine technician.

Trump’s decision guarantees that the United States will be a recognized as a climate rogue — leaving China, Europe and developing nations to lead in creating a cleaner, greener, more economically sustainable world. Ultimately, we will end up buying their technology.

Peter Gollon, Huntington

Shoreham opposition spurred activist model

Newsday’s headline “Shoreham’s empty legacy” misses the point [News, June 4]. The legacy of the Shoreham nuclear plant battle is how it created a model for citizen-driven democracy. This inspiring, powerful model may be used by progressive activists during our present national political chaos.

I began organizing against the nuclear plant in 1978 and was arrested with 571 others for taking part in peaceful civil disobedience on June 3, 1979. I was arrested four more times. In one instance, civil disobedience helped to keep Shoreham’s nuclear fuel rods from being reprocessed into nuclear weapons material.

After the 1979 demonstration, anti-Shoreham activists became political activists, public speakers, plaintiffs in lawsuits and organizers of ad hoc groups to address pressing issues of the moment. The most powerful aspect of the anti-Shoreham movement was its diversity of people with wide-ranging skills working together.

Many Long Islanders thought it would be impossible to keep the nuclear plant from opening, because it was backed by powerful corporate and political interests. But with perseverance, anti-Shoreham activists stopped it.

Peter Maniscalco, Manorville

Editor’s note: The writer was the coordinator of the Stop Shoreham Campaign.

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