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Newsday letters to the editor for Thursday, June 22, 2017

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

A plane takes off past the LaGuardia Airport

A plane takes off past the LaGuardia Airport air traffic control tower Feb 25, 2015. Photo Credit: Uli Seit

Showing support of abortion rights

I’m offended by the use of the term “unborn child” in your June 19 news story about a wrong-way crash on the Long Island Expressway, “Woman, unborn child killed in crash off LIE.” It’s very clear what pregnant means, and the term “unborn child” only gives fodder to pro-life and anti-choice ideologues.

Newsday is a well-regarded newspaper, and using terminology such as this shows bias against those of us who strongly believe in a woman’s right to choose.

In these difficult times, with so much at stake, it’s imperative that Newsday stay neutral in news articles. Please keep this in mind when covering these types of awful situations.

Robin Weissbratten,Jericho

NYC’s big water pipes are breaking

Your June 7 editorial “Before tapping NYC wells, study needs of the region” missed a reason New York City is again interested in tapping Long Island water wells. Nearly 1 billion gallons are consumed by New York City every day. Thankfully, the source of that water, the Catskill Mountain reservoirs, are full.

New York City is interested in Long Island wells to deflect its inability to fund and repair hundreds of miles of century-old pipes, which continue to degrade and leak. This causes problems for homeowners who live above the pipes.

I predict that any effort by the city to tap Long Island wells will be met with fierce opposition.

James Fitzpatrick, Kings Park

Idea to tax rich for MTA is a no-go

I have a problem with state Sen. Michael Gianaris’ idea to fix the funding of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [“Pol: Tax wealthy to fix MTA,” News, June 20].

To cover bad management, a Democratic state senator from Astoria wants to raise taxes on people who don’t even use the MTA.

With thinking like that, Gianaris’ chances of getting a private-sector job would fail. In the private sector, you pay for your mistakes, and mandates send customers elsewhere.

Robert F. Casale, Glen Head

Democrats are on a no-win agenda

There are two ways to raise one’s stature. One is by winning esteem with hard work and diligence. The other is by diminishing your opponent [“Let’s all root for the home team,” Editorial, June 18].

After its crushing election defeat, the Democratic Party has opted for the latter. In their clueless and shameful quest to regain power, Democrats have abandoned the public and set as their sole priority the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

To the impartial observer — a new political oxymoron? — Democrats are on a no-win agenda. If by some miracle they do impeach Trump, they will end up placing in power a unified, ultraconservative, hard-core Republican administration.

Robert Capraro,Oakland Gardens

Public works should be controlled by public

It has been proposed that air traffic control be privatized [“Schumer: Privatizing air traffic control wrong,” News, June 12]. This is another step in the carefully orchestrated selling of America that is the hidden agenda of the administration in Washington.

Simply look at the administration’s appointments; most are corporate insiders, which is the rule of the plutocracy.

Public-private partnerships have a role, but must be limited to projects that are local, not national in scope or effect. While such partnerships generally offer greater and immediate relief and flexibility, they ultimately cost the public more than appears at first glance, for they are, after all, for-profit enterprises. Public works should be controlled by elected officials, not corporations.

Richard M. Frauenglass,Huntington

Try more than cops to beat gangs and drugs

Gangs and drugs. With an upswing in gang-related killings, drug overdose deaths and all that comes with unchecked violence and untreated addiction, Long Island is struggling under the weight of two problems that have cracked our suburban veneer [“Anti-gang protest in Roosevelt,” News, June 11].

The connection between these two challenges is hopelessness, sadness and despair.

Gangs create alternative realities — a sense of belonging, certainty and power. Drugs numb pain, calm the nerves and allow a temporary escape. Without intervention and support, addiction deepens, gets progressively worse and often ends with jails, institutions or death. Much of the same goes for gang membership. We tamp down the problems just enough to quell the public outrage and fear, but it seems we never get to the root causes.

Kids join gangs because in some communities it’s easier to get a gun than a high school diploma or a job. They use drugs because it’s easier to get heroin than mental health treatment or addiction services.

As we deploy more cops, how about also more social workers, community centers and counseling programs? Let’s trade investigations for job training. Let’s clean up and rebuild our community parks, make sure there are things for kids to do, and help indigenous community leaders change the culture from inside.

Jeffrey Reynolds,Mineola

Editor’s note: The writer is the president of the Family and Children’s Association, a social services agency.

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