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Newsday letters to the editor for Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

Maddy Wilford, center, arrives with her parents to

Maddy Wilford, center, arrives with her parents to speak with reporters at Broward Health North hospital in Deerfield Beach, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2018. She was shot three times in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Credit: Getty Images / Joe Raedle

Ways to think about the environment

It’s encouraging to see Randy King, co-chairman of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s trustees, and Stony Brook University visiting journalism professor Carl Safina aligned in opposition to the Trump administration’s environmentally ignorant proposal to drill for oil and gas off Long Island [“LIers voice offshore drilling fears,” News, Feb. 15].

Why not use this issue to teach Long Island college and high school students how to combine indigenous wisdom and science as a way to understand and solve our environmental challenges? Albert Einstein said the intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant.

At Southampton College, as an adjunct professor, I taught marine science students who gained a far deeper understanding of environmental issues when we went across the street to the Shinnecock Indian Nation, where wisdom keepers shared ceremonies that opened the students’ intuitive minds.

Indigenous wisdom and science are not opponents; approached properly, they support each other.

Peter Maniscalco, Manorville

Russia only fueled American prejudice

We may be “Drowning in a swamp of dysfunction” [Editorial, Feb. 18]; however, President Donald Trump and his cast of characters are not the cause of this melee, they are the result of it.

The Russians have posted nefarious messages on social media regarding climate change, nativism, race relations and globalism. Many people have read them, shared them and afforded them the same credibility as they do organizations with long histories of accurate and comprehensive news reporting.

We the people embraced this prejudice and escorted it to the voting booth. The Russians fanned a fire that was already burning; we did the rest by selecting Professor Harold Hill.

Ed Weinert, Melville

School safety ideas after Fla. massacre

Ban handguns and long guns that use clips and magazines [“Trump: Let ‘adept’ teachers carry guns,” News, Feb. 23]. Clips and magazines were invented for military combat, where being able to reload your weapon quickly could save your life. Clips and magazines are not needed for target shooting or hunting. They should not be allowed outside of their original military purpose.

Think of how many young lives would have been saved if the school shooter in Florida had to push bullets into the weapon one at a time. In Florida, the shooter fired more that 100 rounds. This would have been impossible without bullet-filled clips.

This ban would give survivors a chance to rush these maniacs and take the weapons away, stopping the killing after only a few shots.

Everyone should focus on this one achievable restriction.

Tom Colangelo, Dix Hills

Some suggestions to prevent school shootings are not realistic, such as arming teachers.

I have an alternative. Every year, America has soldiers returning from deployment overseas. These men and women have some of the best training.

Every day, we hear of the post-traumatic stress they suffer after discharge, or difficulty finding jobs or assimilating back into society. With minimal training, these valuable Americans could become reliable assets in our schools.

Raymond P. Moran, Massapequa Park

Most Israeli schools have just one unlocked entrance, and it is usually staffed by an armed guard.

It’s time for the United States to follow Israel’s lead. Unfortunately, this is the reality that we must now face.

Ed Quinlan, New Hyde Park

Parking also an issue at Stony Brook U.

The Feb. 20 news story “Playing the placard card,” about parking permits that have gotten out of hand in New York City, has a parallel at Stony Brook University.

My husband has been taking courses in the senior audit program at Stony Brook, which allows retirees to audit classes for a small fee. As part of that program, he was given a hangtag once a year to park in any faculty or staff lot.

When he went to renew the permit this year, he was told the university is replacing tags with stickers good for just one semester at a time. The staff member explained that the campus has a plague of hangtags; she said about 16,000 are renewed every year, and the university wants to winnow them down. The campus has nearly 26,000 students.

To target the senior audit program, which is small, seems petty.

His first semester, my husband had to pay $10 a day to park until he was able to get a hangtag. He spent more than the cost of one of the classes just for parking.

Therese Madonia, Farmingville