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Newsday letters to the editor Monday, April 10, 2017

Jimmy Breslin speaks to reporters in the New

Jimmy Breslin speaks to reporters in the New York Daily News newsroom in Manhattan on April 17, 1986 after winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Breslin, the chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street-smart New Yorker, died Sunday, March 19, 2017. His stepdaughter said Breslin died at his Manhattan home of complications from pneumonia. Credit: AP

Stand up to fight racism and more

Authorities say a white supremacist, James Harris Jackson of Baltimore, came to New York City for the sole purpose of killing black men [“Friends recall attack victim,” News, April 2].

He reportedly said he believed that he would get a rush by fatally stabbing a young black man with a 26-inch sword. Instead, Jackson supposedly was left in a daze after the killing of 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, who was an autograph and can collector.

Silence means consent. We must boldly declare throughout the entire landscape that black lives matter.

Now is the time for a broad, Christ-centered coalition to stand up and fight the evil trinity of blatant racism, classism and sexism.

The Rev. Arthur L. Mackey Jr., Roosevelt

Editor’s note: The writer is a senior pastor at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral in Roosevelt.

Don’t defund

Planned Parenthood

Republicans are going after women by trying to deny health care to the most needy. That is essentially what efforts to cut government funding of Planned Parenthood are all about [“Trump shifts blame for health bill failure,” News, March 27].

I’m a guy. I don’t pretend to be an astute observer of women’s health issues. But I know when people who have no right shoving their antediluvian beliefs down people’s throats should mind their own business.

Women will suffer. That includes my wife, my sisters, my nieces and dear friends.

Nicholas Santora, Roslyn Heights

Jimmy Breslin recognized talent

When I was working on my college weekly newspaper, for me and most everyone in the generation of future journalists that I knew, Jimmy Breslin was the newspaperman we all hoped to grow up to be [“Breslin sized up Trump years ago,” Letters, March 29]. Most of us tried to imitate his style of writing.

Eventually, when I was a young Newsday reporter working out of Ronkonkoma, an equally young reporter, Ed Lowe, got up from his desk and walked very slowly over to mine. His eyes were wide open and his mouth was pretty much the same way. He seemed to be in a trance.

“That was Jimmy Breslin,” Lowe said. “Jimmy Breslin telephoned me.”

Apparently Breslin had read an article by Lowe and called him out of the blue. Lowe said Breslin told him, “Kid, you just remember to stay out of Queens! That’s my territory.”

Lowe would someday become one of Long Island’s greatest storytellers and a Newsday columnist, but back then, he was still just a low-level reporter.

For me, there’s deep sorrow in the passing of Breslin, a stylistic pioneer of our craft.

Bill Mason, Huntington Station

Better to build more sewers in Suffolk

I read with interest Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s proposal to provide millions of dollars to reduce nitrogen pollution by upgrading cesspools [“New septic systems,” News, March 29].

This is like putting a Band-Aid on a water-main break. The money would be better spent providing a sewer system in low-lying areas, then extending it to cover all of Suffolk.

Richard Baran, Bohemia

Unfortunate case of an accused detective

Children are taught to trust police officers and go to them in time of need [“Cops: NYPD detective exposed self,” News, March 28].

Then you have a detective like the NYPD’s Robert Francis, who is accused of public lewdness and other charges. Such officers send the wrong message.

Shirley A. Leonard, Port Jefferson

Why use foreign-made machinery?

A picture on Page A26 of the March 31 newspaper shows a large earth-moving machine made by a foreign corporation [“IDA backs tax aid; builder balks,” News].

I notice in my travels around Long Island that many contractors do not use American-produced machinery. This is a shame.

Jeffrey Solomon, Cedarhurst

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