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Columbus Day, the $3.5T bill and speed cameras

Indigenous and environmental activists protest in front of

Indigenous and environmental activists protest in front of the White House in Washington on Oct. 11.  Credit: AP/Andrew Harnik

Slighting Columbus Day a bad move

I am dismayed at the undoubtedly political decision by President Joe Biden to diminish the celebration of Columbus Day ["Biden first to proclaim Indigenous Peoples’ Day," Nation & World, Oct. 9].

Christopher Columbus was an Italian visionary who convinced the Spanish monarchy to invest in exploration of the Atlantic Ocean. The unfortunate genocide and systemic racism that ensued over the next several hundred years were also a result of the Spanish and English people who settled in The New World.

Originally, Columbus Day was set by President Benjamin Harrison in 1892 after 11 Italian immigrants were lynched. Later, it was expanded to combat anti-Italian immigrant prejudice typified by limitations on Italian immigration in the 1920s.

I’m all for celebrating indigenous peoples, and they should have their own day, but, please, don’t rain on our parade.

— Ed Pelle, Valley Stream

Nuclear power part of $3.5T package?

Part of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill is climate provisions designed to transform the country’s largest sources of greenhouse gases from systems that burn gas, oil and coal to sectors that run on clean energy, including solar, wind and nuclear power ["Dems fine-tuning Biden bills," News, Oct. 6].

When was the last time you saw this country approve new nuclear power plants?

— Harvey Weisman, Woodmere

Suffolk should add speed cameras

Suffolk County’s speeding epidemic needs to be addressed ["Cops: Driver topped 100 mph," News, Oct. 9].

Route 347 and Sunrise Highway are good starting places. Few drivers observe the speed limit of 55 miles per hour on these arteries. We have red-light cameras. Why not invest in speed observance technology?

In the long run, this would save lives as well as add revenue to county coffers.

— Robert Palermo, Nesconset

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