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Just Sayin': Fix America — we owe it to our children

A reader says that profanities should not be

A reader says that profanities should not be chanted by fans during sporting events in public arenas. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Fix America — we owe it to our children

It seems that America is stuck between the proverbial irresistible force and the immovable object. Between the pandemic, which has  hit our country hard, and the unprecedented polarization of our society, the likes of which we have not experienced since the Civil War, we are seemingly at a crossroads. The time for wringing our hands and empty platitudes of "thoughts and prayers" must be over.

It is time for our leadership in America to show some gumption. The progressives, conservatives, independents, et al., must begin to form coalitions and begin constructive and meaningful dialogue so we can learn to coexist peacefully with less hatred and vitriol. The rhetoric must be tamped down, and we need to learn to respect each other’s opinions. Let’s start with bipartisan town hall meetings held throughout America. We need to begin to repair the ever-widening divide. As Americans, we owe this to our children.

— Joel Reiter, Woodbury

Sporting events no place for profanity

What is with these flags, T-shirts and chants at sporting events with an obscenity directed at President Joe Biden ["Obscene flag should not be at LIRR station," Just Sayin’, Oct. 9]? Children can read and hear. What kind of examples are these people setting? How is this patriotic?

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but isn’t there a better way than printing profanity on flags? Aren’t there better ways to voice your opinions?

— Lori Caiazzo, West Babylon

I frequently travel on Sunrise Highway and have regularly seen supporters of former President Donald Trump at the Long Island Rail Road station in Bellmore. Many flags are there, but I have not seen any that have obscenities directed at President Joe Biden.  

— Michael Fitzpatrick, Massapequa Park

Don’t place windmills in the Atlantic Ocean

It is disappointing to see New York State going ahead with plans to place massive windmills out in the Atlantic Ocean. Studies conducted a few years ago show some environmental risk, and some of the windmills will likely be an eyesore to a scenic benefit Long Island enjoys — the ocean vista.

The intention of producing green energy is excellent, but what about using the vast inlets in and around Long Island as sources of nonpolluting hydroelectric power? If there is compelling data driving a "windmill only" solution, then place them in the pine barrens, where they can be better maintained, without the possibility of harming the ocean.

— Bruce Bennett, Centereach

A reader states that wind turbines can be placed in the Long Island Sound and hardly would be noticeable from a home on a cliff since it is often foggy ["Wind turbines can be closer to LI shores," Just Sayin’, Oct. 9].

I owned a home on a bluff in Nissequogue overlooking the Sound. I could clearly see 12 miles across the Sound to Connecticut.

In addition, seven miles to the west, I could also see the Sound-based fuel-unloading platform for the Northport power plant. Furthermore, as a once-licensed Merchant Marine captain familiar with the Sound, in the rare instance of morning fog, it would lift by noon and the view of the Sound became clear. A wind turbine would be noticeable if placed in the Long Island Sound.

— Peter Scott, Centerport