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Just Sayin': Let's not forget 'The Night of Broken Glass'

An onlooker checks out a Jewish-owned business on

An onlooker checks out a Jewish-owned business on Berlin's Potsdamer Street, a casualty of Kristallnacht, on Nov. 9, 1938. Credit: "KRISTALLNACHT"

Kristallnacht, or "The Night of Broken Glass," began on the night of Nov. 9, 1938, and continued into the next day. It was the night that Adolf Hitler’s Nazis exposed their pogrom to eliminate European Jews.

Hundreds of synagogues and countless businesses and homes of Jewish people were destroyed. Streets were covered with broken glass. The Nazi reign of terror against the Jews lasted until the end of World War II in 1945.

Ask high school students in this country, "What was Kristallnacht?" and most will likely give you a blank look. How many realized an anniversary of that infamous night passed just four days ago, and how many schools still teach about it?

As a Roman Catholic who grew up in a mostly Jewish neighborhood in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, I still can’t understand how something like this could have happened.

Let’s not allow Kristallnacht to become part of erased history.

— Elizabeth Dama-Travis, Holtsville

Some voters need better understanding

My wife and I are concerned about voter education and how that might be improved. After many discussions with friends and relatives, it has dawned upon us that many voters just do not understand the process and the rules.

In recent conversations, we have heard countless times from registered Republicans and Democrats that as party members, they believed they must vote the party line and not deviate. We need to improve the process.

— Andrew Jassin, Oceanside

Voting sites must be accessible for all

This is the second year that I have had an issue voting. My brother uses an electric wheelchair and the school where we vote, Eastplain School in North Massapequa, no longer allows voters in through the front door. Instead, voters must use the back door into the gym, where the tables are set up. The gym entrance has a large step. Even with a ramp, the doorway is too narrow. Eventually, we were allowed through the school’s front door to vote.

Voting should not be difficult. All voting sites should be accessible. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 mandates that all public places be made accessible. This year’s election winners should spend a day in a wheelchair and realize how far we still need to go to make the aspirations of that 1990 act a reality.  

— Mary P. Fleisch, North Massapequa

A few words of thanks to poll workers

In these troubling times, with threats sometimes made, I would like to give a big thank you to all the election poll workers who do their civic duty despite the acrimonious environment.

— Allan Johanson, Port Washington

Democracy going right down the drain

Quite a few people still approve of the current administration’s accomplishments and its plans to be executed. How can they praise the Democrats? Are they living in a world where dreams come true, or do they have a hard time facing reality?

Who created and is responsible for the following: an open southern border, immigrants here illegally dispersed all over the country, the national debt going through the roof, mixing politics with everybody’s health, the Afghanistan fiasco, the culture war, woke issues, inflation, slowing U.S. oil production and needing the Saudis to increase their output. If this is not dysfunctional, I don’t know what it is.

Our representatives in Washington are elected to work on the people’s behalf, but they are looking for a centralized government to control everybody’s lives on a daily basis. That’s what occurs in Russia and China.

This does not seem to be a democracy anymore; we are on the way to becoming an autocracy.

— Heinz Mayer, Garden City

MLB hates gambling? Don’t bet on it

Although the season has recently ended, what was with Major League Baseball and betting on TV? Several betting commercials, even ones with announcers quoting odds while the game is ongoing? When will Pete Rose appear as an expert? MLB commissioner Rob Manfred apparently believes it’s all about the money.

— John T. OConnell, Bay Shore