Kathleen Ryan sent a Christmas Card in 1971 to a local soldier...

Kathleen Ryan sent a Christmas Card in 1971 to a local soldier in Vietnam, part of a school assignment. Dominick Cutalo responded, and on June 22, they met at a veterans event in East Northport. Credit: Danielle Silverman

Our children are our future, keep ’em fed

Kudos for the cogent editorial “Do not play hunger games” [June 23]. Hunger is never a game. We need to remember history as we continue to live in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National School Lunch Program, passed in 1946, is in part due to insidious malnutrition observed during the World War II draft. Designed as a national public health program, it also provided an opportunity to support agriculture. And it strengthens homeland security.

This pandemic requires thoughtful and meaningful action based on supply chain challenges, labor shortages and inflation. All heroes do not wear capes. Many wear hairnets and aprons. I believe the children are our future, and Congress needs to keep kids fed. As a dietitian, I know our children and our grandchildren are our future.

 — John A. Krakowski, Flanders

Trans transitions take work and courage

What a thing to read during Pride Month [“We need a civil debate on trans rights,” Opinion, June 22].

I always take a perverse pleasure in reading the new contortions of both sides-ism Cathy Young comes up with. How many ways can there be to say the same thing — the right is doing something bad, but the left is secretly no better?

In this essay, Young equates the conflict over transgender athletes in women’s sports with conservative attacks on trans rights in several states. The comparison between a right to play and a right to exist seems senseless.

Transitioning socially takes incredibly hard work and tremendous fortitude. Transgender young people face extreme risk and prejudice in attempting to be recognized for who they are. Sports, as they have always done, offer a space for community, friendship and teamwork, where people can come together in pursuit of a common goal.

Sports are also a space where a win is never guaranteed. The person who should win is not always the person who does win, and the dice roll between genetic talent and the circumstances of the day gives us a reason to contest sports in the first place.

 — Meghan Bevan, West Islip

We need LIE patrols more than ever

The Newsday Classic reprint section from June 27, 1972, highlighted the 1954-1972 history of the Long Island Expressway. On page 24, it says, “In 1971, the highway patrol units in Nassau and Suffolk Counties . . . keep 11 police cars on the LIE at all times.” Last week, on June 23, 2022, an article highlighted increased patrols through Labor Day because of the nearly 30% uptick in seasonal vehicular accidents [“Suffolk police increasing road patrols for summer,” News, June 23].

The LI population has grown immensely in 50 years and makes one ask: Why can’t we have more cars patrolling the LIE in 2022? I see upwards of 60 to 70 vehicles aggressively driving at speeds of at least 65 miles per hour during trips out to Riverhead.

Excessive speeding and the crumbling infrastructure on most roads makes driving treacherous. The state needs to provide funding for adequate police patrols. Maybe use the county sheriff’s staff to patrol.

Where is the revenue from traffic infractions and red-light camera fees? Use it to hire police officers to patrol the roads. Installing highway speed cameras is long overdue. Our lives depend on it.

 — Joseph Campbell, Port Washington

LIPA: Don’t be kind with my money

I am certainly sympathetic to people who are in arrears on their electric bills [“Some LIPA bills to be forgiven,” News, June 22]. I’ve been in that situation myself.

But when I was in arrears, I had to go to the Long Island Power Authority office and work out a payment plan. In the end, I paid every cent that I owed.

This plan, instead of doing that, would “forgive” the arrears with (my) tax money. Furthermore, it would tack a surcharge onto my electric bill to help finance the legislative generosity. In other words, I would be penalized for paying my electric bill on time during the pandemic. I think this is beyond insane.

Please, be as generous as you like. But be generous with your own money, not mine.

 — Stuart Chamberlain, West Sayville

Letters to our GIs indeed are awesome

The story “Letter perfect meeting” [News, June 23] highlighted just how important letters from home were to GIs serving overseas. Having served in Asia during the 1960s, I wrote to my family regularly, and my mom saved all my letters. When she passed, I inherited them and, in the words of Army Sgt. Dominic Cutalo (ret.), they are “awesome, completely unbelievable.”

 — Bill Ober, Huntington

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