Every New Yorker deserves health care
I was sorry to hear that Katie Couric was diagnosed with breast cancer, and thankful that she should be OK ["Couric reveals cancer diagnosis," flash!, Sept. 29]. Her comments that our health care inequities have created a caste system for health care need to be heeded by our state leaders.
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our health care and our lives should never be tied to our employment. At least 300,000 Americans died needlessly from COVID through March 2022 because of lack of health insurance. Some 42% of cancer patients lose their life savings within two years of diagnosis. As of 2021, approximately $650 million, or about one-third of all funds raised by GoFundMe drives, went to medical campaigns. They are literally begging strangers to save their lives.
The New York Health Act has languished in Albany for years, despite majority support in both chambers of the Legislature. The legislation needs to be brought to the floor. All New Yorkers deserve to have the positive outlook that Couric has. No New Yorker deserves to be stuck in a health care caste system.
Eric Gemunder, Huntington Station
Subway cameras not worth installing
Installing cameras on the city’s trains is a waste of money ["Cameras for all NYC subway cars," News, Sept. 21]. Many of those committing crimes are wearing hoodies and face masks, an many already have criminal records and figure they will be back on the streets because of lax bail laws
Rich Corso, Oceanside
Different takes on migrant issue
In the late 1930s and early ’40s, many European Jews fled their native homes. Today’s arguments against immigration from Latin America are similar to what we heard during the persecution of Europe’s Jewish people [“Migrants’ travel stirs controversy,” Letters, Sept. 25].
Claims such as replacement theory, different language usage and the changing character of our country are the same now as during the Nazis’ rise.
The people trying to enter the United States have gone to great lengths to flee oppressive and tyrannical governments, just as the Jewish people tried to do in Europe.
Diversity enriches our country. We subsequently realized our mistakes made 80 years ago. Let’s not make the same mistakes again.
Lawrence J. Cohen, Port Jefferson Station
I ask myself almost daily what it means to call oneself Catholic. Seeing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott identified as Catholic by many media sources, I vehemently object.
Their mistreating those trying to escape terrorism and hunger and seek asylum by busing many with little notice to other states is not based on Catholic faith issues. Our faith teaches loving others as ourselves and respecting the inherent dignity of everyone, including all races, nationalities, cultures and faiths, and showing mercy and compassion to those in need. And being anti-abortion includes loving and caring for all neighbors, at each stage of life, beyond the fetus, including children, adults and the elderly. Our faith never limits the extent of loving others to one’s local neighbors, friends or family.
Even though our bishops here in the Diocese of Rockville Centre remain silent on current events linked to faith beyond the abortion issue, Pope Francis and several other bishops have spoken out, becoming the remaining needed sources of inspiration to the rest of us, urging all to speak out and to insist that elected politicians act and work toward specific immigration policy changes rather than only for reelection purposes.
Barbara Missy Androu, Valley Stream
Readers commenting on the inhumanity of busing some of the thousands of undocumented persons crossing our southern border to sanctuary states should know that there may be collateral issues, as well. The 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the 1993 World Trade Center bomb attack show that we can’t be complacent about our national security.
Airlines introduced stringent security measures that have reduced the probability of hijacking that occurred on 9/11. However, we continue to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks by other tactics. Our southern border policy has resulted in more than 2 million undocumented persons trying to enter the United States, with little or no security screening. This opens the door for terrorists who might want to attack us, and for South American cartels to introduce criminal enterprises in our country.
John Fruin, Amityville
In light ofAfter the play fake of transporting of undocumented immigrants to what the governors of Florida and Texas feel are liberal strongholds, I have a modest proposal. The governors and mayors in New York, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and Illinois should early-release felons from these states and cityon the condition that they serve out the remainder of their sentences in Texas, Florida or Arizona.
Joel Beja, Commack
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