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The United States need not kowtow to Saudi Arabia

Newsday letters to the editor for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, speaks

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, speaks to his father, King Salman, right, at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Dec. 9. The photo was released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. Photo Credit: AP

It looks as if the current administration is giving a bye to Saudi Arabia for the killing of U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi [“Senators eye censure for Saudis,” News, Dec. 7].

The Saudi government also is responsible for the deaths of thousands of men, women and children in its proxy war with Iran in Yemen while the United States provides the Saudis with military support. Saudi destruction of a key port in Yemen has cut off humanitarian aid. The United Nations has warned that 14 million people, or half of Yemen’s population, could be on the brink of starvation.

As we continue to abide Saudi violations of human rights, we Americans are selling our souls for the sake of the almighty dollar. Saudi Arabia has billions of dollars invested in our country, but why? It is making money off us. Wake up, America. They need us more than we need them.

Gene Reynolds, Ridge

Again, vets of Korea are overlooked

Your article about the restoration of a war memorial in St. James was welcome, but unfortunately typical in describing those who have served [“Brick by brick, a proper memorial,” News, Dec. 10]. It mentions veterans of both world wars and Vietnam, but I looked in vain for a mention of Korean War veterans. More than 36,000 Americans died in that 3-year war, the remains of many still unrecovered.

Korean War veterans take joy in the rise of South Korea among nations, and in our comradeship when our diminishing numbers meet. Most of all, we enjoy greetings from Korean-Americans who express heartfelt thanks when they learn of our experiences in their native land. For them, there is no such thing as a forgotten war.

John G. Aicher, Southold

Editor’s note: The writer served in the Army in Korea.

Worried about the impulsive Trump

Many people, myself included, were comforted to know that there were adults in the room to keep a close watch on President Donald Trump. These included Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, Gen. Jim Mattis as secretary of defense, Gary Cohn as chief economic adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser and Gen. John Kelly [“Kelly on way out as chief of staff,” News, Dec. 9].

Now I’m worried. Only Mattis will be left from that group to protect this country from an impulsive, disastrous decision by Trump. Of course, past presidents had multiple staff changes. But the exodus from Trump’s staff in less than two years speaks volumes about the chaos in the White House.

Our country always has been divided politically, but this current division is not about healthy differences of opinion. It is downright venomous. I fear the next two years, with constant investigations, special counsel reports and impeachment talk, will create a very unhealthy and dangerous situation. All without the adults in the room.

Jim Kiernan, Holbrook

Two editorial cartoons went too far

I take offense to the Nov. 28 Matt Davies’ editorial cartoon that depicted the U.S. border wall with the words “keep out.”

As one whose great-great grandparents came to America from distant countries, I believe America is still a shining city on the hill. This country is here for almost anyone who chooses to enter legally. Countries, the United States included, have borders and immigration laws and procedures for good reasons.

We are told the potential emigres from Central America are seeking to escape violence, unemployment, and substandard education and health care. They should not seek to enter illegally or use confrontational means.

George Hodge, Southampton

A Mike Luckovich cartoon in the Dec. 8 opinion-page roundup showed the Holy Family at the U.S. border, with tear gas thrown their way. Maybe you should do a little research before publishing such a ludicrous cartoon. Joseph and his family were not in Bethlehem illegally; they were on their way to take part in a government-ordered census. An apology is warranted for such a thoughtless cartoon. Not amused.

Jo-Ann Buonomo, Islip Terrace

Tell readers more about Pearl Harbor

While Newsday published a story to mark the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor [“Carrying on for a hero,” News, Dec. 7], I was disappointed that it did not write more.

The anniversary of the 1941 attack should be a national holiday, and flags should fly at half staff. Young people need to know about the attack by Japan, how World War II affected people at home, and the men and women we lost. Always remember.

Betty Sudmann, Lindenhurst

White-line infractions on roads aren’t trivial

I enjoyed your letters about traffic tickets [“The local traffic ticket cash cow,” Dec. 10], but I object in the strongest possible terms to a letter that complained about white-line tickets. A basic rule is that a driver must stop before the white line — not on top or over it. Those lines often mark crosswalks, another area where vehicles are not allowed to stop.

Tickets for this infraction aren’t money grabbers. We’d all be safer on the roads if motorists followed the law.

Lenny G. Ancona, Centereach

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