Hey Stan, Christmas war run by extremists!

To the editor,

Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”) says that placing an evergreen tree in Wisconsin’s state capitol is a victory in the war on Christmas because it’s still a Christmas tree, although it’s called a “holiday tree” (“Good guys won the war on Christmas,” Dec. 22).

Right-wing extremist Christians believe there’s a war on Christmas, but most Christians don’t. The evergreen tree was a religious symbol for pagans, so you could say that Wisconsin’s pine is a victory in the war on paganism.

Jerome Frank

Coney Island

Speaking of Jerome

To the editor,

Jerome Frank speaks well of the Muslims, praises liberals, defends ethnic groups, but then attacks Christianity by holding it responsible for the Holocaust (“Shavana and Stan wrong to attack others,” Letters to the Editor, Jan. 5).

Four million Catholics were murdered in Poland alone, alongside two million Jews who bore the brunt of a war against humanity. Hitler was a racist Nietzschean atheist who planned to destroy the Vatican church once victory was assured. Stalin, himself, called Hitler “the Antichrist” in broadcasts as Soviet armies approached Warsaw.

What Jew who survived the ruins of Warsaw in 1943 could imagine a State of Israel five years later? If ever there was a Christ-like death and resurrection, that was it!

Yes, Jerome Frank, you should thank God.

Robert Bonsignore


Mayor BOO-mberg

To the editor,

Mayor Bloomberg knows little to nothing about the public school system.

In his State of the City speech for 2012 he focused mainly on getting rid of bad teachers without dealing with the issue of unruly students, the need for the 600 school concept, uncooperative parents, and principals from the Leadership Academy supervising and rating teachers when they have never taught a day themselves. He said nothing about class size.

Teachers who were excessed have been demoted to substitute status while class sizes are burgeoning. Putting them back into classrooms would certainly ease the class size. All Bloomberg wants to accomplish is to drive out the most senior teachers in the system so that novice teachers aren’t paid higher salaries.

Teaching is an art. It takes at least five years to develop extreme proficiency in the classroom, but 70 percent of new teachers leave the profession in as much time. They do so due to the complete lack of discipline and uncooperative supervisors.

In my 33 years of teaching, I witnessed people who did extremely well in college fall flat on their faces in the classroom. Unfortunately, teaching is more than imparting knowledge. You have to know how to control children so that they behave themselves.

If the Department of Education continues to leave the problems I have outlined untended, it will continue to get the same results, no matter how much money is pumped into the schools.

How fortunate the mayor is to have to deal with the United Federation of Teachers. This union gave up hard-fought items in the 2005 contract, and things have been much worse ever since.

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Cardinal slam dunk

To the editor,

Coincidence? More like divine intervention!

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, an avid baseball fan and a lifelong Cardinals fan, will officially become a Cardinal soon in Rome where he will receive his new red uniform and red hat the day before pitchers and catchers have to report to Jupiter Florida for spring training.

All the best our to our new “Cardinal,” a real New Yorker originally from St. Louis — and soon to be a world champion cardinal.

Cronin Miller



To the editor,

Federal District Judge Edward Korman is to be commended for ruling that age restrictions set by the federal government are based on politics, not science (“Judge: Group can sue FDA over pill restrictions,” “Gavel to Gavel,” Dec. 22).

This ruling comes almost a decade late, but it is better than never.

The Food and Drug Administration says that girls under 17 shouldn’t get the morning-after pill because they wouldn’t understand the instructions on the bottle. This may or may not be true, but doctors are not mind readers and cannot determine how each girl would act.

Hopefully, these girls will confide in their doctors or school nurse, and be guided accordingly.

Elliott Abosh

Brighton Beach

MAY-an’t happen

To the editor,

The Mayan prophecy about Dec. 21, 2012 does not predict the complete end of the world, but the end of the world as we know it.

This means that there will be many changes — possibly major changes — including physical and economic upheavals. The end result will be the arrival of a world with a higher vibrational level, according to metaphysicians who have studied this prophecy, which means things will eventually improve a great deal.

These changes will most likely occur over a period of time, beginning on Dec. 21, 2012, nut not just in one day.

Let’s also bear in mind that predictions are not always accurate. The time factor may be off or the event might never happen. So don’t worry, think positively, do good works and live one day at a time.

Sarah Vogel

Sea Gate

No to ‘N-word’

To the editor,

What a difference 30 years make!

I remember that Stevie Wonder wrote “Isn’t she lovely?” for his newborn baby girl. It’s a beautiful song by a proud father featuring the words, “lovely,” “precious,” “wonderful,” “the angels’ best,” “we’ve been heaven blessed” and “pretty.”

Now, a precious, beautiful baby is born to another music icon — Jay-Z — and he writes a song named “Glory” for his baby girl and the lyrics include the phrases, “your grand pop died of n—- failure,” “then he died of liver failure,” “g——, bad-a– s— happens.”

When is someone from the black community going to condemn this song? This man influences millions of people with his music. What can we expect from young people today if their role models write, sing or rap garbage?

The n-word will never stop being used because people like Jay-Z keep it alive.

Ernesto Cavalier

Marine Park

Bully pulpit

To the editor,

Here are some tips for anyone who feels they are being bullied.

Remember the old saying, “sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never harm me.” If you are a victim of cyber-bullying, get off of the computer site. If this doesn’t help, punch the bully in the nose. That should work immediately — if not, repeat the third strategy.

Michael Rocky


‘Cowardly’ Quinn

To the editor,

Speaker Christine Quinn reminds me of the cowardly lion.

Since May 2010, she has lacked the courage to come out of the closet and declare her position on the proposed living wage bill. Consider the potential methods used by her to defeat this proposal, supported by 30 of 51 councilmembers:

She has kept the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act Bill, proposed by Bronx Councilmembers G. Oliver Koppell and Annabel Palma, bottled up in committee for a year while she contemplates her political options. This bill finally went forward to a full public committee hearing last fall.

All 50 councilmembers should be afforded the right to vote up or down on the proposed legislation. Wasn’t Quinn elected to represent voters of her West Village district and not all five boroughs? She should not deny eight million New Yorkers a direct say regardless of their side of the issue.

Speaker Quinn, as an all-but-publicly-announced candidate for mayor in 2013, has to make a choice which will either make labor happy or the business community unhappy. In the meantime, she continues to raise campaign contributions from both the labor unions and business people, along with the usual City Hall “pay for play” crowd. Combined, they now total more than $4 million which will be used to finance her mayoral ambitions.

At some point, people are going to want to see a “return” on their respective investments on this issue, and some may stop writing checks until she makes a favorable decision depending upon their point of view.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y.

Golden irony

To the editor,

Gov. Cuomo delivered a strong and inspired State of the State address, recapping the significant successes of his first year in office and outlining a vision for the future of New York that all New Yorkers can support.

It hit all the right notes on issues that matter to our neighborhood — reviving our economy, strengthening our schools, reinvesting in our transportation system, and giving New Yorkers the honest and transparent government they deserve. But, state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) strangely chose to criticize the governor for being weak on public safety, despite the fact that Cuomo has proposed expanding the DNA database to cover all crimes, among other initiatives.

Sen. Golden’s criticism is ironic because he was curiously absent from the Senate chamber last year during a vote on a critical bill that would have helped our police officers investigate incidents of gun violence — clearly a top issue of public safety.

We can’t settle for just one good year in Albany. There’s still a lot to be done to fix the political dysfunction of the past decade. Our elected officials should be working with Gov. Cuomo to get New York back on track, instead of offering empty criticisms.

Andrew Gounardes

Bay Ridge

‘Rainbow’ family

To the editor,

The Rainbow Heights Club in Flatbush is a great place for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community living with mental illness.

It’s the best day treatment program I’ve ever been to with intelligent, socially mature and sexually tolerant individuals.

I feel very comfortable and relaxed there without feeling as if I have to conform to anything. I like the staff and members who are exceptional and a pleasure to be around.

This is the closest I’ve ever come to being “outside” the mental health system.

Sebastian Casalenova

Bath Beach

Larry’s ‘wrong’

To the editor,

Larry Penner has it wrong (“Nadler’s blues,” Letters to the Editor, Dec. 22).

He complains that Occupy Wall Street cost millions of taxpayer dollars in overtime for cops, and that their reassignment may have caused more crime.

The police over-reacted. The protesters were not violent, and only a small number of cops were needed. They were in riot gear, but the protesters didn’t riot. They were peaceful.

The Constitution says that we have the right to peacefully assemble to address grievances.

According to the recent census, half of all Americans live in poverty or are scraping by. Income disparity is real!

Jerome Frank

Coney Island

‘I don’t’

To the editor,

The concept of holy matrimony was sacred and meaningful years ago. Now, it’s no more than over-rated crock!

These days, there are simply too many cases of infidelity, resulting in painful divorces within six months to a year — tops. In startling contrast, same-sex marriages tend to last longer than heterosexual ones because those couples can relate better to each other on both an intimate and a social level.

As for the issue of reproduction — our planet has enough occupants already!

Sebastian Casalenova

Bath Beach

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