‘Shavana Abruzzo is an American patriot’

To the editor,

Shavana Abruzzo, I really loved your column about the Navy Seals (“Long live the U.S. Navy SEALs,” A Britisher’s View, Feb. 2). I find them endlessly fascinating!

I don’t always pick up your paper, but I am certainly glad I did this time! Happy reporting!

Patti Donohoe

Bay Ridge

Jeers, Shav

To the editor,

Once again, unlike your other writers, Shavana Abruzzo (A Britisher’s View) shows her bias, racism and bigotry by pursuing her one-issue column with the fervor of a paid lobbyist. She is not impartial and she is totally unfair.

If a person keeps repeating the same things over and over again, anything he or she says is totally unbelievable and devoid of merit. She has an agenda and everyone can see it.

If she can’t be so hopelessly repetitive and redundant, she should be limited to once a week and her space should be released to one of your other contributors.

Henry Finkelstein


Cheers, Shav

To the editor,

We in the Uriel family want to cheer on Shavana Abruzzo (A Britisher’s View), an American patriot.

Suzanne Uriel

Sunset Park

Shav’s ‘right’

To the editor,

“‘Jihad’ film a vital anti-terror tool,” by Shavana Abruzzo (A Britisher’s View, Feb. 9) is right on target — as usual.

It is not up for debate whether there are radical Muslims who are out to destroy us living in the U.S.A. It is fact. They may be few, but they do exist as does the sun and moon. We must never be persuaded or intimidated by Muslim groups not to continue to keep a “relentless spotlight” on radical Islam here. Peace loving Muslims, as they profess to be, should be supporting us 100 percent, and speaking up, unless, of course, they fear for their lives. Their future and well being here is directly related to our diligence regarding this matter.

We must not — and cannot — bury our heads in the sand about radical Islam in this country — for our sake, and for our children’s sake.

Ruth Weiner

Sheepshead Bay

Shav’s ‘fan’

To the editor,

Shavana Abruzzo, each week my friend gives me a copy of your column (A Britisher’s View). She’s a big fan of yours and I understand why. You have a lot of courage to tell it like it is.

It’s so true that many “moderate” Muslims are busy blasting those who seek to keep us safe, but they do not similarly protest against “honor” killings and the persecution of Jews and Christians by Muslim maniacs.

We’re on a bumpy ride, I am grateful for people like you who expose the truth.

Name withheld upon request

Buggin’ out

To the editor,

Carmine Santa Maria, I enjoy reading your columns (“Big Screecher”), and try not miss any.

You are really a down-to-earth columnist. I can’t leave out Shavana Abruzzo (“A Britisher’s View”), Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”) and Joanna DelBuono (“Not for Nuthin’”).

Bed bugs are not a subject anyone feels comfortable with (“Carmine’s had it with bedbugs! Not that he’s actually had them,” online, Jan. 28). As you said, they don’t affect people who are not very neat or people who check their homes with a white glove for cleanliness. They do not discriminate between wealthy and poor.

My son and I are self-employed pest control operators, and we’ve spent more than $3,000 on one piece of equipment alone and sent our employees to learn about these invaders of our castles. Carmine, bedbugs are picked up in hotels, school clothes closets, trains, sardine-packed subway cars and on aircraft seats. I’ve been in this business since 1968 and until a few years ago had never heard of them.

Prior to the scourge of bedbugs, we thought illnesses such as breast cancer were caused by pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency began removing two or three basic pesticides, leaving us with one basic insecticide — pyrethroid, a natural plant derivative. We normally spray moldings behind and under furniture and appliances in a steady, uninterrupted stream, so as the insect goes from place to place, it will pick up the material and slowly die.

The Department of Environmental Protection says only spray a little here or a little there, leading to an incomplete job in my opinion. We also place materials in the walls, under dressers, behind drawers, mirrors, picture frames, under chairs and any place where even one bedbug can hide. We try to get them all — one miss and all for nothing.

At the end of the year, we send a list to Albany of every home, business, institution and other locations that we’ve sprayed, along with their addresses, amount of spray used, percentage of mixture used, and other particulars — or else we receive a heavy fine. With all of this, there is still no proof that pesticides cause breast cancer. Wow!

Mike Baglivo


News muse

To the editor,

The New York Times just raised its price from $2.00 to $2.50. Several years ago, it received favorable eminent domain, zoning, regulatory and tax relief to assist in covering relocation costs to its new mid-town Manhattan offices. The New York State Empire State Development Corporation also granted it a $1.25 million grant to pay for expansion of its Queens printing facility.

As a teenager in the 1960’s, I can still remember being able to buy four newspapers for less than a dollar — and getting change back. I still remember the original daily Long Island Press and Long Island Star Journal, which suspended publication decades ago. There were actually 12 daily newspapers published in the Big Apple prior to the city’s 1962 newspaper strike, which resulted in the closing or consolidation of several papers.

At the end of the day, increasing newsstand prices, shrinking content, reduction in actual newsprint size or favorable government subsidies will not be the determining factor for the survival of all daily newspapers. We live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available for any citizen to access. Most American cities and suburbs, however, are sadly down to one local daily or weekly newspaper.

Most papers have to deal with continued increasing costs and competitors from surrounding suburbs and across the nation, including all-news radio stations, local independent news broadcasts and cable news stations. Many get breaking news from the Internet. This is stale when reaching print the next day. Also, new immigrants support their own media.

These financial challenges have resulted in less resources being devoted to investigative reporting, and a greater reliance on wire service stories. As a result, original newspaper content continues to diminish, putting more pressure on reporters and making it more difficult to provide real detailed coverage of local news.

Neighborhood weekly newspapers, including this one, provide the type of coverage usually overlooked by other media. In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone — regardless of cost.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y.

‘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

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

Democratic state senate candidate, Bay Ridge

Shedding light

To the editor

There is a dangerous traffic light on the corner of Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue in Manhattan Beach. It blinks red on one side and yellow on the other. Drivers never know when to go or stop. It is controllable by a button to allow pedestrians cross for about five seconds. There have been numerous accidents at the corner, and last year a young boy was killed by a speeding bus.

Speed bumps and cameras will not correct this situation, and according to the Department of Transportation, it is the worst traffic light in Brooklyn.

Norman Smith

Manhattan Beach

True blue freedom

To the editor,

American empires were built with blood, sweat, tears and fossil fuels! Freedom must be guarded and protected or it ebbs away like the tide.

The best sailors and soldiers on the planet have overthrown tyrants, liberated the oppressed, rescued the lost and kept the American way of life alive. The Rev. John WInthrop’s vision in 1630 was “a shining city on a hill” that the entire world could see as a beacon of light and liberty.

When 55 delegates met in Philadelphia in June 1787, they were charged with the task of improving upon the Articles of Confederation that garnered 13 wayward and capricious colonies for 11 years. A compromise, known as the Virginia Plan, would help found a nation, and draft the U.S Constitution, our second document.

Today, the American left and Socialist renegades have pushed our Constitution aside. President Obama decided to attack Libya without the approval or consent of Congress. Instead, he went to the U.N. Security Council to announce his half-baked plan. Are Libyans freer today or better off? The flagpole at the Benghazi courthouse sports the al Qaeda black flag that says in Arabic, “There is no God but Allah.”

Tod Davis

Marine Park

Education 101

To the editor,

You have never run articles lauding teachers, especially those teaching in difficult schools.

You have never spoken about the problems of class sizes, the need for the 600 school concept for disruptive children, the fact that we have principals from the Leadership Academy rating teachers when they themselves have never taught, uncooperative parents ready to battle the teacher at every step, and the city’s refusal to use excessed teachers to teach classes so as to lower class sizes. Instead, these duly licensed teachers have been relegated to substitute status. I haven’t heard you mention that the while the mayor proposes merit pay, there is no money to lower class size.

You are quick to point out that certain teachers assaulted students, but you never report when a teacher is assaulted on a daily basis by a student. The number of teachers are out due to being assaulted on the job is shocking.

I never hear you write about the fact that teachers spend their own money for supplies since the latter is lacking in so many schools. I never hear you praising teachers for coming in earlier to decorate their rooms in August, when school is not officially in session. You never mention the dedicated men and women who work with children after the school day, or those who make home visits on their own time to the homes of problem students.

All your paper does is knock teachers. Why do you refuse to look at the other side of education? Why is it always the teachers fault?

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

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