Let’s wise up about guns and terrorism

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To the editor,

There have been multiple mass shootings in the last few weeks. In addition there was a terror attack by an individual using a truck. These incidents are becoming too common and must be dealt with in an intelligent, rational manner.

Our president quickly condemned the attack in New York as a terrorist act. He also raised the mental health issue in another attack. He is right on both counts. However he has not come up with any practical solution to prevent future attacks. In fact his recent actions have increased the danger. He used the terror attack to justify his immigrant ban as well as his call for extreme vetting.

I agree we may have to change our screening of immigrants. However banning all immigrants from particular countries is not helpful. The last attack was carried out by an individual from a country not on the list. He has been in our country for about seven years and was radicalized here. That seemed to be the pattern. We must do a better job in reducing self-radicalization.

Recently President Trump removed a restriction on individuals who have history of psychiatric problems from obtaining guns. This is clearly a step backwards. The shooter in Texas based on his history should not have been allowed to purchase a gun.

However due to a failure to report this allowed him to purchase it. There has to be more sharing of information among all government agencies.

In addition we need to spend more money on mental health so we can treat individuals. We also must realize that just like the First Amendment has limitations so does the Second Amendment.

I believe that individuals should not be forbiddent from purchasing guns if they have no qualifying issued. In fact individuals should be mandated to show that they know how to use them. People on the no-fly list should not be allowed to purchase them.Alan Podhaizer

Coney Island

Let there be lights

To the editor,

It is always interesting to hear the annual grousing about the Dyker Heights Christmas displays.

Too many Lights, Too much Traffic, Too many people and Too much joy? As stated in the “good book,” do not light a candle and hide it under a bushel basket. It does no good at all. Light your lights, play the Christmas tunes and bring seasonal joy to all who are fortunate to witness and enjoy them.

My contribution to Con Edison overloads is modest, to say the least, though there is a stark reality that hits on Jan. 2. One-by-one the lights are extinguished, the joy and well wishes are tempered with the winter winds.

So go out, enjoy the best the season has to offer. From Hanukkah’s festival of lights, and why not? Kwanzaa’s candle lighting to reflect on life and joys in the African American communities and a hearty Merry Christmas on the lips of almost everyone. If one chooses to ignore the holidays, that is also okay, as last I saw we are still under the stars and stripes and not the hammer and sickle. It has never hurt anyone and the true joy and kindness rendered is good for everyone’s heart!

Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

He wants Dem out

To the editor,

In his victory speech, Bill DeBlasio said, “You wanted four more years, you got four more years.” Four more years of what? Corruption, bad schools, illegals, a broken subway system, poor quality of life … you know the rest.

Is DeBlasio really what New Yorkers wanted? Only 24 percent of registered voters came to the polls, meaning that honest New Yorkers are fed up with a corrupt New York City and have thrown in the towel. Expect an exodus for those who can afford it.

Moreover, violent crime will rise, but will not be tabulated because in DeBlasio’s world, crime is reclassified, or not reported — and — the NYPD will not only remain tethered, but will also be severely handcuffed to the extent that pro-active policing will cease to exist. Crime experts agree that in cities where the police are tethered most, crime will rise. So expect a real increase in crime.

Don’t believe the misleading statement that DeBlasio is the first Democratic mayor to win reelection since Ed Koch. Bloomberg was a Democrat, but kept on changing parties to meet self-serving needs. Had Bloomberg not switched his party to Republican, he would not have had Rudy Giuliani’s endorsement. Bloomberg served three terms after bribing some city council members into suspending the two-term limit law.

Note that voting irregularities mostly involve Democrats. Here’s a partial list; details are too long for an op-letter.

• 1960 JFK-Richard Nixon: Key districts of Texas and Illinois had more votes than registered voters.

• 2000 George W. Bush-Al Gore: The Supreme Court stopped the recount after it was revealed that Florida was using a “different” counting method for the recount.

• 2008 Al Franken-Norm Coleman: Franken won after about six months of recounting, where it is alleged that during the recount votes of felons were counted.

•Barack Obama’s and Dick Durbin’s Senatorial elections, and so forth and so on. After many, too many, “election irregulari­ties,” some touted the Democrat’s battle cry as “Vote early, vote often.”

In 2017, as in 2013, Bill DeBlasio traded votes for unearned money and benefits with many municipal unions and also traded donations for city contracts in pay-to-play schemes. He also devised worthless NYC ID cards to anyone who would ask, including illegals and felons. Were these worthless cards used as voter identification?

DeBlasio also sent translators to help voters who couldn’t speak English, prompting experts to note that the translators can tell voters which candidate to choose and no one would know. The bigger questions is “Since one must be a U.S. citizen to vote, and to become a U.S. citizen one needs to be proficient in conversational English, how did all the people who do not know English become citizens?” Or did they?

Have you noticed that after the election, the unnecessary election-year construction has ceased? All of a sudden, the corners that were earmarked for replacement are fine. It’s a miracle.

Borough-wide, Staten Island rejected corruption and crime by giving Malliotakis 71 percent of their votes, while, as expected, Da Bronx overwhelmingly accepted corruption and crime by giving DeBlasio 80 percent of their votes.

No third party candidate had a chance of winning — they never do. Why didn’t they pool resources and support Nicole Malliotakis?

It would have not made a statistical difference, but it would have sent the message that DeBlasio is only supported by self-serving special interests.

I urge President Trump to reinstate or replace Preet Bharara to continue DeBlasio’s corruption investigation.Elio Valenti


A New York boast

To the editor,

Happy 216th Anniversary New York Post! Until the 1960s, most citizens received their news from newspapers, as opposed to television news. These broadcasts would be primarily local news, sports and weather, seldom more than 30 minutes.

Technology and budgets were not readily available to send out reporters for remote coverage for national or international stories.

Readers could select from morning, midday and late afternoon editions, available at thousands of newsstands. Today there are fewer newspapers left.

The continued demise of newspapers since the 1960s is bad news. Most American cities and suburbs are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper.

Newspapers and magazines have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership due to competition from the Internet and other new information sources.

We are fortunate to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available for all. In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for the remaining survivors including our own New York Post.Larry Penner

Great Neck

Reach James Harney at (718) 260-2529 or e-mail him at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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