First I would like to give my thanks to the 101st Airborne Division for getting Saddam’s sons.
Also I would like to thank my nephew, Sergeant Louie Mercado, who is with the 101st Division. We are very proud of you.
The United States is proud of you men and women. Keep up the good work.
Be careful over there and please all come home soon.
God Bless you. You’re doing a great job in Iraq.
Saturno, Alice and Scott Mercado,
I wonder if any of the newscasters or reporters discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the road map for resolving it have actually read the document?
They constantly report on the few prisoners released by Israel but rarely mention, if at all, that this is not part of the road map.
Wouldn’t it be better if the media periodically published a scoreboard showing what each side had fulfilled as a tangible, concrete requirement of the much publicized map rather than the empty rhetoric. It would have helped with the Oslo accords as well.
I would like to see a study done with regard to gun-related crimes’ rate of occurrence in relation to population density. Once a figure for population density at which the number of gun-related crimes drastically increases is uncovered, I would like to see a law passed allowing for the ownership of guns only in areas with a population density below that amount.
If this idea were further explored and deemed possible, such a policy would be beneficial to our nation. This emotionally charged issue would no longer influence nationwide elections.
In addition, it would be more democratic in terms of producing a gun law that is in line with Americans’ desires and beliefs than the age old argument for “states’ rights.” People’s sentiments have more to do with whether or not they live in an urban or rural area, than what state they live in.
For the most part, people living in less dense areas tend to favor the right to bear arms while those living in more dense cities often want to get the guns off the streets. There seems to be a lot less potential for danger with regard to guns in places where people live a few hundred feet away from each other, as opposed to over, under, or right next door to one another.
David Di Padova,
It must go down as two of the most astounding statements of the century. On the Hannity-Combs television show (July 22nd), Congressman Charlie Rangel was asked what he thought of two of Hussein’s sons being killed? “I didn’t think we were in the business of assassinating people.” Imagine, in time of war, where women and children are shooting at you, the congressman calls it assassination.
And two: On the same program, the congressman said that “only Congress can declare war, that we have no right being in Iraq.” Well, congressman, I don’t know where you’ve been, but for your edification our president went first to the United Nations and got its approval, then to Congress and with the help of 81 Democrats was authorized to take whatever military action necessary. Now, an apple and peaches are different but they are still fruit. You mean, because the word “declare” was not used, we should have entered Iraq with peace-waving flags and hope the Iraqi people would understand?
Can’t you find an ounce of compassion in our president? Can’t you find a tiny spot in your heart where you can see the president first as an American and then as a Republican? I know it’s difficult, but it might make you feel human again.
After reading “First Glimpse Of Primary Ballot After Board Bumps Candidates,” by Daniel Hendrick (July 31st), it appears that Queens Republicans are giving incumbent Democrats a free ride in most City Council districts in 2003. How sad that even with the availability of matching city funds, few will step forward and carry the GOP banner into the fall general elections.
Historically, once the GOP loses any elected seat in Queens, they are never able to reclaim the seat. Analysis of the 2001 election results revealed that Mayor Bloomberg had no coattails to elect any new GOP Council candidates from formerly Democratic Party districts. In fact, Republicans lost the seats of Mike Abel and Alfonse Stabile, leaving only Dennis Gallagher as probably the last Queens GOP Councilmember.
The GOP County organization in Queens exists mostly on paper. State committeemembers from each Assembly district are responsible for organizing their election districts. This includes recruiting county committee members for each election district. In many Assembly districts there are numerous vacant county committee positions. Most GOP Assembly district organizations have evolved into little more than neighborhood employment agencies to recruit inspectors who work at polling stations on election day.
When the GOP fails to field candidates, it usually means there weren’t enough volunteers or County Committee members to circulate candidate-nominating petitions to obtain the minimum number of required signatures to qualify for ballot status. Many potential candidates just don’t want to be served up as sacrificial lambs. Very often, when GOP candidates do make the ballot, they are usually just placeholders to fill the ballot line.
A quick check of campaign finance records for most GOP candidates would reveal little or no money was raised. Don’t waste time looking for direct mail, telephone calls, campaign literature, buttons, posters or a candidate ringing doorbells. All of this has ended. The few remaining GOP party activists are looking for what little political patronage comes along from an occasional judicial, city or state appointment.
Once again in 2003, having the Democratic Party ballot line in virtually every Queens neighborhood will be a 100 percent sure bet to win any public office on Election Day in November.
Someday soon, the only way to learn about Republican officeholders from Queens at any level of government in the Big Apple will be by visiting a museum.
Shades Of Bush
Regarding Gary Krasner’s letter of July 31st: Shades of Ari Fleischer. It was reminiscent of what one of your readers wrote relevant to Ari's departure and his gobbledy-goop assertions such as: “Majorities are really mini-minorities, that the middle class are mini-moguls and that profits for the privileged benefit the impoverished poor, that aggression is really defense, that wrong is right, that Bush is bright.”
We now learn from Krasner that this word “imminent” can be used to attack any country for any reason as long as we can frighten the American public into believing they are about to be attacked. Creatively string together a series of partial facts embroidered with a little stirring indignation, set up a hypothetical doomsday scenario hyperbolically linking the target country to the 9-11 holocaust and throw a few more imminents into the pot and voila: Imminent stew.
Don’t argue with Bush; argue with Webster. He’s the one who said imminent means impending or threatening or grab your valuables and run like hell. Bush was merely conveying Webster’s message or the CIA’s George Tenet or Condolezza Rice’s Stephen Hadle or Britain’s or the janitor or whomever. “The Buck Stops”…with anyone but Bush. The main thing is that imminent is imminent and terrorists are imminent so let’s attack them before they attack us; and furthermore, it’s my war. Let the United Nations find its own imminent war. Krasner is not the only one as he claims, to have noticed the mileage to be had from the word imminent.
Of course Saddam is a tyrant, of course he has mistreated his people and of course the world would be a better place without him and so many like him, but stop the baloney. Bush lied us into this war for reasons that makes this tyrant special and it’s not for the weapons of mass destruction he’s sitting on but rather what’s under the ground he is walking on. So here we are, all alone un-imminenting our chosen foe. We’re there with our brave boys and girls and we must and will win and rid the world of a tyrant. We should however be there with the countries of the world through the United Nations and not set our American troops up as a solitary shooting gallery. A just goal catastrophically executed thanks to Bush.
On Daily’s Departure
I believe Bishop Thomas Daily served the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens well. He reached out to the community and the church in different ways: in 1992 his first Pastoral letter in Spanish reached out to Hispanics; in 1993 a 3,000 word Pastoral letter deplored discrimination against gays and lesbians but said homosexuality is an intrinsic moral evil; in 1994 he announced parishes could allow girls to be altar servers and in 2000 announced the diocese would forgive more than 10 million dollars in loans to parishes, schools and hospitals.
He is also chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, and has guided the organization with his prayers and spiritual guidance to 1.6 million members worldwide. I’m past Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus in Douglaston and personally met Bishop Daily at the New York State Convention of the Knights of Columbus and had found him kind, receptive, and personable with a very sympathetic soul.
Sadly, his reputation has been marred by the priest sex scandal, but Bishop Daily will be in our prayers. Let’s remember what he has done in helping those with disabilities and praying with prison inmates. May God be with you.
Now we are moving forward into a new era with a new Bishop of Brooklyn and Queens in our new shepherd, Bishop-elect-Nicholas DiMarzio.
He will have an awesome duty, considering the length and breadth of the diocese. To begin with it has 1,815,752 Catholics, 217 Parishes with 834 priests, 1,177 Nuns, 187 Brothers, with 174 Parochial schools serving 71,104 students—not to mention Hospitals and health care centers serving 1.8 million patients.
It is said of him, “he’s a down-to-earth Italian-American from New Jersey who can go into the old neighborhoods and break bread with the folks.” He has been a champion of immigrant social justice causes.
Also Bishop DiMarzio’s sex abuse policies are considered innovative; he has set up a weekly support group for victims, which I wholeheartedly applaud.
Let me point out Queens and Brooklyn has an increase of immigrants and we need a bishop who can reach out to this diverse community. Our prayers are with you Bishop-elect-Nicholas DiMarzio and we hope to meet you some day.
Frederick Bedell Jr.,