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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:00 pm

Sell American

Dear Editor:

I have noticed an increase of non-Asian food products at the New York Mart at Bowne Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. Could it be that the voices of the people are being heard? Or could this be due to the opening of two new mega-markets, both primarily Asian, and now New York Mart realizes that it needs us?

Well, whatever the reason, let’s hope it continues. I hope the neighborhood will read this good news and go into New York Mart and support its efforts to accommodate us. Let’s hope we are on the path to finding the “perfect market.”

Mary Ann Boroz

Flushing

Blame the Democrats

Dear Editor:

“Senate moderates lay out a realistic debt plan” (Editorial, July 21) made $ense. Sadly,President Obama’s 2011 “Recovery Summer” road tour, just like his previous 2010 “Recovery Summer” road tour,promoting the number of jobs created by stimulus spending for shovel-ready projects, is not realistic.Itcreated greatsound bites, but doesn’t tell the whole story.

When you add those working part-time with others who have given up looking, the real number of unemployed is over 17 percent. Under President Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress, unemployment grew nationally from over 7 percent to almost 10 percent. Thirty-onemonths into the Democrats’ watch,9 percent of New Yorkers are still out of work.

The $789 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding has failed to reduce unemployment. We currently face the highest unemployment rate in 27 years, with 15 million Americans out of work. Too manystates still face double-digit unemployment.

Any expenditure of government funds can save or create jobs. The use of existing non-ARRA federal agency aid programs, state, county, town or city expenditures can do the same.

How many cities, towns, counties and states just substituted ARRA funding for existing funding as a means to balance out budget deficits, rather than for the intended purpose?

Has there been an audit to see how many billions in federal program funds are still available from previous years that no one applied for? What about those in receipt of federal funding who have yet to spend it? Will the Federal Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board investigate?

It is premature for Congress to consider adding hundreds of billions more to our $14 trillion debt by funding another newstimulus package, given our current financial crises. Under the Democrats’control of the White House, the Senate and House (until Dec. 31, 2010), the deficit increased by $1.75 trillion in 2009 and$1.8 trillion in 2010. So far it’s $1 trillion plus who knows how much morein 2011? Uncle Sam can’t keep borrowing forever, without consequences to our future financial solvency.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, LI

Blame the president

Dear Editor:

Your July 21 editorial, “Senate moderates lay out a realistic debt plan,” indirectly points out the heart of the problem in solving the debt ceiling crisis.

The Chronicle, like most responsible people, wants to see a settlement.The biggest obstacle is that President Obama has never introduceda plan of his own since to do so would alienate voters who would be hurt by his proposed cuts.It is easier for him politically to have it appear that he agreed to any proposal that does pass with much regret and hesitation.

The head of the Congressional Budget Office stated that the president hasnot provided anything with numbers that the CBO could evaluate.Yet, Obamahas beenquick to criticize the Republicans for their proposals.

BarackObama is a great politician.Too bad I cannot say the same thing about his leadership as president.

Lenny Rodin

Forest Hills

Keep it down, chief

Dear Editor:

Mr. Obama, stop trying to scare people, stop whining and stop lecturing. We are tired of it all.

Pat Whalen

Richmond Hill

Support our veterans

Dear Editor:

I’m sure all Americans agree that we have a patriotic duty to see to it that returning veterans receive the full benefits they need to adjust to civilian life. While caring for our vets is a universal goal, I’m sorry to report that we, as a nation, have failed our hero warriors.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairwoman, has drafted two bills to address this critical issue: the Hiring Heroes Act and the Veterans Employment Transition Act.

Sen. Murray is calling for bipartisan support so that these bills are enacted into law. She believes America has an obligation to protect our returning Iraq-Afghanistan veterans. Chairwoman Murray said that thousands of our vets are out of work, and that it takes the Department of Veterans Affairs more than 400 days to get benefits to them. She added that the VA’s bureaucracy is stuck in a 1960s mode. Many vets need help with their physical and mental conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dale Beatty, cofounder of purple hearthome.org, called this a “serious plight” for our vets. Tim Tetz of the American Legion pointed out that the jobless rate is “sparking many suicides.” Gen. Peter Charelli, vice chief of staff for the Army, stated that over 100,000 vets are homeless — calling the streets of America their home.

I urge all who read this letter to call, write or email the entire New York congressional delegation to support Sen. Murray’s two bills.

Anthony G. Pilla

Forest Hills

The VA health system

Dear Editor:

President Obama’s recent efforts to pass healthcare reform legislation met with furious condemnation that his proposals amounted to “socialized healthcare.” The reality is that we have had socialized healthcare for over 370 years since 1636.

The following is from the web page of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs:

“The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world. This benefits system traces its roots back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. The Pilgrims passed a law which stated that disabled soldiers would be supported by the colony.

“The Continental Congress of 1776 encouraged enlistments during the Revolutionary War by providing pensions for soldiers who were disabled. Direct medical and hospital care given to veterans in the early days of the Republic was provided by the individual States and communities. In 1811, the first domiciliary and medical facility for veterans was authorized by the federal government. In the 19th century, the nation’s veterans’ assistance program was expanded to include benefits and pensions not only for veterans, but also their widows and dependents.

“After the Civil War, many state veterans homes were established. Since domiciliary care was available at all state veterans homes, incidental medical and hospital treatment was provided for all injuries and diseases, whether or not of service origin. Indigent and disabled veterans of the Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, and Mexican Border [conflict] Period, as well as discharged regular members of the armed forces, were cared for at these homes ...

“The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930. ... The VA healthcare system has grown from 54 hospitals in 1930, to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 domiciliaries ...”

The term “socialized healthcare” is properly used only when the government owns and operates the healthcare facilities and hires the staff, a perfect description of the VA system but not of the inadequate Obama healthcare legislation.

Bill F. Hagel

Woodside

Amy reminds us: sober up

Dear Editor:

It is with great sadness that I read about Amy Winehouse, who died from apparent substance abuse at age 27. She was so very talented and had won five Grammy Awardsin 2008, including record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. As with other talented artists who died young due to substance abuse, I find this very sad.

I can truly relate to and understand a little what people like Amy go through, for I have been clean andsober for 12 years now and thank God for that. Unfortunately, some people like Amy don’t get the message until it is too late. My prayers go out to her family at this most difficulttime.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks

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