Life is indeed filled with unforeseeable twists and turns. Today the adoption business has spread across the globe. Young American couples traverse the world expending exorbitant sums, hoping to fill the gaping void caused by infertility. Years and years ago, this strange situation didn’t exist. A young couple usually had a good chance of finding a healthy young infant in some tucked away orphanage. You know how it happens: passions rise to their boiling point—it has to be love and then the girl is left pregnant and he disappears. In days of old, neither the humiliated girl nor her parents would think of murdering an innocent infant. Alas, that was when our culture was so unsophisticated. Now, thankfully, we have advanced and shaken off those detestable, inhibiting, prehistoric moral codes. The young girl is misled into believing a simple abortion will solve all her problems and everyone walks away content. Yes, we’ve come a long, long way.
How did it happen that something that was unthinkable became acceptable and commonplace? Well, as with any paradigm moral shift, it didn’t occur overnight. One man who played a key part in this was Dr. Alfred Kinsey. Hollywood recently released a highly glamorized account of his life. The movie did a wonderful job of hiding and coloring Kinsey’s deeply perverse sado masochistic dark side. Dr. Judith Reisman’s “Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences,” reveals the shocking and terrible truth about Kinsey and the inhuman sexual experiments he carried out on infants and young children. It’s a tough read and its extensive documentation will make you disgusted to think such things were done and called scientific.
Then, back in 1973, our Supreme Court justices somehow discovered that our Constitution provided for the protection of a woman who decided to abort her own child. The old concept of responsibility doesn’t even register on the radar screen. Dr. Nathan Abramson, the former abortionist who led the battle to legalize abortion, later recanted and admitted that most of his claims were unsubstantiated. Please note that the modern technology used in ultrasound has absolutely demolished the myth that a fetus isn’t fully human, something that really perplexed those Supreme Court justices. Additionally, poll after poll resoundingly shows that most Americans oppose abortion. It is also known that young girls who abort their baby suffer from profound guilt, especially on the days that would have been the child’s birthday.
Why can’t we reach out and help every girl ensnared by irresponsible sexual activity? Why kill another innocent infant when thousands of young Americans would gladly adopt them? Our nation is dotted with crisis pregnancy centers that are able and ready to help a girl in trouble. Tell our elected leaders and unelected judges to stop using our taxes to murder innocent infants.
I was shocked and appalled to read that Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin was accused of stealing $2.2 million from the public and the electrical union. And to think he used the money for his own worldly pleasures, from cars to homes to weddings in his family, but what really got to me was he even stole from a youth baseball league. How low can a person go?
It really amazes me that those who are elected to serve the public get greedy and try to steal what is not theirs. What amazes me is that he was doing this for over a decade and nobody knew he had his hands in the till.
I think if I was elected to public office, I would spend my time serving the public and trying to serve those in most need, for that is what a public servant does and why I had been elected. Furthermore, I think that some of our politicians suffer from a lack of ethics and have forgotten why they were elected.
Frederick Bedell Jr.,
Need Better Officials
First there was Brian McLaughlin and now Alan Hevesi. Where are the honest civil servants, whom we hold in high esteem, attend their meetings, contribute toward their campaigns and have come to expect that they care for the people in the communities they represent and supposedly serve?
Where have we gone wrong? Or have they? C’mon, we can and must do better, and we will.
Ira and Sylvia Bailen,
Global Warming Skeptic
We seem to hear a lot about the dangers of global warming. Dr. Richard Lindzen is perhaps the nation’s most prominent authority in the field of atmospheric science. A professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he refuses to go along with the many who insist that human beings are causing global warming. He will admit the existence of some evidence that the Earth is warming, but he says very emphatically, “We don’t know why.”
Unlike Al Gore and many other non scientists who pose as highly qualified authorities on the topic, Lindzen calmly states, “We do not understand the natural internal variability of climate change.” To buttress his opinion and to discount Gore’s recent book and movie, Lindzen notes that the Arctic was as warm or warmer in 1940, that the Greenland ice sheet is actually growing, and that
some of the Alpine glaciers are now advancing again.
The testimony of this world class meteorological expert isn’t welcomed by those who seek draconian government controls over industry and private auto use in order to combat a problem that, if indeed it does exist, exists naturally and will disappear just as naturally.
On Nov. 7, some percentage of eligible voters will head for their voting sites eager to cast their votes for their candidates. Undoubtedly, while nearing the voting site there will besigns identifying the building as a voting place. These signs will, invariably, be in English and several other languages, for example, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Arabic. Once inside the voting site, the voter can choose preprinted voting instructions and materials in these other languages, presumably in an effort to assist those voters who are not fluent in English. If there is a legitimate need for the translation service, the taxpayer expense may be justified. However, if the translation service is a mere luxury, then we, the taxpayers, should demand an end to a needless program.
According to the Board of Elections, to be eligible to vote in the city of New York a person must be 1) a United States citizen, 2) over the age of 18, and 3) not be in jail.
Let’s examine the first requirement.There are basically two ways to become a citizen. The first way is by birth. If you are born in the United States, you are a citizen. The second way is through naturalization. I believe that we can all agree that if you are born in the United States and have resided here for the last 18 years of your life, then you are at least proficient enough in the English language to read how to pull a lever and vote. So, clearly, we exclude the need for translation services for those born in the United States.
So the only legitimate reason for the government to spend our money is if people who were not born in the United States, but became a naturalized citizen, needs the translation services. But are these translation services for them?
According to the Immigration Nationality Act, no person shall be naturalized as a citizen of the United States who cannot demonstrate 1) an understanding of the English language, including an ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language and 2) a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States. Therefore, to become a naturalized citizen the applicant must have some fundamental level of the English language including the ability to read, write and speak.
Thus, if those born in the United States don’t need translation services and those naturalized as citizens have already proved proficiency during the naturalization process, then there is no need for the translation services at the voting site. So, then who are we providing the translation services for? I believe that the answer is clearly that these services are unjustified and a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Once again, taxpayers lose money on needless services that sound good in name only.
Where Is Meeks?
Back in the late 1980s, I had the privilege of working for Congressman Floyd Flake in his St. Albans and Far Rockaway district offices. Each day, we received loads of constituent letters and phone calls (this was before e mail), and Flake expected us to be responsive to every one with a quick turnaround from contact to action.I wish I could say that I see that same commitment from Congressman Gregory Meeks, who may hold the same office as Flake (and Joe Addabbo before him), but sure can’t fill the chair.
When I worked for Flake, we were responsible for the written acknowledgement of a constituent’s letter the same day it was received, and we had a computer tracking system to make sure it was done. That same system made certain that we had a response to the constituents’ problem within 30 days. It was not unusual for the district offices at that time to handle hundreds of constituent requests per week on the local level—and again, this is without e mail or the Internet.
I have contacted Meeks’ office three times to complain about the poor state of postal affairs here in South Ozone Park in the vicinity of Home Depot on Rockaway Boulevard. In this area, residents are at least one mile from any post office in any direction—whether on Crossbay Boulevard in Howard Beach, Foch Boulevard, Liberty Avenue, or 101st Avenue.
I have requested that the U.S. Postal Service provide a mobile postal unit to this area since it is underserved and has a large population of senior citizens who have a hard time getting around. Mobile postal units are common in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, but I have yet to see one in Queens. In addition, the post office on 101st Avenue at 117th Street is a disgrace. It has only two windows and no stamp vending machine, unless you count that outdated thing hanging on the wall near the entrance that dispenses stamps two at a time—I didn’t even think they still had those things, it looks like an old gum vending machine—and it is filthy.
So, with all the strides in technology and a state of the art Web site where you can “reach the congressman,” still no response. No acknowledgement, no nothing. Bad enough that Meeks is out of touch with the people on big issues like immigration and foreign outsourcing of U.S. jobs (he consistently votes for more immigration, more outsourcing, is against tighter immigration reforms and strengthening our borders, and seems to worry more about Haiti, the Caribbean, Africa and Central America than the United States)—is it any wonder that local issues slide past him too?