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Fireworks Coming at UN

Dear Editor:

The family of nations meet at the UN this month in NYC. What a great time for World harmony! Let’s negotiate and compromise away our disagreements! Right? No, wrong! Instead, let’s resolve our disagreements with our enemies by our winning and their losing! Let’s continue to try to break up the North Korea/Iran nuclear marriage. Let’s isolate Iran, the number one source of evil in the world today. It’s now time for ultimatums! We should move to push Iran out of the UN for promising genocide against the US and Israel. There is no room anymore for Iran to be among the family of nations. Secondly, the Iran Government should formally apologize to the US and Israel for promising “death to America” and “death to Israel”. Thirdly, Iran must immediately close down its worldwide terror structure in over 10 countries with over 400,000 physical, narco, and cultural terrorists. Fourth , we should cut Iran in half by supporting the independence of the 50% non-Persian population. Fifth, we should support regime change. Confrontations are never fun, but this one is inevitable. Let’s get it over with now!


Ken Abramowitz


Wants to Celebrate Nat’l Car Free Day

Dear Editor:

National Car Free Day September 22nd should be celebrated everyday.

Millions of Americans today, including many NYC residents, utilize various public transportation alternatives. They include local and express bus, ferry, jitney, light rail, subway and commuter rail services. All of these systems use less fuel and move far more people than conventional single occupancy vehicles. Most of these systems are funded with your tax dollars.

Depending upon where you live, consider the public transportation alternative. Try riding a local or express bus, commuter van, ferry, light rail, commuter rail or subway.

Leave your car at home. For local trips in the neighborhood, walk or ride a bike. For longer travels, consider many public transportation alternatives already available. Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit Subway and Bus, MTA Bus (the old private NYC DOT franchised bus operators including Green Bus, Queens Surface, Jamaica Bus, Triboro Coach, Command Bus, Liberty Lines Bronx Express and New York Bus), Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road, NYC Departments of Transportation Staten Island Ferry and Economic Development Corporation Private Ferries, PATH and New Jersey Transit along with other private bus transportation owners.

They use less fuel and move far more people than cars. In many cases, your employer can offer transit checks to help subsidize a portion of the costs. Utilize your investments and reap the benefits. You’ll be supporting a cleaner environment and be less stressed upon arrival at your final destination.

The ability to travel from home to workplace, school, shopping, entertainment, medical, library etc. is a factor when moving to a new neighborhood. Economically successful communities are not 100% dependent on automobiles as the sole means of mobility. Seniors, students, low and middle income people need these transportation alternatives. Investment in public transportation today contributes to economic growth, employment and a stronger economy. Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments we can make.


Larry Penner

(Larry Penner is a transportation historian, advocate and writer who previously worked 31 years for the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.)


Violence is Never the Answer

Dear Editor,

Violence is never the answer, and that’s why your story “‘Brazilian Donald Trump’ Stabbed During Campaign Rally” was very disturbing and upsetting to read.

A front-runner in Brazil’s presidential election who has been dubbed “the Brazilian Donald Trump” was stabbed during a campaign rally.

Even if you don’t agree with someone, the best course of action is to rally largescale support for better ideas and run someone who believes in those ideas in opposition to the person you don’t like. Violence is extremely ugly and something society as a whole should move away from.

Footage of the incident shows Bolsonaro making a thumbs-up gesture and being held aloft by supporters when he appears to be stabbed with a knife, but he then showed he was in pain and had his supporters quickly lower him to the ground and bundle him into a car.

It’s horrifying to witness, and it adds nothing to the political discourse. We all need to stand strongly against violence.


David Rubinberg


Wants the US to Stay in the Int’l Criminal Court

Dear Editor,

I’m concerned after reading your article “John Bolton: US to Desert ‘Outright Dangerous’ Int’l Criminal Court.”

John Bolton announced that the United States will withdraw all support from the International Criminal Court. We should aim to come together as a world of nations and create institutions like this one, but Bolton goes on to accuse the court as waging an “assault” on the U.S. Constitution and American sovereignty.

He used his first public address since joining the Trump administration in April to call the court “antithetical to our nation’s ideals” and pledged to “use any means necessary” to protect the United States and its allies from “unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court.” This is far from the first time Bolton has attacked the United Nations and institutions like it.

“We will not cooperate with the ICC,” Bolton said at an event Monday hosted by the conservative Federalist Society. “We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”

Diplomacy and working together to come up with a set standard of morals, ethics, and rules should be imperative for all nations of the United Nations. To pull out of this criminal court is disturbing. While it may not have much power, it can be used to bring to justice ruthless dictators like Kim Jong-un. I’m especially bothered by the fact that Bolton seems to also be making these statements in response to America’s actions in Afghanistan being looked at. Nobody is above the law and above criticism, and that should especially be true of America, a country that we all try to hold up to the highest morals and standards and as a leader for the rest of the world.


Dwyane Kilgour

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