Gonzales doesn't deserve loyalty |
President George W. Bush apparently thought the testimony of Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales before the Senate enhanced his credibility.
But both the Democrats and Republicans who questioned him thought he
lowered his credibility.
The president's priority seems to be loyalty to his appointees regardless
of the facts.
Windmill power is too expensive
"Windmill fight goes on" [Business & Technology, April 25] highlighted one
super-obvious problem with the Long Island Power Authority's proposed wind farm
that chairman Richard Kessel just doesn't get.
How can LIPA justify and "sell" to Long Islanders a $600 million-$1 billion
feel-good project that may produce 28 to 35 megawatts of the most expensive
electricity the Island has ever seen?
Spend the $1 billion and repower Long Island's ancient, inefficient and
polluting power plants and generate more than 1,000 megawatts of cleaner,
It's a no-brainer.
John R. Brooks
Making schools free of bullying
Due to the tragedy in Virginia, we find ourselves revisiting the issue of
bullying in our schools. The shooter was apparently teased and taunted from a
very young age due to speech and language difficulties that may have compounded
a pre-existing mental disorder.
We cannot continue to underestimate the importance of prohibiting bullying
in our schools. When I posed this question in 1995 to New York's chief school
security official, the answer was "it is impossible to enforce a ban on
We do not institute law with regard to the difficulties of law enforcement.
We institute law because it is ethical, moral and right to do so. Bullying in
our schools must be met with the highest degree of enforcement on school
grounds, with extreme vigilance. Punishment should include suspension.
Sensitivity training should be mandatory. Our schools should not only be a safe
haven from physical violence but from psychological trauma as well.
New Hyde Park
Use income tax to pay for schools
Regarding the upcoming school district budgets, I urge all residents to
make an appointment with the superintendent of schools and request, through the
Freedom of Information Law, to view the teachers' contract as well as the
administrators'. I promise you will find it an interesting read.
While you are reading the contracts, compare the annual salary increase,
health care benefits and fringe benefits to your own. After reading the
contracts, you can make an informed decision on how to vote on the school
Then write to the governor and state Legislature demanding that school
taxes be converted into an income tax, similar to FICA, so every person in the
state will contribute and the homeowners may feel some relief from the out of
control school budgets.
Barbara A. Damon
We were lied to about Iraq
There is no doubt in my mind that Vice President Dick Cheney represents a
threat to our Constitution. He has done everything in his power to circumvent
the people's right to know and Congress' right to authorize war in his quest to
plunge this country so deep into war in the Middle East that we may never get
We must remove this man if we have any hope of righting what has gone so
terribly, terribly wrong.
The war in Iraq, as defined by President George W. Bush, is indeed lost
because it was and is all a lie.
The war against Iraq, which is the reality, is also lost because Iraq's
national oil assets will never fall safely into ExxonMobil's and BP's hands.
The Democrats are equally responsible for the war in Iraq. They "believed"
and supported President George W. Bush's war while millions of regular
Americans like myself suspected lies, expected the worst and asked questions
that our representatives never echoed.
I never thought even for a nanosecond that the pretext for this invasion
was even remotely related to the facts, and I was sure that we would be caught
in a quagmire.
Ordinary Americans had enough information about that part of the world, the
questionable integrity of Bush & Co. and history in general to consider the
adventure to be a severely misguided one.
And yet most educated, presumably intelligent, elected Democrats fell in
line like the amoral, political creatures they were. And are.
Bring the troops home yesterday.
Health care's a struggle
Thank you, Newsday, for alerting the public about the part-time county workers'
health insurance that our governing bodies in Nassau and Suffolk take so
willingly from our tax dollars ["They still benefit," News, April 25].
That these people were getting compensated when their spouses' insurance
covered them was even worse to read. Some of us out here are weighing whether
to pay our constantly escalating health insurance or pay our constantly
If I don't pay my health insurance, I take the chance of incurring huge
medical debt. If I get sick, or get a lien on my house if I can't pay my taxes
... What a choice. My health insurance is covered now by my partner's company.
We are of the same sex, so on top of the high cost ($500 a month) of our
contribution to our medical insurance, my partner has to pay tax on my share of
the company's contribution. We have not been granted marriage rights yet, but
that is another letter.
My partner's company, a huge corporation, has let all the workers (not
management) know that there will be no more raises. We are very concerned,
mainly because of the rising cost of our medical insurance. I have a small
business that doesn't keep up with the economy anymore, and I am looking for
We are doing well compared to some. I have had a bout with breast cancer
and the chemo is almost done. Unfortunately, if I lose my health insurance, I
will have to pay more because of the pre-condition of cancer. I am thankful for
my heath insurance. I just wish it were more affordable. It would be of help
if we could get back that tax money the county so generously gave away.
Combine the school districts
Regarding attempts to lower school taxes:
There is one simple way. Reduce the number of school districts. Why do we
need so many?
Answer: politics. If we had one or two districts per town, we would save
thousands in salaries and expenses.
I realize this would not be popular with the school boards and teachers'
Ivan M. Pollack
Join the dialogue
This week experts will take part in a panel discussion on state aid for public schools. Using this forum, you can leave a question or comment to the panel by 8 p.m. Monday and the moderator will try to raise it during the discussion. To read our coverage on this matter, view the stories in the column at right under "More Coverage."
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