Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Week of March 12, 2022

A Shared Brotherhood

Dear Editor: Thank you Paula Katinas, for sharing this beautiful story of love, devotion, and friendship (“Saying Thanks to Teachers Who Save Lives,” Feb. 26).

These truly are selfless, remarkable men. They were bonded by the brotherhood they shared at La Salle and it continues today. They would do anything for each other and even more for those in need. I’m so grateful for their friendship.

With my deepest gratitude.

Donna Toscano

Holmdel, New Jersey

Peace shattered

Dear Editor: Russia‘s brutal invasion of Ukraine has shattered the peace and stability of the entire world.

Vladimir Putin has warned that any attempts to help Ukraine will result in devastating consequences like the world has never seen.

The world must not cower under the threats of this bully, who only knows one word — violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and government of Ukraine and, hopefully, they will prevail.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

Prayers for the Ukrainian People

Dear Editor: As Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus in Douglaston, I offer my heartfelt prayers for the people of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian military have declared war on the innocent Ukrainian people.

These people did no wrong and only stood in the way of President Putin’s evil ambitions.

In my opinion, President Putin’s invasion is a most egregious act that displays a Hitler mentality and must be stopped.

As a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Legion Post #103, I am greatly saddened.

Again, please pray for the Ukrainian people, where thousands will die and be oppressed from this horrendous and nefarious invasion by these evildoers.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.


Speak Up America

Dear Editor: After becoming a major exporter of natural gas under the Trump administration, the Biden administration is considering buying Iranian oil in anticipation of the rising gas prices expected to come as a result of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

This is the height of insanity that rules in today’s society dominated by the progressive left, whose sole agenda is to make climate change the issue of the day.

In anticipation of higher prices at the pump, this administration would work with Iran rather than use our own natural resources to alleviate the pain to come for the ordinary American citizen.

In retrospect, I guess Nikita Khrushchev, the head of the former Soviet Union, was right when he predicted no confrontation [war] with their nemesis was necessary, because the U.S. would be destroyed from within.

Thomas and Constance Dowd

Oakland Gardens

Synod Update

Dear Editor: Thank you for the recent Synod update and the list of concerns arising from the listening sessions (“As Parishioners Offer Clear Path Forward During Synod Talks, Diocese Is Listening,” Feb. 5).

I have been facilitating many listening sessions here in New Jersey, and although I agree with the list, it is incomplete.

Other high profile feedback includes: role of women; concerns that our children and grandchildren do not attend Mass and do not have an affiliation with the Church; vocations; priest — celibacy and marriage; marginalization of divorce, the inconsistency and cost of the annulment process; marginalization of LGBT community.

Let’s not whitewash the beauty and the opportunity of the Synod process.

The Pope has asked us to speak boldly and with honesty. The truth from the process will guide us forward with the Holy Spirit.

Michael J. Sgro

Mahwah, New Jersey

Editor’s note: Mr. Sgro is part of the Synod council for Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.