Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Week of May 15, 2021

Keep Columbus Day as Columbus Day

Dear Editor: There is no reason whatsoever to have changed the Columbus Day holiday name to Indigenous  People’s Day (“City Schools Cancel Columbus,” page 3).

Columbus Day has been celebrated as such for many decades, but now the liberals in this country have ideas that Columbus should not be honored. While he may have done some things that were not proper, he’s still credited with discovering America.

If people want to have another holiday in honor of Indigenous people, then certainly let it be. But on another day. As an Italian American, I am very proud of my heritage, as I am sure millions of other Italian Americans are.

I find it insulting that the Columbus Day holiday was changed to another title. There are too many people in this country who want to change the entire fabric of history in our country, and that cannot be permitted.

Are we going to change Washington’s or Lincoln’s birthday? The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, or Christmas?

Enough of this radical nonsense. Keep Columbus Day as Columbus Day and add on Indigenous People’s Day as another holiday.

Simple enough.

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Archbishop Cordileone’s No-Communion Rule

Dear Editor: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has declared that pro-choice Catholics should not be allowed to receive the Sacrament of holy Communion. With the current state of the Catholic Dioceses in the United States, I believe his edict is detrimental to the future of the Catholic religion in the U.S.

His heavy-handed reasoning has been a thorn for many years as his belief is to punish his congregants.

I believe it will ultimately fail and he will once again split more of the faithful from the Church.

His rules are obsolete and should not just be ignored, but the faithful should hold their donations to the Catholic Church until a dialogue to work together can resolve and possibly have his archaic rules reviewed.

He is not a king and needs to be chastised by the Pope.

Ken Webb
Erial, N.J.

Kudos to Our Nurses

Dear Editor: National Nurse’s Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, there are 2.8 million registered nurses.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, our nurses have been through a lot — many contracted the virus, and some died.

These nurses are true heroes and have gone beyond the call of duty trying to save lives.

I know firsthand what these nurses do. I was operated on at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset when I had aggressive prostate cancer in 2016.

From the operating room to the recovery room I was cared for by the nursing staff who were caring, dedicated, and most concerned for my welfare.

In three years, I had three more operations. Again, I was treated with concern and caring nurses.

In my opinion, when you have caring nurses, that can go a long way in the healing process. So, praise all these wonderful nurses who work hard and who are so dedicated to their patients.

Kudos. You nurses are just the best!

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

In Praise of Sen. Tom Scott

Dear Editor: The choice of Senator Tom Scott to respond to the President’s first address to Congress was spot on. He presented a clear, credible argument in a compassionate, non-threatening manner.

He appealed to the better angels of the Democratic Party to work together with Republicans for the good of the nation.

He put to rest the constant chant of systemic racism by telling his own story of rising from poverty to success while being raised by a single mother. He called it, “from cotton to Congress,” and he claimed that only in America could this happen.

The Republican Party has found a rising star and the future of the country looks brighter because of it. God bless America and God bless Senator Scott!

Thomas and Constance Dowd
Oakland Gardens, N.J.

Illegal, Not Migrant

Dear Editor: I do not agree that the church should call illegal immigrants “migrants.”

If you break the law that’s an illegal act, and the church should avoid politically correct speech and call it what it is. We can have all the compassion and give them the necessary help after they’ve completed the application process, just as our ancestors did.

And don’t give me that phony line that the Democrats have their best interest at heart letting them in.

Democrats will give free college, guaranteed salary, medical care, etc., that we’ll have to pay for and receive their life-long votes in return.

Also, Democrats in Congress in the majority means abortion will be expanded and federally funded.

Frank Higbie
Bound Brook, NJ