Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Week of Oct. 1, 2022

Dodgers Memories 

Dear Editor: I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jim Mancari’s piece about the Brooklyn Dodgers (“How Could a B’klyn Dodgers Fan Root for the NY Yankees?” Sept. 17). 

It brought back fond memories. My first Boys Of Summer game was on Sept. 25, 1954 — Dodgers v. Pirates. I still have my ticket. 

I was five years old, and it was an Elsie Day promotion sponsored by Borden’s Milk. 

A few years later, when the team went west, I would sneak my father’s pocket transistor radio into my bedroom and try to listen to the L.A. Dodger broadcasts from the West Coast. 

I began following the Mets in 1962, but the Dodgers will always own a piece of my heart. Rooting for the Yankees was simply unthinkable. 

Thank you for a wonderful article. 

Gil is finally in the Hall of Fame, and all’s well. 

Vinny Hopkins 


Latin Anyone? 

Dear Editor: In response to the recent letter by Maria F. Mastromarino and a response by Joseph J. Puntino, I would agree with Mr. Puntino that there is a certain beauty to the Latin Mass, especially the various chants, and I have no problem with giving Catholics a choice for either the Latin or the vernacular. 

That being said, as an 87-year-old who has attended Mass long before the Vatican II changes, I truly see no mystery in the Latin Mass. The only mystery for most people who attended the Latin Mass was not knowing what was being said or sung in the liturgy and readings, unless they studied the language in school, and I suggest that would be a minority of worshippers. 

The use of a missal in the vernacular was helpful but not a real substitute for appreciating the various prayers and scriptural readings. Many people who attended the Masses prayed the rosary (a wonderful ritual but not necessarily applicable to the Mass itself). 

It always seemed to me that the change to the vernacular at Mass enhanced our understanding of what the Mass was actually about. 

If we really want Catholics to love the beauty of the Mass, the less mysterious the experience, the better. 

James F. Rosetti 

Sandy Springs, Ga. 

Life is Precious from Womb to Tomb 

Dear Editor: On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court released its final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. 

The Court decided that the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade was constitutionally groundless because the Constitution does not include abortion as a right. As a result, each state is free to establish its own laws regarding the life of the unborn. Women who want abortions still have a choice to get them in the states where abortion is legal. 

For pro-life advocates and common sense politicians, the decision is about the humanity and rights of vulnerable unborn children, all of whom would have a place in this world and would contribute to society if given a chance to be born. 

As a pro-life advocate with conservative values, I believe in the sanctity of life. Given these circumstances, I reflect on President Ronald Reagan’s quote: “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” 

I hope the pro-abortion advocates reflect on President Reagan’s quote as well. 

Abortion stops a beating heart. We must protect life from the womb to the tomb. 

Let’s pray for life and peace! 

Aura Moody 

St. Albans 

Upcoming Election 

Dear Editor: Years ago, when I first registered to vote, my friend’s father advised me to go with the Democrats because “they fight for the little guy.” So I did. 

Forty years later, I look at the Democrat party and note how they embrace lifestyles that go against what our God prescribes. I see they embrace sexualizing young children in the classroom with perverse teaching. As a political party, Democrats support abortion with no limits up to the moment of birth. 

The last straw for me is the position of Gov. Kathy Hochul in this post-Roe v. Wade era. She wants to turn New York State into an abortion sanctuary city. She wants to pay an abortion seeker’s transportation expenses, perhaps even pay for the procedure itself using taxpayer funds. 

By the way, she’s Catholic. 

Tom Temistokle 

East Northport, New York