Proud My Grandparents Came to America
Dear Editor: That was a great guest column in The Tablet on Oct. 9 (“Don’t Allow Cancel Culture To Denigrate Columbus”).
Like Andre DiMino, both sets of my grandparents also came to America from Sicily — in 1897 and 1911 — before settling downtown in South Brooklyn and Greenwich Village.
It’s important that we keep their hard work ethic, beautiful heritage, and religious beliefs alive.
I also remember them saying that America is the greatest country in the world.
They came here, were forever thankful and grateful, and they always saluted the American flag.
God bless them in heaven. I’m so proud and thankful they settled here.
Please Join the Holy Name Society
Dear Editor: I’m a member of the Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Floral Park, and their Holy Name Society.
The Holy Name Society is a parish group for Catholic men who seek to praise the blessed trinity and give service to our brothers and sisters in the parish community and beyond.
Most notably, we seek to instill a greater reverence for the Holy Name of Jesus, which is above every other name.
The men of the society try their best to live out Gospel values and support by example the mission of the church.
We are involved in many aspects of parish life. We also work within the larger community. There are a number of Holy Name Society chapters in Queens and Brooklyn.
So, please join your local chapter. You will be glad that you did.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Crime in New York City
Dear Editor: I think the article about the tragic and terrible death of Maria Ambrocio in Times Square gave a totally wrong impression about crime in New York City.
Her friends and family are, of course, absolutely entitled to their opinions and their feelings about the city. However, if The Tablet chooses to elaborate on what they said, responsible journalism requires them to do so in an accurate fashion based on the facts.
The first and most important thing to remember is that the city’s population is almost nine million people. Add to that approximately one million visitors and commuters who come into the city each day. On a per-capita basis, New York City thus has the lowest crime rate of all the big cities in the United States.
Thank God, scare tactics are not keeping the people away.
The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration and the opening of the Broadway shows were all mobbed. This is extremely comforting to those of us who live here and intend to remain here.
Albert Kenneth DiMeglio
Editor’s note: According to NYPD statistics, every measured category of crime is up year-over-year with the exception of burglaries. Also, according to the most recent FBI numbers, New York City’s crime rate (per 100,000 people) ranks as 42nd worst out of the country’s 100 most populous cities.
Remembering Sister Dorothy Kane
Dear Editor: I read with sadness the obituary for Sister Dorothy Kane, OP. However, one piece of information was left out — she was the principal of Dominican Commercial High School in the 1970s which was not noted.
Many of us who attended DC during that time when platform shoes were in fashion will fondly remember Sister Dorothy’s daily admonition on the public address system that we were “NOT” to wear “CUMBERSOME” shoes as she did not want any of the girls falling on the stairs while changing classes or during fire drills.
It’s been over 40 years but I still have great memories of my Dominican Commercial days and of Sister Dorothy. May she rest in peace.
Garden City, N.Y.