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May 26, 2019

Readers sound off on immigration, technology and vaccines

April 20, 2019
A welcome center for down south. (Oleg Albinsky/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Needed: Ellis Island of the South

Mohegan Lake, N.Y.: New York City has the two greatest symbols of immigration in its harbor: Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. They represent an invitation to join us, and a willingness to work toward filtering those who should be here versus those who shouldn’t.

I would suggest that we need something along those lines on our southern border to handle the increased influx of potential immigrants. And, let’s be honest here; most of those seeking entry are not “illegals”; they are looking for asylum away from the hellholes that their native countries have become. That is very much legal in the United States.

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I think we would be better served by building an “Ellis Island of the South” down on the border. Such a facility would serve the same purpose that the original did when the system was overwhelmed in the 1850s. I think our tax dollars would be better spent on that, rather than building a wall to keep everyone out. It would certainly be more humane, as well. Michael W. Domis

Step up Congress

Yonkers: Who but a guilty person says “I’m f—-d,” and “my presidency is dead!” after a special counsel is appointed to investigate his unethical collaboration with a hostile foreign country during his campaign? Who but a guilty person is terrified for anyone to see his tax returns and flatly refuses to release them? Who but a guilty person refuses to testify on their own behalf? Drumpf said on national television that he fired Comey, the head of the FBI, because of the “Russia thing.” Congress, the ball is in your court. Suzanne Hayes Kelly

Electoral college

Far Rockaway: To Voicer Mike McNally: I did not pick cotton; my father did. Trust: I understand how the Electoral College works and that is probably why states all across the union are signing up to get rid of it. Sometime in the near future, when you wake up from your nightmare, Trump will not be anyone’s president, like it or not. Ora Reed

Tech or jobs?

Bronx: Some McDonald’s now have touch screens to place your order. How many young people, right out of high school, will have no jobs to look forward to? Do we want unskilled, less privileged kids having no jobs? Does no one see all this new tech as a bad thing? Robert Gomez

Standing Tall

Kirkville, N.Y.: The iconic Notre Dame has withstood over 850 years of glorious history and the testament of time. During this Holy Week, she will continue to rise above. Just as the “Crown of Thorns” and relics have survived, she too will continue to stand tall. Lisa Chapman Karbowniczak

Disappointed in you

Bronx: I was dismayed to read a letter you chose for the Voice of the People. I was left wondering how many letters you receive and what is the criteria for selecting one to publish. A Voicer wrote, “We don’t have to worry about Russia or China destroying America because the radical left is doing it for us.” That’s a simple statement with no basis in reality. If I simply wrote “The conservative right hate America and are in bed with Russia,” would you publish that? I would hope not. My question is: What is the purpose of your letters section and how does it serve New York or America in general? Is it not your goal to inform and educate readers? Letters like this, a random thought with no evidence, example or facts presented, serve no purpose except to exacerbate the problems we already have with partisan division in America. This letter only serves to anger the left and encourage belief in lies on the right. How is that constructive in any way? I would hope that you have higher standards and a higher purpose as a newspaper than to just inflame readers with controversial statements. I’m disappointed in the Daily News. I don’t know why I expect better, but I do. Leo Traversa

No upside

Bronx: Okay, boys and girls. Here’s the latest insanity by the New York City Council: They voted to ban employee testing for marijuana use. So, have a joint before you go to work and then operate a city truck or make important decisions. Have a hit during lunch hour or coffee breaks. It’s all okay with our Council members. Maybe Council members should be tested before they are allowed to make decisions that will impact the rest of us. Taxpayers will foot the bill when an accident occurs and it is found that the city worker was high on pot and the city loses the lawsuit. What is the upside of this decision? Who elects these people? Oh, that would be us. Maybe we should be tested. Maybe it’s time for every eligible voter to register to vote so we can stop this lunacy. I can’t believe that the majority of the people in this city agree with this decision. If I’m wrong, maybe it’s time for me to find another city. Al D’Angelo

Double standard

Manhattan: I believe it says a great deal about the state of our affairs when a man convicted of 10 homicides in Brooklyn in 1980 serves 32 years and is quietly released with nary a murmur about what he had done to deserve his freedom — nothing more than simply being statutorily eligible for conditional release — whilst a woman whose major flaw appears to be a poor choice of associates and a most unfortunate choice of vocations is forced to jump endlessly through hoops to prove her worth again and again. Kudos to the Parole Board members who summoned the courage to act on their convictions in accordance with the law. Aydin Torun

Dangerous ignorance

Cromwell, N.J.: To all those out there who think they have the right to not vaccinate their children: The flight attendant on El Al who contracted measles (despite being vaccinated herself, since vaccines are not 100% effective) from one of your unvaccinated children would tell you otherwise if she weren’t in a coma. Vaccination efforts rely on herd immunity, meaning that even if the vaccine is not fully effective, if nearly everyone gets it, then even the people in whom the vaccine fails are protected. I wish that the flight attendant could sue the family of the passenger who had measles. Secular Jews like myself marvel at the sheer ignorance driving this, and hope and pray that there will not be more innocent victims of this shameful practice. David J. Melvin

Comic collusion

Ridgewood: No one can fathom that the totally unfunny “Between the Lines “ is still in print? C’mon — the writer is sleeping with Putin. Linda Tuthill

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