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To the editor,

Take me back to baseball of years ago. That bygone era included the traditional doubleheaders on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Now, in their haste to bring in as much money as possible, doubleheaders have become a thing of the past, with the exception of games being made up due to earlier postponements because of rain. Now, even in that case, the Major League teams make sure to schedule day-night affairs so that they can charge double admission to the public.

If that isn’t bad enough, we now have a tendency to coddle pitchers. Now, baseball emphasizes the idea of the pitch count, and star pitchers, pitching great games, are removed by the seventh or eighth inning because they have thrown over 100 pitches. Nonsense. Our greatest pitchers went through complete games and weren’t the worst for it. How many times have we seen a pitcher taken out by the seventh or eighth inning and the relief pitcher proceeds to blow the game?

We have reached the point where far too many baseball players are overpaid with bloated salaries. During the off-season, they should be working with inner city youths in our schools to promote positive qualities through the efforts of baseball.

Baseball has for the most part become a symbol of what is wrong in society. Greed seems to trump all and our value system suffers as a result.

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Digital insecurity

To the editor,

In summary: an old story, cla$$ warfare folks. Putting Trump and company in jail might make you feel warm and fuzzy, but please don’t hold your breath.

That’ll be just as easy as it was to toss in jail the many involved in the years-ago Wall Street-era scams and such. The whole of the system is rigged, in “their” favor.

Get in line with where the real issues exist when it comes to hacking: to focus on Russia/Putin or Trump is to miss the far larger issue and problem that is digital data collection and technology, and the huge lack of security attached to the original design of the Internet.

Thing is, there are no quick fixes; and the list of guilty parties is as broad and deep as is humanity. Hell, our own corporations and government spies on others and the citizens of this country.

And no, I am not intending or wanting, with this comment, to even remotely downplay the seriousness and offensiveness of what is being investigated now, the Russian/Trump connection. But tell me what and who you’re looking forward to should Trumpery be gone? Dark Father Pence? The evil twins known as McConnell and Ryan?

Oh, wait, maybe the large swatch of lemming-like minions in the GOP that, is it said, the Koch Brothers and their ilk own?

I do understand that the “main stream media” is putting ideas in your head about the Russian/Putin-owned Trump administration, I do, but really, don’t you think that the real issues are far broader and deeper? When will the time arrive to rise up against the incredibly rigged system of government in these no-longer united states?

Barry Brothers


Care’s not healthy

To the editor,

“A rose by any other name” … Obamacare, Trumpcare …Idon’tcare … it’s all socialism — and they’re all flim-flams, although Joanna DelBuono only addresses Trumpcare in Not for Nothin’ (Trumpcare is a big flim flam, online July 5). Repeal Obamacare and stop Trumpcare in its tracks. Those who cannot afford private health insurance will be treated by government-run clinics. If socialist healthcare is as great as lawmakers claim it is, then why are there so many exemptions, including municipal unions and lawmakers themselves?

We are witnessing the decadence of our society by inviting the dysfunctional element of the world to tap our wealth without contribution. Nothing in the Constitution states that the federal government must provide private healthcare. In the Preamble and in Article I, Section 8 it states that the government shall “provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare…of the United States…” which rational people interpret the phraseology in context with the safety of the United States and its citizens and protection from external aggressors, not costly private healthcare insurance.

Anything that the Constitution is not required to provide is left to the states. Therefore, it is up to each state to provide healthcare at each state’s expense, or not provide healthcare at all — but the latter position is unreasonable at this point in time. In any event, the government must provide a healthy economy, which in turn creates jobs that provide private health insurance. Realistically, states should provide the least expensive healthcare system, such as clinics, which is what European countries do (except for politicians and rich people who come to America for critical and intricate care).

Additionally, government elected and appointed officials will be treated like employees of private corporations. The taxpayers will pay for private insurance while these officials serve in their official capacity. When they are no longer government employees, they will be treated like other workers that have left their place of employment. Also, government officials must have term limits. Some of these individuals are in office only because they can’t get equal pay and benefits in the private sector. Exhibit A: Members of the New York City Council, whose do-nothing jobs and competence is questioned daily, rake in is $148,500 annually, plus perks. Can they get that stipend in the private sector? Fugheddaboudit! Look around in your neighborhood and you will see posters of unknown candidates running for office. These individuals realized that they can’t make that type of money in the private sector. When you see them in your neighborhood ask them what their last private job was and if their compensation package was better than the government job they’re running for.

When EMS took me to a local hospital with a life-threatening condition, on one side was a cop who had suffered injuries while apprehending a criminal and on the other side was a young man with a scraped knee — put alcohol on the knee, you irresponsible boob; why are you taking up ER space? Our healthcare system needs to change and neither Trumpcare nor Obamacare are the answers. The short-term solution is to implement government-run clinics (which are less expensive than private healthcare) for those without private insurance and the long-term solution is a combination of the above, combined with a repeal of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and the cessation of sanctuary cities. Politicians would do well to stop importing freeloaders.

So what’s next on the socialist agenda, Beluga and Dom Perignon for all?Elio Valenti


Risky business

To the editor,

As a self-employed person, I understand the anxiety that comes with the threat of not having the healthcare that you need. After Obamacare was passed, many Americans were able to make the decision to quit their jobs and start their own businesses because they felt secure enough to leave their employer’s health insurance plans. If we strip that away from people, we’re going to lose small business owners who were briefly enabled to get decent health coverage versus the catastrophic coverage that’s no good for entrepreneurs with family dependents. I already know someone who is looking for a job and has decided to close her business because she fears Congress is going to take away her ability to get quality health insurance. How does that make sense? In whose benefit is Congress acting? They claim it will be better for business, but it sure doesn’t sound like it’s good for American business to me.Elise Coleman


Remember her

To the editor,

The news is filled with the sad reports of another senseless killing of one of New York’s Finest. Officer Miosotis Familia was gunned down, in cold blood, by a useless piece of garbage, Alexander Bonds, who amassed a rap sheet of prior convictions that extend from the Bronx to Secaucus. Some of these convictions, including the beating of another police officer, using brass knuckles, should have placed him in solitary for a few decades. Then why was this scum on the streets?

And now no one has heard a peep from the good Reverends, Al or Jesse, as since this was a “black on black” crime, they, along with other so-called activists, made it a point to lay low, as they can’t make political hay or a buck from their protests. I pray that the children of Miosotis Familia find comfort in the dedication and bravery of their mother, and the knowledge that her killer is already in hell, paying for his deadly crimes, forever!Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

Curb rhetoric and guns

To the editor,

I agree that the shooting of the Republican Congressman was a result of a crazed individual affected by rhetoric. It is true that several liberal liberal celebrities made disgusting violent anti-Trump comments and they were chastised by the left. In fact a contract was cancelled as a result. I want to contrast this with the reaction to hateful rhetoric on the right by Republicans.

Ted Nugent has made numerous violent comments against Democrats but was invited to the White House by Donald Trump. There were stories on conservative radio claiming that there was a child sexual ring working out of a pizza place in Washington D.C. that was tied to Hillary Clinton. One individual came to the restaurant with a gun to investigate the story and fired his gun. Luckily nobody was hurt and he realized he was wrong. Rhetoric from both sides has to be restrained. In addition individuals with emotional disorders should not be allowed to purchase guns.Alan Podhaizer

Coney Island

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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