New York State gun laws, drunk driving, gas prices, climate change, and more.


Weakening NYS gun laws big mistake

Most Supreme Court justices and many state legislators are committed to protecting and saving lives. That is, the life of the fetus. Unfortunately, most states that have enacted strong anti-abortion laws also want lenient or no restrictions on guns. The Supreme Court is now deciding whether New York will allow the carrying of concealed weapons anywhere in our state [“Court could loosen gun laws,” News, June 5]. We have heard of random shootings in schools, supermarkets and subways as well as on city streets. We constantly read about the murder of innocent children and adults. Where are the abortion advocates when it comes to these unnecessary deaths? These murdered people are someone’s children or parents. We hear no outcry over these unnecessary deaths. The hypocrisy of defending the life of a fetus from conception when people are continually being killed by guns is appalling. The same Supreme Court that should overturn Roe v. Wade will also likely vote to overturn New York’s strict gun laws. This focus on ending abortions while allowing guns without regulation is shocking.

Sue Wallace, Bayside

Something abortion advocates need to consider: If your mother had chosen differently during her pregnancy, your voice would never be heard and the good you’ve done in your life would be erased. Unfortunately, your children would not have the opportunity to make a difference in this world. Reminds me of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

Robert Sommers, East Islip

Republicans worked tirelessly for decades to overturn Roe v. Wade, and there’s a good chance they’ll get what they want soon. Many lawmakers in states such as Arizona and Oklahoma are salivating at the thought of enacting laws requiring women and children to be legally responsible for carrying a rapist’s baby to term. Thus, the rapist victimizes a woman twice.

Bob Bascelli, Seaford

Strengthen the laws so that no one drives drunk

I have worked for the Nassau County Drug and Alcohol Addiction Programs for approximately 20 years – outpatient, inpatient, and for the Stop DWI program. What a reader said is absolutely correct [“DWI solutions aren’t easy to come by,” Letters, June 8].

New York State allows drivers to consume alcohol. It took decades for the state to lower the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.08%. But drunk drivers continue to kill people.

Any amount of drunk driving is dangerous. Most European countries have a 0.05% driving limit and some have zero tolerance. What are we waiting for? Restaurants, bars and other venues that serve alcohol should be held accountable for serving customers and allowing them to drive home. They should take the keys out of the car, period.

People arrested for DWI should be offered a 12-step program and/or treatment coordinated by the court or probation service.

Ronald McLean, Westhampton

The blame game over gas prices is costing us all

Oil companies make record profits on gasoline [“Greed causing many current problems,” Letters, June 16]. Democrats blame the oil companies. Oil companies blame Democrats for forcing them to cut production to fight climate change. The oil companies know voters will likely blame Democrats, not corporations, so they carry on business as usual. Voters will elect Republicans, who say climate change is a hoax. The Republicans then tell the oil companies to pump as much as they want. Big win for oil companies. Big loss for the world.

Eugene Jarva, Huntington Station

A reminder that the state must resuscitate the electricity bill

Our warming climate is causing massive flooding like the one this week in Yellowstone National Park, from where more than 10,000 visitors had to be evacuated [“Flooding pummels Yellowstone Park, region,” Nation, June 15]. Add to that the first wildfires and the staggering drought in the West, and there is no doubt that the climate crisis is already here.

Faced with these facts, however, the New York State Legislature rejected the All-Electric Buildings Act, which would have banned gas hookups in new construction beginning in 2024 for small buildings and 2027 for larger ones. large, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel interests are so vocal that this simple step was not even put to a vote.

Karen C. Higgins, Massapequa Park

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