Dream solution
Jan 17, 2018 | 182 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor, “Dreamers” face a March 5th deadline for Congress to decide if they can stay in the U.S. The House and Senate are deadlocked on this issue, but a simple compromise between Democrats and President Donald Trump's GOP allies would allow 800,000 DACA recipients to remain here. A majority of them meet the criteria for the RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act that Trump and other Republicans support. It gives preference to English-speaking immigrants with valuable jobs skills and a solid education. If Congress restores DACA, it must also pass the RAISE Act so all future immigrants will meet the same criteria. Canada and Australia, who are committed to diversity, use a merit-based immigration system. Why can't we? Under our current chain migration system, two-thirds of all new immigrants in 2017 were given green cards based on family ties in the U.S. Only 13 percent received permanent resident status under an employment-based preference category. RAISE will reverse this ratio and replace accommodation with assimilation, making America a melting pot again. Sincerely, Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills
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1 big problem
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Dear Editor: Extension of the 1 train from Rector Street in downtown Manhattan to Red Hook for $3.5 billion, as proposed in 2016 by Chris Ward of AECOM Engineering and now supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is wishful thinking. Was this $3.5 billion figure written on the back of a napkin? It cost $4.5 billion for Phase 1 of the Second Avenue subway and $2.4 billion for 7 train's Hudson Yards extension. Neither required a tunnel under the East River. And the project calls for the construction of three new subway stations, which cost anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion, depending upon location and complexity of work. Is there a political “quid pro quo” in the form of campaign donations between developers, contractors and unions who support this project and Cuomo? Sincerely, Larry Penner Great Neck
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Zero praise
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Dear Editor, I would like to commend Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero program. I only wish he had done this years sooner. A few years ago on Commonwealth Boulevard, a good neighbor of mine was killed with his son's dog. Joe was 86 years old. Things have improved since then, with speed bumps slowing vehicles. I hope the decline of pedestrian deaths will continue. Sincerely, Frederick R..Bedell, Jr. Glen Oaks Village
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Falling apart
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Dear Editor, President Donald Trump’s racism has been documented throughout his life. Fred Trump’s discriminatory housing practices impacted Donald, formalizing his racial hatred. Donald’s adoration of his father set in stone the man of today. Yet, as an American who has lived through the years of the civil rights movement, witnessing dog attacks on marchers, baton-wielding police, the murder of innocent children and the assassinations of leaders, I admit the current status of the nation is utterly depressing. Recent local political campaigns were based upon two conflicting cities. The Big Apple truly is divided by wealth and opportunities. America as a whole, though, had been a people dedicated to the nation and patriotism based upon our founding principles. Though the causes may be debated the unfortunate result is a schism of our citizens into fortresses of distrust and outright hatred. The divide is so wide that reaching an understanding of the others basic beliefs defies comprehension. America held together by the blood of the Civil War is being torn apart by political wars instituted for personal gain without consideration for the cancer it has caused. The American Thread is more than frayed. We are two different nations each claiming with moral certitude positions that reject listening to an opposing point of view. This dynamic is abhorrent and will cost lives. More, this reality may truly signify the inevitable decline of the nation. Sincerely, Ed Horn Baldwin
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Insult to injury
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Dear Editor, Now Hillary Clinton should feel even worse. As a new book on the Trump White House suggests, she lost the election to a childish man. Sincerely, Victor Maltsev Rego Park
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