Subway cameras, health care, different takes on migrant issue

Every New Yorker deserves healthcare

I was sorry to hear that Katie Couric was diagnosed with breast cancer and I’m grateful she should be okay [“Couric reveals cancer diagnosis,” flash!, Sept. 29]. Your comments that our health care inequities have created a caste system for health care must be heeded by our leaders.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our healthcare and our lives should never be tied to our employment. At least 300,000 Americans died needlessly from COVID as of March 2022 because of a lack of health insurance. About 42% of cancer patients lose their life savings within two years of diagnosis. As of 2021, approximately $650 million, or about a third of all funds raised through GoFundMe actions, went to medical campaigns. They literally beg strangers to save their lives.

The New York Health Act has suffered for years in Albany, despite majority support in both houses of the Legislature. Legislation needs to be grounded. All New Yorkers deserve to have the positive attitude that Couric has. No New Yorker deserves to be stuck in a caste system of healthcare.

Eric Gemunder, Huntington Station

Subway cameras are not worth installing

Installing cameras on the city’s trains is a waste of money [“Cameras for all NYC subway cars,” News, Sept. 21]. Many of the perpetrators are wearing hoodies and face masks, and many already have criminal records and expect to return to the streets because of lax bail laws

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Rich Corso, ocean side

Different views on the issue of migrants

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, many European Jews fled their homes. Today’s arguments against immigration from Latin America are similar to those we heard during the persecution of the Jewish people in Europe [“Migrants’ travel stirs controversy,” Letters, Sept. 25].

Claims such as replacement theory, different language usage, and the changed character of our country are the same today as they were during the rise of the Nazis.

People trying to enter the United States have gone to great lengths to flee oppressive and tyrannical governments, just as the Jewish people of Europe tried.

Diversity enriches our country. Later we realized the mistakes we made 80 years ago. Let’s not make the same mistakes again.

Lawrence J. Cohen, Port Jefferson Station

Almost every day I ask myself what it means to call oneself Catholic. Seeing that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have been identified as Catholic by many media sources, I strongly disagree.

Their mistreatment of those trying to escape terrorism and hunger and seek asylum, by busing many to other states without notice, is not based on issues of the Catholic faith. Our faith teaches to love others as ourselves and to respect the inherent dignity of every human being, including of all race, nationality, culture and creed, and to show mercy and compassion to those in need. And being anti-abortion means loving and caring for all neighbors at every stage of life, beyond the fetus, including children, adults and the elderly. Our faith never limits the extent of love for others to neighbors, friends, or family.

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While our bishops here in Rockville Center Diocese remain silent on current faith-related events beyond the abortion issue, Pope Francis and several other bishops have spoken out and have become the remaining necessary sources of inspiration for the rest of us and urge everyone to speak out and insist that elected politicians act and work toward specific changes in immigration policy, and not just for re-election purposes.

Barbara Missy Androu, Valley Stream

Readers who comment on the inhumanity of putting some of the thousands of undocumented persons crossing our southern border into states of refuge should know that there can be collateral issues as well. The 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing show that we cannot be complacent about our national security.

Airlines have implemented stringent security measures that have reduced the likelihood of a 9/11 hijacking. However, we remain vulnerable to terrorist attacks through other tactics. Our southern border policies have resulted in more than 2 million undocumented individuals attempting to enter the United States with little or no security screening. This opens the door for terrorists who may want to attack us and for South American cartels to introduce criminal enterprises into our country.

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John Fruin, Amityville

Given the mimicry of transporting undocumented immigrants into what the governors of Florida and Texas consider liberal strongholds, I have a modest suggestion. The governors and mayors of New York, Massachusetts, Washington, DC and Illinois should parole felons from those states and cities on condition that they serve out the rest of their sentences in Texas, Florida or Arizona.

Joel Beja, Commack

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