Letters, Week of Sept. 12, 2013

Déjà vu all over again?

To The Editor:
On Feb. 5, 2003, Colin Powell remarked to the United Nations Security Council: “The material I will present to you comes from a variety of sources. Some are U.S. sources and some are those of other countries. Others are technical, such as intercepted telephone conversations and photos taken by satellites.” These were lies.

Can we now trust the photographs, the supposed telephone conversations, the “true” information of our government sources?

More than 100,000 lives were lost in Syria the past year or two. Where was the outcry? Now, 1,500 lives snuffed out due to chemicals. Why are these lives more important or more “valuable” to warrant a missile attack now?

Could we not have imposed sanctions, or cut off our funds to their military, or cut off other supplies to this regime before it all escalated? Are there not other avenues? Did our government per chance suddenly realize there was some benefit to being involved? If so, what? Déjà vu all over again?

We, The People, are bone-war-weary. Our taxes have been involved in torture, assassinations, unwarranted invasions. The majority of Americans are against the missile attack. Since when last has our government listened to The People? Our own country is in desperate need of attention. We don’t need more trillions in debt.

Anyone for returning the president’s Nobel Peace Prize?

A Nima Shirali, in a Middle Eastern Reconciliation Forum, recently commented, “Let us form a new religion, that which would be called ‘humanity,’ with ‘peace’ as its prophet.”

Amen!
Joyce Benedict

Liu was the best candidate. Period.

To The Editor:
Re “State senate rumblings” (Scoopy’s Notebook, Sept. 5):

For the record, I endorsed John Liu for mayor because he was the best candidate in the field for Lower Manhattan and all of New York City. He was by far the most dynamic and progressive candidate. That’s why Liu was endorsed by almost every Democratic club in our neighborhoods, including the Downtown Independent Democrats, Village Independent Democrats, Coalition for a District Alternative (CoDA), the United Democratic Organization of Chinatown and the Lower East Side Democratic Club. I’ve posted a fuller explanatin of why I endorsed John Liu at http://newellnyc.org/john-liu-for-mayor/.
Paul Newell

Gerson completely denies it

To The Editor:
Re “State senate rumblings” (Scoopy’s Notebook, Sept. 5):

Scoopy needs to improve its snoopy. With respect to the observation of me at Silver Spurs, it was in fact tea not coffee that I ordered.
Alan J. Gerson

Sister was a saint, and a friend

To The Editor:
Re “Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, 89, L.E.S. activist nun” (obituary, Sept. 5):

She was my dearest friend for more than 55 years. I know she is a saint. My life was enriched all those years by her presence and support for me in some of my darkest hours. I spent three weeks with her last spring when she visited me, and we had a special time like I have never had before in my life. I miss her daily and pray for all her causes, because she doesn’t need us to pray for her. She is in the arms of her Lord and getting her reward for doing the Lord’s work on earth. And she was such fun.
Joan Storin Thurston

Kelliher stood with the people

To The Editor:
Re “Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, 89, L.E.S. activist nun” (obituary, Sept. 5):

Sister Elizabeth was a good lady and a solid Lower East Sider. As a political activist she appeared to be somewhat quiet and modest, but there was no doubt whose side she was on and her message was always clear. She was on the side of the people. She shows up in a number of places in my archive. R.I.P.
Clayton Patterson

A happy ending for once!

To The Editor:
Re “‘Mosaic Man’ regains pole position” (photo, Sept. 5):

I was upset when I saw that this landmark was removed, but very pleased and shocked that the city put it back, intact with all the wonderful mosaics. Thanks, Department of Transportation.
Kimberly Kenney

Something to sing about

To The Editor:
Re “See it in September” (arts article, Aug. 22):

Big congrats for luring Jim Caruso to The Villager with an arts-recommendation column. One of the nicest and hippest people in show business, he knows everyone. Delighted.
Cynthia Crane Story

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