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Kerry should offer his own island to refugees

Kerry should offer his own island to refugees

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Kerry should offer his own island to refugees

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry want to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States.

Kerry’s family owns Naushon Island, which is part of Gosnold, Mass. It is 7.4 square miles in size and has only 30 permanent residents. Wouldn’t this be the perfect location for these refugees?

Kerry can give you 10 reasons why we should open our doors to these Syrian refugees — who as recent events have shown are not necessarily Syrian or refugees — and 10 reasons why they should not be resettled on his family’s island.

This is analogous to those “limousine liberals” of the ‘70s who were giddy when the Supreme Court ruled in Swann vs. Mecklenburg Board of Education that school districts could use busing to deal with the issue of de facto segregation in public schools while concomitantly having their kids chauffeured to elite private schools in the suburbs.

George Brougham

Schenectady

Cartoon could well be interpreted two ways

Regarding the Nov. 24 cartoon depicting Native Americans watching the ship approach — definitely a comparison to rejection of Syrian refugees.

Let us not forget what happened after the ship landed — the natives were slaughtered and their land taken. So who should be feared?

Joan Monda

Rotterdam Junction

Holiday lights Grinch should alter priorities

Re Nov. 20 letter, “Christmas lights just a scapegoat for crisis”:

Kudos to Denise Crisci of Scotia for her eloquent rebuttal of another letter [“Cut down Christmas displays to save Earth”] published Nov. 15 criticizing the custom of Christmas lights and calling for a limit in time frame and its expression.

I had just received an anonymous envelope in my mailbox with a cowardly clipping of that caustic letter from some “neighbor” intended to bash my holiday lights on my home.

My simple display features white lights on the porch windows with some green lights in the hedges to commemorate our veterans.

The world “JOY” is lit from within in 12-inch letters next to a simple wreath, which surrounds a small, unlit cross.

Whereas I respect the “green movement” calling for lower energy usage, I maintain my right as an American to celebrate my beliefs, which is fundamental to the foundation of our country.

Perhaps the same person is offended by my 3-foot by 5-foot American flag smiling in the wind.

Ironically, I just received a standard letter from the power company extolling my conservative energy use.

There’s not enough time or printed spacer to refute and rebuke those quick to criticize anything or anyone who stands for the positive celebration of life.

In a world marked by horrific issues of terrorism and poverty and genocide, perhaps these folks could better utilize their life energy and time helping their neighbors instead of condemning them.

In the spirit of Christmas and freedom of expression as an American, I will remain unchanged, unscathed. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas.

Charles J. Bertolino Jr.

Scotia

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