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Letters to the Editor

Bring in the ponies!

To The Editor:

I have been reading for the past year, or so, about the wonderful changes about to befall Coney Island.

Of course it has been nothing but talk, talk, talk. Astroland is gone, empty stores dot Surf Avenue. The area has a derelict look, the kind you see on television of towns which suffered because of the recession.

I know a way to revitalize this whole Coney Island area, but I believe our city charter prohibits it. As you might know, many of the New York racetracks are now operating with racinos−Video Lottery Terminals−and doing quite well. If this type of gaming could be brought to Coney Island you wouldn’t need all those lofty revitalization plans, racinos would revitalize Coney Island.

There is an empty building, empty for years, across from Nathan’s. and ideal place for such a venture, it just needs to be refurbished. You couldn’t keep the crowds away. Well, it’s just a thought. It would be great to keep the money here instead of sending it to Atlantic City, Yonkers and other close−by areas.

Siegbert Loeb

Coney Island

The other victims

To The Editor:

say a few things about the Holocaust that people like [Assemblymember] Dov Hikind seem not to want people to know.

The number of people, who died in the Nazi death camps, was about 12 million, half of them Jews, and Dov Hikind couldn’t care less about the other half.

Indeed, he foolishly believes that the best way to remember the six million Jews, who died in the death camps, is to not remember the six million other people who also died there. It is not, humanly, possible to be more wrong.

The Nazis tried to show Jews are different from other people: non−human. Thus, it did not matter what happened to them. By not wanting to remember Hitler’s other victims in the death camps, is not Dov Hikind saying the same thing about them that Hitler said about the Jews, so to speak?

Indeed, had Hitler won the war, many other people in Europe would have faced the same fate as the Jews.

According to the books, “The Secret Nazi Plan for Eastern Europe” by Ihor Kamenetsky, and “The Voice of Destruction” by Hermann Rauschning, these authors don’t talk about Jews because they believed Hitler had plans for everyone. He just never got around to it because he lost the war. That’s why we must remember all the people who died in the death camps and what could have happened to so many others.

Dov Hikind, with his “lets just remember the Jews,” does nothing to educate people about the true scope of Hitler’s crimes against, not just the Jews, but the whole human race.

Worse, to put the Jewish victims in one bag and the other six million victims in another bag gives the picture that there is something really different between people: “Jews are different. So maybe Hitler had a point?”

Is that what Dov Hikind wants people to believe? He’s not saying that, but that’s the message he’s giving, even if he does not know it. If people just see each other as human beings, we would all be a lot better off.

David Raisman

Brooklyn

Islamophobia

To The Editor:

I was appalled and saddened by Shavana Abruzzo’s hate−filled article towards President Obama and Muslims called, “Miranda rights for terrorists? Yuck!” [A Britisher’s View, 6−18 issue]. This is another example of narrow−minded Islamophobia and Muslim−bashing.

I am an American, who was born here and has lived here all my life. I am delighted with President Obama’s method of dealing with the problem of extremism. I am happy that he declared that we don’t use torture on human beings and that we follow the laws and principles of the US.

Ms. Abruzzo refers to President Obama’s, “romanticization of Muslims”, whatever that means. What he is actually doing is taking good Muslims, who some people see as less than human and simply humanizing them. She says that President Obama belittles America to the world. How is is doing that? Is is just because he is publically saying that the US made mistakes, and that he wants to deal with Muslims and Islamic countries in a new way? She says that, “Obama crawled out from beneath his rock”. That’s just simply an ugly image and an inappropriate way to refer to the president! She guesses that his policies regarding how to handle extremists, or as she calls them, “jihadists,” is either fueled by a need to reconcile his Muslim roots, or plain denseness.

Who is this woman, Shavana Abruzzo, and what is she talking about?

Let’s stop hating.

Name Withheld Upon Request

Shavana Abruzzo responds:

Dear “Name Withheld Upon Request,”

Good day to you.

I wrote, “Osama crawled out from beneath his rock,” not “Obama crawled out from beneath his rock.”

Thank you for taking the time to write, and please continue to read A Britisher’s View for more food for thought.

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