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Just Sayin ‘: Titanic Judgment Failure, Nonviolence, Electronic Referees


Slideshow shows titanic failure of judgment

Last Sunday’s annual St. Massapequa fair, as usual, had fun activities for the kids. One item was not that usual.

This year they had an attraction with gigantic inflatable slides for children. The slides were on a replica of the ill-fated Titanic liner. It had the name “Titanic” on the side, with chimneys, tilted at a 45 degree angle as if it was sinking.

How offensive and unpleasant it is to ride a slide for children, glorifying an event that left more than 1,500 people dead in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic in 1912.

It’s the equivalent of making a replica of the Twin Towers for the kids to slide down. Can you imagine the outrage that would ensue if they dragged the Twin Towers?

If someone had ancestors on the Titanic and saw this inflated slide, they’d be especially pissed off. I plan to contact the company to advise them to stop this insensitive slide. I didn’t have any ancestors on the Titanic, but that’s the principle.

Richard M. Rizzo, Massapequa North

The power of non-violence can bring peace

Imagine a world dedicated to the ideals of nonviolence taught to us by two of the greatest men of the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi and Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolence means that we oppose war and militarism. This means we are redirecting our spending on arms and military contractors towards programs that reduce poverty, protect the land, build peace, and advance social justice around the world. This means supporting efforts to resolve disputes in a peaceful and fair manner. It means teaching nations how to organize a boycott, strike or blockade. It means developing civil defense plans based on nonviolent resistance. Nonviolence highlights all the practices and policies that help humanity to manage conflict in a fair and equitable manner. The power of non-violence is finally giving the world a chance for lasting peace.

Jules Jacobs, East Islip

I recently saw a dozen students from Riverhead plant windmills on the school lawn and spell out “Windmills for Peace”. I immediately thought of the song “Blowing in the Wind” and others like “Give Peace a Chance” and “Peace Train”. I thought of all the great people who died for peace, like Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. I received the message from these students: “Peace be on Earth, and it begins with me.

Warren Mcknight, Riverhead

It’s time to switch to electronic referees

After watching the bad ball and hitting calls from home plate umpires, I changed my medium and now prefer electronic ball and hitting calls in Major League Baseball. Pitchers and hitters who try to be precise are constantly thwarted by human refereeing. It’s like it doesn’t pay to be really good at what you do because you are subject to random arbitrage inaccuracies. If the players’ knowledge and keen eye for the strike zone isn’t consistently rewarded because of human arbitrage, we might as well be watching a dice game.

Ron Greenfield, Wantagh