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images_lettertoeditor2Time for Effective Action Against Radical Islamists

Dear Editor:

The terrorist attacks in Brussels remind us once again of the threat to our own nation and citizens. Radical Islamists are determined to use violence to create a worldwide caliphate in which sharia law would prevail. Our challenge is to fight these extremists effectively without assuming that all Muslims share that goal.
We must begin by refusing entry to any foreigner who cannot be subjected to a routine background check, making it more difficult for jihadists to come here. Our government must also take seriously those who speak and preach the necessity of violent jihad, recognizing that they may follow through on their beliefs or inspire those around them to violent acts.
We must step up the war to destroy the Islamic State. Jihadists must be shown that their dream of a modern-day caliphate was an illusion, not reality, and that violence will be in vain.
This is not a time for despair, but a time for common-sense action unhampered by political correctness.

Peter J. Thomas
Chairman, Americans for Constitutional Liberty

Port Jeff Antiques & Garden Weekend April 23 & 24

Dear Editor:

Antiques and Garden Weekend at the Port Jefferson Village Center. Forty quality antique dealers featuring antiques, rare books, vintage lighting, estate and antique jewelry, 16th-19th century maps, 1580s-1900s engravings & lithographs, quilts, folk art, vintage toys, furniture, artwork, collectibles, garden items and suwassett garden club plant boutique. Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., admission, $6.00. The Port Jefferson Village Center is located at 101A East Broadway (one block eastof the ferry dock). Sponsored by the Port Jefferson Historical Society and the Village of Port Jefferson. For information, visit our website at www.portjeff-antiques-garden.com or call 631-473-2665.

Catherine Quinlan
Trustee of The Historical Society of Greater
Port Jefferson
April is National Car Care Month: Time to Make Auto Care a Top Priority

Dear Editor:

Analytics are big these days in business, sports and politics. When it comes to auto care, the numbers tell a very revealing story as 80 percent of vehicles inspected at community car care events last year required service, a new part and/or repair.
With so many vehicles in need of service, National Car Care Month in April serves as an important reminder to take action today so you can depend on your vehicle down the road. It’s easy to postpone vehicle maintenance when things get busy, but don’t put it off. Addressing minor service issues before they become major will help you avoid unexpected car trouble and unplanned costly repairs.
Many maintenance needs are quick and inexpensive to resolve, so it’s easy to make auto care a priority during National Car Care Month. To help you, the non-profit Car Care Council has many free tools available at www.carcare.org, including the popular 80-page Car Care Guide and a customized service schedule that make it simple to follow a routine maintenance program.

Rich White
Executive Director
Car Care Council

Suffolk Can Help Clean Up Our Environment And Save Countless Animal

Dear Editor:

Suffolk can help clean up our environment and save countless animals by banning single-use plastic grocery bags.
According to Rebecca Hosking, who made the riveting documentary Hawaii: Message in the Waves, plastic bags often end up in our oceans, where they can remain for years. More than 100,000 birds, sea turtles, dolphins, and other marine animals are killed every year after they mistake floating plastic bags for food and eat them.
Paper bags aren’t an animal- or environmentally friendly choice either. The National Co-op Grocers Association estimates that 14 million trees are used annually to make paper bags for Americans. When forests—which absorb greenhouse gases—are cut down, wildlife habitats are destroyed and animals are displaced.
Fortunately, reusable tote bags are a humane, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly option. Check out Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book One Can Make a Difference for more information and tips on how you can help animals and the environment.

Heather Moore
PETA Foundation

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