Paralympic Games, Capitol Police, Brit Mass Shootings and more

Paralympic Games, Capitol Police, Brit Mass Shootings and more

Tokyo Paralympic Games deserves coverage

Newsday has covered the Tokyo Olympics a lot, so why not the Tokyo Paralympic Games, which started on August 24? On Thursday, Anastasia Pagonis of Garden City won America’s first gold medal in swimming, in the 400-meter freestyle S11, breaking the world record [“Pagonis sets world mark,” Sports, Aug. 27]. There’s more going on there than just that performance.

It is important that Newsday covers the Paralympic Games. As a former coach of the Victory Challenge, Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, I think these athletes deserve some attention as well.

— Carol Tokosh, Smithtown

Why are British mass shootings rare?

A story of five deaths in England, including a 3-year-old girl, included these remarkable words: “It was Britain’s first mass shooting in over a decade. Firearms crimes are rare in Britain.” [“U.K. gunman got weapon back in July,” World, Aug. 15].

Here in America, the largest country in the world, we endure mass shootings that happen seemingly weekly, not decades. Why? Could it have something to do with the incredible number of weapons we possess? No way, conservative politicians say; it is because some people are mentally unstable and because many believe in liberal ideals. Actually?

Did you hear about the toddler who accidentally shot that toddler’s mother with a loaded gun in Florida earlier this month? Such a pity. Those damn liberal toddlers.

— Steven Blasko, Ridge

End the filibuster to save voting rights

The Republican Party is run by a powerful individual whose agenda apparently includes the destruction of American democracy. Republicans are enacting voter suppression laws across the country, making it harder for ordinary Americans to vote.

In Gerrymandered districts, politicians can choose their voters instead of voters choosing their leaders.

We must strengthen our democracy rather than watch and watch it be demolished. The only way to do that against the intentions of more than 40 Republican senators is to end the filibuster.

— Barry Nobel, Oyster Bay

Capitol Police Need Crowd Management

One question that remains to be answered about the January 6 riots is why the principles of crowd management, established by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, were not applied in the planning before and during the event. [“Capitol riot probe should out truth,” Editorial, Aug. 2]. Proper crowd management could have prevented the Capitol invasion, threats against police and the death of an unarmed participant.

The debate over whether calls for police replenishment were rejected by the National Guard also needs to be clarified. Washington has been and will be the scene of many demonstrations in the future. The Capitol Police should be better trained in crowd management. By the way, the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers a course on this topic.

— John Fruin, Amityville

We need a Mr. Brown to find the missing bull

So Barney the Bull is still missing since July 20th [“Runaway bull being steered in right direction,” News, Aug. 26]. When I was young in Hampton, Virginia, Mr. Brown had a brown bull. A few times a year, for about a few years, I remember hearing, “Mr. Brown’s bull is out!” That bull would come running along the railroad track that ran next to our house, from his street to ours, which was the first major cross street. He would turn and visit wherever he wished.

We knew the bull could be dangerous, but I don’t remember panic. It was just, “Mr. Brown’s bull is out!” Everyone knew they had to stay inside until Brown came to save the day. There was no easy way to inform him of his bull’s whereabouts – no social media, no computers, no cell phones, few phones.

After a while, Brown came by, and he would locate his bull, put a rope around his neck, and the two sauntered down the track back to their street. These exhilarating experiences would last nearly an hour, usually less. So here it is, 80 years later, and I keep wondering: Where’s Long Island’s “Mr. Brown”?

— Jeanette T. Johns, Farmingdale

It’s been six weeks since Barney escaped the bull. Has anyone considered the possibility that he wandered into Mor-iches Bay or Great South Bay and was consumed by a pack of hungry, wayward sharks?

— Art Romita, South Setauket

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