Letters to the Editor — Aug. 15, 2021

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China syndrome
It is amazing how the almighty dollar, greed and financial recklessness can create strange bedfellows (“China’s US Data Threat,” Aug. 10).

Many technological and other goods in the United States and Europe are imported from Communist China, a persecutor and suppressor of freedom and human rights, and also the greatest enemy and hostile threat that we face.

We can thank ourselves for creating and continuing to empower this huge monster. US manufacturing and industrialization was one of the major components that made our country the great economic and military power that we are today.

Concern for the environment is often cited as a major reason for the loss of much US manufacturing, which has greatly contributed to huge unemployment, the decline of the middle class and the blight of our once-beautiful cities.

Isn’t it hypocrisy on our part that now China is ruining the environment to a degree that the United States and other nations could never even fathom?

Karl Olsen
Watervliet

Biden’s oil idiocy
Gasoline prices at the pump here in the United States are up, so our president is calling the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, pleading with the organization to increase oil production to help bring down prices (“Biden demands OPEC boost oil production amid rising gas prices,” Aug. 11).

Just seven short months ago, President Biden destroyed the energy independence that had taken us decades to achieve.

He killed the Keystone XL pipeline and wiped away oil exploration and fracking on federal lands. Now we are once again dependent on foreign oil.

Then, in a public address, this man tells our nation that he is going to now “investigate big oil companies” to make sure they are not price-gauging.

Yet most Americans are completely unaware that in the Bakken Fields in the Dakotas, we are sitting on untapped proven oil reserves. The Biden policies continues to puzzle me.

Joseph M. Valenzano
Waretown, NJ

Failing NYC’s kids
Yet another failure by the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (“ ‘Sibling’ Horror,” Aug. 12).

Another innocent child was left to die while the same platitudes are being said, such as: “Our top priority is protecting the safety and well-being of all children in New York City.”

Tell that to Julissia Batties. Her brief time on this Earth and the tale of her home life brought me to tears.

It begs the question — where is the father or fathers of these seven children to a 35-year-old mother?

Her family, including her grandmother, failed her. I am a grandmother, and I’ll be damned if any grandchild of mine is left in a violent and dysfunctional home, no matter what.

When will men take care of the children they make, and when will mothers stop being so irresponsible? Rest in peace, Julissia. Heaven is a far better place for you.

Dori Harasek
Staten Island

Google pay snub
It seems to me that if Google is saving resources on office space because employees are opting to telecommute, those savings should be passed on to those employees (“Google burn$ burbs,” Aug. 11).

Not to mention that telecommuting can improve productivity. Google is not rewarding that, and now it is penalizing employees for where they live. It is an indication of bias and potential discrimination. The value of work accomplished should be the only determinant of pay.

F. Sullivan
Duluth, Minn.

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