There are circumstances where compromise is not available. This is one of them. I applaud the Daily News for recognizing it.
Robert J. Butera, President & CEO
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
In praise of Deidre Farmbry
As a person who is with Deidre Farmbry on a daily basis, I see a decent lady, wife, mother and daughter who wishes nothing but the very best education for all children because they deserve it.
Dr. Farmbry's resignation is a tragedy for all schoolchildren. Parents, it is up to us to keep the family unit strong. Listen to your children. They are our future.
Sam Mangano, School Police Officer
Time to push hate-crimes law
We are greatly disappointed that the Local Law Enforcement Enchancement Act recently suffered a serious setback in the U.S. Senate.
As a result, passage of this long-awaited hate-crimes legislation, which would enable the Justice Department to assist with local prosecutions or intervene in cases where violence occurs on the basis of a victim's race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability, will be delayed yet again.
Sen. Specter has been extremely supportive of this important legislation, serving as co-sponsor. Regretfully, Sen. Specter voted against the cloture motion, which delayed passage of the act.
This is the time for hate-crime legislation to be a priority of lawmakers. We know all too well where bigotry and hatred can lead. In the wake of Sept. 11, Arab and Muslim-Americans have faced assults and harassment, and anti-Semitic incidents and attitudes are on the rise.
It is with a deep sense of urgency that we encourage all caring citizens to voice their support for this measure.
Barry Morrison, Regional Director