Mental health and crime, and Ukraine

Reduce crime with mental health help

What’s happening to our world? Man convicted of killing two puppies needs help [“Man gets 1 year for beating 2 puppies to death,” News, Oct. 27]. If a person could beat two helpless puppies to death, can they function normally in society after their one-year sentence? We seem to turn our backs on mental health issues and as a result, senseless, tragic and horrific crimes happen all too often. When will we recognize the crying need for mental health treatment? Lt. Alison Russo lost his life to a mentally ill young man in another senseless situation. Had he been supervised, he would have been less likely to kill a woman simply walking to lunch.

Let’s shine the spotlight on this important issue. It seems to underlie much of the violent crime we’ve heard of recently.

Maria Caruso-Fedele, New Suffolk

As an animal lover, I was appalled that the man was sentenced to just one year in prison and five years probation for beating and brutalizing three helpless innocent puppies, killing two. A year in prison is like a slap on the wrist. I agree with Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly that we need tougher penalties for animal abuse.

Janice Muskaloon, Place Franklin

Where are the peace talks in Ukraine?

It’s about time an American politician stood up and denounced the so-called war in Ukraine [“Russia suspends Ukraine grain deal,” Top Stories, Oct. 30]. Why is there no apparent attempt to broker a ceasefire and peace? Instead, President Joe Biden’s administration actually perpetuates this conflict. We are led to believe that this is a war to protect democracy. Americans have heard this before. These recent wars to “protect” democracy have left only death and misery for the beneficiaries of our commitment. Chaos and ruin seem to be the result. Ask the Afghans.
It is time to end this conflict and stop sending our money to Ukraine and
stop funding the military-industrial complex at the risk of destroying our nation.
Mike Fitzpatrick, Massapequa Park

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