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Letter: The U.N. Arms Treaty And The U.S. Constitution

There is no law or treaty that supersedes the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. We elect men and women who swear to defend it against all enemies; foreign and domestic.

The United Nations was formed following the Second World War from allied nations in hopes of bringing peace and unity after the atrocities witnessed after the war.  Further, since its inception it has been helping out third world nations, and assisting them with everything from voter fraud to helping out children in need, among others.

However, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, United States Secretary of State John Kerry signed the controversial United Nations Arms Treaty, despite wide felt objection from many Republicans in the United States Senate and citizens alike.  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, head of the U.N. General Assembly, applauded Secretary Kerry’s effort, as his signature marks 118 member nations to endorse this treaty. The aim of this treaty seems pretty simple.  It was designed to eradicate the sale of certain weapons used in “commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, and certain war crimes,” in addition to sale of certain weapons and vehicles.  The U.N. is doing this in hopes that we will never see another act of terrorism or genocide.

The issue is that Kerry should have allowed this treaty to go before the Senate first for debate, then for vote, before taking it upon himself to sign it.  Despite the fact that Kerry signed the treaty, which some argue will have little to no impact on the Constitution, is that Kerry should have had it sent to the Senate first.  Now, the battle will have to be brought before the Senate for ratification where many believe it will fail.  One can argue, by going behind the back of the Senate, people who are elected to serve both the American people and the Constitution is downright deceitful and malicious.   Nonetheless, now it has to go back to the Senate.

Many people will ask what effect this treaty will have in stopping and/or preventing any crimes or atrocities from being committed.  One can argue none whatsoever.  In other words, war lords and dictators will do anything in their power to hurt, kill, maim or torture their citizens. Many of these sick despotic war lords or dictators already possess weapons and vehicles which they probably purchased on the black market.

We are a sovereign nation, independent of the U.N. and its articles.  Importantly, no articles of the U.S. Constitution shall be challenged by the U.N. or anyone else.  Our founders put the Constitution in place for this reason. The Constitution shall not be ignored or stepped on. It is here to give us freedoms and rights that were not given to other nations and our ancestors.  We are a perfect example to the U.N. what other nations should be. The U.S.A. is an open and tolerant nation, we have a proud, but long, history and must not let anyone influence us otherwise we may lose our rights altogether.

Scott Diamond

Mineola Resident

News

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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