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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

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.

 

“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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