The Roy Coniglio letter in the Port Washington News Oct. 5 shows an absence of logic and is a masterpiece of ignorance. I'm only going to point out three reasons for the sake of brevity, even though there are many additional examples of lameness.
1 - The letter writer states that it is "downright rude ... to refer to a US congressman by his first name." The writer also said that when Stanley L. Ronell identified (Sept. 21 Port Washington News,) Congressman Gary Ackerman as "Gary" that it was a childish device in addition to being downright rude.
If Mr. Coniglio is correct and Mr. Ronell was rude to call Gary Ackerman "Gary," can he explain why it is all right to identify Jesus Christ as "Jesus" in a New York Post headline Oct. 8, 2006? Or, why it is all right to identify former President Bill Clinton as "Bubba" in a Post headline Oct. 7? Or, why it is okay to identify former Mayor Rudy Giuliani as "Rudy" in a Post headline Oct. 7? The Daily News, Newsday and The New York Times often identify Congressmen, Senators and chiefs of state by their first names. But, Mr. Ronell cannot call Congressman Ackerman, "Gary?"
2 - If President Clinton's sexual relationship with an intern had nothing to do with his job as president, even though he lied about it on live TV, why all the fuss now about Representative Mark Foley sending sexually explicit messages to teen-age pages?
3 - Mr. Coniglio says he likes the idea of giving illegal immigrants driver's licenses, full knowing that these illegal immigrants broke US laws to get to or to stay in the United States. One of the key differentials between the US and other countries is that the US is supposed to be a nation of laws, while many other countries lack the enforcement of laws to prevent chaos, so, therefore, chaos rules their lands.
In the US we are taught to pay taxes, to not bribe police or judges and to not embezzle funds or print counterfeit money. How can you put a punk who doesn't pay taxes in jail, if you reward an illegal person, who sneaks across the border, with a driver's license?
As for Mr. Coniglio's claim that "the fact is that nobody would be upset if these (illegal) immigrants were white Europeans," that is pure hogwash. I, for one would be upset, because in a just society it is better to have the rule of law, rather than the rule of no law.
According to Mr. Coniglio, it's rude to refer to Congressman Ackerman as "Gary," but it is not rude to provide identification through driver's licenses to lawbreakers.