Con­sti­tu­tion Day isn’t just past

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Staten Island: To­day, Sept. 17, is Con­sti­tu­tion Day, mark­ing the sign­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tion in 1787 in Philadel­phia. Af­ter months of de­lib­er­a­tion and de­bates, the del­e­gates to the Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion signed this doc­u­ment, which re­mains the old­est writ­ten na­tional con­sti­tu­tion still in use to­day. Yet, ask many Amer­i­cans what hap­pened on Sept. 17, and they re­turn blank stares. Even fewer will know that since 2004, Con­sti­tu­tion Day has been an of­fi­cial na­tional ob­ser­vance.

In our Con­sti­tu­tion’s pream­ble, our founders de­clared lib­erty for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions when they wrote their in­tent to “se­cure the Bless­ings of Lib­erty to our­selves and our Pos­ter­ity.” But a na­tion will never se­cure what it does not teach — and there­fore, does not un­der­stand. It is up to us to ful­fill this charge.

Young peo­ple must be taught the prin­ci­ples of lib­erty, the im­por­tance of un­der­stand­ing it, the rea­sons for lov­ing it, and the ne­ces­sity — and means — of pre­serv­ing it. School­houses across the coun­try should em­brace Con­sti­tu­tion Day as an op­por­tu­nity to de­lib­er­ate on the orig­i­nal mean­ing be­hind the pream­ble’s words of “union,” “jus­tice,” “tran­quil­ity,” “com­mon de­fense,” “gen­eral wel­fare” and “lib­erty.”

Rea­gan was right. For only by un­der­stand­ing our free­doms — and the con­sti­tu­tional, lim­ited gov­ern­ment that pro­tects them — can we de­fend them. And only by de­fend­ing them can we pre­serve them and pass them on to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Let’s not for­get Sept. 17.

Chris DeSanc­tis

Bring back Hell ser­vice

Mas­s­ape­qua, L.I.: Now that the Sum­mer of Hell is over for the LIRR and the me­dia is no longer re­port­ing about LIRR trou­bles, it’s back to the same old crappy ser­vice. In the first week af­ter La­bor Day, my 6:15 a.m. train from Mas­s­ape­qua to Penn Sta­tion has missed the con­nect­ing train to At­lantic Ter­mi­nal mean­ing an ad­di­tional wait of 15 min­utes on the Ja­maica plat­form, and mak­ing me late for work twice out of four days. Thanks a lot LIRR for restor­ing nor­mal ser­vice. Please go back to the Sum­mer of Hell ser­vice. I was not late once all sum­mer. Mike Mee­han

Dish­ing on a date

Cleve­land: Once again the fake news me­dia takes a dis­re­spect­ful shot at our Pres­i­dent along with his wife Me­la­nia. This is with re­gards to the ar­ti­cle about Candice Ber­gen wear­ing a shirt say­ing “Free Me­la­nia” with her at­tempt to pro­mote her new movie. I thought she was a classy ac­tress but ob­vi­ously she has changed my opin­ion. Could you ever imag­ine some­one wear­ing a shirt say­ing “Free Louis Malle”? What a rude and dis­re­spect­ful stunt Ber­gen did to pro­mote her up­com­ing movie, which I will not see. Watch out for karma!

Su­san M. Clark Rego Park: There are old mes­sages that aren’t sink­ing in for some rea­son. One is, “First comes love, then comes mar­riage, then comes the baby in the baby car­riage.” That’s the proper or­der. Many peo­ple are set­ting a bad ex­am­ple by ig­nor­ing this, es­pe­cially celebri­ties. Ber­nice Chorzepa

Who is vot­ing?

Flush­ing: Last year, the City Coun­cil was con­sid­er­ing leg­is­la­tion to en­able un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants in NYC to vote for lo­cal of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing the mayor. I have not heard any­thing about such a bill be­ing en­acted, and the Novem­ber elec­tions are fast ap­proach­ing. If any­one has in­for­ma­tion about this mat­ter, please re­spond. This would be a case of ex­treme self-in­ter­est on de Bla­sio’s part, and, I be­lieve, un­law­ful. Jes­sica Wolff

Comic edge

Sprak­ers, N.Y.: To all those com­ing down hard on “Be­tween the Lines”: You are right, it should not be in this pa­per. It is much too so­phis­ti­cated for Daily News read­ers. It is in­tel­li­gently writ­ten and, once you crack the code, very, very funny. The prob­lem is that it re­quires some thought on the part of the reader. It is a good brain ex­er­cise, like the old New Yorker comic pan­els. You have to think a lit­tle. No­body wants to do that any­more.

Bobby Ze­bone

Lies about Dream­ers

Man­hat­tan: To Voicer Mena A. Marano: I tend to re­spect peo­ple’s views on all things, whether I agree with them or not. I pre­fer peo­ple not be­ing name call­ers, an­gry or ag­gres­sive when try­ing to make their point. Most im­por­tant, how­ever, is that they at least have the facts. Your facts on Dream­ers, sadly, are non-ex­is­tent. Ev­ery Dreamer was vet­ted be­fore be­ing ac­cepted into the pro­gram. The av­er­age age when they were brought here is around 6 years old — some younger, some slightly older. They have known no other coun­try and many didn’t even know they weren’t Amer­i­can. Each per­son has to com­plete many items on a checklist to re­main in the pro­gram. In five years, they have a 95% suc­cess rate with nearly all ei­ther in school or work­ing and own­ing homes. None have com­mit­ted mur­der or any crimes that would put them be­hind bars. This would dis­qual­ify them from the DACA pro­gram and jeop­ar­dize their sta­tus as well as their fam­i­lies. We do have an il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion prob­lem that needs to be dealt with, but DACA is not one of them. Doreen Canue­las

Low count of kooks

Brook­lyn: What hap­pened to Voice of the Peo­ple? Fri­day’s com­ments didn’t in­clude one let­ter from a rav­ing nut!

Stan Sin­berg

Dan­ger at the top

Lit­tle Egg Har­bor, N.J.: As­sum­ing that you speak for those of us who love this coun­try of ours, some of the let­ters sent are pub­lished and some are not. Could you please ex­plain why a let­ter such as the one writ­ten by Voicer Beverly Cooke would be cho­sen to print? Ap­par­ently you do not agree with Jemele Hill or ESPN, but with the hate spouted by KKK lovers, that’s per­fectly okay? Here is a Pres­i­dent voted in by hate groups who prom­ises some­thing one day and takes it back the next. When a man gives his word to any­body, he should be man enough to keep it. Does this schizoid per­son know what it means to give his word or is he just some­one who stands in the play­ground call­ing ev­ery­one ugly names with no honor of his own? The Amer­i­can Dream is be­ing mur­dered by prej­u­dice. Wake up Amer­ica, or we are doomed! Rose S. Wil­son

All quiet from Hil­lary fans

Glen Head, L.I: It has been more than a while since Hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Irma dev­as­tated parts of the USA, and not one pro­gres­sive lib­eral Demo­crat cry­baby Hil­lary sup­porter has blamed Pres­i­dent Trump for caus­ing these hur­ri­canes! Af­ter all, Trump pulled the USA out of the Paris cli­mate ac­cord, and to the lib­eral men­tal­ity, that was suf­fi­cient proof that Trump was re­spon­si­ble! Or maybe the Pres­i­dent col­luded with the Rus­sians to cause these hur­ri­canes? You Hil­lary sup­port­ers are re­ally dis­ap­point­ing the Voice of the Peo­ple uni­verse. You’ve given us noth­ing to laugh at for weeks. But we do have Hil­lary’s new book to fill the comedic void!

Robert Kral­ick

Donors all

North Mas­s­ape­qua, L.I.: My best to Se­lena Gomez for a speedy re­cov­ery from her kid­ney trans­plant. I’m sure God will bless that donor for this “gift.” In your side box, it stated that 123,000 peo­ple are wait­ing for a do­nated kid­ney and that 12 die each day wait­ing for a kid­ney. That stat is only for kid­neys. What is the stat for peo­ple wait­ing for what­ever trans­plant? Shouldn’t it be man­dated that ev­ery­one in the U.S. upon death is an au­to­matic donor? If you don’t want to be a donor, you can “opt out” on your li­cense, like to­day you can “opt in” on your li­cense to be a donor.

Steven Malichek

Mak­ing ev­ery­thing le­gal

Ridge­wood: To Voicer Her­man Kolen­der: The rea­son why crime in the city is at its low­est point is be­cause what was once a felony ar­rest dur­ing the Gi­u­liani and Bloomberg ad­min­is­tra­tions is now a sum­mons un­der the de Bla­sio administration. Did you know that it is now okay to pee in pub­lic? You can thank de Bla­sio for that! As for what you called the end to un­law­ful stop and frisks, haven’t you no­ticed the num­ber of cops and in­no­cent peo­ple who have died this year due to gun vi­o­lence? Don’t al­ways be­lieve what the mayor’s press of­fice re­leases. Re­mem­ber, elec­tions are com­ing up, and lies are bound to be said.

Francheisko Perez

TV re­peats

GETTY East Hart­ford, Conn.: To Voicer Rose Juno, who com­plained about movies be­ing re­peated end­lessly on TV: Have you ever tried the On De­mand fea­ture on your ca­ble re­mote? You can find thou­sands of movies there; all years, all gen­res and most are free of charge or at low cost to you the sub­scriber. No com­mer­cials ei­ther. Jim Miller

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