BY AL D’ANGELO
I do, solemnly swear, (or affi
rm) that I will support and
defend the Constitution of the
United States against all enemies,
foreign and domestic; that I will
bear true faith and allegiance to
the same; that I take this obligation
freely, without any mental
reservation or purpose of evasion;
and that I will well and
faithfully discharge the duties of
the offi ce on which I am about to
enter. So help me God.
This is the oath of offi ce taken
by our elected offi cials. Why then,
did they not act to stop ANTIFA
from using a protest to burn, riot
and assault people that did not
agree with their views? Why are
they able to occupy a six-block
area in Seattle? They are not worried
about BLM, they are assaulting
our Democracy and have
their own political agenda.
Using a protest against racial
injustice to serve their own
purpose and some city mayors
appeasing them, is just another
sign of the Black community being
used. Why were police told
not to arrest looters? Why did
they tie the hands of the police
and allow anarchy to reign on
our city streets? All I heard during
the Russia probe is “no one
is above the law.” It seems that is
the case only when it fi ts a political
Have we learned nothing
from the appeasement policies of
the past? It didn’t work then, and
it isn’t working now. Our elected
offi cials, because of their desire
to pander to Black America, did
just the opposite. Do they hold the
Black community in such low regard
that they think by stopping
the rioting and looting Black
Americans would be upset? That
is racist in itself.
Congratulations Monsignor Scanlan High School’s
Class of 2020 Track & Field Student Athletes!
BRONX TIMES R 40 EPORTER, JUNE 19-25, 2020 BTR
Do these elected offi cials think
law bidding Black Americans are
any different than white Americans,
that they allow looters and
rioters to run amuck? Who suffers
most by these law breakers?
The protest message was dulled
because what was portrayed by
the media was the violence, not
the thousands of peaceful demonstrators;
what was lost were
family business and jobs, what
was lost was respect for law enforcement,
what was lost was the
backbone of all who allowed lawlessness
thinking that’s what the
Black community wanted.
The Black community doesn’t
want to be treated differently;
they want to be treated equally.
The politicians will get it wrong
again. They will go with a knee
jerk reaction which will meet
their political narrative and the
Black community will be used
again. The appeasement to lawlessness
took away from the message.
A message that should have
been acted on long ago by our
elected offi cials. Why do they
have to wait for a tragedy to occur
then bend over backwards to try
to convince the Black community
they care? Now they talk about
defunding the police department.
Do you think that’s what the
Black community wants? You’re
Why don’t you take time to
speak to community leaders?
What they want is a police department
that is more sympathetic to
their needs and concerns. The
police department must reach
out to these communities of color
and develop a relationship of mutual
trust and respect. Members
of the police force are not social
workers, they are here to enforce
the law that includes enforcing
the law against one of their own
if called for.
The badge they wear comes
with a heavy responsibility to
protect the citizens of this country.
I believe a step in the right
direction is to have all city workers
live in the city, that would
foster a better understanding of
the people they are protecting or
serving and it will solidify our
middle class communities. More
community policing puts a human
touch to the badge.
It will take time, trust and
mutual respect needs to be established.
This can only be done
without the political infl uence
we have seen. Where that has
gotten us? We need a bipartisan
commission made up of grass
roots community leaders of different
ethnic backgrounds to
brainstorm possible solutions.
Once you bring in elected offi
cials to the table, it becomes
what’s best for their party not
necessarily what’s best for the
people. We have an opportunity
to do something lasting let’s not
blow it with a knee jerk reaction.
Black lives do matter but so do
white lives and brown lives. We
are all in this together, Americans
BY TONY SALIMBENE
Hope everyone is doing
well. Some dates coming
June 14 is Flag Day.
June 17 is Father’s Day,
happy day to all you dads.
We salute the military service
of our dads no longer
with us and all dads of
No third Sunday meeting,
as usual, for June.
June 28 is our end-ofseason
meeting and BBQ at
Post 1456, Throggs Neck Memorial,
regular time. Members
may bring a guest.
Until next time:
To maintain law and order,
support our officers.
To foster and perpetuate a
Two SAL members and
a Legionnaire erected another
flag pole. Make every
day Flag Day. I’m gonna
drive around and check!
Korony Post 253
On Monday, June 29th, the Track Team will have fi ve student athletes receiving their diploma! As a student athlete, you are required to fi nd balance in your life, at a much younger
age compared to regular college students and you are expected to mature or be overwhelmed by what is coming your way. Student athletes learn how to multitask and work with
others as a team to accomplish a goal! This is a trait most corporation are looking for. This Class of 2020 is special, they all will graduate with honors! To practice & attend track
meets and maintain a high GPA (Grade Point Average), is an Awesome feat. Congratulation to Nana Achampong (GPA 99) will be attending New York University.Joel John (GPA 97)
will be attending New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Andreas Vlaito (GPA 97), will be attending New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Joseph Webster (GPA 95) will be attending
Lehman College. Jordan Providence (GPA 94) will be attending Iona College. Jordan also won the 2020 Bronx CHSAA Indoor track & fi eld 300- & 600-meters races. He took
2nd in the 300 meters race at the 2020 CHSAA Sectional (City) Championship and he won the 55- & 200-meters race and took 2nd place in the 400 meters at the 2020 USATF New
York Indoor Championship. Congratulations Class of 2020 Track Team! May you achieve many more goals in your life and inspire others around you.”Happy Graduation to you!!!”
Five Monsignor Scanlan High School’s Track & Field Student Athletes to graduate Monday, June 29th. (l to r) Nana Achampong, Joel John, Jordan Providence, Andreas Vlaito,
Joseph Webster. Courtesy of Monsignor Scanlan High School