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DemocratandChronicle .com Wednesday,October21,2015 Page9A Opinion blogs.democratandchronicle.com/editorial/ Twitter.com/dandc_opinion Facebook.com/DandCopinion “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances.” FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION EDITORIAL BOARD Michael G. Kane, President and Publisher Karen M. Magnuson, Editor & Vice President/News Julie J. Philipp, Senior Engagement Editor Sheila Rayam, Community Engagement Editor Len LaCara,Erica Bryant Anna Valeria Iseman and Jim Ryan Jr. Community Members CONNECT WITH US All submissions must include your name,address and daytime telephone number. Limit letters to fewer than 150 words; essays to 450 words. Readers are limited to one published letter every 30 days. Send to Letters to the Editor,Democrat and Chronicle,55 Exchange Blvd.,Rochester NY 14614; e mail dcedit@gannett.com. Call (585) 258-2250. Fax: (585) 258-2356. All letters and essays chosen f or publication are subject to editing for length,clarity and accuracy. When President Obama meets in Washington November 9 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I would imag- i ne Netanyahu’s main concern will be to find out exactly what the U.S. means by “infringement” as it applies to the Iran nuclear agreement. What exactly will the U.S. do when, not if, Iran violates the deal? What if Israel and the U.S. disagree as to whether there has been a violation? Former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Zalman Shoval, spoke with me last week following his address t o the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. G iven the president’s reluctance to do much in response to various foreign challenges, Shoval is not optimistic the U .S. will do more than drop resolutions o n the Iranian regime should it continue working to finish building a nuclear b omb and a missile system to deliver it to its chosen targets — Israel and poss ibly the U.S. One can imagine a scenario in which Iran attacks Israel and threatens to launch a missile at one or more U.S. cities, possibly with the assistance of North Korea, which has already threatened such an attack and sides with Israel’s enemies. At a minim um, Iranian agents already in the U.S. might ignite terrorist attacks, causing panic and damage to the economy. In Shoval’s address, he noted that 85 percent of all Israelis see a nuclear Iran as an “existential threat” — and about the same number think the deal with Iran will do nothing to keep them from getting a nuclear bomb. Shoval told the CSIS audience that Iran sees the nuclear deal with the U.S. a nd five other countries differently: “... (Iran) feels itself encouraged (and) e mboldened by the nuclear deal and by American attitudes, to escalate not only its support for Hezbollah, Hamas a nd Palestinian Islamic Jihad –– as well a s for President Assad in Syria — but also in confronting American intent ions and activities directly or indirect- r isk much of his political capital in the U.S. ... and even risk temporarily, the comfortable warmth of the bipartisan r elationship.” President Obama is fond of assuring I srael that he has their back. Given the likelihood Iran will violate the agreement and continue underwriting ter- r orism, Netanyahu should make sure t hat when the president pats him on the back, he isn’t holding a knife. l y in Iraq, Yemen and in the Gulf s tates.” This is key. Even in the unlikely event the Iranians live up to the agreement and don’t surreptitiously continue work on a nuclear bomb, they can keep on fomenting terrorism through their various proxy groups. S hoval noted that there have been sharp disagreements on policy issues between the U.S. and Israel over many years, but this one is different. Referring to the Iran nuke deal, he said, “Iran was seen by the president as a major, the major diplomatic international achievement of his whole presidency and he wouldn’t let anything come against it –– while in Jerusalem there is a patriotic and historically minded prime minister who is con- v inced that Israel and the Jewish people face for the second time in modern h istory, an existential threat from a country whose leadership is serious in its declared intentions to wipe the Jew- i sh state off the face of the earth — and i s soon to be in possession of the means to do this — means which even Hitler d idn’t have. For this he was willing to Time will tell if U.S. has Israel’s back We chose our syndicated columnists to present a diverse range of perspectives over the course of each week. Every day, we will offer a different viewpoint from o ne of these writers: Esther Cepeda Michael Gerson C harles Krauthammer Betsy McCaughey Dana Milbank Leonard Pitts Connie Schultz C al Thomas CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY Not every technological innovation has an upside. Take, for instance, pro football and television. For decades, National Football League games were broadcast for free on one of the big three n etworks – CBS, NBC and ABC. Then, some games moved to cable television and so-called basic cable channels like ESPN. A few years back, Thursday night games moved to the NFL Network, which requires an additional fee to access on many satellite and cable systems, including Time Warner Cable. Now, for the first time, a regular-season NFL game will not be avail- a ble on any over-the-air or cable television channel. Instead, Yahoo Sports will broadcast the game live on the Internet. I f you haven’t figured out the bad part yet, that game is between the B uffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, live from London. Because of the time difference between the East Coast and England, t he game begins here at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. But don’t bother with your remote, because the game won’t be there. E ven football fanatics who paid $354 for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Maxpackage – which promises “every out-of-market game every Sunday afternoon” — won’t get the telecast. I n their infinite wisdom, the pro football gods have decreed that fans in the Buffalo and Jacksonville home markets will be able to watch the g ame via their CBS affiliates. So if you can pull in WIVB-TV via an antenna, or if your cable system carries the channel, you’re in luck. B ut why is Rochester not considered part of the Bills’ home market? F or decades, Monroe County was covered under the NFL’s so-called blackout rule. According to the league’s own website, “The rule stated t hat if a game wasn’t sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff, they [ sic ] would be blacked out in the local TV markets.” So if a Bills game didn’t sell out — including the 1993 Comeback playoff gamebetween the Bills and the Houston Oilers — it didn’t appear on Rochester TV stations. Why is it that Rochester is a local market for blackout purposes, but n ot one for this broadcast? That’s as fair as some of the referees’ calls against the Bills in recent weeks. (Sorry, had to go there.) G ranted, this will be no issue for some. A growing number of people have already “cut the cord” and sworn off satellite or cable television. For them, streaming content from the Internet is old hat. If you have a g aming device like an Xbox 360hooked up to the Internet and your TV, you can download the Yahoo app and stream the game live. Same goes for those with streaming devices from Amazon, Apple, Googleor Roku. Or you can run an HDMI cable from your computer to your TV. B ut as our photographers can tell you, streaming content live on the I nternet is a tricky thing. Unlike cable or on-air broadcasts, network cong estion can be an issue. Depending on the strength of your Internet connection, the live broadcast could “buffer” — freeze until the connection improves – at the worst possible time. Can you imagine missing the Bills defensive line sacking the quarterback? Haven’t we missed that enough t his season? (Sorry, had to go there too.) I t’s probably too late to appeal to NFL officials for a common-sense r uling in time for Sunday’s game. But it’s an issue the league ought to address — especially if it plans to reinstate the blackout rule after this season. The Bills belong to all of western New York, and it ought to be e asier for fans here to view this game. Bills ought to be on your TV It’s not fair to local fans that Sunday’s game is only available via Internet Rename the Tappan Zee Bridge Thanks for telling us about the $750 million in bank settlement money that h as been “donated” to the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. Usually when corporations make such a big contribution to a construction project to benefit the public, they demand n aming rights. T his time let’s do it for them. Let’s name the new Tappan Zee Bridge the Greedy Bankers Memorial Bridge as aconstant reminder of the folks who brought on the Great Recession and a ll of the suffering that it caused. BRAD FREEMAN ROCHESTER Suggested reading on militia An Oct. 20 writer urges NY-SAFE A ct opponents to join a well-regulated militia and if this does not “make sense” to “read the (entire) Second Amendment.” Ihave some suggestions for the w riter to catch up on his reading: The U.S. Supreme Court rulings District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. Both of these affirmed that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right, not the right of the m ilitias. And finally, read a quote by Founding Father George Mason: “I ask, sir, who are the militia? It consists of the w hole people except for a few public officials.” GEORGE MAZZEO JR. CHILI About gun advocate concerns After reading the letter to the editor published Oct. 20 concerning repeal of the SAFE Act and joining a m ilitia for those concerned over the r ecent attempts to either circumvent or enforce the Second Amendment (depending on your point of view), it’s o bvious that the writer’s next letter would rail against right wing militias springing up and the danger to the p ublic they posed if his advice was followed. The concern that most gun-rights a dvocates below the pundit level have i s that the law is based on ignorance of firearms and is easily (albeit not cheaply) circumvented, and the very rifles he fears are readily available in a cosmet- i cally altered form that really doesn’t affect their function. Add in the almost total disregard of the registration of said guns and the law is, at best, a way for Andrew Cuomo to show his progress ive chops to the world and yet doesn’t m ake anybody SAFEer. JAMES SWEET PITTSFORD Blocking our free speech? After the disappearance of yard signs from our property, the third Polly Mohan and the second Sandy Frankel signs have been replanted. Who was the thief in the night who v iolated our private property and freed om of speech? Was it the same one who repeatedly removed “NO FRACK- ING” signs previously? Was it the one who feels free to deposit beer cans and fast food wrappers i n our yard? Or is it someone who just doesn’t believe the First Amendment applies to everyone? PRISCILLA PETERSEN PERINTON Why do atheists bother? Oct. 20, we read about anatheist who will give an “invocation” at a town m eeting. Isn’t it odd for an atheist to get bent out of shape about someone, (God), who they say doesn’t even exist? D o they also spend time, money, energy, and frustration trying to convince people that Santa and the Easter bunny don’t exist? Here’s (one) of their problems: if you ask an atheist what the purpose of life is, they’ll likely tell you, at least in part, ‘To be happy.’ Why, t hen, go to such lengths to dissuade t hose of us who are happy, even joyful, believing in God? If there’s no God, no eternal conse- q uence for the life lived, there is no meaningful purpose, and all is futile. All efforts to be happy amount to noth- i ng – no remembrance of happiness, no future, no hope. It all adds up to zero. GREGG MIESCH HILTON LETTERS TO THE EDITOR C ARTOONISTS’ VIEW

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