I hope Long Island voters have a good memory in November and remember Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's statement about how a railroad strike would be "a real pain, maybe, but not a disaster" ["The Cuomo question," News, July 16]. It shows just how out of touch he is with Long Island.

He made the statement in response to a question posed upstate, before people unaffected by a Long Island Rail Road strike. Then he takes credit, with a goofy smile on the front page of Newsday, as though he stepped in at the last minute to avoid a strike. He made a phone call! How politically convenient for him.

Marlene D'Amelia, Hicksville

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority should start putting its money first into safety, such as gaps at stations, and making sure employees are doing what they are supposed to be doing.

It should stop pushing for "public approval" and spending on making the customer a little more comfortable. Other countries shove their passengers in like animals going to slaughter.

People, stop crying about every little thing you see wrong and start appreciating what the LIRR is really all about, safe passage from one point to another. Take your eyes off your cellphones and enjoy the ride.

Dennis Subbiondo, Farmingville

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I am an infrequent LIRR commuter, but have observed the following on every trip: Tickets are only shown or punched twice on each ride on the Long Beach branch.

The people who get on the eastbound train after Jamaica -- at more than a handful of stops -- get a free trip. That's a lot of lost revenue. These folks know the system and abuse it. Conductors seem uninterested.

In addition, I receive the same antiquated paper ticket I received 60 years ago. In other countries, you swipe a card when you board and again when you disembark. No free rides.

Gabriele K. Libbey, Harbor Isle