Letters: Hazardous dumping in Islip park

An investigator collects samples of debris at a

An investigator collects samples of debris at a dumping site at Route 111 and Sage Street in Central Islip on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Photo Credit: James Carbone

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Newsday must not let go of the Islip Town toxic dumping scandal ["Dumped," News, June 2].

To date, the director of the town's parks has been fired, possibly even scapegoated. Fingers have been pointed, and the accusations are flying.

The town board is outraged and is seeking to float up to $6 million in bonds to clean it all up. Yet the board seems to be denying knowledge of what turned out to be a massive, illegal toxic dumping on property the board is responsible for.

Even if the Islip Town Board knew nothing, it is immaterial. Considering the scope of the issue, board members certainly should have been aware of something long before now.

Harry Anderson, East Islip

The late Roberto Clemente, a humanitarian and Hall of Fame baseball player, is probably aghast over the 50,000 tons of poisons dumped in "his" park. We name parks and streets to honor people, but these environmental and human-health crimes dishonor his name.

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I think consideration should now be given to removing Clemente's fine name from this place of disgrace.

Richard Siegelman, Plainview


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