Letter: Road repairs through taxes ineffective
In response to "Keeping road repair $$ local" [Just Sayin', July 18], I already donate money for road repair. It's called a county tax.
Barry W. Naumann, Mastic Beach
Making donations to road repairs tax deductible may be a crazy idea. The reason is that it would create another pot of gold that our duly elected officials could dip their sometimes unscrupulous hands into, and taxpayers could use as a false write-off.
Bob Riccuiti, Bayville
Letter: Take the money out of politics
We the people, the 99 percent, must get money out of politics. Obscene amounts of money are being spent on federal, congressional and state office elections.
No reasonable person can overlook the quid-pro-quo manner enabled by the U.S. Supreme Count with its decisions in the Citizens United and McCutcheon cases. Inequality is when one family, the Koch family, can vow to contribute or raise from other wealthy donors as much as $889 million in a single campaign cycle.
An exit poll on Election Day 2014 showed that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the U.S. economy favors the rich. Spending in the 2016 presidential campaign is expected to reach more than $5 billion.
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has a three-point plan to take back our government from moneyed interests: disclose all political spending, match low-dollar contributions with public funds, and overturn the Citizens United decision.
Will Rogers said, "We have the best Congress money can buy." Truth be told, money is corrupting our political system. The majority must exercise its voting power in putting an end to plutocracy.
The U.S. census shows that more than 70 million citizens are eligible to vote. If all of them turned out to correct the oligarchy, we could redirect our resources to infrastructure, education and health care.
Peter Meeker, Southold
Outdoor swim lessons too chilly
I'm writing about the wrongheaded attitude of the Town of Hempstead's parks department with regard to summer adult swim classes.
I signed up for the evening class at the Echo Park complex, which has an indoor pool. However, no mention was made that the indoor pool would not be used. When the class started, we were told it would be held outdoors unless there was a lightning storm.
The class starts at 8 p.m., and the pool is cold. When class members complained that it was too cold to swim outdoors, we were told not to worry and that we would warm up as we exercised in the water. Some seniors pulled out of the class because they could not take the cold temperatures.
I was told I could get my money back and attend in the fall or winter, when classes are indoors.
I found the town representatives I spoke with were arrogant and closed-minded. I always thought that the people who worked for the town worked for its residents, and they should be more responsive to complaints.
Adults who are taking swimming lessons usually have issues with the water, and to make them uncomfortable when they are trying to learn is unconscionable. I signed up for a swim class, not boot camp. Maybe others learned to swim as youngsters, but not everyone had that opportunity.
JoAnn Flora, Baldwin