Newsday reported that Thomas Krumpter, Nassau County’s acting police commissioner, said the county’s total cost of the Sept. 26 presidential debate at Hofstra University could reach as much as $2 million [“Debate security could cost $2M,” News, Sept. 22]. Newsday also reported on County Executive Edward Mangano’s plan to add a $105 fee to traffic and parking tickets to help pay for police [“New $105 ticket fee,” News, Sept. 20].

Simple math tells us that it would take surcharges on 19,048 traffic and/or parking tickets to pay the county’s share of this event. Will the motorists who will pay for the debate be sent thank you notes?

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I suppose we should consider ourselves lucky that presidential debates occur only once every four years.

Kenneth J. Buettner, Port Washington