Letter: Beating death at hands of police
After reading "Violent end to a chase" [News, Dec. 8], I can't believe that two Suffolk County policemen apparently got away with killing Kevin Turner. He may not have been a model teenager, but that doesn't mean he should have suffered such a beating that he eventually died. He was a human being.
Daniel Jones, Floral Park
Alternative energy meets skepticism
The news story "New rule for eagles, energy" [Dec. 7] states, "These examples highlight Obama's willingness to accept environmental trade-offs -- pollution, loss of conservation land and the deaths of eagles -- in hopes that green energy will help fight climate change."
This statement is naive or ingenuous at best. This is clearly a yielding to the wishes of the wind energy industry, forever a niche that will never produce more than 1 percent of our energy needs. It is clearly being done without much thought, at the request of friends in the industry who are making profits as long as the game lasts and are generously contributing to the party that supports them.
A parallel can be drawn to most so-called green industries, with ethanol the most egregious example.
If the fossil fuel industry did as much as kill a few rodents, the Justice Department would be all over it.
Bernard Kram, Plainview
The writer of "Green technology isn't reliable" [Letters, Dec. 6] needs to school up on our village's present and future. We invite him to visit our Lynbrook home, powered by our 5-kilowatt solar array, and to take a spin in the 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf plugged in out front.
Then we can show him the refund we get from the Long Island Power Authority every year. Imagine this on a larger scale. Despite his assertion, alternative energy is hardly "stupidity."
Medicaid for envoys, but not Americans?
The news story "$1.5M Medicaid fraud linked to Russian envoys" [Dec. 6] is outrageous. It says that 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses splurged on luxury goods while fraudulently claiming Medicaid benefits during their postings in New York City.
I am livid. I could not get a Medicaid card for either one of my parents for the simple reason that for most of 75 years, they worked, paid their taxes and saved. The elder care attorney we hired ran a report listing all interest earnings for the last five years, which is apparently the same document Medicaid uses.
My parents would have to go through their modest nest egg before Medicaid would even talk to them.
My father is a World War II D-Day veteran who lost his twin in the Battle of the Bulge. He was denied Medicaid, but the United States has the resources to give away $1.5 million to non-citizens who have never paid taxes, and no one's head will roll? This country is doomed.
Gene Rosa, Holbrook
End tax breaks for religous groups
So we've destroyed another structure from a bygone era, and with it a touch of history ["Historic rooms of mansion torn apart," News, Dec. 7].
According to the former owners, the upkeep on the Gatsby-era home in North Hills was just too expensive. And the buyer, developer Manhasset Bay Group, is demolishing the home to build houses.
But while citizens will miss viewing the once-beautiful structure, at least taxpayers will reap the benefit of taxes collected on the $36.5 million paid to the group that sold it, the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order. Oh, wait, Jesuits owned it? Oh well, there go the taxes.
We should be taxing houses of worship of all denominations. It is way past time to eliminate the religious tax haven and get our nation's budget in order.
Bruce M. Resch, East Meadow
Resources for reading to kids
I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for the comments regarding the benefits of reading aloud to children ["Young readers need adult mentors," Letters, Dec. 3]. As a retired educator, I have repeatedly witnessed the advantages possessed by children who have been read to by parents and caregivers. The research is overwhelmingly clear in its support of my observations: These young people demonstrate better oral language development, listening and speaking skills, as well as integration of writing ability into their overall language arts development.
I would encourage educators to get copies of "The Read-Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease into every parent's hands. It contains basics on how parents can share the joys of reading with their children, including the emotional comfort provided at the end of a long hectic day. It provides extensive reading lists for various ages.
I would update and supplement those lists with other terrific literature. Then, educators should facilitate parent workshops on the joy of reading aloud to children and its importance as a component of their educational journey.
Louis W. Brill, Smithtown
Editor's note: The writer was a principal in the Smithtown School District.