The article "Bayport: Green space sought" [News, July 23] covered a lot but missed some important points.
Contrary to what the headline implies, the reality is we already have green space and want to keep it. One of the owners said there is a waiting list of seniors ready to move into the complex. We see many open units, rents declining and a 20-foot-long banner seeking renters. These all say that the waiting-list claim is untrue.
Fairway Manor Apartments says it wants to add 260 senior housing units, yet the company is seeking a zoning change that would allow renters of any age; only covenants would restrict residents' ages.
The community originally allowed this project 25 years ago based on promises, including keeping green space on Nicolls Road. Claiming that there would be 10.5 acres of open space in the new development is laughable; the space would be lawns.
The comments that this is a giveaway are real. Discussion of park mitigation fees is political cover. The original bargain promised us open space. If this addition is approved, it will set a precedent for other developers to come back decades later and pile on units.
Ed Silsbe, Blue Point
Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Blue Point Community Civic Association.
Loss of life in Middle East
As someone who watches and reads almost every version of a story before I form an opinion, I'm getting nauseated by the coverage given this latest Hamas-Israeli conflict.
Some who are not as diligent would get the impression that the Israelis are butchering hundreds of people and barely losing anyone on their side. Let's be factual: Fewer Israelis have died because Israel has spent millions on its Iron Dome defense system, and its system of shelters, where citizens can be safe from attack.
The people governing Gaza have placed missiles among their citizens, in schools and in hospitals, putting innocents squarely in the sights of the Israeli defenses. Israel has no choice other than to destroy these armaments, resulting in countless unnecessary casualties. Further, Hamas has built a maze of underground tunnels into Israel for sneak attacks.
Now, to add insult to injury, Hamas is claiming the temporary cessation of flights into Ben Gurion International Airport as a victory! While I understand the need for caution, given the deplorable events in Ukraine, preventing landings in Israel is confounding, given that missiles have been flying from Gaza into Israel for weeks, and actually, over many years.
It is up to news outlets to portray these hostilities for what they are: the state of Israel defending its very existence, while terror organizations continually threaten her.
June Zeger, East Meadow
Why is the world so upset with Israel killing more than 1,200 Palestinians while protecting itself from rockets raining down on its cities? But very little is heard of the about 170,000 killed in Syria in more than three years, one-third of them civilians.
Samuel Richman, Melville
It's easy to determine "Which is worse?" ["Cartoon Roundup," Opinion, July 20]. The Hamas terrorist is feeding his children to the fire. The Israelis are trying to protect theirs. There is no moral equivalency. Shame on Newsday for suggesting that there is.
Joel Diamond, Deer Park
Sanctions won't deter Russia
Further sanctions will not reduce Russian aggression ["Putin must feel the anger," Editorial, July 22]. Imposing measures to coerce Moscow is akin to trying to put out a fire with kerosene -- it does more harm than good.
Recent sanctions have only intensified Russian aggression toward Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has increased the number of troops on the Ukrainian border to nearly 15,000. Not only has Russia significantly expanded arms transfers to rebel forces, it also has shot down multiple Ukrainian aircraft, and Russian troops have fired artillery rounds across the border.
The evidence is clear: Imposing harsher sanctions won't deter Moscow or alter its aggressive behavior.
Christian Fernando, Washington, D.C.
Nassau fee hike is the last straw
I built a fire alarm into my house burglar alarm. I did this because I'm away a lot, and I have a better chance of protecting my home than if I used a fire alarm that relies on batteries. My system includes a central station that can be notified quickly and minimize fire damage.
I just recently received my Nassau County fire alarm permit renewal, and to my surprise it has gone from $60 to $90 for three years. I should be able to protect my house with a fire alarm for free. I already pay $285 a year for the central station service, and I'm glad to do so to protect my family. I see this fee as officials taxing me for protecting myself.
Like many others, I'm just waiting to move off the Island and take my retirement with me.
Edie Cunningham, Rockville Centre