I am more than glad that I'm not a taxpayer in the Hewlett-Woodmere school district ["$30G safety move," News, Oct. 16]. I fear for the football players there who, both in the short term and long term, will not be protected by the helmets du jour.

Will the district have to make some more budget transfers when the next best helmet appears? The school superintendent says, "Health and safety is a priority for us."

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How about making a statement saying, we're replacing tackle football with flag football and putting the $30,000 back where it belongs?

Michael Brozinsky, Central Islip