I read that Long Island builders wish to extract penalties from those who challenge real estate developments in court ["Business group seeks pro-development law," Business, June 14].

I would ask them, will this proposal cut both ways? If they lose in court, will they also be penalized, or is this only "heads I win, tails you lose"?

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More seriously, as an environmental activist trying to stop overdevelopment, I find it really rich that builders who have already overdeveloped much of Long Island feel they have any legitimate grievance. Courts only restrain (or delay) builders when they have a good legal basis to do so, and the litigators opposing development are often standing up for what local residents want.

It would be damaging and unfair to undermine the last-ditch option preservationists have in turning to the courts for help.

Richard Brummel, East Hills