Letter: Where's the fun in Southampton?

Here they go again, closing down another beach club ["Southampton may buy, close Neptune's," News, Oct. 9].

People who live near there complain of noise and patrons acting "like a Jersey shore reality show." Do these towns want to take everything away from the kids? It's a nice place, and the kids have fun there.

No, the attitude is, shut it down and make it a bird sanctuary, nice and quiet. This is why half of New Yorkers go down to the New Jersey shore. There's great stuff to do. You can go to the beach, park, no problem!

New York has beautiful East End beaches, and there's nothing to do other than look at the sandpipers.

I don't understand Southampton. It has a beautiful village shopping area, but the cops can't wait to give out tickets if your tire touches the white line or you're one minute over the two-hour limit. I don't understand the logic. You're there to shop and eat, keep the businesses open, and it's total motorist harassment.

Here's an idea. The town could save a lot of money by closing Dune Road to the public. Let only the people who live on Dune Road go to the beach, restaurants and clubs. See how fast those businesses will be out of business.

John DeFabio, Bellport

Drunken-driving claim irresponsible

Regarding "Their DWI defense" [News, Oct. 9], it's too late after drivers start drinking alcohol to say they don't know right from wrong. The horse is out of the barn.

Everyone knows exactly what alcohol does to someone, and we all know this before we start to drink it. That's the moment when people are able to decide right from wrong. That's the time to prepare for the worst-case scenario and protect against it.

When people begin to drink, they need to realize they are going into another realm and taking themselves out of control of their own lives. Something else is going to be taking over. That's pretty scary, but it's true.

The root of the problem is the irresponsibility of the person before he or she starts drinking. Why don't they think about others beforehand?

David Keddy, Brookhaven

Why is the question whether drivers were too intoxicated to know the risks of driving? These drivers made that decision much earlier in the evening when they chose to get in their car and go out drinking.

The question should be, how did they expect to get home?

We as a society have decided that drinking and driving do not mix. We have TV commercials, ad campaigns, and programs in schools to educate our youth. It's no secret that consuming any alcohol will impede motor skills and decision-making.

These drivers bet that they would be able to maintain control. They lost the bet, and many others suffered. Should everyone else pay the consequences except the one who bet?

Bridgit Manseau, Rocky Point

Body in Huntington a scary reminder

The discovery of a 23-year-old woman's body on a nature trail in Huntington Station really gave me a bad feeling ["Body found, police eye criminal cause," News, Oct. 4].

Was she a jogger, or was the body dumped there? Nature trails can provide plenty of fresh air and nature's beauty, but one should never walk through a trail alone.

The Town of Brookhaven is expanding a nature trail that starts in East Setauket and will extend into Port Jefferson. One part of the trail cuts through the now-closed Lawrence Aviation land in Port Jefferson Station. It is surrounded by many acres of woods.

This stretch of trail could be extremely dangerous to solo walkers and joggers. A person could scream and have only the squirrels and birds to hear. People need to think safety first, including how to get help if they need it.

John Roche, South Setauket

Never-ending mall fight's wasteful

I wonder if I'm the only taxpayer perplexed at the never-ending litigation, game-playing and cost of the 18-year saga of the proposed mall on the site of the former Cerro Wire plant ["Mall saga goes on," News, Oct. 8].

It's beyond my comprehension! Oyster Bay wasted money to put this to rest once and for all, hosting a referendum in August, knowing full well that only a mere 12 percent of the voters would even bother to cast a vote -- and for what? Even after the huge unnecessary expense of a vote, this issue was not put to rest.

Barbara Gilman, Old Bethpage

Chiropractors fix pain in the neck

The article on the causes of and solutions for neck pain was well done ["A pain in the neck," exploreLI, Oct. 1].

However, the article never discussed one of the most common solutions: gentle spinal adjustments by chiropractors. Millions of Americans find this to result in a high rate of success and a very low incidence of complications.

Walter F. Priestley, Farmingdale

Editor's note: The writer is the Nassau District vice president of the New York State Chiropractic Association.

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