Letters: Reporting in, post-storm
The president of the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association, Kevin Beyer, is wrong to contend that the government should pay for gas station generators ["Gov't should ensure free flow of gas," Opinion, Nov. 21].
Why? Because every dollar that the government spends is a tax dollar. The government doesn't generate a single dollar; it only collects them from me and you. So please, don't help government spend (waste?) more of my tax dollars.
If a gas station owner wants to profit, without gouging or taking advantage of an unfortunate situation, all that is needed is to invest in a generator. Then, when competitors aren't doing business during a power outage, the industrious retailers who invested their profits in their businesses will reap a windfall of sales.
That is the (old) American way of succeeding in business!
Michael Genzale, Shoreham
I would like to thank Newsday for calling attention to the contributions of local day laborers in the cleanup and reconstruction effort ["Sandy: Demand for day laborers," News, Nov. 19]. As is typically the case, this issue becomes a flashpoint of controversy, so I wanted to clarify two points.
The increase in the laborers' pay is due to the simple law of supply and demand, as opposed to any type of price gouging. Individuals picking up workers are outbidding others in an attempt to secure workers. To a person living in abject poverty, it is a rare opportunity to make extra money, and for this they are grateful.
Second, the mission of the Freeport trailer is not to break laws, but to promote the dignity and respect of all people while working toward a sensible immigration policy that works for and benefits everyone.
Liz O'Shaughnessy, Freeport
Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of the nonprofit CoLoKi Inc., which manages the Freeport trailer day-laborer site.
As we recount the good and the bad after superstorm Sandy, I offer praise to the sanitation workers. Our workers, day after day, have picked up countless piles of furniture, appliances, toys and debris from curbsides of gutted houses, garbage that normally must be disposed of in a Dumpster.
I have no idea where they are putting all of this waste, but they are helping our morale by trying to return the streets to normal, and for this I highly commend East Rockaway's sanitation workers.
Hannah Plotkin, East Rockaway
Since Sandy destroyed the tristate area, all that is asked is, how is the damage going to be paid for ["After Sandy: Road to recovery," News, Nov. 26]?
The politicians are already trying to figure out how to raise revenue through taxes or surcharges. Why don't our elected officials in Washington for once grow a backbone and tell all the foreign countries that there will be no more financial aid?
Our people need this money, and it is their tax money after all. Why are we tolerating doing without and letting others strive on our dime?
Paul Borner, Lindenhurst
Due to the magnificent work of the Lindenhurst volunteer firefighters, my 95-year-old mother and I were evacuated from our home before the storm. An ambulance crew transported her safely. And, because of the foresight of some in the county, she was ably housed in the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank.
But there, the good news ends. While my mother was there, people in the building were given news about the sale. I understand that the county plans to sell this facility ["Foley sale worth saving," Editorial, Nov. 12].
Exactly where will bedridden residents be housed in future emergencies? Many nursing homes had to be evacuated, and residents were sent to Foley. Please rethink this sale, and save this wonderful place.
Louise Perrotta, Amityville