Letters: Storm recovery forges ahead

Discarded items damaged by superstorm Sandy sit on

Discarded items damaged by superstorm Sandy sit on Illinois Avenue in Long Beach. City officials released a statement Nov. 14 saying an evacuation order for the area has been rescinded. (Nov. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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The acting chief executive of the Long Island Power Authority has resigned, and the attorney general is investigating LIPA and Con Edison ["LIPA subpoenaed," News, Nov. 29]. However, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo still has not replaced the Public Service Commission members whose terms have expired. They should be replaced by knowledgeable consumer advocates.

Charles Roda, Mount Vernon

The only time I ever needed assistance, I applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and received aid almost immediately ["Nassau gets $16M from FEMA," News, Nov. 30].

It was easy and efficient. Thank you, FEMA.

Marlene Zaslavsky, Long Beach

Yes, this is the land of the free. Free to be brave, free to be smart and free to be foolish ["Evacuation orders aren't just suggestions," Opinion, Nov. 14].

When an evacuation is ordered by both state and local officials, and residents do not comply, where is the personal responsibility? People often give illogical reasons, such as this would be a fantastic opportunity to watch nature in all its fury.

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The men and women who volunteer, the neighbors who put their lives on the line for humans and animals, need more than thanks. They need some assurances from state government that there will be teeth behind an order to evacuate.

Skiers are fined if they go off-trail and need rescuing. It is fair and a good deterrent for irresponsible behaviors.

Donna Trinko, Port Washington

You would certainly expect gasoline station owners and their pressure groups to oppose the installation of auxiliary generators because of the extra costs -- despite various legislative plans to offer tax incentives ["Avoid gas pains the next time," Editorial, Nov. 29]. Never mind the convenience to panicked Long Island consumers.

Back in the 1920s and 1930s, gas stations did not require electricity. Drivers requested an amount of gasoline, which was hand-pumped from tanks into a glass jar atop the kiosk. Then, the kiosk hose was connected to the car, and the nozzle valve was released, enabling gravity to do the work.

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Having this method as a backup would probably cost a lot less than installing generators.

Michael J. Moonitz, Massapequa


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