Letter: Park dumping is immoral

State and local investigators examined an illegal dump State and local investigators examined an illegal dump site in Babylon that sits atop a sensitive wetland area and drains into the Great South Bay. The Babylon site is one of several dumping tips authorities say they have received as a result of an investigation in Islip Town, complicating the task for investigators as they try to get to the bottom of who is responsible for dumping an estimated 32,000 tons of asbestos-laden debris at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. (Credit: James Carbone) Photo Credit: James Carbone

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Thank you, Newsday, for your investigation of the illegal dumping in Roberto Clemente Park and other sites ["In harm's way," News, June 11]. I very much appreciate the criminal investigation, too, by the Suffolk district attorney's office.

John Muir, the American environmentalist, reminded us, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike."

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Town of Islip officials and the companies involved seem to have put profit and greed over people. Not once have I seen evidence that their concern was for the health and safety of our children, families, trees, birds, butterflies and the rest of God's beloved creation.

As a nun, my view is that using parks as a dumping ground for hazardous waste is outrageous, unethical and immoral! Let us continue to seek justice for our Earth and hold accountable those who would harm our environment and our communities.

Nancy Fackner, Brentwood

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