Stop the hard sell at car rentals

My family recently went on vacation to Florida. We flew into Jacksonville and rented a car at the airport. The woman at the counter stressed that our regular car insurance would cover bodily injury, but not damage to the rental car or theft. And she said our credit card company would not cover those situations.

It was late, and we didn't have time to check. When we got home, I called my insurance agent. He told me that as long as we had collision insurance on our car, we were covered in a rental car.

I hope that our elected officials put a stop to these threatening tactics by rental agencies.

Randy Perlmutter, Oceanside

 

Sweat and tears at Moriches Inlet

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Since the early 1960s, I've watched the mobilization committee for the Moriches Inlet bring in federal money to build jetties and dredge the channel after a break during a hurricane. Each attempt to do so has had its drawbacks. After Hurricane Donna in 1960, the inlet was completely bored out. Jetty rocks were washed away, and it took several attempts by the Army Corps of Engineers to finally stabilize the inlet.

In 1985, the inlet breached after Hurricane Gloria. There before our eyes was a salinized Moriches Bay waiting for starfish and whelks to gobble up mussels and hard-shelled clams. Fishing was great, but the die-off of eel grass led to the end of winter flounder fishing in our bay.

Before marine scientists claim that mapping Old Inlet's bottom and correcting defects in flow through our bay is a plausible answer to inlet stabilization, they should read about the community's history of sweat and tears that went on at Moriches Inlet.

James W. Farr, Patchogue

 

Keep loud music to yourself

 

I'm happy that people like music, but do they really need to share it with the neighborhood?

A neighbor had workers in front of the home for a week. All week, I heard their music in my backyard and even in the living room. They're going to make audiologists and the makers of hearing aids rich in the next few years.

The other day, a couple drove by with the music blasting away and an infant in a car seat. Nice that the baby was safely strapped in, but he was in danger of losing his hearing.

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John Schreiber, Freeport