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Cremate deceased, don't refrigerate

Nick Cassese puts cremated remains in a hearse

Nick Cassese puts cremated remains in a hearse outside the Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium in Middle Village, Queens. Credit: For The Washington Post/Ryan Christopher Jones

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Regarding the decedents of the coronavirus [“Mortuary system taxed,” News, April 7], I suggest that the state contract with a crematory. The ashes could be delivered to families of the departed so they may do what they wish with their loved ones: formal burial (when allowed); memorial; religious ceremony (when allowed); record the wake; bury the ashes, or keep them. This would remove a burden from families in these most difficult times and alleviate the state from refrigerating the deceased for countless days; these souls deserve more than that.

Mary Ann Sipplak,


To the contrary, this student excels

To be clear, by no means is Mitchell Schwartz selfish or sees himself as a candidate for martyrdom [“Unprecedented time at school, work and home,” Letters, April 5; response, Letters, April 8].

How do I know this? I have known Schwartz since he began high school and have had the privilege of having had him as a student in the ninth and 11th grades. He has been involved in many projects regarding the welfare of people and economic inequities.

What he expressed was the frustration of a teenager who looked forward to all the excitement and trappings of his senior year. That doesn’t mean he is not concerned with this pandemic’s tragedies. He is a teenager. Newsday publishes letters that I think show ridiculous points of view, but people have the right to express their opinions. If you want to see martyrdom and a lack of empathy, watch the daily TV pandemic briefings from Washington each evening.

I wrote Schwartz’s college recommendations with great pride. I would write them 100 times again. He is one of the finest young men I have known in my 32 years of teaching social studies at Roslyn High School.

Lorraine Huzar,


Throwing drivers for a curve

As a nurse working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bethpage, assisting in critical care units during these trying times, I drive to work on the Southern State Parkway. I noted overhead signs on the parkway saying, “Flatten the curve.” It’s funny those signs are over the most curves on the parkway, exits 19 to 26.

Patrick J. Koehler,


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