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LETTERS: Madoff sentence, Michael Jackson and

Madoff's sentencing Upon hearing that Bernard Madoff's sociopathic crimes landed him in prison for 150 years, my first wish was granted. My second wish is that he live to be over 100. Then he can suffer, as his victims have suffered and will suffer for decades. John R. Brooks Garden City

*** An article about victims of Bernard Madoff's investment schemes deciding to speak in court compares their motivation to Holocaust survivors writing about their experiences "as a way of bearing witness to the world" ["Victims to get say," News, June 28]. This is an ignorant and inaccurate comparison. While Madoff's schemes ruined the lives of many of his clients, their experience doesn't come close to that of the millions of innocent people who were murdered for who they were. Christine Dragone Northport More than Jackson really deserves More than 4,300 of our servicemen and women have been killed in Iraq and over 31,000 wounded, and what is this country in a tizzy about? The death of Michael Jackson, an entertainer who made and squandered millions while leading a decadent life. God help us. Frank J. Donohue Mattituck *** Like many others, I am saddened to hear Michael Jackson's music being played today. I will give you that he was a great talent and a caring human being - but just that, simply a man. I find it disturbing that some are mourning the loss, taking days off from work, sobbing, telling the media how their lives will never be the same. Enough of this hero worship. Whether it is Paris Hilton, Alex Rodriguez or now Michael Jackson. What is the void in peoples' lives that they feel the need to live vicariously through someone else? Christian John Nielsen Ridge Get real about heroin Too many parents insist on burying their heads in the sand when it comes to the heroin epidemic ["Heroin on LI: Police battle pervasive foe," News, June 28]. Few parents recognize that this drug is purer, cheaper and easier to buy than back in their day. Nor do many realize that the problem often begins in the family medicine cabinets where people (and not just teens) start by becoming addicted to prescribed opiates such as Vicodin, then graduate to heroin. The face of the heroin user is not what the average person envisions. From middle-class, middle-aged to middle-school students, heroin is everywhere. Gerard Bringmann Patchogue Editor's Note: The writer is Health and Wellness chairman for Suffolk Region PTA.