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Costs and realities of football helmets

Mark Rossini fix his helmet during practice at

Mark Rossini fix his helmet during practice at Bethpage High School in Bethpage on Aug. 17, 2016. Credit: Anna Sergeeva

I couldn’t agree more that the safety of students comes first [“$730G helmet safety,” News, Nov. 20].

But I do question why, of the 11 school districts in the article, the average price per helmet ran from $154 to $360. Is every school district so insulated that the idea of a regional or countywide group purchase was not considered?

The significance of these purchases on each school tax rate is very small. However, it’s the continuing concept of no one taking the initiative to save money by thinking outside the school district box that has added to the tax burden crisis that we Long Islanders face.

Lawrence Carlton, Oceanside

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Naturally, the safety of our students is our primary concern, but I have some other solutions beyond spending $730,000 for football helmets.

Have they considered having players and game sponsors hold fundraisers to pay for the helmets? Also, maybe the parents of the students could pay for the equipment, with scholarships for those who can’t afford it.

Finally, because football is dangerous, maybe we should not have the sport at all. Why should taxpayers have to pay for an activity that is so dangerous that it has killed at least one student on Long Island? Football is not worth it on any level except that it is good public relations for each district.

Charles Greco, Eastport

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Newsday’s story on football helmets obscured the simple fact that these helmets will not prevent kids’ brains from bouncing around inside their skulls and causing permanent and devastating injury.

The brightest minds in physics agree that a concussion-proof helmet is a fantasy.

Newsday would have done well to add this disclaimer to the front-page story: Warning, no helmet has been discovered that prevents concussions.

Andrew Malekoff, Long Beach

Editor’s note: The writer is the executive director of the children’s mental health agency North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center.

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