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Just Sayin': Political cash too often rules

The American dream isn't over for one group.

The American dream isn't over for one group. Credit: iStock

I am wary of politicians who have large sums of money in their campaign chests. They are, of course, obligated to their donors. The needs of the voters are secondary.

To add insult to injury, these funds are used to fill our mailboxes with expensive campaign literature. TV ads with ridiculous and specious messages bombard viewers.

Why do we applaud politicians who garner huge donations? I would eschew such politicians.

Aurora Forte, Smithtown


Health foods at beach stands


The Suffolk County Legislature voted in July 2014 that county parks and beaches must offer some menu items that promote a healthy lifestyle. While well-intended, this law sponsored by Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) claims to know better than the average consumer what is nutritious to eat and drink. We all should be concerned about what we consume, but shouldn't this be a personal decision rather than a government mandate?

The concessionaires at county beaches and parks must respond to their customers' needs, or they won't be in business very long. The bottom line is that they sell what sells. Mandating additional healthy food and drinks will only result in higher prices, rotting food and concessionaires determining that they should do business elsewhere.

A day in the park or at the beach, in most cases, is not a regular occurrence at which dietary education is top of mind. You can't force a lifestyle change when one visits a concession stand only a few times a season.

Maybe the county should invest in education and activities for citizens' participation, rather than instructing small businesses what to sell.

Adam Gottlieb, Wantagh

Editor's note: The writer is an executive vice president with Continental Concession Supplies in Jericho and a member of the National Association of Concessionaires.


Tossing butts is 'disgusting'


All too often, I see smoking drivers in front of me flick their cigarettes out the car window. I figure that most cars no longer come with an ashtray as part of the dashboard accessories.

I would ask the nicotine-addicted motorist to place his or her butt in a plastic bag to be thrown out later. Litter eventually washes into our rivers and oceans, polluting our water.

Littering from an automobile is disgusting and should be punished in the same manner as driving while texting or talking on a cellphone.

Nicholas Santora, Roslyn Heights


Explore an electricity co-op


I have a home in Horry County, South Carolina. The electricity is supplied by the Horry County Electric Cooperative.

If it's possible, we should consider converting from PSEG Long Island to a co-op. This would allow any profit to go back into the co-op. It also would give the consumer some control of the expenses.

Ron Nugget, Centereach