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Just Sayin': Should eastern part of Fire Island become Sandy Island?

The breach caused by superstorm Sandy at the

The breach caused by superstorm Sandy at the eastern end of Fire Island, just west of Smith Point County Park, on March 16, 2016. Ridge Island is seen at the bottom left. Credit: Doug Kuntz

The island formed by the breach east of Fire Island by superstorm Sandy needs a name. It seems to be permanent. I suggest New Island or perhaps Sandy Island.

Kenneth Erb, Patchogue

Where are the American flags?

I’ve been a resident of Rockville Centre for 30 years, but I lived in Long Beach for 15 years before that. I love Long Beach, and the old and new boardwalk, which I walk about five times a week. It’s very disheartening to walk the entire 2.2 miles and see not one American flag. Memorial Day passed, Flag Day passed, and no flags.

Thomas Manzo, Rockville Centre

A defense of liberals

It dismays me that conservative elements of the Republican Party portray liberals as stupid or evil. I understand conservative arguments about big government, wasteful spending and individual rights.

However, if you look back over American history, nearly all movements to improve the human condition have been promoted by liberals.

Religious freedom, advocacy to abolish slavery, ending segregation, the rights of blacks and women to vote, child labor laws, sane gun control and the rights of LGBT people have all been advanced by liberals. Where would we be if conservatives had won all of these battles?

To those who say social issues matter to them but are down on their priority list, remember that if you improve social issues, you go a long way to solving most of our problems. A living wage, good education and access to affordable, quality health care are human rights.

Ken Lang, Glen Head


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