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Just Sayin’: To save aquifer and waterways, use less road salt

In a demonstration, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

In a demonstration, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation truck sprays a de-icing mix of brine and beet juice on an icy driveway in 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar

Long Island and state highway departments should take steps to protect our water supply by reducing the tons of salt they pour on our roads to melt ice and snow.

Many substances that dissolve in water will lower the freezing temperature of ice on the roads. Several U.S. and Canadian municipalities have used beet juice with salt. The mixture is less toxic and less corrosive to vehicles. It can allow crews to use less salt.

Gregory M. Gusew, Lake Ronkonkoma

Stop the personal attacks on Facebook

Facebook started as a fun way to connect with people, but it has turned into a political war zone between Republicans and Democrats. I’ve seen people I’ve “friended” call others with whom they disagree stupid or uneducated. The hateful name-calling is out of control. It hurts and divides people. What ever happened to “Live and let live”?

On Facebook, keep it friendly and refrain from personal attacks. Post your opinions if you must, but don’t attack friends and family.

I consider myself one of the “silent majority.” I’m not registered as Republican, Democrat or Liberal, but I vote for candidates who share my values, people I think will get the job done.

Life goes on. I work hard, pay my bills and pray for world peace. Maybe peace in the world is asking for too much. How about starting with peace on Facebook?

Linda Petrizzi, Oceanside

Unfeeling treatment in Suffolk traffic court

I got an $80 red-light camera ticket earlier this year while I was following my son’s car to an unfamiliar restaurant in the Bay Shore area. I went to the Suffolk County traffic court in Hauppauge, hoping I could explain that I proceeded as the light was turning red because I didn’t want to get lost. I thought I would be dealing with a human in the courtroom — but the reality was a harsh awakening.

At the agency, each person, when called up, told stories of going over a white line or through a short yellow light.

The judge and another official were like robots. There was no human understanding or leeway for people who had made honest mistakes. An older couple appeared and explained they had never received a ticket before. They were clearly humiliated. The judge explained that getting a ticket didn’t make them bad people — and wouldn’t result in points on their licenses.

“This is just a money grabber,” another driver said as I nodded in agreement.

I just paid and left. It was taking up my valuable time.

Susan Quaranta, Lindenhurst

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