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Just Sayin’: Where is the security at JFK Airport?

The interior of Kennedy Airport on July 22,

The interior of Kennedy Airport on July 22, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Eric Thayer

Where is the security at JFK Airport?

At Kennedy Airport recently, we dropped off our granddaughter at Terminal 1 for her flight to Europe. Hundreds of other young people were also en route to Krakow, Poland, to attend World Youth Day.

I couldn’t help but notice the lack of obvious security, especially armed security. She was flying Lufthansa airlines, and given the recent terrorism in Germany, one would have expected increased security. I saw people going in and out of the terminal with no sign that anyone was stopped, and that’s just one section in a vast transportation hub.

No wonder terrorists like “soft” targets.

Juan M. Subirana, East Meadow

 

Intersection a magnet for accidents and injury

The intersection of Old Medford Avenue with the north and south service roads of the Long Island Expressway in Medford needs immediate attention. From January 2011 to this past June, the intersection has been the site of 30 traffic accidents, and 13 have resulted in injuries, according to the Suffolk County police.

Even with traffic lights, there have been accidents because many motorists on the service roads speed through red lights. This makes it a hazard for vehicles on Old Medford Avenue, including school buses.

The expressway overpass creates a blind spot for motorists on the avenue below. Drivers who speed and those who can’t see clearly take major risks entering the intersection. I cringe every time I go through there.

Teresa Consolmagno, Medford

 

Protect arms of young baseball pitchers

Monitoring pitch counts has proven to protect pitchers’ arms in professional and college baseball. Players pitch under the watchful eyes of coaches. In addition, pitchers often will readily admit when they have arm fatigue, and seek care, to preserve a successful season or career.

However, pitchers in middle or high school are not in the same situation. Many play outside of school teams, work with private coaches, play other positions requiring strenuous throws, participate in other sports that stress arms and shoulders, or practice pitching on their own.

Pitch counts should be used in middle and high school. But this will only protect pitchers if we put more resources and emphasis into educating players and parents. There are short- and long-term risks from doing too much, especially in a young, developing arm.

Dr. Karl Friedman, Syosset

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