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Just Sayin': Wild drunks ruin family-friendly Fire Island beach

Work on the federal flood-control project could begin

Work on the federal flood-control project could begin in nine Fire Island communities in June, Suffolk County officials say. Above, dunes in Davis Park on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Credit: Steve Pfost

For more than 30 years, I’ve been visiting Davis Park on Fire Island. As a child, I played at the playgrounds and splashed in the waters of the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

As I grew older, my friends and I would discreetly drink on the beaches and disobey open-container laws.

Even today, I occasionally enjoy a discreet alcoholic beverage while lounging on the beach with my wife and toddler.

However, recently, I’ve seen rampant lawlessness destroy my ability to enjoy this once beautiful and family-friendly place. I sit anxiously on the shore in fear that one of the drunk and rowdy beachgoers is going to trample my family as they chase a football or Frisbee.

I can’t remember the last time I felt safe waiting for and riding the ferry with the large groups of wildly behaving, inebriated patrons.

Where is the police presence?

Scott Loftus, Patchogue


Drivers must use vehicle lights in the rain

During a torrential thunderstorm on June 5, my husband and I drove along Nicolls Road, Sunrise Highway and Neighborhood Road in Suffolk County.

The storm limited our visibility, and I was horrified to note how many drivers did not have their headlights on.

New York State law mandates the use of headlights in these conditions, not just to allow a driver to have maximum sight, but to assure that other drivers can see his or her car by the headlights and taillights.

Not turning on the lights makes driving in a torrential rainstorm far more perilous.

Frane L. Helner, Stony Brook


Give Americans a single-payer health plan

I wanted a Medicare option 25 years ago when I resigned from a position at a New York City law firm. I wanted to work as an independent contractor. But, being younger than 50, I knew I needed a personal health care policy.

At that time, there were no single-payer policies to accommodate me. I took another job so I could have health insurance mostly paid for by my employer.

Why is everything in this country relating to medical programs governed by corporations? Nothing is geared to the satisfaction of the common person.

I strongly urge Congress to allow us all to benefit from a Medicare-style option.

Dorothy A. Jentz, Huntington