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Letter: Charging residents after snow

Now I have heard it all. I just read your article, "Bickering over blizzard" [News, Oct. 25].

These disgraceful politicians are arguing about who really fell asleep at the wheel during last year's blizzard. They all point fingers at each other, including Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, and nothing gets done. It kills me that they would have the audacity to create a "snow note" as an extra charge to homeowners because the town missed deadlines for federal reimbursement.

That's one of the funniest things I've ever heard, considering that we didn't see a plow for three days in my neighborhood. And to be honest, the last six or seven years the Town of Brookhaven has been going down hill. It's not the first time Manorville residents -- and I'm sure others -- have had to call and ask the town to send a plow or a salt truck.

Mike Panichi, Manorville

Historic home should remain

How sad that the current homeowners deliberately purchased a home of such historical significance with the sole intent to destroy it ["Demolition of ex-slave's East End house delayed," News, Oct. 25].

Once again, this selfishness demonstrates the new American mantra of "It's all about me."

Long Island has a rich history, but few surviving structures to celebrate it. Hopefully, this house and its historic significance will survive.

Adrienne Bryant, Northport

Federal government inspires misgivings

Now that the Obamacare rollout has turned out to be a fiasco ["Aide tapped to overhaul health site," News, Oct. 23], Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and the tea party deserve an apology from all of the Democrats, liberals, establishment Republicans and media people who vilified him for keeping his campaign promise to try to defund Obamacare.

Things Cruz warned about are coming to pass. Deductibles are going up. Now, numerous Democrats in Congress are calling for a one-year delay, which is what Cruz was fighting for during the debate to increase the debt ceiling. Funny how these Democrats now favor Cruz's plan, after labeling him an arsonist and a hostage-taker. Do you think it has to do with the election in 2014? I do.

Don Karlsen, Farmingdale

Now some Democrats are willing to make changes to Obamacare. Where were they during the 16-day shutdown?

James Coll, Seaford

As a small-business owner, I have no sympathy for furloughed government workers ["Pay restored for workers on furlough," News, Oct. 6]. In my world, no work, no pay.

In the private sector, a furloughed worker is one who involuntarily takes time off without pay. That's the definition of furlough in the real world.

The so-called furloughed government workers got two weeks off and will be paid retroactively anyway. That's a paid vacation.

Richard Weiss, Westhampton


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