Newsday's story leaves out the answer to one critical question: By what stretch of the imagination should I pay even one cent in tax money for former Assemb. Vito Lopez's (D-Brooklyn) settlement with his accusers ["Silver: I'm sorry," News, May 21]?
If I incur a government penalty, such as a parking ticket, I must pay it myself. If I agree to settle litigation that involves payment, I must make that myself.
If Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) thinks that Lopez needs some help, he should at the very least dip into his own little tin box and make his own donation.
Stu Chamberlain, West Sayville