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Letter: Jobs vanish in unpredictable ways

Technological advances do not just take jobs from the unskilled ["Bizarro world: less work for workers," Opinion, March 12].

The Internet has lessened the need for travel agents. Software can now search legal case law many times faster than a team of paralegals, clerks and attorneys.

Many people get their news from various media sources today, which has resulted in many highly educated writers and editors losing their jobs. Robots are being developed to perform patient rounds in hospitals.

Technology improves productivity and displaces workers in often unpredictable ways.

Leigh Gholson, Baldwin

'Despicable' theft by cop alleged

Now we hear of a Suffolk police officer who allegedly stole from some of the poorest people on Long Island, probably because he thought they would be fearful of coming forward ["Cop took cash, 4 say," News, March 7]. Does it get any lower than this?

If this officer is found guilty, I hope he is punished severely for this crime and for tarnishing the work of good cops everywhere. I'm glad the victims found the courage to expose this despicable behavior by a man who swore to uphold the law.

John Schreiber, Freeport

No dogs allowed at Brookhaven beach

On March 11, Newsday published a photo of a gentleman sitting on a bench with his dog at West Meadow Beach in Setauket ["Doggin' it," News].

Brookhaven, which includes Setauket, has outlawed pets on town beaches. This photograph implies that it is okay for dogs or pets to be at the beach, and I would greatly appreciate a clarification.

Paul Lynne Feinberg, South Setauket

Overfishing reports can be exaggerated

In response to "Commercial fishing should face limits" [Letters, March 6], I agree that the oceans need to be treated ethically. However, fishermen are not owners of the ocean, they are among its keepers. Reports on overfishing are to be taken with a grain of salt, since the data has often been incorrect and exaggerated.

Fisheries management has been successful enough that a state advisory council reduced the fluke limits on New York's fishermen this year. That is one of several species that fishermen, both commercial and recreational, strove to repopulate to levels not seen in decades.

With correct science and adherence to appropriate regulations, the ocean can support a healthy collection of fisheries and resulting economic growth all along the coast.

Establishing marine protected areas, where human activity is restricted, is not the answer. Putting more money into law enforcement would allow us all to rest comfortably knowing that the oceans will be productive, enjoyable and economically stimulating for years to come.

Eric Kopf, Lindenhurst

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Squaw Island Recreational Fishing Club in Amityville.

Early detection of dementia is helpful

This is in response to "Alzheimer's: Would you want to know?" [Opinion, March 16].

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing optimal care and services to people with dementia and their families, is excited about the potential associated with the newly published study from Georgetown University regarding a blood test that could predict whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's disease.

While much more extensive research is needed -- this study was limited to individuals 70 years of age and older -- the development offers a glimmer of hope for the future.

If the study is validated, early intervention and treatment could become more the norm. Early detection could give people who will develop the brain disorder an opportunity to participate in a clinical trial or to follow a drug treatment protocol that may help slow the progression of symptoms. It also could allow people the opportunity to have "kitchen table" conversations about legal and financial planning, healthcare proxies and other related issues, and help ensure that their end-of-life wishes are honored.

The preliminary findings of this study underscore the need for increased funding for Alzheimer's disease research. There are breakthroughs on the horizon, and we need to ensure that those working so hard to develop them have the financial resources they need to bring them to fruition.

My organization has recently called on Congress to appropriate $500 million in additional funding for Alzheimer's disease research and caregiver support in the fiscal 2015 budget.

Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., Manhattan

Editor's note: The writer is the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.