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Letter: Mastic Beach's waterfront control

Mastic Beach Village officials want control of six miles of waterfront to do what exactly ["Costly standoff," News, Feb. 4]? This is a scary proposition!

Officials haven't been clear about their plan for the properties. At one point, I heard they wanted to develop the entire waterfront. Now I hear that they want to put up a 4-foot bulkhead around the waterfront with superstorm Sandy money. The water came up over 5 feet, so what would that accomplish?

Regarding the $4,000 fine from the state Department of Environmental Conservation in relation to the materials the village used to shore up Riviera Drive, this is not surprising. Village officials' idea of "fill" was using debris from a construction site!

More than a year has passed since Sandy, and this waterfront roadway is unusable. What a disgrace! I can't imagine a good outcome if the village gets the properties, and I do not trust the acumen of those in power.

Antoinette Kenmuir-Evans, Mastic Beach

Associating Islam and violence is sad

I am an 11-year-old American Ahmadi Muslim. My parents are from Bangladesh and I am attending sixth grade in middle school. With my background, it has been quite an experience growing up in Queens in post-9/11 America.

Last year, every time the topics of Islam, Muslims, 9/11 or the World Trade Center were brought up, everyone, including the teacher, would stare at me as if I had something to do with this act of terrorism. In America, people associate the collapse of the World Trade Center with Islam. They show their aggression toward us without knowing the truth about us or our religion.

Though it is true that the people who caused the World Trade Center to collapse were Muslims, they were Muslims only in name. Many people are not aware that the meaning of the word Islam is "peace." I am a practicing Muslim, and it makes me sad to see people spread violence in the name of Islam and send the wrong message to others.

Mirza Ghulam Haseeb, Jamaica Hills

Repave all roads; rid us of potholes

The extremely important article "Road warrior" [News, Jan. 30] put a spotlight on what has been a major problem in Nassau County: its infrastructure.

Streets and highways in Nassau are in major disrepair. Roads are crumbling underneath us. You have to look very hard to find a road that isn't marked with potholes, cracks, bumps or divots.

This poses enormous hazards for motorists and pedestrians. Aside from the unnecessary and sometimes expensive damage potholes cause to vehicles, they force many drivers to swerve out of the way to avoid them. Drivers sometimes end up losing control or getting into an accident.

The remedy is simple. We need a sizable and dedicated financial investment in our infrastructure to fix our roads and bridges. In Nassau, officials of the county, towns, cities and villages are spending inordinate sums on temporary fixes. Instead of putting a Band-Aid on a problem that will recur, Nassau should look to repave all the roads at one time.

The temporary inconvenience this would cause would be greatly outweighed by having streets that aren't littered by potholes and constantly congested with construction crews doing the same work over and over again.

Steven E. Glass, Oyster Bay

Wage freeze has endured too long

Although it does provide some satisfaction that Nassau's financial control board is stepping up to ensure the 2011 wage freeze applies to all county employees, it still infuriates me that people like me are stuck near poverty level, while others get huge pay increases ["NIFA: Detail salaries," News, Jan. 28].

I was hired as a clerk typist for the county in May 2011 with the understanding that my salary would rise to $34,000 within one year. I never imagined that I would be stuck at $23,000 for nearly three years.

I understand that the county is in trouble financially, and there should be some accountability. If I were making $34,000, I wouldn't be as upset as I am now.

County Executive Edward Mangano tried to justify his actions by saying that he saved money by eliminating budgeted positions and giving job duties to remaining appointees. Those salary increases are less than the cost of the eliminated positions, he said. We have been down one person in my office for quite some time. Does that mean her salary should be divided among two other clerks and me?

Bettyann Tinnelly, East Meadow

Approve condos for school building

The selfishness of NIMBY Long Islanders was on display in Hempstead when speakers opposed turning a vacant school building into a 55-and-older condominium development ["Seaford: Condo plan vote postponed," News, Feb. 5].

People talked about density. They mentioned the character of single-family homes. But these add children and burden to the school district. They raised the idea that traffic would increase. But maybe senior residents would be more inclined to walk and support local businesses.

Seniors need places to live, and someday the opponents will be in the same boat. Seniors make good citizens and should be welcomed. If not in Seaford, then where? My daughter lives in Seaford, and I would welcome these condos.

Tim Gallagher, Merrick


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