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Letter: More districts could share leaders

I read the article about the two Suffolk school districts that will be run under one superintendent ["Superintendent to lead 2 districts," News, Nov. 16]. I think we should consider the same for all of Long Island: one superintendent for Nassau and the other for Suffolk.

It would save districts a considerable amount of money and perhaps allow for more consistency for all students. There should be no reason why a child in one district has access to more resources than the next.

Anita Regler, Ronkonkoma

Ballot vote a boon for disabled veterans

I would like to thank New Yorkers who read, understood and voted yes on Proposition 2 on the statewide ballot ["Don't forget to flip the ballot," Editorial, Nov. 3].

This initiative corrected an inequity in the state constitution. Veterans who are now certified as having a service-related disability received after their appointment to a civil service position will be entitled to addition credit for promotion.

Getting this proposition on the ballot did not happen overnight. In fact, it took about five years. This was a great Veterans Day thank- you.

William Hughes, Hampton Bays

Grumman suit and toxic plume

The Bethpage Water District has sued Northrop Grumman Corp. for actions allegedly taken decades ago ["Suit filed against Grumman," News, Nov. 19].

The water district claims that Grumman trespassed by wrongfully using its own property in a manner that created plumes, inundating the water that the plaintiff now removes from the aquifers under Long Island. If this action by Northrop Grumman is a trespass, is not the removal of the water under homeowners' properties by this water authority (and every water company or authority on Long Island) a similar trespass?

Would homeowners think otherwise about a trespass if they had oil under their properties and it was being taken by ExxonMobil Corp.?

The basis for claiming trespass in this lawsuit isn't very strong.

Saul Weinstein, Woodmere

So Northrop Grumman is being sued over toxic water? Talks between Northrop Grumman and the Bethpage Water District broke down years ago.

The company has mostly moved off Long Island, even though it was given massive tax breaks to stay and made promises to increase its presence here. Is this any coincidence?

Carla H.S. Goldberg, Massapequa Park

Catholic schools a good investment

It was so nice to see a positive story about our thriving Long Island Catholic high schools ["LI Catholic high schools: Faith rewarded," News, Nov. 12]. There is, however, a statistic that might mislead readers who don't look further.

It shows quite clearly that the enrollment at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville has decreased substantially in the last 10 years. One must dig much further into the story to find a line referring to "intentional moves to 'right size.' " As a Holy Trinity graduate and parent, I credit the administration with keeping Trinity the "right size." At times in the school's history, there have been class sizes near 600, but it has presented crowding in the hallways and potentially unsafe stairwells, and a conscious decision has been made to keep the school the "right size."

One of the main reasons my daughter selected Holy Trinity was the size: not too big, not too small.

Elizabeth Geerlings Horan, North Massapequa

Our family's children have been educated in the Catholic high school system on Long Island. The financial and personal sacrifices that parents often face when choosing a Catholic education can result in lifelong positive reverberations for a child.

Holy Trinity Diocesan High School remains a highly valued partner in our children's education and preparation for life.

John Martin, Bellmore

Autism is too little understood

I took great offense to the defense attorney's comment in "Teen admits to hacking" [News, Nov. 13] that Jared James Abrahams apologizes for his actions and that autism played a contributing role in the scheme.

Autism affects so many people in so many ways and it seems to be an ever-growing diagnosis today. My son has a mild form, Asperger's syndrome, and he is a freshman in college. Others with autism require constant care.

Autism affects individuals in many ways, but to say it would cause an individual to hack into people's emails, take photos and then extort money -- well, that's simply a defense attorney grasping at straws, looking for sympathy and insulting everyone who is associated with someone affected by autism.

People with autism can live easier and more satisfying lives now than in the past. Years ago, the response might have been to simply commit the person to an institution and walk away.

Michael Connor, Centereach

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