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Letter: New math on college applications

In "How to reduce college applications" [Opinion, April 7], Roslyn schools Superintendent Dan Brenner argues that the Common Application makes it easier to apply to more colleges. He's right about that, but wrong that it affects a student's chance of getting into a specific school.

If each year there are 2 million students applying for 1 million available college positions, the same percentage of students will get in to college, regardless of whether each student sends out three or 10 applications. Students can only attend one college, even if they apply and are accepted to multiple institutions.

Those college positions that are rejected do not cease to exist. They are then offered to other students. Colleges manage their incoming class by either offering a larger number of positions than the school plans to fill, knowing that many of those offers will be rejected, or by accepting students on a waiting list.

Daniel Bronheim, Great Neck

Unions not to blame for economy

The letter "Union wages push LI toward Detroit" [April 8] is yet another unfair attempt to blame collective bargaining for our fiscal woes while giving the real culprits a free pass.

Before the Great Recession, our elected leaders relied on rosy Wall Street forecasts to underfund pension commitments, while granting concessions to buy votes. When the under-regulated finance industry imploded and sucked billions out of our economy, the real villains pointed their fingers at the unions. Sadly, too many folks believed them!

As for Long Island becoming Detroit, some people love to blame unions for Detroit's fall. They never blame the increasing power of the corporate sector and globalization that has driven wages down and jobs abroad in the never-ending quest for more obscene profit. Sadly, we scapegoat those who stand up for working people.

Matthew Schilling, Oceanside

Nassau must fund NICE to avoid cuts

As a student at Nassau Community College who relies on public transportation, I've witnessed the blatant inefficiency of Nassau's bus system firsthand ["Nassau gets away with a cheap bus ride," Editorial, April 7].

Since the privatization of the county's public transit system, our commutes have been plagued by overcrowded buses, inconsistent scheduling and extremely long waits. On several occasions I've waited for a bus on a cold winter day, only to have it pass me at the stop because it was too full. Often, buses become packed before they even leave campus, leading to crowded aisles.

Nassau Inter-County Express is woefully underfunded. NICE has said a $3.3-million gap in its $122-million budget will lead to service cuts if more money isn't found.

Over the years, fares have risen and the state has increased funding while the county's contributions have remained stagnant. It's imperative that the Nassau County Legislature and Executive Edward Mangano increase the county allocation for bus transportation to reduce the deficit, improve service and alleviate the aforementioned problems.

Shanice Bailey, Freeport

Nassau denies gun carry permits

Newsday's story states that full carry pistol licenses are "a privilege typically reserved for retired law enforcement officers" ["Nassau gun licenses: 24 improperly granted," News, April 6].

Wrong! This is a right guaranteed to everyone by the Constitution, yet routinely, and with impunity, denied by Nassau County.

Peter D. Kieffer, North Merrick

Entenmann's loss and NYS climate

After 53 years of operation, Entenmann's is closing its baking facility in Bay Shore and moving 178 jobs from New York to Chicago and Pennsylvania ["Entenmann's closing bakery," News, March 28].

Chalk those job losses up to New York's worst-in-the-nation tax and regulatory regimes.

In 1976, I took Entenmann's public as a young attorney. Two years later, the Entenmann brothers sold their stake for a profit reflective of their hard work and good business judgment. It's a great American success story.

But over the last two decades, New York has lost 500,000 manufacturing jobs. Northrop Grumman is reducing its Long Island employment from 1,400 to 550, from a workforce that once totaled more than 25,000.

In addition, Bausch & Lomb is moving its New York headquarters out of state and eliminating as much as 15 percent of its workforce.

Not that you'd know that from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "Open for Business" ad campaign. New York's governor fiddles as New York's industry burns. Cuomo is spending $140 million of taxpayer money to entice startups to New York, when it's clear the business climate hasn't turned around: Just ask any of the 178 soon-to-be former employees of Entenmann's in Bay Shore.

Ed Cox, Albany

Editor's note: The writer is the chairman of the New York State Republican Party.