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Letter: Not enough proof of drunken driving

So Nassau County is going to spend $1 million to restore a police selective enforcement team to catch intoxicated drivers ["DWI team restored," News, May 23].

This is not because since the disbanding of the special team there has been an increase in fatalities, accidents or incidents, but simply because the number of arrests has dropped.

Well, God forbid. Do District Attorney Kathleen Rice and County Executive Edward Mangano really measure the success of a holiday weekend by how many of their constituents they arrest and slap with fines? If so, they really should be voted out next election.

Chris Sorochin, Farmingdale

U.S. should better police border

I found the article "Schools warned on kids of immigrants" [News, May 9] very disappointing.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder states that public school districts that prevent children of immigrants here illegally from enrolling are breaking the law, and that schools have an obligation to enroll students regardless of immigration status. He says the law will be vigilantly enforced.

What Holder fails to realize is that it is his responsibility to vigilantly enforce all laws, including our border laws. If he did that, the school enrollment problem would not exist.

This is just another example of the government not addressing the real problem.

Tom Vespo, Bethpage

U.S. should use its gas resources

Calling it an "epochal event," Russian President Vladimir Putin made what seemed like a desperate move to sign a 30-year, $400-billion natural gas deal with China ["Big deal to buy Russian gas," News, May 22].

Donald Trump tweeted that this deal gives Russia "plenty of ammo to continue laughing in U.S. face" after we levied sanctions on them for invading the Ukraine.

Given the unholy alliance between these two anti-American pseudo-superpowers, what could the United States do to counter this move? Do we have our own epochal event?

It's in the best economic and national security interests of the United States to fully develop our energy potential. This isn't going to happen under the Obama administration. But the next president, preferably a pro-growth GOP candidate, could open the energy spigots of this country full throttle. He or she could allow fracking, offshore drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline, etc. The United States would almost immediately propel itself to the world's largest energy producer.

If we were to flood the world market with cheap energy, that would undercut the price of natural gas that the Russians sell to the Chinese, forcing Russia to lower prices and possibly even incur a loss while delivering natural gas to the Chinese. What better way to get even with Russia?

Eugene R. Dunn, Medford

MacArthur Airport's problems are plain

Now another airline, PenAir, is leaving Long Island MacArthur Airport, and its daily flights declined 46 percent between 2007 and 2012 ["Airline quits MacArthur," News, May 21].

I can figure out why. Last year, I flew from MacArthur to Dallas Love Field. It took forever, with three stops.

The other problem is cost: I tried to book a flight to Las Vegas the other day, and it was roughly $600 with stops and plane changes. I can fly out of JFK or LaGuardia airports for almost $200 less.

I love the convenience of MacArthur, but not the price.

Gina Henry, East Northport

Private collectors can abuse delinquents

"Bill to privatize IRS collections" [News, May 18]reports that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has requested that a provision be inserted into a bill dealing with expiration of certain tax breaks. The bill would require all "inactive tax receivables" to be assigned to private debt collectors.

As a tax attorney with more than 40 years of experience, and having dealt with not only Internal Revenue Service collection officers but also private debt collectors, I am extremely concerned that Schumer's proposal is not in the best interests of taxpayers, not only in New York State, but nationwide.

Specifically, private collection agencies do not have the same restrictions when seeking to collect tax debts. In addition, the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service, which helps taxpayers in emergency situations, would not have oversight of private collection agencies.

Previously, when private collection agencies were given permission to collect IRS tax debts, complaints of harassment, embarrassment and other significant horrors were reported.

I believe that Schumer is taking a step back from reforms the IRS put in place at the urging of Congress to protect taxpayers. It is interesting to note that two upstate collection agencies would likely benefit from Schumer's proposal. I believe he is looking to help two corporations at the expense of his larger constituency in New York and around the country.

Terence E. Smolev, Jericho

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