The piping plover, an endangered species that nests on our barrier beaches, is under siege again ["Fire Island dunes plan heads back on track," News, Oct. 19]. This time the battle is over whether to amend the Army Corps of Engineers' beach replenishment project to allow for two small areas of potentially suitable nesting habitat, which would be lost under the plan.
One of the major causes of animal endangerment is loss of breeding habitat. Like many species, plovers have adapted to their nesting grounds over eons. The relatively recent arrival of humans has forced the birds into smaller areas. The result is a declining population, and if not addressed, the specter of extinction.
For those who have a cavalier attitude about such a possibility, perhaps you should think about what kind of planet you want to leave for your children. Is it one of beauty and diversity? Long Island has precious little natural habitat left for our wild things.
Marilyn England, Center Moriches
Editor's note: The writer is a former adjunct professor of ornithology at Southampton College, and is president of the Open Space Council, a preservation advocacy group.
Healing provided by chiropractor
How wonderful that 1985 Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon experienced a life-changing health miracle because of a discovery by MRI pioneer Dr. Raymond Damadian, and the noninvasive Atlas Orthogonal technique expertly delivered by Dr. Scott Rosa ["Jim's McMiracle," Sports, Oct. 12].
McMahon praised the almost instantaneous relief after decades of debilitating suffering as soon as Rosa gently realigned the bones in his neck.
Why did Newsday not mention that Rosa, a "cranio-cervical specialist," is a chiropractor, and that Atlas Orthogonal is a chiropractic adjustment?
Maybe if the public were informed about the great results people get in chiropractors' offices, they would be more open-minded about this form of health care.
Henri Rosenblum, South Setauket
Editor's note: The writer is a chiropractor.
Coyotes don't like to pay, either
"Coyotes: Predators to prowl LI" [News, Oct. 12] asks the question, how can coyotes be present in Brooklyn and Queens but not Nassau County?
What keeps coyotes from Nassau County? The answer is simple: high property taxes.
Bill Bogatz, Great Neck