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Letter: Revisit Suffolk's ancient Tax Act

A New York State appeals court has ruled that Suffolk County cannot move forward to merge two offices, the comptroller and treasurer, which are governed by a very old law, the Suffolk Tax Act ["Blow to Suffolk merger," News, Oct. 2].

Why not stop now, and review this law? It is old and needs careful revision. It would be in the best interests of the Suffolk County Legislature to form a committee to study the matter and review all aspects of our real property fiscal needs.

The Suffolk County Tax Act needs more than a hurried and ill-conceived response. Revisions could possibly save much more money than the $1 million estimated.

Anthony Pecorale, West Islip

Acrimony over the Affordable Care Act

Amid the rhetoric and untruths, one thing is inescapable: Because Democrats in Congress wouldn't shut down a congressionally approved health care law, Republicans in the House of Representatives shut down the government ["They talk, but no deal," News, Oct. 3]. No voter of any party should forget this.

Robin H. Amper, Ridge

As a registered Republican, I have lost all respect and confidence in Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) after he called Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) "a fraud." Cruz has the courage to stand for what he believes is right and what he promised he would do if elected.

Cruz kept his promise to his constituents.

David Duchatellier, Elmont

If the Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act so much, they're free to try to win an election and repeal it legitimately. That's how it's supposed to work, remember?

As pundit Andrew Sullivan wrote, the sort of political blackmail they're trying is a declaration of total war on our system of government.

Wayne Karol, Levittown

Listening to the Republican demands to delay or repeal the Affordable Care Act, I have to ask, what don't they understand?

The law was passed in the House and the Senate, signed by the president and declared constitutional by the Supreme Court. After that legal challenge failed, an election was held, and the candidate who ran on keeping the law won the election.

House Republicans have tried to repeal it more than 40 times. Now they are holding our economy hostage. They say the American people want this. I don't think the people want their 401(k) plans to drop once again. Nor do they want to stall our economy and the world's economy.

If the Affordable Care Act is not to the satisfaction of all, that should be addressed through amendments to make it better, not through hissy fits.

Joan Fanelli, Hauppauge

Dispatcher took girl's call seriously

Reading the story of how Jillian Given called 911 and saved her mom, Elisabeth, brought back memories for me ["With her diabetic mom unconscious, girl, 5, calls 911," News, Sept. 26].

In 1965, I was 19 with my parents on Cape Cod, Mass. We stayed with friends who had no phone. My dad had a fatal coronary infarction. I ran to a pay phone and called for help.

The dispatcher didn't believe me and said I sounded very young. He told me to call my dad's doctor in Boston. He said the doctor had to call, then help would be dispatched. Unfortunately, by the time "help" came, it was too late.

I was so happy to read that Jillian's call was taken seriously and that her mom is fine. Progress!

Trudy Rose Brody, Kings Park

Lhota's position on political spectrum?

Since New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota excoriated opponent Bill de Blasio for supporting the left-wing Sandinistas in the 1980s ["De Blasio defends past," News, Sept. 26], it would be fair to ask if Lhota will dissassociate himself from the radical Ayn Rand philosophy that animates so many tea party Republicans today.

Robert Berger, Bellerose

Common Core could lower achievement

Parents all over Long Island have been holding protests about the Common Core standards. Now in October, we find that many Long Island parents have not yet been informed of their child's score from last spring ["Patience being tested," News, Sept. 30].

This prevents children from having the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. They won't get to review the exam to discover why full credit was not assigned to a particular answer. On some math problems, the child may have had the correct answer but did not show the work and therefore was assigned only partial credit.

This seems to be the practice: Pass this test, and we'll tell you later what is included in the content!

Obviously, acceptance of this program needs to be thoroughly investigated by parents, teachers and the public before this new approach drags our students even further below other nations.

Leslie King, Bellport