Kudos to Judge Pamela Chen for allowing the age bias lawsuit filed by Dania Hall against the North Bellmore school district to move forward ["Judge allows age-bias suit," News, Oct. 2].
In my experience, school districts across Long Island advertise teaching positions, but rarely hire or interview teachers older than 40 for tenure track positions. The "over 40s" are instead relegated to the non-tenure track positions.
When districts cut budgets, the nontenured teachers are the first to be laid off. The ironic part of this age discrimination is that in many cases, the older job candidates are women who have changed careers after raising families, and they may possess unique perspectives both from their former careers and from child rearing. These candidates, with backgrounds rich from experiences that enhance their teaching qualifications, are summarily rejected.
Industry experts agree that the most creative workplaces are ones that contain a mix of workers that span the ages. Workforces composed only of older or younger people lack perspective. School districts could invigorate their teaching staffs by considering older candidates.
Annie Mendelson, Great Neck
Editor's note: The writer is a Long Island high school teacher.
Waving white flag over jobs 'piracy'
It's sad to see Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo concede that he is not up to the task of expanding job opportunities in New York State ["Cuomo takes on jobs 'piracy,' " News, Oct. 8]. Under the guise of "piracy" claims, Cuomo now looks to the federal government to hinder corporations from fleeing New York for more business-friendly states.
Of course, New York needs to boost employment, but to achieve this, is more federal regulation on business really what we should expect from our governor?
John DeMarle, East Patchogue
Will Cuomo solve LI problems?
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano backing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for re-election is nice, but it's like betting on the sun rising the next day ["GOP's Mangano backs Cuomo over Astorino," News, Oct. 8].
The governor is likely to win re-election, but taxpayers, especially on Long Island, still have a number of issues that haven't been addressed. We still have a housing problem; young people can't afford to live here and they're leaving, which isn't good for our future. People can't afford to retire here, either.
We still have problems with corruption, too many taxing districts, patronage, public pensions and quality of jobs. We have an underutilized Belmont Park racetrack and surroundings -- an area that has potential.
Will this newfound love between the Republicans and Democrats finally solve our problems? Or, as expected, will those problems remain unsolved?
Patrick Nicolosi, Elmont
Editor's note: The writer is president of the Elmont East End Civic Association, and was a Democratic candidate for State Assembly in 2010.
Limit travel of Ebola victims
I'm a registered nurse with considerable experience in infection control ["More airport Ebola screening," News, Oct. 8]. The answer to preventing Ebola from infecting this country is quite simple: Limit people's entrance.
This is not a matter of prejudice. Infection control protocols are very explicit.
But we human beings get tired or distracted. A simple break in protocol allows infections to spread. Witness the nursing assistant in a Madrid hospital who was recently infected with the disease. She was part of a team caring for a Spanish priest who died of Ebola last month after being evacuated from Sierra Leone.
The nursing assistant may not have even broken the protocol. If someone else who cared for the Ebola patient was not careful, objects could have become contaminated, leading to another person becoming a victim.
Jessie Nelson, Lindenhurst
Off-season, beach visits disappoint
Sept. 27 was one of the best days of the year, weather-wise. So my wife and I decided to go to Jones Beach to enjoy the beautiful day.
We pulled into parking at Field 6, where a sign said the fee would be $8.
This was three weeks after Labor Day. How naive we were to believe that New York State, the tax capital of the world, would pass up a chance to charge its citizens a parking fee.
We didn't pay and drove on down Ocean Parkway to the Tobay Beach. The town beach was packed with people, and the parking was free.
The concession stand was closed, there were no tables or benches, and even the water fountain didn't work.
After about 15 minutes, we returned to our car for the trip home.
Frank Boeggeman, Hicksville