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Letter: Snow removal, made less expensive

On Friday, March 20, 2015, News 12 Long

On Friday, March 20, 2015, News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman has a look at the forecast. (Credit: News 12 Long Island) Credit: James Carbone

A Newsday cover story reviewed the hard winter of 2014-15 and the unexpected cost of dealing with so much snow and ice, exceeding many town budgets ["$6M budget buster," News, March 15]. No surprise that as a result of how the weather was handled, our taxes could rise.

Are there better ways that might be less expensive? Yes. For example, it made sense to close major roads to enable snow-removal equipment to work more safely and quickly, without as many accidents, or stranded and injured motorists. Consider some others that would either be more effective or less expensive.

When I was growing up in New York City, many students and unemployed workers were loaned shovels and paid to form battalions to clean roadways. Each one received a small hourly payment. Long Island has a much lower population density, and this approach would be a better way to reach outliers, rather than using large trucks that tear up roadways and other terrain and need constant repair.

Another possibility is to not spend funds foolishly. Equipment that uses precious, expensive energy to melt snow and ice is near the top of that list.

Robert M. Goldberg, Jericho