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Letter: Stop sales of blocks of tickets to resellers

Craig Carton exits federal court in Manhattan following

Craig Carton exits federal court in Manhattan following a guilty verdict in his securities and wire fraud trial on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

There is one aspect of ex-WFAN host Craig Carton’s fraud trial that I find very disturbing [“Carton guilty in scheme,” News, Nov. 8].

Carton was convicted of misleading investors to put money into his business, which resold blocks of tickets to music shows.

Concert venues have a regular business in selling blocks of tickets to outside parties that turn around and sell the same tickets for profit at inflated prices. The public has little choice but to buy tickets at the inflated prices because they are not available at box offices.

New York State has laws against the use of “ticket bots” to purchase blocks of tickets using software. There needs to be stronger laws to stop venues from circumventing the box office and directly providing tickets to brokers without giving the public a chance to buy them at face value.

Andrew Skibins, Greenlawn

Gov’t should develop drugs, then sell rights

I am a licensed pharmacist and I believe that a fair way to control the prices of new pharmaceuticals would be for the U.S. government to pay all costs for medication development [“Trump vows to lower prescription drug prices,” News, Oct. 26]. Then the government would own the rights to those products.

The government could have pharmaceutical companies that wish to manufacture each product bid to do so. The winner with the lowest manufacturing price would win. The government could own the products because it invested in their development.

Lawrence M. Merola, East Meadow

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