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LETTERS: Census, leaf blowers and more


Another mailing from the census?


In this environment, when the federal, state and local government budget deficits are so very high, what sense does it make that the U.S. Department of Commerce has now sent out two letters and one postcard, thus far, to inform each household of the census? One letter to say the census is coming, then the census itself, then a postcard to say the census was sent! If this is the way our government functions, then we will forever be in debt.

Ellen S. Blank

Lake Ronkonkoma



Ah, springtime . . .


One can really tell that it's springtime on Long Island. I awoke to the wonderful sounds not of birds, but of leaf blowers and edgers! Why is there not a law that silences these devices already?

Chris Erickson

Garden City



End use of animals for scientific research


I was sickened but not surprised about the high number of animal deaths in research labs . Animals in labs are regarded as research tools, not as living beings who are as capable of suffering as we are.

Increasing fines and more diligent monitoring of these labs are not the answer. More humane torture is still torture.

Today there are modern, non-animal research methods that are far superior to animal use. When will we leave the dark ages and give up this grisly and barbaric practice?

Sharon Feder

Rego Park



Passing soda tax would put kids first


As a physician specializing in the treatment of childhood obesity, I can tell you, firsthand, that we desperately need a tax on sugary beverages to help reduce consumption of these unhealthy drinks . One-third of New York's children are overweight or obese and kids today are consuming far more soda than milk. Ten to 15 percent of our children's daily calories now come from sugar-sweetened beverages.

The number of children I see who are overweight and obese is staggering and many are suffering from related diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, asthma and high cholesterol. Pediatricians are working to help children in this battle, but we can't do it alone.

To those who claim that sugary beverages have nothing to do with our childhood obesity epidemic, I say nonsense. When kids guzzle super-sized, high-calorie, high-sugar, low-nutrition drinks, of course this is going to add extra pounds.

On a recent trip to Albany to discuss this with our legislators, I found a remarkable lack of political willpower. Do they really want to protect the beverage companies at the expense of our children's health?

Dr. Marc S. Jacobson

Great Neck