Get solar energy right
Conspicuous by its absence from Newsday's report "LIPA approves solar farm deal" [News, Dec. 18] is the fact that the proposed 32-megawatt solar array at Brookhaven National Laboratory would result in the clear-cutting of 150 acres of pine barrens - the ecosystem that protects Long Island's purest drinking water supply.
LIPA champions the idea that this solar farm will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well as other greenhouse gases. But since trees control greenhouse gases and reduce our carbon footprint, the project is hardly a model for sustainable energy. At best, it's two steps forward and one backward.
We've asked for relocation or mitigation of this much-needed project so we can avoid sacrificing one natural resource to harness another. Before Long Island starts solar energy off in the wrong direction, let's get it right.
RiverheadEditor's note: The writer is executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society.
Kudos to the
Town of Oyster Bay
In response to "Day laborers, activists rally" [News, Dec. 16]. I say kudos to the Town of Oyster Bay. The good people of Oyster Bay work hard and pay a lot of taxes to support their homes and their community. They have a right to protect their investment and not have their downtown be compromised by migrant workers loitering in the streets.
Wading RiverSewer sensibility
Thank you for "Seething over sewer hookups" [News, Dec. 22]. Sewer hookups are very important for our residents, and this story will go a long way to helping homeowners get hooked up. The fact that Newsday pointed out that Heartland has pre-approval will put even more pressure on the county and elected officials to do the right thing.
North BabylonEditor's note: The writer, a member of Concerned Citizens For Sewers, is a former candidate for Suffolk County Legislature.