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Letters: High salaries show need for reform

In "Pensions for educators" [News, Aug. 3], I read, "Superintendents and their state representatives in Albany also said the pensions received on Long Island reflect the region's high cost of living."

What an astute and profound observation from those collecting from $215,000 to $325,000 in annual pensions, which help to drive up the region's high cost of living through the taxes we pay to cover those pensions. Their monthly pension checks are more than most people's annual pensions.

James J. McCormick, East Northport

I was so happy to see this article. Finally, somebody had the guts to expose such financial abuses. No one should retire with more than 75 percent of his or her base salary.

The only thing Newsday did not mention is the fact that in addition to the superintendents, there are three or four assistant superintendents for each district, also with large salaries. Compared across school districts, they are more or less all doing the same thing. One superintendent would be sufficient for all Long Island school districts.

Meanwhile, education is not at its best, the schools are crying for more funds and homeowners are bleeding trying to pay the exorbitant taxes.

Nick LaBianca, Port Jefferson Station

Time to get off the railroad employees' backs and start going after these people, whose jobs are less than necessary!

Carole Weigel, Glen Head

Green bill would have hurt economy

Richard Amper's essay, "Wanted: Politicians who answer to us" [Opinion, Aug. 4], takes his eco-radical agenda, which would effectively shut down our region's economy, and cloaks it in his "outrage" over the latest political maneuverings in Albany.

So, let's be clear that this is really about his anger over state legislation he sought to pass that would have added yet one more well-paid layer of government to an already staggering amount of environmental oversight, regulation, rules, reporting, red tape and the necessary staff to keep it all nice and tidy.

The cost of government and multiple layers of regulation are key reasons why businesses and corporations are departing the region for places that manage to protect the environment without bankrupting the taxpayer. Let's not be coy about the author's newly uncovered anger over the politics he has played so well for so many years.

Desmond Ryan, Hauppauge

Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island, a group of developers.

Roads continue in sorry shape

The conditions of the major and minor road surfaces, including the Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway, across Nassau and Suffolk counties, are deplorable. Not only does this cause unsafe driving conditions, it can result in serious accidents as drivers swerve to avoid danger at the last second.

These road conditions hurt our cars, pedestrians and bikers, and they're continuing to worsen with the excessive traffic on the Island. The cost of constant repairs to our automobiles and commercial trucks must be enormous and unnecessary. Considering the amount of taxes the residents and businesses pay annually to our towns and local governments, there is no reason that our roads should be so disgusting.

This is an embarrassment to our beautiful communities, and, as the cold weather returns, there will be a permanency to these poor, unsafe and costly conditions.

Richard Nattis, Woodbury

Trump's manifesto could boost GOP

The GOP needs to come up with its own growth plan if it wants to win the Senate in this year's mid-term election ["3-term GOP senator leads in Kansas race," News, Aug. 6]. I have a suggestion.

The Republican Party made historic gains in the 1994 mid-term elections by adopting the "Contract with America" policies that Ross Perot published in 1992. In late 2011, Donald Trump published his pro-growth manifesto, "Time to Get Tough," which is chock full of realistic solutions on how to repair the U.S. economy and reverse the policies that have put us $17 trillion in debt.

I suggest that the GOP relive its winning 1994 strategy by adopting Trump's contract with America: repealing Obamacare, fully realizing America's energy potential with fracking and widespread oil and gas drilling, and confronting China on its currency manipulation.

This would put America back to work, slash taxes and once again make the United States a prominent economic superpower.

Eugene R. Dunn, Medford