LIA chair and Bethpage Federal Credit Union's CEO and president...

LIA chair and Bethpage Federal Credit Union's CEO and president Kirk Kordeleski speaks about the Long Island Small Business Survey at the LIA Small Business & Sole Proprietor Committee meeting this morning in Melville. (April 26, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

It does not bode well for Long Island's economy that not even half the jobs that were lost during the recession have returned, a rate that is roughly half the state's rate of job return ["LI's lost jobs slow to return," News, June 1].

While economist Pearl Kamer of the Long Island Association can cite the slow process of attracting high-tech jobs as a predominant factor, that is just an excuse. In places like North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham area, high-tech, private sector job creation is a result of leadership and cooperation between the private sector and universities. This is severely lacking on the Island.

Stony Brook University has generated painfully few jobs in high-tech, despite having been awarded tax dollars, both at the university and at its business incubator in Calverton. How much time before this turns around?

The Long Island Association deserves some of the blame. It has shown itself to be lacking the kind of innovative leadership that characterizes such agencies in dynamic areas. That organization just delivers the same old platitudes and worn-out statistics.

Yes, it's true that the housing crash and high taxes have contributed to Long Island's slow recovery, but the most important factor is lack of leadership.

Harry Katz, Southold

The jobs are gone, and they are not coming back. Please do not decide whom to vote for in the presidential election based on the jobs outlook. President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party can't do anything to bring back the jobs. Don't fool yourselves into thinking anyone can change the situation.

Thanks to technology, the jobs that required massive numbers of employees (secretaries, mailroom operations, check processors, telephone operators) are gone or dwindling. These were middle-class jobs that provided entry-level or long-term employment until retirement for previous generations. Retail and postal workers are hanging by a thread.

It only takes a few programmers to create something that can end hundreds of jobs. Don't hate the programmers; they're innovators. Don't blame the corporations; it's just good business practice. Don't blame yourself; you're just using what is offered. Don't blame the government or expect it to rescue you.

It's a no-fault problem. It's called progress, but maybe we've progressed a little too quickly without considering the dire consequences.

Michele Brass, Bethpage


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