Homes destroyed by superstorm Sandy are shown at Ortley Beach...

Homes destroyed by superstorm Sandy are shown at Ortley Beach in Toms River, N.J. (April 25, 2013) Credit: AP

I was floored upon reading the article "After Sandy: 42% of donations not spent" [News, Oct. 24].

No matter the catastrophe -- Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Center disaster, or superstorm Sandy -- Americans always find it in their hearts to help our fellow citizens. The fact that the money, one year later, has still not been fully disbursed is aggravating.

The article states that $238 million is still "unspent," and some charities indicate that they might use those funds for other purposes? Talk about bait and switch!

Catherine Kropf Harris, Levittown

It makes no sense to me that beach boardwalks on Long Island have been rebuilt at a cost of millions while storm victims continue to suffer because of the ongoing difficulty of obtaining funds from state and federal agencies to rebuild or restore their homes.

Joe Giacoponello, Garden City

I agree with James Loy's statements in "Fortify our financial infrastructure" [Opinion, Oct. 28]. The former Coast Guard commandant recommended that Congress develop a financial system for natural catastrophes that allows private insurers to offer viable policies in at-risk markets.

This would encourage the people to rely on their government and know that they will not have to deal with as much financial struggle if a major storm hits again, especially since there are storms to come, and many are still trying to recover from Sandy.

Stacey Corcoran, Floral Park

No matter how much New York State government says it's ready for another hurricane, it can never be true ["Protecting NYC from next storm," News, Oct. 28].

After Tropical Storm Irene, which did nowhere near as much damage as Sandy, the government was already saying it was ready for the next one. We all know that wasn't true.

My area was hit by both storms, which damaged my house. Some people in my area got little to no help from the agencies assigned to aid in rebuilding.

My family is almost done repairing our house. Recently, almost a year after the storm, we received a letter saying the government would pay to demolish the house and rebuild. If someone was in that much need, why weren't they offered help earlier?

Matthew Korn, Freeport

Inspired by story of painted jets

I find it astounding that so many people volunteered to fix up two old fighter jets ["Retired jets get some new paint," News, Oct. 28]. I'm surprised people stayed out in the cold just to repaint the F-14 Tomcat and A-6E Intruder at Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton.

This not only helped to restore these historical machines, but it also proved that when people put their minds to something, difficulties can't keep them from accomplishing their goals.

James Rogers, Seaford

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