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Letters: Needed focus on domestic violence

An order of protection isn't worth the paper it's printed on ["Unprotected: The death of Santia Williams," News, Aug. 10]. The restrictions stated on these orders are rarely enforced by police, so these horrendous acts continue, in this case ending in death.

An abuser knows that he has a pretty good chance of avoiding any viable consequence for his actions, so there is no incentive to stop threats, harassment and violence.

If there were repeated calls to the police reporting vandalism, the perpetrator would probably have been arrested and arraigned. Why is property given more consideration than a person?

The police need to be educated about orders of protection. There has to be some training for the police in assessing the ramifications of domestic violence. We have to make significant revisions to a very flawed legal system. No one is immune.

Patricia Daly, Valley Stream

Newsday published an article on its front page about the death of a young woman who did not receive sufficient protection from the Suffolk County police. She apparently wasn't helped by any of so-called anti-violence groups, either. Everyone left her out there to fend for herself.

Then on page A29 there was the story "2 women stoned to death" [News, Aug. 10] in Syria for alleged adultery. Where's the outrage about this?

This appears to be the real war on defenseless women. People must stop saying that forcing women to pay for birth control is a "war on women."

Tom Caro, Levittown

Addicts in recovery should unite

My daughter lived through a drug overdose in April ["A raw sensitivity beneath the jokes," News, Aug. 12]. Afterward, she went to The New Direction in Walton, N.Y., a center for counseling and recovery from substance abuse. It cost $6,000 for a three-week program. She has chosen to stay there and work and is very lucky. So am I.

My daughter had been arrested in December for sleeping at a traffic light and was charged with driving while intoxicated. I never knew she had a problem.

I am in recovery and see young people struggling with addiction all around me. Something different must be done. There's an organization,, that is asking people to state publicly that they are addicts and help end discrimination and criminalization of addiction. The organization has recently released a documentary film, "The Anonymous People."

If the estimated 23 million Americans in recovery publicly united, we could help fight insurance companies, change people's perceptions of addicts and alcoholics, be there for our neighbors, and provide a big safety net for those who are struggling and need support.

Pat DeSocio, Glen Cove

Wilson shows wisdom leaving game

In these days of money-hungry, overpaid, underachieving, lying, cheating, steroid-using, lawbreaking, selfish athletes, David Wilson of the New York Giants is a breath of fresh air ["Wilson walks away," Sports, Aug. 5].

His choice to save his health and give up his football career makes him a role model for all of us. He has wisdom on what's important in life. Hopefully he will find a new role in the NFL.

Susan Padovano, Bay Shore

Suffolk's right to add healthy food

Today's obesity epidemic and rising health care costs are only part of the reason why the Suffolk County food bill is a step in the right direction ["Suffolk food legislation is a nanny-state recipe," Editorial, Aug. 7].

Another side to this story is that there is a growing consumer demand for healthy food. Currently, billions of dollars are being spent on organic food, and the number of farmers markets and other community-supported agriculture is on the rise. This reflects people's desire to eat healthier. How can consumers and constituents achieve good health if their surroundings do not support it?

If our public places cannot be havens for wellness, then it stands to reason that our legislators should support the public in its efforts to achieve sound health. How can we reach this elusive ideal of healthy living if we are inundated with poor food choices?

It's simple: by surrounding ourselves with positive environments such as healthy places to eat and be active. What is so wrong about being able to purchase a kale salad at beach concessions? Perhaps the Suffolk County food bill should not be looked at as government policing, but rather as public servants serving.

Iman Marghoob, Mount Sinai

Editor's note: The writer is a registered dietitian.