We were very disturbed and distracted to see the beautiful peak fall foliage we’ve always admired along the Wantagh and Meadowbrook parkways obstructed by the useless visual pollution of clusters of huge “I Love New York” billboards [“Made in Arkansas,” News, Dec. 2].
As volunteers with several environmental organizations, we’ve led many nature hikes through the hundreds of acres of linear parks established by Robert Moses along these parkways. We’ve introduced a large cross-section of Long Islanders to woods, lakes, streams, ponds, wetlands and other natural treasures filled with birds and wildlife leading up to world-famous and historical Jones Beach.
Moses deliberately called these scenic wooded corridors parkways when he designed them. We suggest the billboards be recycled.
Richard and Lisa Schary, North Bellmore
As a regular user of the Long Island Expressway, I applaud the efforts of Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau to get the state to remove the signs that suddenly appeared on the LIE and elsewhere. These overly large, blue, wordy signs are clearly eyesores and impossible to safely read and digest while traveling in excess of 60 mph. They appear as clashing blue blurs against an otherwise tranquil green background when driving west on the LIE out of Riverhead.
How state transportation officials can claim these signs promote tourism is hard to fathom. They are on roadways where they will be viewed primarily by residents already aware of their state’s attractions. They provide website addresses, but how can a driver write down a web address while traveling at highway speeds?
Ronald Kadin, Medford
While reading Newsday on Dec. 2, three stories involving New York State caught my eye. One was about two formerly close aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo who were indicted in an alleged payoff scheme involving upstate developers [“Former aides to guv plead not guilty in corruption case,” News].
The second story was about the fiasco regarding the roadway tourism signs. Apparently some of the signs were printed in Arkansas, and possibly all will have to be removed under a threat of losing millions in federal funds because they don’t conform to highway standards.
The third story was about a $6 million proposal to build camping cabins in Wildwood and Heckscher state parks [“Two parks to get cabins, cottages,” News].
Wouldn’t it be nice if the governor could get these cabins built using New York State materials and labor without anyone being indicted?
Thomas Duignan, West Islip