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LETTERS: Police pay, teacher jobs and more

Top police pay should come with experience

As a recently retired schoolteacher of 30-plus years who earned $100,000 in my last five years (inclusive of full-day summer school), I certainly believe that police officers are entitled to the same final salaries . What I object to is that it is earned after only six years. To reach the $100,000 plateau, I needed to get my state-mandated masters, plus 45 more credits beyond that. The taxpayers spent their hard-earned money to reward me when I had gained the experience and knowledge of 25 years of teaching.

Before police officers are rewarded with similar money, let them earn it through experience only time can give them.

Bruce Schoenberg


Teachers could save jobs with pay freeze

Doesn't anyone realize that the teachers control their own destiny ? If they want to save jobs, they need to accept a pay freeze. The economic crisis impacts everyone. Why should teachers and administrators be exempt from this?

Sheila Whitlow

East Northport

'Obstructionists' are listening to voters

A recent letter writer believes that legislators who are obstructing the health care bill are blindly supporting their party while disregarding the electorate. Where has this writer been?

Almost daily, we see polls indicating a majority of the electorate wants to scrap the current monstrosity of a bill. The so-called obstructionist legislators are the only ones listening to the electorate.

Yes, we do want to improve health care, lower insurance costs, and provide coverage to those who cannot afford it. We can do that with tort reform, opening state lines, and health care vouchers. There is no need to destroy our economy and a basically good health care system, or further expand an overstuffed and arrogant government.

Joe Ruszczyk

Kings Park

Prostate screenings offer valuable service

I take issue with some of the comments in a recent article regarding prostate cancer screenings . Many screenings involve an education component, and a chance for the participant to discuss men's health issues with the physician performing the screening. With many people lacking medical coverage, free health screenings serve some as their sole means of accessing health care and should be encouraged.

Dr. Gary S. Oshinsky


Editor's note: The writer is a urologist and president of the Integrated Medical Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that provides educational programs and prostate cancer screenings.