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Letters: Potential to transform Long Island

Eighty-seven acres with 859 feet of waterfront along

Eighty-seven acres with 859 feet of waterfront along the Long Island Sound in Cutchogue with mature grape vines recently sold for $8.803 million.

A main thing the $550 million provided by the state to Long Island for "transformative" economic development could be used for is the environment ["Transform Long Island," Editorial, April 12].

Besides the sewer outfall pipe mentioned in the editorial, I think the construction of solar panels and wind and water turbines could really help Long Island.

Not only would these things decrease the cost of energy, they would also protect the local environment. Living near beaches and bays, Long Islanders should care more about what happens to our environment.

Burning fumes is killing our world. We need to make a change.

Emily Sgouros, Atlantic Beach

Although your suggestions for improving Long Island are good overall, there is no mention of those of us living on small pensions and Social Security. The editorial also failed to address the primary cause of flight: the abominable, onerous and immoral property taxes imposed on Long Island homeowners.

We are being taxed out of our homes, with no relief in sight. Thousands of us have not recovered from the crash of 2008, and we will never recover. We don't have time. The government bailed out the banks to the tune of billions, but we saw no bailout.

My advice to young people is get out now. Go where you won't be paying more for your property taxes than your mortgage, and don't look back.

Yvonne Kleine, Bayport

All of the projects mentioned in the editorial are great and needed. However, too much money will be wasted on artistic renderings and conceptual drawings of things that will never happen.

A bulk of the money will be stolen, legally or otherwise, and a year from now there will be a ribbon-cutting pony show at some new park.

Why the cynicism? Because that's what is allowed to happen on Long Island. If you read Newsday, you know public money seems to be considered fair game for too many people in positions of trust. Why should this windfall be any different?

Then in a couple of years there will be a big investigation about where the money went. Again! The district attorney will probably seal the file in the interest of the public good. I really hope I'm wrong, but I doubt it.

Leonard DeLorenzo, Selden

With the baby boomers reaching senior citizen status, there is a definite need to create housing for this important segment of our population. While there are some housing options far out in Suffolk County, they are minimal in Nassau.

This 55-plus sector is growing rapidly, in part because of breakthroughs in health treatments and longevity.

Housing should include on-site clubhouses for group activities to stimulate seniors' minds and bodies. Such options are prevalent in Florida. To slow an exodus to other states, this particular shortage must be addressed. This would allow seniors to sell their homes, making more available for young couples and families. This would invigorate the economy.

In addition, the toxic underground plumes on Long Island need to be treated and thwarted. And many of our roads have dangerous potholes that need to be fixed immediately to prevent accidents and damage to autos.

Miriam Berman, Massapequa Park

Newsday's editorial got it totally wrong on the environment. First, to extend the Bay Park sewage discharge pipe into the Atlantic Ocean is akin to the 1950s mantra, "the solution to pollution is dilution."

It perpetuates the misguided myth that the nearshore ocean will not be significantly affected. The key to wastewater treatment is to be found on land by upgrading to extended secondary treatment technology, not just by pushing a perceived problem into the ocean.

Second, sewering in Suffolk County would perpetuate another classic environmental problem: sprawl. The only control on excessive development and its guaranteed degrading pollution problems -- dirtier water, storm runoff and the loss of habitats for marine fisheries -- is the lack of sewer capacity.

A better solution would be to enhance the functioning of septic systems, thus preventing high-rise, high-population densities.

John T. Tanacredi, Rockville Centre

Editor's note: The writer is the director of the Center for Environmental Research & Coastal Oceans Monitoring at Molloy College.