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LETTERS: Property tax assessments, cultural diversity and more

Two takes

on a taxing issue

I am always amazed at the complex issue of applying property taxes ["Assessments drop, but tax bills don't," News, Jan. 3]. The formula is vexing at best and incomprehensible at worst. I'd like to postulate a highly simple and fair way of applying property taxes. Personal property taxes should be $1.50 per square foot and business property taxes should be $1.75 per square foot. Straightforward, fair and simple.

Dominick Figliuolo


Just assigning a fair value to a building doesn't clean up Nassau County's high costs. The school tax is very high. Do we need to combine school districts? For that matter, why do Nassau police cost more than those in New York City? Why are certain water districts private and so expensive? If we can take over someone's home, why not a water district? Why is sanitation so expensive? Perhaps having a countywide district is needed. We elected Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano; I pray he is up to the task of cleaning up the overlapping services and gouging costs.

Denis Wittman

OceansidePlow drivers

deserve our thanks

It seems many have negative and even hostile things to say about the brave people who plowed and sanded our roads. This was during and after Long Island got hit with the biggest snowfall - some say ever!

They placed their safety at risk and worked through the night, while most of us were safe and warm in our homes.

Did they get every street on the first pass? No, but considering the danger and risk factor, it was a job well done. I feel all involved should be commended, not insulted.

Billy DePace

FarmingdaleCultural diversity makes us all richer

In response to the letter about immigration ["Welcome, but adapt," Letters, Jan. 5], I don't understand what disturbs people about bilingualism. My children's' grandmother also came from Italy and she did not speak a word of English. She lived in the Italian section of Glen Cove, worked with other Italians in a sewing factory, bought her groceries from the Italian grocer, read her Italian newspaper. She never adapted, she clung to her Italian ways and customs, and we try to remember and embrace them.

When we went to look for apartments for our daughter who works in Manhattan, we drove to one Realtor in Williamsburg and heard people speaking Yiddish. We looked in Bay Ridge and the landlord spoke to us in Russian. We looked at places in Little Italy and Chinatown. Cultural diversity makes our country rich and wonderful; our tolerance will be the thing that saves us.

Danielle Petruzziello

Middle Island