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LETTERS: Shelters, college search, 9/11 hero

No shelters here

In your editorial ["Get them out of the cold," Opinion, Dec. 30], you fail to address the impact shelters in industrial areas cause for the surrounding communities. Most industrial areas are located near or in poorer communities, which already have many social problems. Why not place these shelters in isolated affluent areas? There appears to be some type of discrimination going on against some communities.

Sandra Thomas

Wheatley HeightsFailed college search

Your editorial on the search for a new president at Suffolk County Community College ["Search and disrespect," Opinion, Dec. 28] is right on target. The college community and public have been let down by the process. It is up to the board of trustees to correct a failed search by at least reviewing its decision to reject the one remaining candidate recommended by the search committee.

Dr. Shaun McKay survived scrutiny to emerge a finalist. The interim president, George Gatta, thought enough of McKay to appoint him interim executive vice president. Your editorial raises the right questions as to why the board has chosen to reject the committee's decision. All of us who live in Suffolk have a stake in the future of our community college. The trustees are obliged to come to their decision on a new president in the most transparent manner possible.

John C. Gallagher

Miller PlaceEditor's note: The writer, a former Suffolk County police commissioner, is an adjunct professor of history at Suffolk County Community College and served as executive dean of the Brentwood campus from 1973-80.

Line-of-duty hero

I am ashamed and appalled that one of our 9/11 heroes has been denied a line-of-duty honor ["Jim Ryan, NYC firefighter," News, Dec. 28]. What does it take today for Americans to recognize heroes like Ryan who, along with our many other first responders, gave their lives on that tragic day or who suffered terminal illnesses in the aftermath?

I would like the Ryan family to know that at least one American carries all of those lost, then and now, in her heart every day.

Jane Rogan

Miller PlaceTrees, not solar

Anyone thinking of cutting down trees ["LIPA approves solar farm deal," News, Dec. 18] for solar panels isn't thinking this through carefully. Trees absorb and store CO2 naturally. Solar panels only make sense on rooftops of the buildings they will provide power to. A solar farm requires access roads and transmission lines - all environmentally unfriendly.

LI doesn't need environmentally unfriendly solar projects with highly questionable economics.

Roy Mongelli

West Islip