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LETTERS: Teacher salaries, domestic violence and more

Teacher salaries

are not the problem

After reading a constant barrage of letters regarding how unfair teachers' salaries are, I have to ask: How much should a teacher be paid? It is very easy to sit back and say the teachers have it too easy. But what is the value of a master's degree-plus in the private sector? Where does it say that a teacher should make less money than anyone in the private sector?

Teaching is not a closed field at all but a very competitive field - as competitive as any private sector position out there.

Do not blame us for the financial problems here on Long Island. If you are so concerned that schools are dragging you down, start going to your board meetings and see what the money is spent on. Think about the millions stolen from Roslyn that didn't affect the education there, and guess what? That money didn't come out of teacher salaries. Get involved with the process and see what changes really need to be made.

This is a tough time for everyone. My taxes are also out of control, but I do get involved in what my district spends. Having teachers take pay cuts is an unrealistic solution.

Mike McGuirk

LevittownSupporting victims

Kudos to Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy for vetoing the domestic violence registry bill ["Levy vetoes domestic violence registry bill," News, Dec. 18]. In doing so, he supports the experts who actually deal with these problems through various organizations working for domestic violence victims. Legis. DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) and 13 misguided colleagues who voted for the bill apparently think that a high- tech version of the pillories used by our Colonial ancestors to expose violators to ridicule and abuse is an easy solution to a difficult problem. They need to learn that when you don't have a solution, it's better to do nothing.

Peter W. Holub

RidgeLIPA solar project

is a positive step

The Long Island Power Authority's 50-megawatt solar project illustrates the public power utility's strong commitment to renewable energy and puts Long Island and the state at the forefront of the clean energy revolution ["LIPA approves solar farm deal," News, Dec. 18].

This project makes both economic and environmental sense for all Long Islanders. These benefits by far outweigh any nominal rate impacts that may be associated with the project, leading us to a cleaner green economy.

It will improve the region's air quality and reduce our carbon footprint. By decreasing demand on National Grid's five power plants, which withdraw 2 billion gallons of coastal water a day for cooling, this solar project also has the potential to reduce the plants' negative impact on aquatic life.

Kyle Rabin

ManhattanEditor's note: The writer is director of the Network for New Energy Choices.

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