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Letters: The LIE needs a truck stop

Traffic on the westbound Long Island Expressway is

Traffic on the westbound Long Island Expressway is backed up after an accident that briefly closed down the LIE in both directions in Old Westbury at around 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning, Aug. 7, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

My husband is an over-the-road truck driver ["Rest stop politics seem Cuomo's style," Letters, Aug. 31]. I worry every night about where he will park to sleep. He has given up family time and major holidays to transport goods. I find it appalling that officials and the public are against a new rest area on the Long Island Expressway.

"Not in my backyard!" they cry.The next time you reach for toilet paper, think of the truck driver who delivered it and ask yourself where he or she is sleeping. Is it on the side of a road or safely parked in a truck rest stop?

Candace Warren, Smithtown

I'm frustrated and angered by the report of the hesitation by the state Department of Transportation and elected officials to build a modern rest stop on the Long Island Expressway. No matter where you travel in the tri-state area -- or the entire country, for that matter -- modern, well-lit rest stops are plentiful, except on Long Island. It's an unacceptable embarrassment.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo needs to take the lead, overrule any and all internal squabbling, and get it done!

Richard Doyle, Lake Grove