Rendering of the proposed Midway Crossing development in Ronkonkoma, which would...

Rendering of the proposed Midway Crossing development in Ronkonkoma, which would include a convention center, hotel, sports arena, and a northern terminal for Long Island MacArthur Airport. Credit: JLL/Crawford Architects

Patients' funds status is important, too

As a physician practicing on Long Island for 47 years, I find it difficult to understand the number of my colleagues who care about their patients but want to dismantle laws that protect the public from the uncertainties and vicissitudes that define medical billing schedules and the financial catastrophes that can follow ["Surgeon seeks to overturn billing law," News, May 15]. Great disparities exist in the compensation that physicians receive for their services based on the specialty they practice and a patient's insurance status. The public needs protection from deceptive medical insurance vendors, inadequate compensation to some medical providers and overpayment to others. These and many other medical care issues require remediation, but it should be abundantly clear to all caring parties that the controlling principle must be the prevention of financial catastrophe for the sick and not the assurance that in each and every case the doctor or hospital will receive their full customary fee.

Dr. William J. Bennett, Huntington

Billions could be spent in better ways

I can't put my finger on it, but my gut says this supposed project of regional significance seems over the top for our island ["Transformative project," News, May 13]. We could better utilize the $2.8 billion to fix our roads, update our antiquated infrastructure, build a high-speed railroad system, etc. Why, in this day and age, is there no bridge across the Long Island Sound?

The project's developers contend it would "bring the world to Long Island," but isn't Long Island crowded enough? Do we really want the world to come here? Don't we already have enough hotels, sporting complexes and shopping?

All that being said, updating Long Island MacArthur Airport isn't a bad idea, and adding a railroad link would be great, but is it necessary to include the peripheral components?

Doug Otto, Massapequa

Try to book any airline flying out of MacArthur Airport. After added fees, including baggage and seat assignment, none is a bargain. I fail to see how the billions of dollars spent on the hub and moving the terminal would benefit Long Island taxpayers. Let the airlines pay for it.

Gerry O’Brien, Ronkonkoma

'Foxes' already are in schools' chicken coop

How ironic. A former president of a teachers' union is warning us against allowing the "fox" into the chicken coop ["Don't let 'fox' into school chicken coop," Letters, May 12]. He fails to mention that school board candidates endorsed and funded by the teachers' union have long been "foxes" in the chicken coop. How do you think school board members endorsed and funded by the teachers' union are going to vote when it comes to the union's agenda?

What we need are independent school board members who are not influenced by teachers' unions or any other special interests. I want school board members who will curb excessive spending and vote for budgets that hold the line on local school taxes and vote for curriculum that teach the basics of "reading, writing and arithmetic," not cultural agendas.

Charles J. Shields III, Freeport

Windfall tax could slow price gouging

Inflation is an issue affecting almost all Americans ["Inflation keeps firm grip on LI," News, May 12]. Let's not blame President Joe Biden. The stimulus programs were intended to prevent a collapse of our national economy and to protect average Americans. And they worked. The American economy remains strong. Causes of inflation include supply chain issues, an overreliance on China for manufactured goods, as well as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has sent energy prices spiking. But another reason may be simple greed -- price gouging. To combat this, perhaps it is time for a windfall profit tax that would penalize companies that earn extraordinarily high profits. How about a 50% tax on profits above 2021 levels for a start?
Gerry Ring, Old Bethpage

Ponder options before crushing ATVs

While I agree on the dangers of all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes on public streets and even on private properties, crushing them by a bulldozer appears to be environmentally reckless ["Taking action on ATVs a welcome move," Letters, April 5]. Were the fluids properly removed and disposed of? Where are the crushed vehicles sent for disposal? Other possible solutions to disposing them including selling them or donating them to first-responder organizations. They can be used on the beach and in large parks to aide in rescues. Recycling, of course, is another option.

Teresa Eberhart, Freeport

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