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Newsday letters to the editor for Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

Glen Cove ferry riders on Sept. 1, 2017.

Glen Cove ferry riders on Sept. 1, 2017. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Many on LI depend on local bus service

I’m astounded by the insensitivity and arrogance of the Nassau Inter-County Express bus service. NICE promoted Car Free Day Long Island on Sept. 22. The idea was to leave your car home and take the bus.

This is a nice concept if you have a car and do not depend on public transportation. However, it’s ludicrous for the thousands who have no car and are unable to travel because of limited bus routes and restricted schedules [“Study: Bus fund needed” News, Aug. 18]. Try getting from Glen Cove to Hempstead on the weekend, or anywhere in Wantagh on any day, just to name a few places where routes were eliminated.

The mothers and their babies at Mommas House depend on buses to get to day care, school, work, doctor appointments, etc. They face incredible obstacles to achieving independence. They and their children are only a small sample of those affected.

It is about time NICE started acting nicely to the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

Pat Shea, Massapequa

Editor’s note: The writer is director of Mommas House in Wantagh, a home for mothers 18 to 24 years old.

Emergency manager was devoted to job

Craig Craft devoted his life to the Wantagh Fire Department and Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management. He also was devoted to his family. No one could want a better friend. When he succumbed to a heart attack at 53 on Sept. 13, he left behind many who loved him [“Nassau OEM chief Craft dies,” News, Sept. 14].

I came to know him after I was appointed to his staff two weeks before superstorm Sandy devastated Long Island. Craft had recently suffered a serious leg injury, but for four months afterward, he would not take time to seek medical advice or to rest. He stayed at his post as Office of Emergency Management commissioner. Stepping aside to let others guide the recovery was not in his nature.

He guided our preparedness programs, which we brought to many communities. He updated equipment and training to better protect residents. Craft would always say each emergency helps prepare us for the next one. He was a gifted man and a true role model for all of us.

Gerard Twombly, Bethpage

Editor’s note: The writer is public information officer for the county Office of Emergency Management.

Ferry from Glen Cove to Conn. could work

I believe Glen Cove officials are missing the boat on their plans to have ferry service to Manhattan [“Glen Cove still ferry optimistic,” News, Sept. 18].

I agree that the summer ferry schedule did not accommodate many who work a typical 9-to-5 day. Ridership was probably also low because of the limited population of riders in Glen Cove and the surrounding area. People not living there have a long ride just to the ferry terminal.

A much better idea would be to initiate ferry service from Glen Cove to Connecticut and points north. This would offer a tremendous alternative for people going to Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.

Current ferry services from Port Jefferson and Orient Point are often filled near capacity. Service from Glen Cove to New England would be much easier and quicker for travelers from Nassau, western Suffolk and eastern Queens.

Marc Alter, Huntington

Stop ignoring effects of climate change

Climate change is here. There is no debate, no more stalling, no more doubt [“NY fund will lose on some energy stocks,” Letters, Sept. 21]. The atmosphere is heating up, sea levels are rising, forest fires are wreaking havoc, storms are intensifying and human health is at risk. Every day, we emit toxins into the air and water.

Can we simply care enough about each other to put aside differences and develop sustainable communities? Can we step away from our cars and develop clean energy sources that drive communities?

We all have a choice. Take a stand, demand the change for a better future. It has to be all of us! Do we want to have to tell our children and grandchildren that we simply could not get it done, and even worse, watched it happen? All the while, we are thinking the next generation will deal with it. We have no more time.

Susan Green, Roslyn Heights

 

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