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Newsday letters to the editor for Monday, June 26, 2017

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

The Long Island Expressway might be the most

The Long Island Expressway might be the most direct way to get from the East End into Manhattan, but don't expect to be going anywhere fast, especially during rush hour. A typical trip on this superhighway is likely to turn into a slow crawl -- unless you happen to be in the HOV lane, that is. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Tall towers ruin our quiet community

As a resident of Eastport, I was disturbed when I saw PSEG Long Island workers installing 80-foot steel utility poles along Route 51 [“Utility towers ruin view on County Road 51,” Letters, June 16]. The poles seem so intrusive as they march along what is mostly farm and woodland.

But when these poles started appearing on Eastport Manor Road and overwhelming our quiet little community, I was horrified. And I still am every time I drive past them.

We have lived in Eastport for almost 25 years, and we chose to for many reasons, not the least of which was the character of the community. It’s not a large town or terribly upscale. What appealed to us was that it’s almost a throwback, where the people in the post office and the deli know your name.

For PSEG to destroy the ambience of this pleasant little village is absolutely unconscionable. The power lines should be buried, with PSEG, and not the residents, picking up the tab.

Jolie Trueman-Honey, Eastport

A bus is a high- occupancy vehicle

A recent letter writer decried putting buses in high occupancy vehicle lanes this summer [“LIRR third track, and summer of ’17,” June 14].

He stated that HOV lanes “should be for high occupancy vehicles only!”

One can only hope his vehicle holds more passengers than a 53-seat bus. That’s some stretch!

Joe Kennedy, Syosset

We must safeguard our elections

As an electrical engineer, I worked on many aspects of computing devices and systems [“Stance on Russian hack,” News, June 21]. I know how fallible machines, programs and people can be. Back doors and side doors have been placed for law enforcement and national security purposes. These can be used by others as well.

To use machines for very critical jobs, without doing everything to make them secure, is foolish. Examples of such jobs are elections and taxation.

Considering the former: blindly tallying votes, expecting that our language will be well understood by all, communicating partial results over susceptible electrical networks. All of us can imagine the results of having a failed electoral system. While computers, hacked or otherwise, did not create the problems, they do contribute mightily.

There are better ways to arrange elections that are safer, fairer, human in scale and promote better relationships among people.

Robert M. Goldberg, Jericho

Killing of president onstage is treasonous

At an outdoor theatrical event in New York City, thespians staged a mock assassination of our president, who is dedicated to protecting America and its citizens [“Much ado about ‘Caesar,’ ” News, June 18].

The audience that cheers over this killing is signaling approval of this sick fantasy. In a time of war against radical Islamists, championing the notion of killing the American president is treason.

Today, such violent imaginings are normal for the left, its comics and entertainers. It’s a measure of their lack of concern for the president, his family, his Cabinet and Congress — and for the electorate.

It’s not really free speech, but incitement to violent overthrow.

Gordon Tomei, Centerport

Trump can’t run U.S. like a company

Donald Trump assumed that the job of president of the United States is the same as that of a CEO. As a CEO, he is the decision- and policy-maker and acts unilaterally.

The U.S. government is not a corporation run by a CEO. It is owned and operated by the citizens of our country. Those citizens choose officials to represent them.

Trump simply does not know the rules of government because of his inexperience. Now that he is in so far over his head, he is reacting (on Twitter and in the news media) like an 8-year-old who just had his bicycle taken away.

Sorry, Mr. Trump, grow up. With all due respect, we the citizens expect you to play by the rules. If you can’t do that, please quit the game!

Lester Katz, Little Neck


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