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Newsday letters to the editor for Monday, March 19, 2018

A sign indicates the passenger terminal at Long

A sign indicates the passenger terminal at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. Parking areas are south of the terminal. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Reduce food waste, and feed the hungry

All New Yorkers should support the Newsday editorial board’s call for action on food waste [“Smarter ideas for excess food,” Editorial, Feb. 28].

Food wasted is a missed opportunity to help with the food insecurity faced by 42 million Americans. As Newsday noted, the nation wastes an estimated 40 percent of the food we produce. Food thrown out ends up in landfills, where it rots and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal would require businesses generating more than 2 tons of food waste a week to donate a portion to anti-hunger efforts. The rest would be composted or recycled through anaerobic digestion. This is the second year the governor has targeted this problem. It failed in 2017 after opposition in the State Senate based on concerns raised by some restaurants. The governor has modified his proposal, including providing money to help restaurants comply. More funds are also provided to help food banks handle the donations.

New York needs senators from Long Island to step up and support this proposal in the state budget.

Tammy Merilan, Albany

Editor’s note: The writer is a policy associate for the New York Public Interest Research Group, an advocacy organization.

Clean up language in the newspaper

I’m really annoyed by the language I have read recently in your newspaper. In the March 3 comic “Dilbert,” the word “frickin’” was used, and we all know what that stands for. On March 9, “Pearls Before Swine” said, “What the @#@# is happening to the country I knew?” Readers can easily fill in the expletives.

These show how your comics are not fit for the entire family anymore.

Also, Newsday’s repeated use of the vulgarity the president used to describe some African nations in January is totally unnecessary and not up to decent standards.

Elaine Beckerman,


Too expensive to park at MacArthur

I love Long Island MacArthur Airport, but the parking fees there are very high [“A MacArthur experiment,” Opinion, March 10].

I’ve been to other airports, as has my daughter, who is in the Navy, and the cost of parking at MacArthur is almost twice as much, even in the economy lot. At $14 a day, it makes parking for a trip cost almost as much as the airfare.

It would be nice if they could give Long Islanders a break and encourage us to use MacArthur.

It’s cheaper to park in the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road garage and take the shuttle over. If MacArthur wants more passengers, the airport should do something to make travel more affordable.

Carol TreutleinLake Grove

Bromund fails to cite Bush invasion of Iraq

Columnist Ted R. Bromund’s work for a right-wing think tank slants his views. In “Obama’s ugly legacy in the Mideast” [Opinion, March 4], he goes back only 10 years, blaming President Barack Obama for Middle Eastern problems, including the tragedy in Syria.

President George W. Bush invaded Iraq and helped ignite that country’s civil war between Sunnis and Shiites across the entire region. The United States fought a senseless war in Iraq and is still committed in Afghanistan.

John Boughal, Bayport

Put metal detectors in all schools

For many years, it has not been possible to enter either a federal or New York State courthouse without a metal detector scan [“Debates on school gun safety,” News, March 6]. Bags and backpacks are opened by armed court officers, notwithstanding the presence of such officers throughout the building.

While the less-than-civil debate about banning assault rifles or arming school teachers rages, I see no reason why all cannot agree to immediately afford children, who are required by law to attend school, the same security afforded to judges and court personnel.

This should be uniform and mandated by state authorities, as is in the courts, not left to various localities.

A disturbed and violent child can easily enter school with a stolen pistol in an uninspected backpack. A smaller body count from a killer using a handgun rather than an assault rifle is no consolation if one’s child is shot.

Ellen J. Richardson, Shirley

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired attorney.

I agree with Lane Filler’s column about raising the age to buy guns, but don’t stop there [“Raise the age to serve, vote, buy guns,” Opinion, Feb. 28].

To prevent another Parkland-style massacre, listen to Fred Guttenberg, a former Long Islander now living in Florida.

With family and friends, he is mourning the tragic murder of his beloved daughter, Jaime.

Along with the incredible, articulate Parkland students, he is calling for the elimination of the sale of weapons of war for all ages.

Carol Cott Gross, East Northport