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Newsday letters to the editor for Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

Students at Paducah Tilghman High School joined in

Students at Paducah Tilghman High School joined in prayer on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 -- a day after an armed 15-year-old student killed two fellow students and injured 18 at Marshall County High School in a neighboring community. Photo Credit: AP / Michael Clevenger

Oil rigs could spoil Long Island shores

Thanks to Newsday’s editorial “Drill, baby, drill is wrongheaded” [Jan. 24] for pointing out the risks of offshore oil drilling, especially when coupled with the weakening of the safety regulations.

Ugly rigs visible from our shores, and the possibility of oil spills polluting our beaches and infiltrating our groundwater, are the obvious reasons to oppose such drilling. The Trump administration also ignores climate science by favoring dirty fossil fuels over clean, renewable energy.

As inhabitants of an island, we cannot continue supporting policies that will continue to lead to global warming, rising sea levels, and increasing storms, among other effects.

Pushing for an exemption from drilling for New York is not a sufficient solution. As we saw with the 2010 BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, spilled oil knows no state boundaries and affects the beaches and economies of several states as it spreads. And wherever the spill occurs, the cost of cleanup will be shared by all of the taxpayers.

Karen Higgins, Massapequa Park

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of 2nd District Democrats, a grass-roots group.

Schools in New York rank higher than N.C.

The writer of the Jan. 23 letter “High cost of living is making us leave Long Island” compared costs here with those in North Carolina.

In its annual evaluation of states, published Jan. 17, Education Week, a national newspaper and website, gave North Carolina schools a grade of C- and ranked its schools 40th among all states. New York schools received a B- and ranked ninth.

So, if you want to leave Long Island for North Carolina, be sure to leave your kids behind to be raised by their grandparents and educated on Long Island.

John Gimberlein, West Babylon

School shootings mustn’t be accepted

There have been 11 school shootings so far in 2018, among them one on Jan. 23 at a Kentucky high school [“Cops: Pupil kills 2,” News, Jan. 24]. Authorities said a 15-year-old boy fatally shot two of his classmates and injured 18 more.

It took President Donald Trump more than 24 hours to tweet his condolences to the families. In the meantime, he tweeted about immigration and text messages between FBI agents.

Where is the outrage? We know that this president isn’t going to call out the National Rifle Association on gun control. After all, it spent millions of dollars to get him elected.

Why is this allowed in this country? Has this become the norm? When are we going to insist on stricter gun laws from our elected officials?

This is an election year, and now is the time to make changes.

Ann Leahy, Wantagh

Make businesses pay for illegal hiring

I don’t understand why there can’t be agreement on the wall [“A look at ‘America First,’ ” News, Jan. 26]. After all, isn’t Mexico paying for it? Isn’t the Mexican government going to overnight a check? I thought this president was the great dealmaker.

Wake up, President Donald Trump supporters, you have been fleeced, and he is making every American pay for something that is the wrong solution to the problem.

If you want to cut down on illegal immigration, address the reason people come here, which is to find jobs and better economic lives. Make every business document its hires. If an employer hires someone who’s here illegally, make the business pay a fine and the responsible person do jail time.

Business owners would think twice about that. By the way, I’m a business owner.

Michael McBride, Moriches

Town signs aren’t really about being responsive

Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci and his board members all support the “under $2,000” spent putting their names on town signs [“No signs here of stopping tradition,” News, Jan. 25].

“It’s good when constituents know who their elected officials are . . . so they know who to contact if they see litter in the park or damage to a fence,” Lupinacci said. Board member Joan Cergol agreed.

If officials care about actually hearing complaints from the people who elected them, wouldn’t every sign include phone numbers and email addresses? I suspect what they care about is name recognition for the next time they’re listed on an election ballot.

Richard Siegelman, Plainview


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