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Newsday letters to the editor for Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Nassau Inter-County Express bus in Garden City

A Nassau Inter-County Express bus in Garden City on Jan. 1, 2011. Credit: Barry Sloan

Bus service cuts hurt many workers

I heartily agree with the letter “High taxes, but inadequate bus service” [Just Sayin’, May 13]. I’m having the same problems.

Nassau Inter-County Express tinkered again with its routes recently by cutting service on some lines and eliminating others. The N78/79 bus serves a large ridership, and disruption of this line hurts many people.

The N81 bus provided access to schools and many businesses. Its cancellation causes major difficulties for those who must travel to that area daily, a hardship compounded by the loss of its service to the Bethpage train station. Meanwhile, the companion bus, the N80, though in service, is available only during the morning, mid-afternoon and evening.

Limited service is a recurring problem riders have had to face more than once. Changes in bus service force riders to scramble to find alternate means to get to work. It’s ludicrous.

Jo Novak, Bethpage

Issues of abortion and the origin of life

A recent letter referred to “pro-life feminists,” and I agree with the writer that you can have personal qualms about abortion and still be committed to feminism [“Abortion and the health care debate,” May 16].

What you can’t legitimately do is call yourself a feminist if your goals are to eliminate choice for people who believe differently. The question of when life begins is a religious or moral belief, not a fact. Many people disagree with the belief that life begins at conception.

Some religions teach that blood transfusions are sinful or antibiotic use is against God’s will. Should we create laws against these things to meet the demands of various religions?

Forcing religious beliefs on others regarding their personal life decisions is not only not feminism, it isn’t American either.

Cynthia Lovecchio, Glen Cove

Put LIRR third track on the fast track

Newsday’s editorial board is correct to call on state policymakers and elected officials to approve a third track for the Long Island Rail Road [“Let third track go forward,” Editorial, May 25].

Simply put, the third track project is critical to the region’s future. It would maximize the economic benefits of the multi-billion-dollar investments being made by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including East Side Access, the Second Avenue Subway and the second track between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale. The sizable sums spent on these projects will mean little if the 9.8-mile bottleneck between Floral Park and Hicksville isn’t fixed.

This is a project whose benefits will be felt on both the local and regional levels, which is why it should be fast-tracked.

Richard Murdocco, Syosset

Editor’s note: The writer blogs about Long Island land use at

Huntington should have sewers by now

I want to offer my prayers and sympathy to Edward Sinnott and his family after he died while installing a cesspool in Huntington [“Hole collapse kills one,” News, May 25].

But this event begs an answer. How in this age of incredible achievement — when cures for diseases are found in tiny genes, when a click on a computer can summon a package to your door, and when a grandchild’s face can be seen in real time from miles away on a cellphone — does the Town of Huntington still not have sewers for every home?

This town has some of the highest taxes on Long Island. Supervisor Frank Petrone should be asked this question as he retires. Why has he not pushed to bring his town out of the dark ages of a Third World country?

Michael Rampello, Huntington

Pot references don’t belong in comics

After reading a “Doonesbury” comic on the subject of marijuana [May 21], I wonder whether someone at Newsday would please tell cartoonist G.B. Trudeau that it’s time to move on!

His comments about the “black gay stoner” were a disgrace and not at all funny. Parents have enough trouble teaching children about healthy choices without having to read Trudeau’s attempt at stoner humor.

Comics were called funnies because they were funny, not political satire.

Michael Filaseta, Hauppauge