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Newsday letters to the editor for Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

Home run king Babe Ruth, wearing his famed

Home run king Babe Ruth, wearing his famed number 3 uniform, bows as he acknowledges the cheers of thousands of fans who saw the no. 3 retired permanently by the Yankees during the June 13, 1948 observance of the 25th anniversary of the opening of Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Harry Harris) Photo Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS / HARRY HARRIS

Washington not focusing on opioids

Newsday’s editorial on the overdose crisis included a picture of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price [“Overdose crisis: Match words with funding,” Aug. 9].

In my opinion, this administration has only paid lip service to this crisis. Its proposed reduction in treatment funding, the lack of a cohesive drug policy, and the delay in declaring a state of emergency clearly demonstrates a lack of fortitude, good judgment and positive action.

As someone who has lost a loved one to this scourge, I very much appreciate the editorial board’s words, but there has to be more. There should be outrage that we have a major disease epidemic and, except for those on the front lines in both treatment and law enforcement, too little is being done.

Michael Ormin, Farmingville

Avoiding red-light cameras at all costs

I’m a driver who will go blocks out of my way just to avoid red-light cameras [“Red-light cameras need more study,” Letters, Aug. 15]. I will cut through shopping centers and even take alternative routes, just so I don’t have to deal with these annoying inconveniences.

In a 10-mile radius, I know all the red-light cameras and avoid them. Six years ago, I received two tickets and vowed I would never get caught again. So far, so good.

Marie Scalafani, Holbrook

Yankees’ new jersey is a ‘blasphemy’

There is a blasphemy being perpetrated against an institution that has long epitomized the drive to perfection [“A uniformly dumb idea,” Editorial, Aug. 21]. The renowned, pristine jerseys, radiating in the mid-summer sun, blinding vision with selfless greatness, and providing a small comfort to the hearts and minds of the young and old, is under attack by marketeers laying waste to the time-honored symbol held dear by so many.

This abomination could be akin to defacing the Mona Lisa with a mustache or depicting the Statue of Liberty glorifying her singularity with a selfie. The baseball team’s heinous act is none other than putting a player’s name on the iconic cloak of the New York Yankees jersey.

This desecration reportedly has the approval of the team’s hierarchy and the players. Say your prayers, lay your wreaths, light your candles, and gather your grave adornments, because this act will defile our beloved dynastic Yankees frock. Why don’t they just sell their grandmothers?

Brian P. Fitzgerald, Amityville

Enforce school speed limits on Lido Blvd.

David Weiss, the Long Beach school superintendent, has called for lowering the Lido Boulevard speed limit between the Loop Parkway and Prescott Street [“ ‘Tame the traffic’,” News, Aug. 16].

This is not the answer to the speeding problem near the Lido Elementary School. While school officials say that many drivers can top 50 mph on the road marked with a speed limit of 40 mph that heads into Long Beach, by the time then near the elementary school, the road is marked with a 20 mph limit.

Enforcement of the current speed limits is the answer.

When the traffic control cameras were in effect, the speeding problem was diminished. Have the precinct commander of the Nassau County Police Department assign radar enforcement teams to Lido Boulevard, and you will not only cure the speeding problem but also begin to fix the county budget deficit.

M.J. Mitchell, Long Beach

Cops on bikes might add safety at park

I’d like to add a suggestion for safer Massapequa Preserve visits [“Safety in the preserve,” News, Aug. 10]. One man who walks his dog in the preserve suggested adding mounted police patrols. I’ve seen two mounted cops together on the path just once in all my years visiting the park.

However, I just returned from biking on paths in Rhode Island, where I passed a half a dozen cops on bicycles. I’ve never seen local cops on bikes patrolling the Massapequa Preserve. It would be a nice addition, though, no?

Gregg Inkpen, North Massapequa