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Newsday letters to the editor for Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Brentwood seniors celebrate their prom at the Hyatt

Brentwood seniors celebrate their prom at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge, Friday evening, May 19, 2017. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

End use of meters in Bay Shore

After all the Town of Islip has invested to make Bay Shore a wonderful place, the town appears to be seeking to have the community revert to its former state [“Uproar over parking meters,” News, May 24].

As nice as Bay Shore has become, it’s not really a shopping magnet. Because meters have been added for parking, a percentage of people who do shop there will go elsewhere so they can park without confusion free of charge.

All the years I have been in and out of Bay Shore, the municipal lots were never full.

People with limited incomes often take advantage of public transportation, so no revenue will be gotten from them. Those with above-average incomes probably don’t shop in Bay Shore. So, middle-class shoppers and merchants are getting screwed again.

Islip Town Councilman John C. Cochrane Jr. said “it’s too early” to dismantle the parking program. Really? Just pull the plug, and be more efficient with the money the town already receives in taxes and other fees.

Michael Seewald, Manorville

They’re replacing traditional doctors

Reader Maxine Stone practically answered her own question in her essay, “Where did the old-time doctors go?” [Opinion, June 4].

They are nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants. These are the medical professionals who now treat the patient rather than the symptom. They do so with caring and dignity.

Andrew J. Grant, Cold Spring Harbor

Playoff or prom? Gotta go to the game

I’m mystified why it would be given much thought whether a high schooler should play in a championship game or attend a prom [“Prom or the game?,” News, June 4]. If you are truly part of a team, your loyalty should be to the team.

My three children — two boys and a girl — have attended five proms among them, and they were anticlimactic.

It would be quite a teachable moment about commitment to sacrifice the evening out and play the game. I also think, win or lose, the game would be more memorable than a dance. The player would probably be able to catch up with the after-prom parties and enjoy that part.

Noreen C. Sadoff, Massapequa

Secret Watergate source was real person

What if former President Richard Nixon had said that the unidentified source who helped The Washington Post uncover Watergate was fake news [“Trump, back home and tweeting,” News, May 29]?

What if nearly half the electorate believed him? Would the Watergate scandal have disappeared? I would hope not.

Kathleen Smith, Lindenhurst

Maintain EPA funds to protect Long Island

Long Island is dangerously vulnerable to cuts to federal environmental programs [“Environmental threat,” News, May 28].

This region was devastated by superstorm Sandy, but White House science deniers are bent on gutting programs that aim to prevent climate chaos. The Trump administration proposed slashing the Environmental Protection Agency budget by more than 31 percent.

Such an extreme cut might be negotiated down to a seemingly more modest figure. But no cuts are acceptable to this already underfunded agency.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the rest of our congressional delegation, must hold the line in defending the EPA. Its role in protecting our water, air, health and communities is absolutely essential.

Eric Weltman, Brooklyn

Editor’s note: The writer is a senior organizer for Food & Water Watch, an environmental advocacy organization.

Balloon litter can endanger wildlife

I’m writing in response to the May 13 letter “Ban the release of helium balloons” [Just Sayin’].

It brought to mind how I feel when I see or hear about an event where people release balloons into the air. I say to myself or anyone I’m with, “There’s another dead sea turtle!”

Fostina Silsbe, Medford