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Newsday letters to the editor for Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ina 2014 photo, Timothy Piazza, center, with his

Ina 2014 photo, Timothy Piazza, center, with his parents Evelyn Piazza, left, and James Piazza, right, during Hunterdon Central Regional High School football's senior night in Flemington, N.J. Eighteen members of the now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State University face charges in connection with the Feb. 4 death of sophomore Timothy Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey. (Patrick Carns via AP) Credit: Charles Eckert

A difficult afternoon on the LIRR

I boarded the 12:14 p.m. train at Penn Station on a recent Monday and was due to transfer to a Port Jefferson train in Hicksville at about 1 p.m. [“Guv to Trump: Penn’s a dump,” News, May 22].

As we pulled into Hicksville, we were informed that there would be no eastbound train waiting. Instead, there would be buses. There was no further explanation.

Hundreds of us climbed down to the street, where a single school bus with closed windows waited. It was already full, and a representative of the Long Island Rail Road told us that it would make all stops to Port Jefferson. A second school bus pulled up, then the arrival of a train to Huntington was announced. Many of us went back up to the platform.

Then LIRR announced that the train was being “held.” Where? For how long? Why? No clue. Then the train was another 15 minutes late.

All this happened before the May 18 delays and cancellations at New Hyde Park. The LIRR has blamed Amtrak and the track infrastructure at Penn for its ongoing problems. Amtrak isn’t to blame for my issues with the LIRR.

Ron Troy, East Northport

School taxes dwarf Islip town taxes

It’s a good idea to keep a careful eye on the spending of our tax dollars [“Animal House 2,” News, May 19]. However, politicians like Islip Town Board members Trish Bergin Weichbrodt need to be honest and stop exaggerating to the public.

In expressing concerns about the $5.5 million cost of a new town animal shelter, she said, “Supervisor [Angie] Carpenter needs to stop taxing our seniors and our veterans out of their homes.”

This is misleading. My Islip Town taxes are less than $300 a year, but my school taxes are close to $5,000 a year. People are not leaving Long Island because of town taxes!

I’m sure that the Islip Town Board can agree on a budget that makes sense for this good project.

Toby Stevens, Islip Town

Stop dangerous fraternity hazings

After reading about the death of student Timothy Piazza at Penn State University and another young man who died in a separate fraternity hazing incident, I’m surprised that hazing is still allowed at colleges and universities [“Student from LI charged in frat death,” News, May 8].

What an unproductive ritual. Why not make initiations more productive and have the pledges do something else? Have them read to residents of a nursing home or an assisted living facility. Volunteer at an animal shelter, clean the cages and walk the dogs. Mow the lawn for an elderly person. Clean up a park. Shovel snow.

Do some good for the community instead of endangering the lives of young people. The young men facing various charges in the deaths of these pledges have ruined their own lives.

Stella Bruning, Smithtown

Diagonal parking can be dangerous

Regarding the Mother’s Day tragedy in which a woman was fatally hit by a car, perhaps in addition to offering condolences, the mayor and other Lindenhurst elected officials could modify village parking [“Vigil for mother killed in crash,” News, May 20].

I understand that diagonal parking affords more spaces and thus, more meter revenue. But the risks of the current system outweigh the benefits.

Backing out of one of these spaces can be difficult, especially if you’re in a medium- or small-size car next to a pickup truck or an SUV. You cannot see oncoming traffic until most of your car is in the traffic lane.

If there had been parking parallel to the curb, this tragedy might not have occurred.

John Gimberlein, West Babylon

Retire circus lions and tigers to sanctuaries

I was devastated to read that trainer Alexander Lacey intends to keep using the lions and tigers from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, saying he will take them on tour in Europe [“Greatest Show’s final curtain call,” News, May 20].

These magnificent animals deserve to go to a sanctuary tolive like the wild creatures they are. They were never meant to be used as circus acts, despite what Lacey says — no, no, no!

They were meant to live wild and free. If that’s not possible, at least they should no longer be forced to perform for paying customers. Putting them in a sanctuary is the humane thing to do.

Ana D. Cruz, Valley Stream