When a labor strike can be futile
To all of the workers at Clare Rose Inc., sadly, even though their strike against the Long Island beverage distributor continues, the battle seems all but over [“IDA to audit Clare Rose jobs amid strike,” Business, May 19]. The workers on the picket line don’t win in a strike.
Although I understand the circumstances and reasoning for the strike, it’s my opinion that Clare Rose has won. You cannot effectively function as a workforce outside on a picket line. It pays, in more ways than one, to stay.
I was permanently replaced at Eastern Airlines in March 1989. I was a refueler and a member of the International Association of Machinists. We were striking every week until Eastern Airlines stopped flying in January 1991. Everyone lost, except the union leaders, the buyers of Eastern Airlines and the lawyers.
In the beginning, you get a lot of support and a couple of big news stories. I know the feeling and the angst that grow day by day. As the strike goes on, you begin to realize it was an exercise in futility. You realize how irrelevant you are, besides losing your job.
Mike Pedano, South Farmingdale
Give local tax breaks to manufacturers
I’m appalled that the developers of the Long Beach Superblock property want city officials to endorse their request for tax breaks from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency [“Word war on tax breaks,” News, May 18].
Do Long Beach residents want this huge development? If not, city officials must consider the residents’ wishes.
Developers of luxury housing and shopping malls have a lot of chutzpah asking taxpayers to help fund their projects through tax breaks. We have to make up for these breaks.
I’m equally dismayed by the IDA’s seeming indifference to residential taxpayers. If developers of luxury apartments and shopping malls cannot make a profit without the tax breaks, perhaps the housing or shopping malls should not be built.
IDA tax relief should go to industrial facilities making pharmaceuticals, electronics, medical equipment and other goods. These would create more long-term and better-paying jobs.
Lewis Damrauer, Dix Hills
Response to terror: two approaches
The headline “She was only 8” [News, May 24], about a victim of the Manchester, England, terrorist attack, heartbreakingly illustrates the darkest side of humanity. It’s imperative that life on planet Earth focus on taking care of others.
There are those, however, who justify removing the words “care of” in the previous sentence. All that remains for them is a warped determination to complete a life’s work of taking others. The world cannot bomb away their resolve. It’s imperative that we work to reach what is good inside each of them by helping them see themselves as indispensable parts of the human race. While this may be one of the most difficult endeavors ever undertaken by civilized society, it’s imperative to start now in earnest.
War has taken too many precious souls and has little to show for it.
Bob Bascelli, Seaford
We mull another heartless attack, one that took 22 innocent lives, injured many more and forever destroyed lives and families. What I can’t make sense of, from multitudes of people speaking out, is this is the exact same response as after the last attack and the one before that. I’m not talking about anger, horror, mourning — we all feel these things. I’m speaking of the disbelief, as if now a line was crossed because a terrorist went after children.
The worldwide response is what must change. Swift, harsh measures must shake the terrorists’ foundations and relentlessly follow by breaking them. Put an end to waiting for where and to whom it will happen next.
Maria DellaPorte,Long Beach
A new president under investigation
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Donald Trump said that if I voted for Hillary Clinton, I’d be stuck with a criminal president under investigation from Day One [“Relieved he fired ‘nut job,’ ” News, May 20].
It turns out he was right. I voted for Clinton, and now I’m stuck with a president who has been under federal investigation since Day One.