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Newsday letters to the editor for Wednesday, Sept. 27

Amazon.com boxes are shown stacked near a 767

Amazon.com boxes are shown stacked near a 767 Amazon cargo plane on display in a Boeing hangar in Seattle. Credit: AP / Ted S. Warren

Encouraged by bill for single-payer care

I am delighted to see 16 Democratic senators co-sponsoring Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill [“Sanders offers health bill,” News, Sept. 14].

This is a policy that’s long overdue in the United States. Many developed countries provide some version of universal health care. Some report better overall outcomes in care and spend less than our country does.

While I recognize that this is a politically heavy lift in a Republican-held Congress and White House, I believe that it’s a statement of progressive values and morals. This bill stands in stark contrast to the many Republican plans that have been proposed, all of which take health care away from millions of Americans, rather than enshrining it as a human right.

Shoshana Hershkowitz, South Setauket

So easy to start war, and tough to finish

While reading Lane Filler’s poignant column about the PBS series “The Vietnam War” [“Lessons of war we learn and forget,” Opinion, Sept. 23], I recalled a sad day for our country back in March 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq. I was in a restaurant in Oyster Bay watching the TV as everyone began shouting and cheering on our 43rd president, all except for me.

When questioned why I wasn’t enthusiastic, I replied by asking what our perceived exit strategy from this slippery slope could be. History does have its way of repeating itself, doesn’t it?

William Ober, Huntington

Editor’s note: The writer is a Marine veteran and chairman of the Veterans Advisory Board for the Town of Huntington.

What Amazon would find on Long Island

Newsday’s Sept. 21 editorial, “Could LI deliver for Amazon?,” was tantamount to putting up a sign warning businesses not to bother coming to Long Island. The editorial was not fair, and it failed to explain how Long Islanders would benefit from such a decision.

Long Island has incredible assets that could make it a contender: proximity to New York City and international airports, leading universities, talented and well-trained labor, the nation’s finest schools, very low crime and some of the most beautiful parks, beaches and golf courses in the country. Those are critical criteria for Amazon.

Sure, Long Island has its shortcomings — what city or suburb doesn’t? But, our region has shown that we are working together to get big transformative projects approved, more downtowns revitalized and our affordable housing shortage addressed.

Just this past summer, thanks to the leadership of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the Long Island Rail Road’s third-track project was approved. This $2 billion project, decades in the making, is the most important infrastructure project for our region since the Long Island Expressway.

Business, labor and environmental leaders came together to transcend parochial concerns about the third track. A similar, if not greater, coalition can and must join hands to support bringing Amazon’s second headquarters to Long Island. Wouldn’t it be worth the effort to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs to our region?

Stuart Rabinowitz, Kevin S. Law

Editor’s note: The writers are presidents of Hofstra University and of the Long Island Association, respectively, and co-vice chairs of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.

 

The editorial on Amazon gave me pause. One criterion is “overall high quality of life.” For people like me who have lived their entire lives in Suffolk County, quality of life is greatly diminished.

The roads are congested, open space has given way to apartment buildings, it costs $18 just to park at a county beach or $9 with a Green Key pass. Many towns charge for parking in places saturated with restaurants and bars. Retail is going the way of the dodo bird.

I grew up with clean water in the Atlantic, the Great South Bay and lakes in Patchogue. My parents could take us on a lovely Sunday drive. I paid 75 cents to park at Smith Point Park. Many towns had fireworks on the Fourth of July and ice cream from Good Humor trucks. Farms were everywhere.

I understand progress, but we are oversaturated. Amazon should look at more bucolic areas.

Valerie Romeo, Bayport

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