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Newsday letters to the editor Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), leaves a House Intelligence

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), leaves a House Intelligence meeting room at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 4, 2017. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Saul Loeb

Rep. King should meet constituents

I’m a member of Rep. Peter King’s district and attended the mock town hall held at the Dominican Village [“Mock town hall for King,” News, May 8].

I take offense at him saying that it was organized by political opponents and that it is aberrant behavior. It was organized by local people who want answers. King was invited and refused to attend. People there ranged in age from toddlers to seniors in their 90s. They were from all areas of his district.

If he can’t discuss issues that affect them, he has no place in government. We have a representative government. His refusal to answer questions about his votes is disrespectful to democracy and his constituents.

Brian Zimmerman, Massapequa

Don’t cap damages for litigation

Every day when I look at my beautiful son, I’m thankful that the big hospitals and highly paid CEOs have not been able to reduce “damages victims can receive through litigation” [“Albany’s unfinished business,” Editorial, April 23].

During my pregnancy, my doctor did not properly monitor my son’s growth and heart rate, resulting in him not getting the oxygen he needed. This escalated to him having no vital signs at birth. Now he’s severely disabled, and the cost of care is catastrophic. Had malpractice caps been in place, arbitrary limits on damages would have eliminated the jury’s ability to do its job to decide compensation for the harm caused by the doctor’s negligence.

Because health care CEOs haven’t eliminated accountability yet, my family found justice and the means with which to care for our son.

Dawn Loughlin, Dix Hills

Editor’s note: The writer is a lawyer with a private practice in Huntington.


As the parent of a child with special needs, I can’t help but wonder what my child’s life would be like today if the doctors delivering my baby didn’t act negligently.

Like most parents in my situation, my sole focus now is doing everything I can to provide my daughter with the best life possible.

I’m not one for politics. I don’t have the energy to listen to politicians bicker and give speeches. But I can tell you that the hospitals and their allies weighing in on malpractice caps have no idea just how much suffering my child endures daily due to her disabilities, which were completely avoidable. Lawmakers deciding that my child’s suffering should be limited to pennies a day should never happen in America.

Elizabeth Reden, Northport