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Letter: Parking fees unfair to Town of Huntington residents

Bob Klein, owner of Huntington's Book Revue, seen

Bob Klein, owner of Huntington's Book Revue, seen here outside his store on May 11, 2019, says raising downtown Huntington shopping district parking meter rates is "the exact wrong thing to do." Credit: Danielle Silverman

Parking fees hit Huntington residents

In “Meters vs. merchants” [News, May 13], a key issue was left out of the discussion: the impact of some higher parking rates on Huntington residents.

Run into the library to pick up a book, pay $1. Get your prescription at Value Drugs, add $1.

We pay huge tax bills to keep Huntington running, but for who? Attendees at the Paramount Theatre? Out-of-towners who go to restaurants?

And now there is talk of building a parking garage, one residents probably would be charged to use.

The Village of East Hampton has parking permits for residents. Why not Huntington? Have nonresidents pay to enjoy our town. These meters have caused a tremendous “behavioral change” to our day-to-day lifestyles and pocketbooks.

Deborah Mellon,



NASA should lead fight to save Earth

The report from the United Nations on the loss of biodiversity and animal life confirms that the Earth is in deep trouble [“Species facing extinction,” News, May 7].

Climate change, globalization, overconsumption and urbanization are causing dramatic changes. Drastic solutions are needed. Political leaders show little initiative to address the problem.

I believe Earth is the most remarkable planet in the solar system, in the galaxy, and probably in the universe. NASA should lead the way in waking up the world. It should spend half of its $21 billion budget to study the impact of climate change. Satellites and space stations should be used to analyze the environment. Time is running out. What good is it to observe other planets if we lose our sacred planet?

William Lemmey,


Editor’s note: The writer, a retired history teacher, is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, an advocacy organization.


Fur makes a key economic statement

We are two of several pastors who attended a City Hall rally about a proposal to ban the sale of fur in New York City [“Community protests NYC fur ban,” News, May 9].

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a predominantly white organization that has unfortunately equated animal rights with civil rights, sent one of its only African American activists to crash the event and imply that our community members showed up only because they were offered a box lunch and a chance to win a gift card.

It’s highly offensive that PETA is taking advantage of its minuscule African American activism to make statements that the organization is too afraid to make itself against our community for fear of sounding patronizing, racially insensitive, tone deaf, ignorant — or worse.

Fur has always been a part of African American culture and part of the church. We don’t want to be denied the right to buy products that have signified dignity and achievement in our communities throughout history. That is why we showed up to City Hall and why we will show again on Wednesday for the City Council hearing on the matter.

The Revs. Johnnie Green,


and Phil Craig,


Editor’s note: Green is senior pastor of the Mount Nebo Baptist Church and Craig is senior pastor at the Greater Springfield Community Church.


Dems desperate to scuttle Trump

Newsday’s editorial states that the White House is stonewalling the House Judiciary Committee’s request for the unredacted Mueller report [“Dangerous resistance from the president,” Editorial, May 9].

I believe Democrats were deeply disappointed by the Mueller report, so they are desperately hoping that the unredacted version will provide information to lead to impeachment of the president. I think Democrats are still in shock over the 2016 election, so they will stop at nothing to remove the president from office.

Tom Santoro,



Trump wants nation to disregard eyes, ears

During President Donald Trump’s telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, he discussed the Mueller report [“Trump, Putin talk of Mueller, arms,” News, May 4]. Whether or not you believe there was Russian meddling, or whether the Trump campaign was involved in it, as a citizen of this country, you have to realize the danger involved in this action.

The Mueller report is the business of the United States, not Russia. It cites instances of Russian interference in 2016 on social media and elsewhere. This should be a concern to everyone for 2020.

On Twitter, Trump praised the conversation, again labeling our media fake.

What’s alarming is not only Trump’s blatant disregard for the report’s specifics regarding Russia’s meddling, but also his gaslighting tactics against actual reality.

Just a day later, after North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward Japan, one of our allies, Trump tweeted that Kim Jong Un “does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!”

These actions are beyond odd. They are frightening. We are dealing with a president who not only has his own agenda, but also expects us to deny what we see and hear and think. Where’s the outrage from our representatives?

Elizabeth Aquino,