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LI Blacks migrating, penalties for crime and NYC's gifted classes

CDs? MP3s? Yesterday's vinyl records are making a

CDs? MP3s? Yesterday's vinyl records are making a comeback. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Why LI Blacks are heading South

I found myself agreeing with so many concerns in "Changing locations: More Blacks leave LI for South"[News, Oct. 17]. First was the high cost of living and lack of affordable housing. I am constantly hearing not only from my parents but also from many extended family members that taxes are tremendously high.

As noted, a major result of this indeed is the lack of diversity within Long Island communities. The lack of opportunities, both in jobs and housing, are causing more African Americans to migrate to states where they get equal opportunities. Seeing areas that are predominantly white may also encourage Blacks to move away, mainly because they may feel out of place. Lastly, de facto residential and school segregation is a serious issue that needs to be quickly addressed to stop the shift in Long Island's racial composition.

Jessica Irwin, Smithtown

These days, penalty doesn't fit the crime

A former hospital nurse is caught stealing more than 1,400 vials of fentanyl and midazolam worth $120,000 to $150,000 ["Nurse pleads guilty to possession," News, Oct. 20]. If she successfully finishes a court-ordered diversion program, all she will get is the equivalent of a slap on the wrist? Is this what now passes for justice in this state, or is the crime committed no longer a factor when someone is caught?

Thomas W. Smith, Riverhead

Changes in gifted classes aren't communism

I agree that Mayor Bill de Blasio's moves to eliminate or radically overhaul the gifted and talented programs in New York City needs to be reconsidered ["Rethink plan to end city's gifted program," Opinion, Oct. 14]. But Cathy Young is wrong to characterize what the progressives want as communism. If anything, communist countries of the past, such as the Soviet Union, and the present, such as China, have gone overboard with their extensive and sometimes involuntary gifted programs and their pressure-filled tests to be admitted into them.

Jack M. Schwartz, Bellmore

Groovin' on the days of the discs

"Diggin' the discs" [exploreLI, Oct. 11] brought me back in time, to the late '80s early '90s, when all DJs spun records. As a former club DJ, I frequently heard, "A DJ only makes money to reinvest in more music." I saw the conversion to CDs, then to MP3 files, where most DJs play tunes on computers. I never followed that path and still play records. I have more than 600 albums of '80s new wave music that I spin for friends. I don't know of any clubs that still have turntables. At a recent visit to a record store, it was busy, with more of a younger crowd buying records. A while ago, Target began to sell a few records. Now it has a whole aisle devoted to vinyl discs. It's nice to see the comeback, with factories again printing this beautiful source of music.

Charles Kahrs, East Patchogue

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