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How pot can help budgets, child tax credit and taxing the rich

Medical marijuana plants at a medical cannabis cultivation

Medical marijuana plants at a medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility. Some LI towns have banned retail sales of pot. Credit: AP/Hans Pennink

Towns’ bans on pot a budget downer

Memo to officials seeking to "prevent" the sale of marijuana in your towns: It is available for purchase in your town right now ["Saying no to pot," Our Towns, Nov. 4]. It has been available for decades. And it will continue to be available.

Your opting out of the sale of legal marijuana is simply an  uneducated decision that will deny additional funds for your budget.

To quote my wonderful mom, you are cutting off your nose to spite your face.

— Terry McPherson, Bellmore

Amityville has voted to opt out on pot.   Amityville has  at least 20 liquor stores  plus numerous bars and restaurants that serve liquor. Something is not quite right here.

— Eddie Glickstein, East Meadow

Fetuses become kids who need care

Each time I read about the Republicans voting against child tax credits, women’s right to choose or Planned Parenthood, I am outraged by their hypocrisy ["Child tax credit tussle reflects parties’ split," Nation, Oct. 24].

It seems that the fetus is the all-important focus until that fetus becomes a child. Then the child is forgotten.

Where is the help for these children whose parents are struggling to put enough food on the table and clothes on their backs?

Yet when laws are introduced to help children, the Republicans vote no. The trend in so many states is against women’s rights. Just remember that the fetuses you work so hard to save will become children. Let’s not forget about them.

— Sue Wallace, Bayside

Big difference among elections

There is a big difference in the accusations in the three noted presidential elections ["In search of our better angels," Letters, Oct. 31].

In 2016, the accusation was collusion with Russia to influence an election. Although special counsel Robert Mueller’s report never proved many of the accusations, he showed evidence of the Russians trying to influence the election. This influenced how people voted but did nothing to change the election results after the actual vote.

In the 2000 election of Texas Gov. George W. Bush over Vice President Al Gore, the overall results weren’t questioned. It was one state, Florida, that was in question.

For the 2020 election, false accusations have been made. They were all disproved, but many still claim that President Joe Biden isn’t the elected president. I fear that future election results will be changed if the results aren’t satisfactory to the loser.

— Joy Rubenstein, Lake Ronkonkoma

Ideas suggested for those big billionaires

President Joe Biden recently said two things that most presidents have told us: The top U.S. profit-making companies pay no taxes and most of the top 1% of billionaires do the same ["Biden touts ‘historic’ deal," News, Oct. 29]. The president has wanted to impose a 15% tax on those companies and billionaires, but we know that likely will never happen.

I suggest this: Although some rich folks are philanthropists, not enough of them do anything to help the little guys in need.

We have students who need computers for school. Can these billionaires spare a few hundred thousand dollars for the computers? Sure.

Next, can they help fix a crumbling school building in their own town or state? It might cost a few million dollars, but it’s not like paying taxes!

Next, we need housing for the homeless or current housing spruced up. The price tag may rise to, say, $20 million, but it’s a one-time gift for the year. Your name can be put on the building or a statue of you erected.

I think this is a win-win situation. Things get done, the government doesn’t have to pay, and some rich folks get to feel good about themselves. Life could be a dream.

— Marc Young, Floral Park

Renewable energy must move forward

Now is not the time to pause renewable energy development of any kind. At the ongoing UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, it was noted that burning fossil fuels is becoming a health crisis as people die of excessive heat and respiratory problems because of wildfires, air pollution and famine.

Riverhead Town has been progressive in its embrace of solar farms. A public hearing showed support for this attitude.

So what has changed to make renewable energy no longer a public good ["Town enacts pause on solar plans," Our Towns, Oct. 21]?

Gov. Kathy Hochul should lend her weight toward encouraging solar and wind power, and she should be lauded for recently supporting the decision to deny the upgrading of counterproductive gas plants in Astoria and Newburgh.

— David Bissoon, Bay Shore

The writer is a Sierra Club volunteer.

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