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School bus stops, helping veterans and guns on movie sets

Drivers are ticketed if recorded passing a stopped

Drivers are ticketed if recorded passing a stopped school bus. Credit: James Carbone

The thinking behind bus stop sites

The article "Confusion over bus camera law" [News, Nov. 6] is missing an important caveat. Having driven a school bus myself, it should be noted that school bus companies have a responsibility in this as well.

No bus stop shall be designated that requires a child to cross over any multi-lane, divided highway to reach home except in the rarest of circumstances. Routes are designed to service both sides of such highways.

That rule is not only for the child’s safety but to avoid stopping opposing traffic that can be 50 to 100 feet or more from the curbside bus stop.

— Richard Paschke, Centereach

Passing a stopped school bus where children are entering or exiting is not OK, of course. But there is always a flaw in a system.

My husband received one of those tickets. After viewing the video, we realized something wasn’t right.

A day or two later, I took off from work and sat on a bench by that intersection and took video and pictures of all the passing buses. I found that that bus was not at a bus stop so no children were exiting or entering the bus, and no children were on the bus. The bus was in the middle of three turning lanes.

After much runaround with the company and posting on a Facebook moms’ group, I found two other people who were similarly ticketed.

We won our fight to have our tickets evaluated and dismissed. We were told the roadway was not a safe place for a stop and we did not have to pay. For some reason, the driver turned on her lights and/or opened her door, turning on the camera.

Let this be a reminder that if something doesn’t seem right, investigate. But if you did it, pay the fine.

— Elizabeth Wasilewicz, Centereach

I’ll wager that in 12 months the cameras on buses will be gone. Just like when we tried to sensibly remind drivers about school speed zones with the same method, I’m confident that drivers who are ticketed for endangering the lives of children will band together to loudly moan about the high cost of getting caught in the act.

Long Islanders are all about law and order — that is, until the law compels them to change their behavior and stop acting like children to protect children.

Just like with school speed zones, I predict drivers will soon enough enjoy the freedom of blowing past a school bus. I’d be more than happy to be wrong, but I’m not holding my breath.

— Michael Hunt, Franklin Square

We need to do more for our veterans

It was great to see the outpouring of respect for our nation’s veterans on Nov. 11 ["Nation’s veterans honored across Long Island, NYC," News, Nov. 12]. It seems that people have had more sympathy for their sacrifice after seeing themselves and/or others recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic .

It’s tragic how many of these military warriors are homeless and living on the streets. The Veterans Administration hospitals are archaic and short-staffed. There’s not nearly enough proper housing for the veterans who left limbs on the battlefield.

— Marty Orenstein, New Hyde Park

Human error put Baldwin in situation

A reader says that the National Rifle Association could have "saved the day" on the movie "Rust" ["Training could have averted ‘Rust’ death," Letters, Nov. 3]. Well, neither the NRA nor any outside or "inside" entity is capable of preventing human error and the fatality that occurred.

This situation was full of human errors. They included a young, inexperienced "armorer" and an assistant director who violated union rules by taking the "prop" gun and handing it to an actor.

As for Alec Baldwin, he did what all members on a movie set do. He trusted that the armorer had done her job and never thought a live round would be in a "prop" weapon.  

— Leonardo Ragusa, E. Yaphank

Here’s a more effective approach to firearms safety on movie sets ["Baldwin calls for police on sets," flash!, Nov. 9].

Use NRA-certified rifle, pistol and shotgun instructors who also are certified range safety officers acquainted with a diverse range of various firearms rather than a police officer who may only have experience with an issued duty gun.

— Joshua Rubinfeld, Mineola

The writer is a certified NRA instructor and range safety officer.

With climate talks, let’s watch their feet

The UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland have ended ["Nations strike climate deal," News, Nov. 14]. But until I see all the foreign participants in boondoggles like this take a sailboat to get there, instead of a jet plane, then get off the sailboat and walk or ride a bike to the meeting, to me, they are all a bunch of hypocrites .

— Peter Dooley, Massapequa