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Judy Sheindlin aka Judge Judy got one reader's

Judy Sheindlin aka Judge Judy got one reader's vote. Credit: Credit: James Madison HS

Coastal barriers are needed for inlets

Oct. 29 was the ninth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. We recently have seen a huge infrastructure bill passed and reporting on significant flood insurance rate increases that we will see in many of our coastal communities ["Reassessing risk," LI Business, Nov. 7]. It’s hard for me to understand why we can’t connect the dots and realize that the time is now and the technology is established to construct coastal barriers at Debs, Jones and Fire Island inlets. This technology is used with success in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Europe. This potential project has been studied for years.

During Sandy, the barrier beaches largely held up. The tidal surge came through the inlets, causing billions of dollars in both insured and uninsured claims. Coastal barrier construction would stabilize or even reduce flood insurance rates, increase the value of waterfront real estate, and reduce or eliminate the stress of losing everything. Long Islanders cannot afford the new flood insurance rates, and the government cannot afford another multibillion-dollar catastrophic tidal event.

Chris Re’, Massapequa

The writer is a partner in an insurance firm.

Newsday reported that three of four Long Island homeowners covered under the National Flood Insurance program would see premiums rise right along with the sea level. It seems that the federal government is acknowledging the reality of climate change in one way. But forcing the public to pay for the damage caused by the fossil fuel industry does nothing to address the root cause. Fortunately, New Yorkers passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, legislation that recognizes that direct investment in a green economy will curb climate change, generate thousands of good jobs, and build a sustainable economy. To meet the act's goals, New York state leadership must pass the Climate and Community Investment Act to fund the investment. This act holds the fossil fuel industry responsible for paying for the damage it has caused to our homes, our environment and our health.

Anne Lotito-Schuh, Babylon

Don't mischaracterize who Republicans are

Lane Filler's column "GOP election lies come home to roost" [Opinion, Nov. 11] is misleading. Most Republicans, in my view, do not believe the election was stolen. And I'd say we don’t particularly like former President Donald Trump. We only voted for him because he was the alternative to the mess that the Democratic Party has become. We are not a one-issue party. We vote on the issues that are important to us and, believe it or not, the personality and abrasiveness of the man in charge is not disqualifying. But Filler paints all Republicans as the most extreme Trump supporters just because we voted for him when, in reality, we simply "voted for the other guy." We came out in large numbers because the Democrats' new left-leaning policies are simply too offensive and out of step with the direction this country should be heading.

Rick Vitelli, Farmingdale

The right action? Well, you be the judge

Having no choice in an election is a bad look for our democracy ["Cross-endorsements panned," News, Nov. 9]. It feels an awful lot, to me, like the books were cooked, like something Russian President Vladimir Putin or North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would do.

For this election, rather than rubber-stamp the anointed few magistrates, I wrote in Judge Judy, Judge Roy Bean, Aaron Judge, sci-fi's Judge Dredd, Judge Reinhold, Giants head coach Joe Judge, Disney's Judge Doom, Judge Harry Stone and "My Cousin Vinny" Judge Chamberlain Haller.

Andrew Malekoff, Long Beach

American Water sale should be rejected

LI Clean Air Water and Soil filed its statement in opposition to the sale of New York American Water to foreign-owned Liberty Utilities ["Public water steps," News, Nov. 7]. Our position has always been that a sale could only hinder a public takeover of New York American Water. After spending $607 million to buy American Water's stock, Liberty Utilities expects to make a profit on flipping the sale to the public. Town of Hempstead residents should note that the companies rely upon the town's reluctance to appoint commissioners to the South Shore Water Authority, which will implement the municipal takeover.

The Public Service Commission should reject the sale and allow the two newly established water authorities and Massapequa Water District to negotiate a sale for their respective portions of American Water's Long Island operations.

Dave Denenberg, Merrick

The writer is co-director of CAWS.  

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