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Letters: Shining a light on gov't influence

Gary Melius, owner of the Oheka Castle, is

Gary Melius, owner of the Oheka Castle, is shown in Huntington. Credit: Joe Rogate

Kudos to Joye Brown for her column "Peek into the sausage plant" [News, March 9], following the most recent disclosures in the wake of the Gary Melius shooting. Brown clearly states what I, and I am sure many fellow Long Islanders, are thinking.

Newsday must keep the light shining and focused on this sewer. At the very least, we will be able to see which of the rodents involved will scamper for the darkness and dissociate themselves.

Michael J. Moonitz, Massapequa

Thank you for writing about the sausage plant in government. It took a botched shooting of the owner of Oheka Castle, Gary Melius, to expose questionable activity surrounding money and politicians.

We also got to see the connection between the line of Melius' visitors at the hospital and the money trail. How many other important decisions are influenced by money in politics?

Our government needs an overhaul -- term limits, election reform and constraints on money and power. How do we get an honest government that works for the people?

Michael Dawidziak, the political consultant, states, "People have power," but we don't use it because only one in five eligible voters makes it to the polls. Voting today is like going to a sports event where you hate both teams but are forced to support one of the party bosses' choices.

Patrick Nicolosi, Elmont

Editor's note: The writer ran for State Assembly in 2010 and is the president of the Elmont East End Civic Association.