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Just Sayin’: Dangerous intersection, library’s Christmas war, LIRR on election night

Intersection at Route 25A and Lawrence Avenue in

Intersection at Route 25A and Lawrence Avenue in Smithtown. Credit: Gabriella Peterson

Smithtown intersection is still dangerous

Earlier this month, I was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Route 25A and Lawrence Avenue in Smithtown.

Since then, I’ve learned of at least three deaths in the past several years at that intersection. A watchdog group, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, documented this on its website.

There is a makeshift shrine for a girl, Courtney Sipes, who was killed at age 11 in 2009.

Despite its efforts to make Route 25A safer, I’m very angry at the New York State Department of Transportation for not implementing more features at this intersection, such as speed bumps and cameras to enforce the speed limit. DOT says it doesn’t have funding.

I just finished my master’s degree, I have my whole life ahead of me, and now I have sustained injuries and am out of work.

I want to warn pedestrians about the dangers at this interection.

Gabriella Peterson, Smithtown

War on Christmas at Connetquot library?

Two years ago, the Connetquot Public Library in Bohemia put up a banner that said, “Merry Everything.” My friends and I were upset.

People here say “merry Christmas,” and have done so for years. One of my friends spoke to a library board member, who told him that the library didn’t want to offend anyone. I remain upset that a few residents — or perhaps no residents — had successfully intimidated the board. I never heard whether anyone was offended or dissatisfied about seeing the word Christmas for many years.

Last year, there was no “Merry Everything” banner. However, few decorations made residents feel that Christmas was approaching.

Library board members might drive past Islip Town Hall, where I observed a nativity scene on the lawn during the last two Christmas seasons.

Jan Huml, Bohemia

Train delays on election night

Does the Long Island Rail Road realize how the Oyster Bay, Huntington, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma service disruptions affected several close local races on election night?

It should not be unreasonable to board a train at Penn Station in at 5 or 6 o’clock in the evening with the expectation that you will arrive home before the polls close at 9 p.m.

Not this year. By the time I got home, the polls had closed.

Next time, maybe conductors can pass out absentee ballots to commuters trapped in Jamaica who would like to vote.

Glenn Tyranski, Huntington

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