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Topless in Times Square — trash culture

Topless performers pose for pictures with tourists in

Topless performers pose for pictures with tourists in Times Square, Manhattan, on August 18, 2015. The city is looking for ways to legally rein in the behavior of topless women, cartoon mascots, beggars and others who are hustling tourists and passersby for cash in Times Square. Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

The topless and aggressive desnudas who parade around Times Square demonstrate how far we have sunk into a moral abyss. Some may support them, some may tolerate them, but I believe that most Americans know this is nothing but trash.

Steve Feuer, Oceanside

Transport charges for natural gas

Maybe natural gas prices are down; however, the price of getting natural gas delivered is ridiculously expensive. Our recent bill was $58.50 and, of that, $47 was for transportation.

Considering that the infrastructure has been in place in Brentwood for decades, this is exorbitant. The same thing happens with our electric rates. All of our utilities are overpriced, especially compared with other places in the United States. When do we get a break? We need someone to speak up for us.

Kevin Roberts, Brentwood

U.S. foreign aid is an investment

Many Americans don’t believe that foreign aid can directly benefit them. However, they are mistaken. It’s up to our country and our leaders to treat foreign aid as something Wall Street men and women treasure: an investment.

Foreign aid is an investment because there are billions of people in the world whose talents are untapped. If we invested in helping these countries stabilize — in terms of politics, government and access to basic needs — then these populations could flourish. These people would be customers for our businesses.

When asked in surveys, Americans estimate that 25 percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. In reality, less than 1 percent goes to assisting the world’s poor.

Christina Scicutella, Syosset

Charged by Suffolk police for alarm visit

The alarm in my house went off accidentally one day. The alarm company was unable to reach us, so the police were called. They arrived 30 minutes later.

By that time, my next-door neighbor had come over and walked around the house to make sure there were no break-ins. The neighbor told me that the police officer did not even get out of his car to check the house.

I received a bill from the Suffolk County Police Department for the alarm visit. I pay more than $1,000 a year in taxes to support the police department. This should be part of my services.

Paul Fabrico, Coram