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Without sidewalks, pedestrians are in danger in Huntington

A Google Maps image shows the lack of

A Google Maps image shows the lack of sidewalks near Temple Beth El on Park Avenue in Huntington, making conditions dangerous for congregants walking to services on holy days. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Kudos for your editorial stating, “Suffolk County regularly leads the state in traffic accidents. Roads need to be safer for drivers, walkers and bikers” [“A sad reminder of peril on our roads every day,” Oct. 2].

I got two rude awakenings recently when we moved from Plainview in Nassau County to Huntington Station in Suffolk. Even though the move was roughly four miles, my insurance company said my auto premiums would automatically rise by 30 percent because of the new location.

The ruder awakening came on the High Holy Days when I walked to synogogue on Park Avenue, a major road in Huntington. There are no sidewalks, and as cars whizzed by at 50 mph, I felt great danger.

The county or town should build sidewalks on Park Avenue and make it safer for people who have to walk to one of the three Park Avenue synagogues. Make roads safer to prevent accidents.

Elliot Udell, Huntington Station

Unemployment rate isn’t the full story

As a Long Islander struggling to find a full-time job, I find reports of ever-lower unemployment rates misleading [“Unemployment rate falls,” News, Oct. 6]. While I don’t debate their accuracy, these reports fail to account for local underemployed people struggling to support themselves.

Since getting laid off from a full-time job two years ago when a company closed, I have been unable to find a new one. I have a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in public relations and experience as a marketer. Yet I’m working two part-time retail jobs. Technically, I’m not unemployed, but I can’t fully support myself. Working four or more days a week means I don’t qualify for unemployment. But I still can’t afford Long Island rent. I had to give up my apartment and move back in with my parents.

It’s great that the unemployment rate is going down, but can we factor in the number of the underemployed on Long Island? I’d be curious to see if both percentages decrease over time or if underemployment increases as unemployment decreases.

Kristina Brandt, Wantagh

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