Letters to the Long Island Press - July, 2013

[colored_box color=”blue”]RE: Woman’s Body Washes Ashore at Gilgo Beach

I have a feeling a horror film will one day be made called ‘Gilgo Beach.’

Jeffrey G. Koch via Facebook[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”grey”]RE: Princesses: Long Island

I was shocked to see that adult women behave this way…and even more appalled that they live right here on Long Island…shame on them and shame on Bravo.

Hofstra University Transfer

Marie Naumann, via Facebook[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”blue”]I left LI 7 yrs ago 4 much higher paying job/affordable housing in CLE of all places! But miss LI terribly

@kimlaw662 via Twitter[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”grey”]The federal government has been accused of collecting data on all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data such as parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, etc., so they will have the knowledge to concoct all kinds of charges if they want to target anyone. They feel that they have the authority to do this in Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which gives them license to take all commercially held data about us. What happened to the Fourth Amendment in our Constitution, which protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures? This amendment was also violated in the Boston Marathon bombing when they searched private homes without a warrant. Welcome to 1984, where Big Brother wants to watch every move that we make. We must also remember that trading away civil liberties for security results in the loss of both freedom and security.

Janet McCarthy, Flushing via email[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”blue”]I really didn’t mind Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Dale’s participation in Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s “Flush the Johns” dog-and-pony-show featuring the names and photos of 104 men who chose to break the law and were arrested by undercover police officers for patronizing prostitutes. Except for the facts that there was no Client No. 105 named Eliot Spitzer, and also that Dale refused to identify the hotels where these crimes took place, so I could avoid staying at any of them myself. Then I read the “Law & Order” interview with Dale [Long Island Press, June, 2013]. In it, we are told that his NCPD is a “depleted department” with a “shortage of cops” that “doesn’t have the manpower” to “direct personnel to problem areas.” And Dale himself is directly quoted as saying, “We don’t have enough people…we don’t have the personnel…we are so short right now.” Given all that, I just think Nassau police ought to be spending more of their time on more serious—and violent—crimes. But I do believe that if the police spend any time arresting prostitutes or pimps they should—in fairness—also arrest the men who patronize them.

Richard Siegelman, Plainview via email[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”grey”]Hasn’t the time come for New York to step into the 21st century and follow the lead of 46 other states to make some level of consumer fireworks legal for sale and use in the state? Kentucky, Maine and Michigan have recognized two factors related to consumer fireworks: first and foremost, the products are safer today than they have ever been before, and secondly, the sale of consumer fireworks can raise some badly needed revenue for the government.

Everyone loves fireworks. People love to watch Major League sports, but they also love to play sandlot sports. The same holds true with fireworks. People love to watch professional displays, but they also love to shoot their own backyard fireworks, too.

New York legislators have the power to change the fireworks laws and take New Yorkers out of the shadows of uncertainty and illegality, and bring New York to parity with 46 other states that permit the sale and use of some level of consumer fireworks. This is long overdue.

Bill Weimer, Phantom Fireworks Vice President via snail mail[/colored_box]

[colored_box color=”blue”]Love that my hometown paper, @LongIslandPress, made national headlines with their #WarPowers scoop

@sparrowmedia via Twitter[/colored_box]