Letters to the Editor: Long Island Press Readers React

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Once again, the Connetquot School District Board and administration have failed to be truthful and transparent with the community.

They are attempting to shift blame of the hateful anti-LGBTQ incidents that occurred at the high school to the principal, Mr. Moran. The truth is that the BOE and Superintendent’s discriminatory policies and actions have led to this poor school climate.

Additionally, there are conflicting statements regarding the nature of the protest that occurred in the wake of Mr. Moran’s departure. The media was told it was a 15 minute peaceful protest, but on social media, BOE president Jackie Napolitano-Furno stated it was a riot incited by teachers.

Connetquot residents must demand the truth from the district. Children are suffering from the chaos being fomented by the school board and administration. Mr. Moran should immediately be reinstated as HS principal and no longer fall victim to the lies and blame shifting the Board consistently dishes out.

There must be accountability for the BOE and administration. If they cannot provide a safe and nurturing learning environment, they should resign immediately for the well being of the students.

-Alison De Pina

I don’t like casinos. I have a relative who is recovering from gambling addiction that my wife sez is very hard to leave. I understand the neighborhood protests and am quite serious when I say I would rather have regulated sex trade than a casino in my neighborhood. Noisy, light pollution in addition to the listed objections.

On the other hand, first confessing I understand little about zoning process and law, if the proposed casino fits within zoning and uses no public resources in its development then the county must issue the permit. It is during the planning process that citizens have the right to shape a planning zone, not after a permit request is filed which otherwise fits within the zone.
-John Tyson, Saint James

April is National Minority Health Month, and we are urging that people of all skin tones protect themselves against skin cancer. Despite the common misconception that people of color cannot get skin cancer, skin cancer does affect people of all skin tones. Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate all skin types, regardless of your ethnicity, so even for people with dark skin, sun protection is necessary every day.

According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma rates have risen by 20% among Hispanics in the past two decades. The annual incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is currently 1 in 167 for Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 for African Americans (compared to 1 in 38 for Caucasians).

Although people of color are diagnosed with skin cancer at lower rates than Caucasians, prognoses are typically poorer and survival rates are lower. Black patients with melanoma have an estimated five-year survival rate of 71 percent, versus 93 percent for white patients.

You can reduce your skin cancer risk by practicing sun safe strategies when outdoors. Applying sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, UV protective sunglasses, and long-sleeved clothing, and seeking shade whenever possible, can help prevent skin cancer.

The Cancer Prevention in Action program at Stony Brook Cancer Center works to increase awareness about the dangers of UV radiation and promote sun safety to reduce skin cancer rates on Long Island. To learn more about Cancer Prevention in Action, visit takeactionagainstcancer.com or contact us at 631-444-4263 or [email protected].

This program is supported with funds from Health Research, Inc. and New York State.

-Stony Brook University Hospital