Letters to the Editor

08/12/2010 12:00 AM |


What a waste of taxpayer money

Can someone please tell why would we need this new sidewalk from Jamesport to Aquebogue? I would love to know how much this is costing us. It looks to me, and I could be wrong, like a stimulus project. How does this help us? We are taking money from taxpayers and putting, what, five miles of cement along the side of the road for how many people to actually use? What is the justification for spending this money? Couldn’t we do something in a park or something for kids, or something for seniors?

Every morning I am outraged to see these people wasting time and money on this useless project. I have yet to speak to one person that can tell me the function of this.

Mickey Roehrig


Just wondering

I saw on television the other day a report that stated the price of housing has now fallen for the 14th quarter in a row.

So now I’m left to wonder just when I can expect to see my property and school taxes come down as well.

Thomas W. Smith


A happy constituent

Like most of us, I’ve heard that our elected officials in Washington do little to nothing. That is unless it profits them.

Recently I was in a position to need Congressman Tim Bishop’s help. I am one of many disabled veterans in the area and needed help in getting my VA status upgraded, due to my knees failing. Financially racked and barely able to pay rent, I stopped by his office in Coram. Within a couple months, as opposed to a year or more, my status has been upgraded and my back pay received.

To Erin, the young lady in his office who called me every couple weeks, and to Congressman Tim Bishop, thank you for your help. I am really happy that I can say my congressman works for me and other vets.

Bruce Sykes


Insidious diseases

Imagine the discovery of a cluster of breast or brain cancer victims in our neighborhoods. The medical community, our political leaders and the public at large would band together and attempt to find the cause of these clusters and eradicate them.

Babesiosis, a virulent tick-borne virus that is similar to malaria, is currently present in our midst. This virus is a protozoan infection of red blood cells and symptoms can be mild to life-threatening, with a high fever and fatigue.

Babesiosis is prevalent in areas with high deer populations and cases can increase during periods of high temperatures. To learn more about this disease and Lyme disease in general, go to the website turnthecorner.org and look for tick-borne disorders.

I encourage everybody to see the video “Under Our Skin”; the trailer is available on YouTube.

The definitive book on Lyme disease and babesiosis is “Cure Unknown” by Pamela Weintraub, available at Amazon.com.

To protect ourselves and our loved ones, I urge you to contact your elected officials to take steps to reduce our deer population, the root cause of these insidious diseases.

George Bambrick