Coastal barriers, Republican beliefs, ballots and more

Coastal barriers are required for entry

October 29 was the ninth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. We have recently seen a huge infrastructure law passed and reported significant increases in the level of flood insurance we are seeing in many of our coastal communities. [“Reassessing risk,” LI Business, Nov. 7]. It’s hard for me to understand why we can’t connect the dots and realize that the time is now and technology is established to build coastal barriers inside Debs, Jones, and Fire Island. This technology is used successfully in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Europe. This potential project has been explored for years.

During Sandy’s time, the estuaries were largely upright. The tidal wave came through the entry openings, causing billions of dollars in both insured and uninsured claims. The construction of coastal barriers would stabilize or even reduce flood insurance premiums, increase the value of coastal properties, and reduce or eliminate the stress of all loss. Long Islanders cannot afford new flood insurance premiums, and the government cannot afford a new multi-billion-dollar catastrophic tidal event.

Chris Re ‘, Massapequa

The author is a partner in an insurance company.

Newsday reports that three of the four Long Island homeowners covered by the National Flood Insurance program saw insurance premiums rise with the sea level. It seems that the federal government is recognizing the reality of climate change in one way. But forcing the public to pay for the damage caused by the fossil fuel industry does not solve any root cause. Fortunately, New Yorkers passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, legislation that recognizes that direct investment in a green economy will curb climate change, create thousands of good jobs, and build a sustainable economy. To achieve the goals of the law, the New York State leadership must pass the Climate and Community Investment Act to fund the investment. This law obliges the fossil fuel industry to pay for the damage it has caused to our homes, our environment and our health.

Anne Lotito shoe, Babylon

Don’t misclassify who Republicans are

Lane Filler’s column “GOP election lies come home overnight” [Opinion, Nov. 11] is misleading. Most Republicans don’t think the election was stolen. And I would say we don’t particularly like former President Donald Trump. We only voted for him because he was an alternative to the mess that the Democratic Party has become. We are not a one-party party. We vote on matters important to us, and believe it or not, the personality and awkwardness of a man in charge is not a rejection. But Filler paints all Republicans as Trump’s most extreme supporters just because we voted for him, when in reality we “only voted for another guy”. We reported large numbers because the Democrats ’new leftist policies are simply too offensive and deviate from the direction this country should be heading.

Rick Vitelli, Farmingdale

Right action? Well, be the judge

The fact that we have no choice in the elections is a bad appearance for our democracy [“Cross-endorsements panned,” News, Nov. 9]. I feel an awful lot that the books have been cooked, as Russian President Vladimir Putin or North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would do.

For this election, instead of being the anointed judges of your rubber stamp, I wrote in Judge Judy, Judge Roy Bean, Aaron Judge, sci-fi Judge Dredd, Judge Reinhold, Giants head coach Joe Judge, Disney Judge Doom, Judge Harry Stone and “My Cousin Vinny” Judge Chamberlain Haller.

Andrew Malekoff, Long Beach

American Water sales must be rejected

LI Clean Air Water and Soil issued statement opposing sale of New York American Water to foreign-owned Liberty Utilities [“Public water steps,” News, Nov. 7]. Our position has always been that the sale can only prevent the public takeover of New York American Water. After spending $ 607 million to buy shares of American Water, Liberty Utilities expects to make a profit by turning the sale over to the public. Residents of the city of Hempstead should note that the companies trust the city’s reluctance to appoint commissioners to the South Shore Water Authority, which is carrying out the municipal takeover.

The Public Service Commission should reject the sale and allow the two newly formed water authorities and the Massapequa Water District to negotiate the sale of their stake in American Water’s Long Island operations.

Dave Denenberg, Merrick

The author is the second director of CAWS.


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