Letters to the Editor
is a copy of a Landfill letter sent to the Long
Dear Supervisor Lesko:
My husband and I have lived in South Haven since 1968.
sons grew up here and went to the South Haven
School, kindergarten through 6th grade, and
from Bellport High School. I taught 5th grade at
Long Intermediate School for 20 years – 1981
During this time I taught 5th grade science for
15 years to
approximately 100 to 120 students each year.
environmental education; how can we keep our
clean for future generations – recycling of
papers, cans and
glass, don’t throw things out of car windows,
turn off the
water when brushing your teeth, etc. We were the
in the district to start recycling – paper and
Over the years the smell from the landfill rolled down
the school hundreds of times. When the smell got
the PTA bought each classroom a fan. I took two
and bought another besides. There we were – 28
four fans and their teacher sitting in 90-degree
we can’t open the windows because of the smell.
me when I tell you education does not happen
circumstances. Brookhaven Town finally took
our school was on the cover of Newsday.
Of course we were told the famous words, “The liner
not leak, it’s state of the art”. We told them
many times that
it would leak – it could easily be punctured.
But officials said
we didn’t know what we were talking about and
we have been dealing with the leachate plume for
As president of Friends of Wertheim National
and a teacher at Frank P. Long I have probably
been on every
landfill committee the town has formed and
others when the
town was not a participant.
We know the “smell” is not toxic or hazardous. But it
is a disgusting smell – it’s an irritant – it
asthma and nausea. It keeps children in school
inside when it’s a beautiful day outside. I
truly don’t care that
you may have to raise taxes because of no more
sludge – the
fact is Brookhaven Town has been balancing the
our backs ever since the landfill was first put
I have been telling people how the management of
landfill has changed under Ed Hubbard – he
question we ask, he is honest in his answers and
he does what
he can to ameliorate the smells. Other
beat around the bush instead of giving us direct
in some cases have not given us correct answers.
Add to the
mix Long Island Compost which the Town decided
here 10 years ago – it smells, our cars and
are continually dirty looking from blowing
compost – and
that means we are breathing it in too.
3/11/2011 7:42 AM
This is a copy of a letter I sent to the News
Press here in Florida a few weeks back.
I am very concerned and believe all Unions,
Public and Private have to united in this
Our beloved Democracy is under attack and
has been for some time. This attack comes
from within. Corporate America is using its
abundant wealth to undermine and abuse the
democratic principles this Country was founded
on. We are suppose to be a nation of the
people, by the people and for the people but
those cherished ideal has been subverted to
the point where middle class and the poor in
America are second class citizens.
The greed of Wall Street and Banking
Industry caused this terrible recession we
find ourselves in and yet spineless
politicians urged on by massive Corporate
campaign contributions have found a scapegoat
to blame our economic woes on, Unions,
specifically Public Unions.
This attack is taking place in States across
the country. As a result of the recession
brought on us by Wall Street greed, State
budgets have huge deficits in their day to day
operations. The deficits were not caused by
the benefits they pay out to the employees but
by the recession. Now, however , at the
urging and financial pressure exerted by big
money, bought politicians are waging war
against Public Unions.
The bought politicians are out to strip
Unions of all the benefits they have achieved
over the years through the democratic process
of negotiations. The fact that we have safe
working conditions, a living wage, fair labor
practices, and yes, pensions is a direct
result of our democratic right to bargain with
Management. Now , however, that democratic
right is about to be taken away by Legislative
fiat. Democracy in this country is becoming a
It is time for all workers in this country
to realize we are involved in class warfare.
The campaign against Public Unions is
distorted with lies, half truths and
deceitfully contrived statistics designed tho
divide and conquer the working class. We did
not cause this recession but we are getting
blamed for it. It the old ploy, the guilty
find some one vulnerable they can pass the
blame along too.
I have been contacting as many people that
I can to join the fight. I have made good
contact with Police and Sherrif's
Associations in Florida and they not only
have assured me they are with us in this fight
but they keep me informed of latest
legislative activities. We are all in this
battle together and I hope my brief sharing
with you might help galvanize more support in
this desperate struggle.
Retired Adm. South Country
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