East Rockaway Lynbrook Letters to the Editor
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Social Security is not an entitlement for those of us who have contributed to the system. I paid into it from the time I was 13 until I retired in 2002. It’s my money! I paid into the system, and it’s now my time to collect.
It’s not my fault, nor the fault of all those others who have contributed, that Social Security is in such dire straits. Perhaps if Congress hadn’t started fiddling with the trust fund back in the Johnson administration, things would be different. Or if the politicians hadn’t started to use Social Security as a cash cow to pay off political debts by making people who never contributed a dime to the system eligible for benefits,
perhaps things would be different.
Perhaps Washington should stop putting the blame for the Social Security mess on the recipients and place it squarely where it belongs, on the doorstep of Congress. What a novel idea!
I’m one very annoyed Social Security recipient.
John F. Marino
The last thing we need
To the Editor:
Another year and another promise for Belmont Park. How many promises for economic development in Elmont and Belmont have we heard? Now they tell us a soccer stadium will be built for $400 million from a once forgotten and once bankrupt soccer team.
First it was video lottery terminals for jobs at Belmont. Remember that rally? We had County Executive Ed Mangano and other elected officials leading the chant at Belmont Park. But the VLTs went to Queens. Elmont was to get money from the VLTs in Queens, but I guess they forgot the money part.
Next, it was the Shinnecocks and a possible hotel and casino. Elmont community leaders made good friends with the Shinnecock nation and were hopeful a casino would come. We were told to be quiet so that our elected officials in Albany could work out the details. They were all in favor, so we stood quiet, waiting. And all the deals went quietly away.
Next, the Islanders were coming, they needed a home, so the Coliseum was going to be built at Belmont Park. But they’re going to Brooklyn.
There were press conferences about the supermarket that’s always coming but never gets there.
Now it’s a soccer stadium. Look at any location where a stadium exists, nothing good for a community. Even in New Jersey where they have a pro soccer team, the
county has gone broke, and don’t walk more than two blocks from that stadium, you might not make it. Stadiums bring people in to spend money in the stadium but not in the community. But a stadium is only open
during the playing season.
The last thing we need is a stadium. There are some good ideas from some bright people for economic development at
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