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That bastard Kevin in Oh Yeah, That's Why We Broke Up [Cover Feature, Sept. 8] is my long-term love of my life turned ex through and through. The moron would do just what Kevin did, really not take an interest in making sure we had fun together, invite his stupid, hairy new-age girlfriend (my exact opposite) and basically be as absent-minded and classless as possible.

All this would be unintentional, of course, but that just makes it all the more heinous. You lose the bad ones to make room for the good ones. Tammie's trip to LA seemed to drive that home. I liked this one a lot!

Catherine Rusciano
Minneapolis


Got us by the GOP

Thanks for Ward Harkavy's Eating reform for lunch [The Party, Sept. 2]. Gulotta the Greedy is supposedly going to be brought into line by Blakeman the Brave who, with the Forces of Good represented by the Loyal Legislature, has proposed a number of actions to force His Executiveship into financial line. Meanwhile, our former Fearless Fighter in charge of the county's finances has retired from the governmental embrace of the Rapacious Republicans to take a job with a waste management company in Huntington, altogether appropriate considering the mess they've made of Nassau's treasury.

The main portion of the Ravenous Republicans' "new" plan is, you guessed it, extending the Terrible Tax, the 1-percent real-estate transfer tax, past its sundown time of 18 months for another three years. It won't be another three years. Can you spell "FOREVER," boys and girls? Even the mafia couldn't have come up with a scam as good as this one!

I know this transfer tax is legal because a law was forced through in Albany. But is it constitutional? Segregation was legal until Brown vs. the Board of Education. Has anybody thought about bringing a constitutional challenge to see if this is a tax on a tax, since there is already a state real-estate transfer tax?

What's next? A city, town, village and/or block real estate transfer tax?

Lorraine Stone
Oceanside


Arms and the man

I read Terry Sullivan's article One nation under the gun [Exit Zero, Sept. 16] with great interest. I have been a responsible armed citizen since 1959, and my six children were raised in a warm and loving family atmosphere. From a young age they all learned how to safely handle a weapon, to respect its power and, above all, to respect other people.

I often wish I had been on that train with Colin Ferguson. I am sure I would have saved many lives and many people from harm. Owning a weapon isn't for everybody, but those of us who are willing and able to take the responsibility should be encouraged to do so.

In general, crime is a business. The criminal, like any other business person, wants the greatest profit with the least risk. A criminal's greatest fear is of encountering an armed victim, or for that matter, anyone who is willing and able to defend himself.

I owned a liquor store in Ozone Park, Queens, for a number of years, and like Mr. Sullivan, was confronted and threatened by an armed man. On the last occasion, I was trained and ready, and successfully defended myself. I shot him. My store was never held up again.

Instead of making it "impossible" to get a gun permit in places like New York City, let's offer education and instruction to carefully screened and selected people. Also, it should be known that there are citizens among us who will protect and resist against crime and then watch the crime rate go down in real terms.

You can be sure that the people Zed Nelson photographed, the honeymooners on a firing range and ladies in Memphis comparing their weapons, will be a lot safer from armed outrages. Those around them will also be protected.

Daniel Friedman
Cedarhurst


CORRECTION The Rodizio Vila Nova restaurant in Smithtown is no longer affiliated with Churrasqueira Barraida restaruant in Mineola. A Dish column in the Sept. 16 issue was incorrect in saying they have an ongoing relationship.


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