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Dog Park-ing

Dear Editor:

I don't know if you are aware of the recent actions by the NYCTA by the dog park on 83rd Street. Apparently, following an altercation with a man with a dog, the manager of the NYCTA site behind the dog park erected a fence to keep people bringing their dogs to the park from parking under the El, which the NYCTA claims as their property.

This is a big change for those of us who have been using this dog park and parking under the El for a long time. If this is NYCTA property, why are their no signs stating such? Why are they not maintaining the area? It is used as a dumping ground.

I parked under the El on Thursday and the NYCTA employees locked the gate, effectively impounding my car even though there was no signage stating this was their property. My car was later released, but I would like clarity on whether the NYCTA was acting within their rights.

It would seem to me that the NYCTA could have easily erected a gate further down the driveway by the entrance to their building if they were concerned about threats from either dogs or people.  By placing a gate at the entrance to the driveway, the utility of the dog park is severely compromised.

Deirdre Powers


Absentee Approval

Dear Editor:

Kudos to Mr. Meeks for not attending the State of the Union address. I am a registered Republican and I didn’t want to watch Trump's State of the Union either. Did Mr. Meeks ask anyone their political affiliation when he is asked for his help i.e. Rockaway's horrible postal deliveries? You are entitled as an individual to act your conscience…

Denise Kershaw


Lights Out

Dear Editor:

I enjoy walking on our new boardwalk, oftentimes at night. I noticed several lights out and complained to 311. That was two month ago (no doubt, another failure of the de Blasio administration). They’re still out with even more out at this point. I spoke to a Welsbach Electric Co. driver who said they don’t have a contract to fix the boardwalk lights. So who does? I sent a letter to Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office. I’ll write to him again when he replies. Unlike Congressman Meeks, who hasn’t replied to any of my letters.

James Murray


Not So Hot Wind

Dear Editor:

Fort Drum, NY along with many other upstate towns refuse the windmills — the Governor's 'Green Power Fiasco,' according to Saturday's NY Post — and so the Governor will build out his stupendous (stupendously stupid) Wind Farm offshore Rockaway, and that's perfectly fine with Senator Addabbo, and probably fine as well with Councilmen Ulrich & Richards as well as with environmentalists like the 'in-Sane' Energy Project people.

As the Post also points out, New York's energy costs are some of the highest in the nation and with the building of some 200 200-foot high windmills on the Rockaway shelf, electric bills here & elsewhere across the state will only go higher.

And so, most unfortunately, the joke, the fiasco, will not only be on them, but on us.

Pete Stubben


Opioid Opinion

Dear Editor:

(In response to Ask The Doc’s column on life expectancy and the drug problem) As mentioned. the life expectancy in the U.S. has recently declined largely due to the result of the opioid epidemic and alcohol related issues. The opioid epidemic in the U.S. has been responsible for approximately 64,000 deaths in the year 2016. The medical community, including the pharmaceutical industry, shares some responsibility for this crisis.

Opioids were originally intended to be used for individuals with terminal illness to alleviate severe pain. Their use is now extended to individuals who suffer from pain, which can be easily managed with Tylenol and a short-term course of NSAIDS.

The U.S. accounts for approximately 4.8 percent of the world’s population, but its prescription rate for opioids is about 80 percent. Drug overdose leading to death is obviously the most severe consequence of the opioid epidemic, but its impact on morbidity is also a major issue causing a major rise in health care costs.

Two major issues facing the health care community is in dealing with opioid induced constipation (OIC), which occurs up to 60 percent of the time, and the narcotic bowel syndrome occurring five percent of the time.

Hopefully with more awareness of this devastating health care crisis, the long-term outlook can be improved.  

W.Erber MD


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