Ben Zwirn says that senior housing raises the school population by encouraging old people to move and sell their big, empty houses to young people. Bravo, Mr. Zwirn! You have helped us to get over the outmoded Fifth Commandment: Honor Your Father and Your Mother So Their Days on Earth May Be Prolonged. Let us instead have two new commandments more suitable for the new millennium:
5A. Lock up your father and your mother so they don't clog the streets with their cars; and if they don't drive cars, let them not clog the streets by walking about. And keep in mind the heavy burden they place on our water supply, and our sewers, and our police with their rowdyism.
5B. Don't let families with children move into those old houses of your fathers and mothers, lest your schools become cluttered and expensive.
O brave new world, that has such people in it!
I have lived 45 happy years in an old house on Reid Avenue. Neighbors have come and gone; children have played in the street with other neighbors' children, have gone to our schools, have grown to adulthood and have moved on, or have even moved back to the neighborhood. Old people have died, or moved away; and their homes have been bought and revitalized by new owners. As a result Reid Avenue is as alive and desirable for young and old as it was in 1953. When my wife and I move to senior housing, as we inevitably will, we expect to sell the old place to a family that needs a big house. This, I submit, is what makes a living community.
If the people of Port Washington North prefer heavy truck traffic at 7 a.m. to senior housing, or any housing, I hope they get their wish.
Samuel A. Bogen