In foreign affairs, it's been long-standing policy that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists. In domestic affairs, it's becoming clearer from the anarchists on the House of Representatives payroll that neither should we negotiate with extortionists ["Shutdown stalemate continues," News, Oct. 1].
This is particularly true for those tea party anarchists who, despite taking an oath to uphold the Constitution, don't realize that holding the U.S. government hostage through political extortion makes them the domestic enemies they swore to combat.
Edward B. "Woody" Ryder IV, Greenlawn
While the writer of "Cruz's speech filled with nonsense" [Letters, Sept. 29] is certainly entitled to her opinion, it is misinformed.
I, unlike most Americans, spent many hours listening to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and the other senators who asked him questions. He was very articulate, didn't use a teleprompter, made comments against both Democrats and Republicans-in-name-only and spent his time wisely making excellent points on why the Affordable Care Act is bad for America. He answered tweets from viewers and spent time exposing the hypocrisy about how the "ruling class" gets a pass on Obamacare while the people do not.
Yes, he did spend time reading "Green Eggs and Ham" to his kids at bedtime and some other items, but he had to fill 21 hours with no breaks. That was a small fraction of his time.
Perhaps I can remind readers of South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, who spoke for more than 24 hours against civil rights legislation in 1957. He also read anything he could find from his office just to keep talking. I would say that was nonsense.
Bill Christofidis, New Hyde Park
Editor's note: The writer is the executive leader of the Nassau County Republican Committee.