Is there any chance that corruption in local politics can be stopped? The system thrives on getting more money and perks for people who get elected [“Mondello gets mad,” News, Dec. 17].

Call me silly, but politicians say they get into public office to help people, which might happen if the politician helps a constituent find a lost dog.

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When it comes to the real stuff, never. They keep trading power for more money. I’m not sure what anyone can do, aside from voting for a new crook.

I wish Michael Bloomberg would run for office again. He had common sense and didn’t need to sell us out.

Brian Martin, West Islip