I’m 11, and at school, at the very end of the election, we studied and watched election ads for hours [“The Trump transition,” News, Nov. 21]. My teacher gave us the option to write a letter to President-elect Donald Trump to tell him about our concerns for this country. I wrote this to him:

My concern is terrorism. As I was taught, the word terrorism seemed like a fairy tale before Sept. 11, 2001, and now I see that all over the world, there are more and more groups coming up.

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I know that getting rid of something this big will take a great leader with a great army. Now that we have that with you, all you need is the plan.

One thing that stood out to me was your talk about a ban on Muslims entering the country. Now not all of them are bad. I know many people who are Muslim. Some are little kids who are scared that they will have to leave. They love this country.

I think you will make a great leader; what I am saying is, do not strike fear into helpless Americans’ hearts. No matter what race, color, religion or gender, we are all Americans, and that is what counts.

Thomas Biamonte, Oceanside