The emergence of Donald Trump on the political landscape calls to mind another billionaire nonpolitician from New York, Michael Bloomberg ["Other hopefuls take aim at Trump," News, Sept. 14].

I believe it's fair to say that Bloomberg, like Trump, had his share of successes in the business world before he decided to get into public service. He became mayor as New York City and the United States were struggling to cope with the shock waves generated by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Soon, he was also looking into the financial hole created by the Great Recession of 2007-09.

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If elected, Trump will face similar challenges in the global war on terrorism and an uncertain world financial situation. The similarities seem to end there. If anything, Trump has deprived the country of his considerable skills until now.

I'm not sure when he became omniscient, but it's clear he didn't become this wonderful overnight. Couldn't we have used his incredible financial intellect during the recession? The Islamic State group would never have been formed if Trump had been commander-in-chief when ISIS first thought about beheading people. The list of problems that he would have solved by now goes on and on, much like he does.

Chris Marzuk, Greenlawn