Public distrust in Trump, also media

Op-ed writer Chuck Cutolo makes an astute observation about the negative effects that President Donald Trump’s inaccuracies have on the integrity of the office [“The president’s War on the Truth,” Opinion, March 27].

I agree that such conduct is corrosive to the public trust that is essential for effective governance and leadership. However, I feel the same is true when Newsday and other news media outlets mischaracterize or spin facts and choose headlines that sensationalize a story to make it more interesting.

The public has relied on newspapers for the information needed to form their own opinions and make important choices on political candidates and issues.

While many media outlets are quick to condemn Trump’s version of the truth, their own reporting can be equally corrosive of the public’s trust.

Anthony Guardino, Smithtown

Don’t allow sales of customer data

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Allowing internet service providers to sell customers’ data without permission is like using President Donald Trump’s name on a building without paying a royalty [“Plea to protect web privacy,” News, April 3].

If they can sell my name and information without my permission, I want a piece of the action. These companies have no right to profit from my personal property without compensating me.

Michael Zisner, Bethpage

Kardashian news is over the top

I read about Kim Kardashian’s efforts to have more children [“Kardashian: Surrogacy now my only option,” Flash!, April 4]. But who cares? Why do I need to read about these people every day in the papers and hear about them on the news? Give me a break!

Gary Schaefer, Manorville

State Dept. cuts are hypocrisy by GOP

The draconian 29 percent budget cut that has been proposed for the State Department is not only excessive but hypocritical [“Budget boosts defense,” News, March 17].

For 2011, the Republican Congress cut President Barack Obama’s State Department budget for embassy security by $185 million. The following year, the embassy in Benghazi was attacked, which resulted in the tragic death of four Americans. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced unending criticism for this from candidate Donald Trump. It may have cost her the election.

That is why it shocks me. The Trump administration shows that it really didn’t care what happened in Benghazi. Republicans were just looking for a way to damage Clinton. Those cuts need to be restored.

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Tony Korec, Medford

‘Raise the age’ will rescue young lives

I read “‘Raise the age’ at juncture” [News, March 27] and was shocked by the comment by Assemb. Al Graf (R-Holbrook). He called this bill, which would move most 16- and 17-year-olds out of adult court, a “gang recruitment act.” He doesn’t seem to have a clue what the research shows with regard to criminality in youth under 18.

According to a report by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice, the risks and consequences of treating adolescents as adults in the criminal justice system are staggering. Youth incarcerated with adults are victims of sexual assault at disproportionate rates, the incidences of suicide are increased, and the opportunities are greater for youth to learn new criminal skills from the adult population.

The collateral consequences are limiting employment and educational opportunities, hindering the achievement of legal status for non-citizens to live and work in the United States, and having their families banned from public housing.

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The adolescent brain is still developing and is not fully formed until age 25. Because of this, the character, personality traits and behavior of adolescents respond well to interventions.

This new law is the right thing to do for our children.

Claire McKeon, Lindenhurst

Editor’s note: The writer is the executive director of youth services for the Town of Babylon.