Wanting better from the new president

In response to Conservative Society for Action founder Stephen Flanagan, I am not a part of “a seditious fringe” group trying to sabotage President Donald Trump [“Rallies support Trump,” News, March 5].

I’m a 71-year-old white male and an independent voter. I’ve never been more embarrassed by my government and the head of an administration who acts like a petulant child whenever criticized.

More important, I’m sick of those who say we should give the new administration a chance. Did the Republicans gave President Barack Obama a chance? They spent eight years blocking everything he proposed, including a Supreme Court justice and repeated attempts at an infrastructure bill, which Trump now supports.

To all those avid supporters of Trump, what do you tell your children when they wonder how you can support an adulterous, bigoted, racist, misogynistic and homophobic leader? Or is it now too politically correct to desire a president with integrity, character and a sense of morality?

Vincent Razzore, Bellport

 

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Although I did not vote for Donald Trump, I felt it was my duty to listen to his first address to Congress [“Trump low-key after address,” News, March 2]. My worst fears were realized when he introduced several of the invited guests as the victims of crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally.

While acknowledging the grief of these families, I cannot accept that immigrants should be so singled out and maligned, when it is verifiable that crime among immigrants is less than that of the general population.

While the media heralded Trump’s “presidential tone,” I find nothing praiseworthy in his pattern of denigrating an entire segment of our population.

If the president wished to unite the country, perhaps he should have extended an invitation to the immigrant parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, who died while protecting the lives of fellow U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2004. That would have been an olive branch.

Sheila Croke, Kings Park

New York should help save U.S. jobs

New York State has lost nearly 300,000 manufacturing jobs since 2001 [“Made on Long Island,” Business, March 12]. Those jobs affect not only workers at manufacturing plants, but the loss also ripples out to local businesses that lose customers, suppliers who lose business and local governments that lose tax revenue to support quality public services.

State government has contributed to the problem by using our tax dollars to buy foreign-made goods and materials.

Now, we have an opportunity to change that with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed New York Buy American Act. It would require all state agencies and authorities to purchase products made in the United States for contracts and procurement over $100,000.

We already have some of the most skilled workers in the world; we should be investing in them, not sending jobs overseas.

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As someone who understands firsthand the important impact tax revenue has on our ability to provide vital public services, such as public safety, I believe that New York State cannot afford to miss an opportunity to strengthen key industries.

James A. Lemonda, Manhattan

Editor’s note: The writer is the president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

Shutting Indian Point will be a mistake

The Shoreham nuclear plant cost billions of dollars to build, and then it was shut down. Long Island Lighting Co. customers, myself included, had to pay a special Shoreham tax for years for these expenses.

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This was clearly stated on LILCO bills every month until a new type of bill hid the additional taxes.

Now Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing to shut the nuclear power plant at Indian Point [“Pols seek answers on Indian Point impact,” News, March 1]. There are unknown consequences, such as nothing to replace the lost electricity except questionable efficiency measures and renewable power. There will be layoffs at the power plant.

I believe New Yorkers will pay dearly for this flawed plan from a governor whose motives are questionable. I believe that Cuomo is acting more in a political manner, maybe being swayed by the fledgling solar lobby and environmentalists, rather than the citizens of New York.

Mike Pedano, South Farmingdale