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A shocking shooting and our toxic politics

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

People stand near the scene of a shooting

People stand near the scene of a shooting at the practice of the Republican congressional baseball team at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Photo Credit: EPA / Shawn Thew

A shocking shooting and our nation’s toxic politics

My wholehearted thoughts and prayers go out to Rep. Steve Scalise and four others who were shot in Alexandria, Virginia [“Congressman critical after Va. shooting,” News, June 15].

Violence is never the answer to the tremendous social, economic and political challenges facing us. The spirit of cooperation must absolutely be revived among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Yes, a real revival of true nonpartisanship, to prevent the very heart and soul of America from becoming a systematically evil and out-of-control vigilante nation.

Rev. Arthur L. Mackey Jr., Roosevelt

Editor’s note: The writer is a senior pastor at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral in Roosevelt.


At the Alexandria baseball field, was the shooter from Sudan? Syria? Libya? Yemen? Iran? Somalia? No!

Meet James T. Hodgkinson from Illinois: homegrown hater.

Jack Cohen, Bayside


It may seem droll to substitute President Donald Trump for Julius Caesar in a play about assassination [“2 sponsors drop NYC play,” News, June 12]. It may be amusing for some comedians to make vile jokes about Trump.

Did any of these people consider what effect these performances have on emotionally challenged individuals?

While no one was killed in Alexandria except the shooter, the victims may feel the effects of their wounds for the rest of their lives. Can’t people think of the consequences of their words or deeds before damage is done?

Marian Milne, Oceanside


The shootings at an innocent baseball practice were horrific. Impressionable people are influenced by our elected officials and look to them for guidance.

New York’s two U.S. senators are guilty of turning citizens of political parties against each other.

Recently, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand used the F-word when speaking about whether President Donald Trump has kept his promises.

Since Trump was elected, Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, has ridiculed him. It’s no wonder our nation is divided.

Let’s pray for the recovery of Rep. Steve Scalise and the four others who were wounded.

Marty Orenstein, New Hyde Park