Coming down on both sides
After all the tabloid talk and political posturing from both sides, it’s time for Donald Trump to take a presidential step, put his ego aside and decline to respond [“Trump’s hopeful about care act’s chances,” News, March 10].
By not responding, Trump would lessen the perceived importance the left and the media gain from his responses. If a response is necessary, it should be given by someone of a lower status than the president. The response must be factual, honest and dispassionate.
For Trump to succeed, he needs to get non-supporters to believe he can be their leader, too. Trump needs to demonstrate a level of leadership that President Barack Obama didn’t. Trump must convince people that his way will bring us to a better place than the last eight years have.
He can take us out of this quagmire. He is motivated. He is experienced in the details of business. He is educated and intelligent. He has a Republican Congress for at least two years. The time is nigh.
Martin Metzger, East Meadow
I did not vote for President Donald Trump, but I accept the results of the election. That’s the American way.
However, I don’t like the way that Trump does things. The most troubling is that he is trying to limit our freedoms of speech, the press and religion [“Trump undermines media’s function,” Letters, March 2]. These are the things that make the United States great.
Trump says that he likes springing his programs on others as surprises, such as his first travel ban. He could do that as a private entrepreneur, but should not be allowed to operate that way as head of a free republic.
I also find it extremely troubling that the Republican Congress has been practically silent about the way Trump has conducted himself. Did its members make a deal with Trump? If he stood aside so they could dismember Obamacare, get rid of Roe v. Wade, and rip out all the laws that restricted businesses and safeguarded consumers, would they look the other way to what Trump is doing?
The Republican Congress seems to think it can control Trump. Can it?
Roger Kaufmann, East Northport
President Donald Trump has addressed many vital issues that Barack Obama and his predecessors let fester, issues that have grown into detriments for the American people and our sovereignty as a nation.
Trump should be praised by all Americans for his efforts, whether or not you agree with his methods. He needs our support. He is our president. One thing that should be clear to all is his loyalty to the Constitution, the people and the country.
Avey Shaw, Huntington Station
While the Donald Trump-Stephen Bannon team, aided by its Republican minions, works diligently to deconstruct our federal government, Americans are launching a movement to stand up for the core values our military and police have fought and died for since our country was founded.
America is a great country and not some dystopian dark hole in the Northern Hemisphere. We don’t fear, but instead, welcome those from war-ravaged and oppressed countries. We see it as a blessing that all races and religions have chosen America to improve their lives and raise their families. We treat others with civility and respect.
We don’t intimidate and make fun of others because of disagreements about politics and religion. We promote diverse points of view to deny the entry of ignorance. We hold out a hand, not a fist. We are an optimistic society that looks back with fondness, and forward with optimism and confidence.
Trump supporters should think long and hard as to why we should all give our new president a chance while his chief of staff speaks of taking us back to a country of one culture. That, right there, is what scares me.
Bob Bascelli, Seaford