A voter casts a ballot in Malverne in May.

A voter casts a ballot in Malverne in May. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Citing election fraud is a cancer on U.S.

This malignant cancer of election fraud accusation that is growing on our political system must be stopped to avoid the eventual death of our democracy. Since the 2020 election, some election deniers have been hinting at an imaginary voter fraud problem in the upcoming election. This is a dangerous practice. Already, Kari Lake, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arizona, is proclaiming only that she will accept the results of the next election if she wins. We will probably hear similar proclamations from election deniers in other states.

We teach kids to be good sports and accept defeat gracefully if they lose a school game, but here are intelligent members of society who are blatantly advocating this denial attitude in the most sacred political exercise of our democracy. What is most embarrassing is that these people should know better, but they seem not to care even if their arrogant behavior brings about a damaging effect to the foundation of our republic. To me that is an unpatriotic attempt at power grabbing that questions their love of country.

Francois Geffrard, Central Islip

First, tell us how you'll keep your promises

How will Americans decide which little circles to fill in when they vote this year? With an electorate ill-informed due, in part, to ignorance, how are we to determine who has the better ideas and leadership qualities to make a positive difference in the lives of all they serve?

Almost all campaigns are based upon promises made. Candidates will lower taxes, reduce the federal deficit, increase jobs, lower unemployment, bring down inflation, make neighborhoods safer, etc.

What is conspicuously left out of the conversation is how any of this will get done and what effect it may have on people’s lives. Politicians feed us their rhetoric but know many don’t have the patience for the "how" part of the governing equation. I wish they would treat us all as adults and not just a means to their end.

Bob Bascelli, Seaford

Flooding my mailbox with useless election flyers does not motivate me to vote for a candidate ["Candidates: Mail to your own district," Just Sayin', Oct. 22]. They are wasteful, bad for the environment, and egotistical. They are emblematic of every trait I do not want to see in any elected official. Send out just one letter outlining policies and goals. Appearance and generalities won’t get my vote anymore.
Jocelyn Weston, Oceanside

Parents are first line of children’s guidance

If parents are concerned about teachers "grooming and indoctrinating" their children, they might want to ponder whether they are fulfilling their responsibility to them as parents. Are they having dinner with them as often as possible? Are they talking with them about their day in school?

If teachers' influence over your children is greater than yours, some serious self-reflection might be in order.

Robert Tolle, Cedarhurst

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