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Election reflections after Donald Trump’s victory

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech after being defeated by Republican presidential-elect Donald Trump, in New York on November 9, 2016. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / JEWEL SAMAD

Hillary Clinton’s “glass ceiling” is an excuse [“Clinton: We owe Trump an ‘open mind,’ ” News, Nov. 10].

Yes, our country has had earlier prejudices. Today, that rejection of our history has allowed us to elect a black president, and we will again elect any qualified person regardless of race, religion or gender. Clinton did not lose because she’s a woman. She was lacking the qualities of the women world leaders of countries such as England, Israel and India.

William Adams Littell, Moriches


I didn’t vote for either of the major candidates, as I found both of them to be contemptible and not presidential. The election underscores the extreme dissatisfaction that the American people have for politics as usual.

The main problem is that the major parties were unable to come up with suitable candidates. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were eminently beatable if a person with good leadership skills and a clean background could have navigated the primary process.

We need to make the best of it and hope President-elect Trump will surprise us.

Neil Bellovin, Port Jefferson


This last election should serve as a lesson for every officeholder: People are tired of business as usual in Washington, partisan politics and being lied to by those we elected to office.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is wrong to view this last election as any sort of mandate. While one party will control the White House and both houses of Congress, the president-elect did not win the popular vote.

This means that the opposition candidate presented ideas favored by the majority of citizens. Neither party has cornered the market on ideas, and we should demand that our elected officials begin representing us.

The first thing they can do to demonstrate they are listening is to recognize that the citizenry of this country views big money in our political process as a cancer.

There is a groundswell rising in this country. People want their voices heard. Congress should not be lackeys for Wall Street, banking, the fossil fuel industry, Big Pharma or the National Rifle Association.

William F. Hempfling, East Moriches


It looks as if Hillary Clinton reaped what she sowed. She continued to ignore the American people when we wanted her to address the email controversy. So the American people ignored her at the voting booth.

Marie Scalafani, Holbrook


Donald Trump said he wants to put Rust Belt workers back to work in good factory jobs. Many of those jobs will never reappear, and if they do, they will be using modern manufacturing techniques that use a fraction of the employees.

If we are to reinvigorate this economy, it will be by building out our infrastructure. That will include repairing and modernizing our roads, rail systems and airports, but more important, 21st century high-speed rail. These programs would put people to work in and around our cities, and in rural places like Maine and Montana.

Better infrastructure could make travel and transportation of goods less expensive and make more places in the country economically viable.

Ernest M. Fazio, Centerport


It looks as if Republicans will be able to end Obamacare. What they will replace it with, God only knows.

Does that mean anyone with a pre-existing condition will be denied insurance, even if you have insurance through your employer?

How about if you get really sick, will you be dropped ASAP by your for-profit health insurance company? What about if your illness is really expensive to treat? Will we see the return of lifetime limits on coverage, after which your insurance company will pay nothing and send you on to medical bankruptcy?

For parents, under Obamacare, you could keep children on your policy until age 26. What will happen now?

We hear talk about allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines, which by the magic of the marketplace will drive down costs. Well, currently two of the largest insurers, Aetna and United Healthcare, are attempting to merge. As we have seen with the airline industry, the fewer the choices, the higher the costs.

I really hope that Donald Trump has a wonderful replacement for Obamacare, but I remain skeptical.

Joe Squerciati, Hicksville


I voted with pride and hope on Election Day, yet, my dream didn’t become real. Apparently, the opinion polls were wrong and Hillary Clinton never really had a chance.

Clinton devoted her life to this country through public service — as a civil rights lawyer, an advocate for women and children, and as a U.S. senator from New York and secretary of state. The people failed to reward her for her public service with votes.

Susan Marie Davniero, Lindenhurst


Liberal progressives are shaking their heads as to what happened. The answer is simple.

My wife and I are hardworking, middle-class Americans. I’m a Marine vet. We both finished our degrees and obtained our master’s degrees while raising three sons. We educated them with our money.

We never asked for help nor entitlements. We aren’t racists. We aren’t rich. We are the grandchildren of immigrants who came here the correct way.

We want what is best for our country. We are the givers not the takers. We are sick and tired of progressives giving our hard-earned money and our national wealth away to those who feel they are entitled to a free ride. Liberals have been buying votes for years while keeping a large segment of our citizens poor and dependent based on their empty promises.

Nationwide, we hardworking, middle-class Americans have had it. Donald Trump addressed many of our concerns — not more of the same, but hope for real change and a return to the values still believed in by many Americans. Yes, we the givers, not the takers, voted for Trump.

Alexander S. Janow, Northport