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Emmanuel Macron ungracious during Trump visit

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

From left, first lady Melania Trump, President Donald

From left, first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend ceremonies Sunday at the Arc de Triomphe Sunday in Paris. Photo Credit: AP / Francois Mori

How ungracious of the French President Emmanuel Macron to state that nationalism is the exact opposite of patriotism [“A century after WWI armistice,” News, Nov. 12]. The United States continues to be the most generous country in safeguarding freedoms and responding to disasters. Shameful that France forgets the U.S. military lives that secured their freedom. Nationalism is the duty of a country’s leader to support those who elected him.

Never has that interfered with U.S. support of our allies.

Joe Ruszczyk, Kings Park

Trump disgraceful on Veterans Day

A day after snubbing World War I veterans in France by refusing to attend services to honor the fallen heroes of the war [“Trump misses memorial,” News, Nov. 11], President Donald Trump refused to lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day in Virginia, to honor veterans who sacrificed their lives for this country.

The White House said the trip to the cemetery in France was too far away and that Trump was tired. He probably could’ve walked from the White House to Arlington. Instead, he spent Veterans Day tweeting lies about the election recounts. Disgraceful.

Vincent Grabinsky, West Babylon

Michelle Obama right about lies

I couldn’t agree more with Michelle Obama’s comments about the anger she holds for the lies by President Donald Trump about her husband — lies that affected a community of Americans and could have affected the safety of her family [“Michelle Obama back in the news,” Letters, Nov. 14].

Trump, who lacked the decency to visit Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, took at least four deferments and offered a doctor’s note to duck service in the Vietnam War era. Many didn’t have those options. Could it be he was too ashamed to go to Arlington? He should have been, but I doubt that.

Robert Mays, Freeport

Biased coverage of ICE detention

I would like to commend the Lloyd Harbor police department for doing its job in alerting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency about Felipe Iñiguez [“Detained after stop for broken headlight,” News, Nov. 13].

He has been here illegally for 17 years, and yet Newsday devoted two pages to his detention and his life. How about devoting that amount of coverage to the ordinary legal citizen struggling to make a life on Long Island?

Stewart McMullan, Wading River

Perhaps the media, including Newsday, should be more accurate and unbiased in its reporting and others will stop using the expression Fake News. Felipe Iñiguez entered the country illegally. He failed to return for his court appearance and an order to detain was issued. Now, he has been found and is being detained. I’m all for changing immigration laws, and Republicans have already made proposals to start that process and also deal with the Dreamers. Thank Sen. Chuck Schumer for his negative responses to all proposals.

The headline should have read, “Immigrant detained for ignoring U.S. immigration laws and failing to appear at his hearing.”

Ray Nella, Massapequa

NY needs to pass climate legislation

“Carbon tax issue heats up” [News, Oct. 10] says that people are rejecting a carbon tax because of the economic costs.

What people don’t realize: A polluter fee will help everyone favor renewable energy and create a stronger economy — with good-paying local jobs that can’t be outsourced.

Here in New York State, we have an opportunity to pass the Climate and Community Investment Act this year, legislation that would hold corporate polluters accountable for the damage they cause, and generate $7 billion annually to invest in renewable energy, which will create 150,000 jobs every year.

We’re already paying for the high cost of climate change. It increases asthma, heart and pulmonary disease that we all pay for, and see our loved ones suffer and die from. Stronger storms and rising sea level threaten our communities. Why should we be the ones that continue to pay for the damage corporate polluters have caused, when a modest fee on emissions could strengthen the economy for all New Yorkers?

Cathy McConnell, West Islip

Arming ‘good guy’ is not the answer

According to the logic in “Armed guards can harden soft target” [Letters, Nov. 12], every household, every business, every shopping mall, every “good guy” should be armed.

I disagree with this logic. Putting more guns into the population would create more problems. How do you tell the “good guy” from the “bad guy”? How many times have we seen a “good guy” turn into a “bad guy”? In an increasing population, having more guns would only mean more shootings.

I don’t think arming more people is the answer.

George Sahaidachny, Hicksville

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