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Islip politician should make service trip

Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt looks on during an

Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt looks on during an Islip Town Board meeting on Jan. 23, 2018. Credit: Barry Sloan

My letter is in response to the Facebook post of Islip Town Board member Trish Bergin Weichbrodt [“Staying in post despite protests,” News, Jan. 24].

Bergin Weichbrodt’s post said she was “looking at warm getaways for kids . . . wondering about El Salvador, Haiti or Somalia.” In response to this post, she was severely criticized and called a racist. She deleted the post and apologized to those who were offended.

I suggest that this can be a teaching moment for Long Islanders about what is going on in these countries — and provide Bergin Weichbrodt an opportunity to make amends for her comments.

People may not be aware that families, students and other volunteers go to these and many other stressed countries to lend support by building homes after devastation by hurricanes, earthquakes or floods. Volunteers also help in hospitals, orphanages, etc.

Perhaps Bergin Weichbrodt could sign up her family to go to one of the three countries for a service trip. Some good could come out of this painful post.

Mary Kiernan-Tighe, Greenlawn

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