As a Democrat, I find myself in the unprecedented position of defending Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), a politician far to my right on almost all issues.

A few nights ago, I heard WABC-radio conservative flamethrower Mark Levin call King "a quisling" for not marching in lockstep with the tea party faction of his party ["Don't repeat shutdown crisis," Editorial, Oct. 18]. Levin questioned the propriety of linking funding of the U.S. government with undermining the duly enacted and judicially upheld Affordable Care Act.

Vidkun Quisling was an infamous Norwegian World War II collaborator with the Nazis, an executed traitor whose name is the European equivalent of Benedict Arnold. Peter King a quisling? Seriously? Is this what political dialogue has sunk to in this country? The answer is yes, until the intended audience for such vicious nonsense repudiates it.

Zachary Murdock, Cold Spring Harbor

Clever reminder of screen obsession

Thank you for bringing to light the fact that we are spending way too much time looking at TV and other video screens and not getting outside enough.

The "Flora and Fauna Quiz" comic by Hilary B. Price ["Rhymes With Orange," Comics, Oct. 13] showed common plants and birds of our area with some common logos like the NBC peacock and the Apple computer insignia.

I wonder how many kids figured out the difference between a goldfinch and Twitter's bird logo.

Dan Stahl, Northport

Little criticism of Democrats

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I agree with Ellis Henican's column that the voters keep rewarding inept politicians by re-electing them ["We continue to re-elect them," News, Oct. 13].

He then says that "with tea party fervor," 90 percent of the incumbents in the House of Representatives won re-election. However, as Henican notes, the Senate, run by Democrats, had a higher re-election rate of 91 percent. But he makes no derogatory comments about them. He then depicts Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as the enemy, but there's no mention of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). A little bias, no doubt.

Kathleen Culkin, Medford

Glen Cove probe unfair to teachers

Newsday has reported details of an ongoing investigation of Glen Cove elementary school teachers accused of mishandling test administration in June 2012 ["Use scandal to fix testing," Editorial, Sept. 30].

We are appalled that a confidential investigation was leaked to the press. This publicity damaged not only our district, but also the individual teachers, whether or not their names were published.

The investigation of "cheating" began as a result of a complaint from parents of a middle school child whose academic support service was removed because his or her standardized test score was too high. The parents claimed that the child received help.

Somehow the investigation expanded to include all personnel involved with fifth-grade students. The regular teachers are alone with their students during testing. Responses of 10-year-old children who were questioned seven, eight and nine months after the tests raise serious questions about accuracy. How could these children be expected to accurately differentiate between the actual testing date instructions and weeks of pre-testing?.

We are appalled by this McCarthy-style investigation and intimidation.

Leona Del Valle and Barbara Dubin

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Glen Cove

Editor's note: The writers are retired Glen Cove teachers.