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Letters: Upset about division on Scalia successor

Supreme Court staff attend a private visitation in

Supreme Court staff attend a private visitation in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, where late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia lies in repose. Credit: AP

It’s alarming and sad to see Republican elected officials suggest that President Barack Obama should not nominate an individual to the U.S. Supreme Court, but should let the next president fulfill that obligation [“Senate won’t act on Obama court pick,” News, Feb. 24].

Further, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have ruled out even a hearing on anyone Obama might nominate. Can anyone imagine the Republicans making such a suggestion if a Republican president were in office? We’ve reached a new low in partisan politics.

A party that wraps itself in the law and the U.S. Constitution can’t so quickly disregard both, putting party ahead of American interests.

Richard T. DeVito, Long Beach


The furor over the replacement of Justice Antonin Scalia is still another example of how dysfunctional our government and political system have become.

Both Democratic and Republican politicians should have refrained from going back and forth with increasing nastiness about the process of replacing Scalia. It would have been appropriate to hold off for a few days to honor this giant of American jurisprudence. The nation will be far worse off without his incisive judicial mind and his dramatic contribution to the Supreme Court. Scalia’s memory deserves far better than the political bickering that almost immediately followed his passing [“Obama: GOP can’t stonewall my nomination,” News, Feb. 17].

Cooler heads need to examine compromise on the issue of how and when a successor should be chosen.

I admit to being politically naive, but couldn’t President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell exchange lists of 25 or 50 potential candidates, in hopes that at least one name would be found on both lists? There is no reason that an ideologue from either the extreme left or right needs to be insisted upon.

Hopefully, there could be agreement on a moderate candidate in the mold of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Michael Polansky, Plainview


Justice Antonin Scalia was the voice of legal renaissance in America. Sadly, even before the mourning period was over, we witnessed an unprecedented show of political divisiveness and sharp partisanship.

I hope with the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice we don’t see an America misaligned from the ideals our Founding Fathers envisioned.

Atul M. Karnik