Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in the atrium of the Old Post Office Pavilion, soon to be a Trump International Hotel, Monday, March 21, 2016, in Washington. Credit: AP / Alex Brandon

William F.B. O’Reilly might be surprised to learn that progressive liberals also believe in “tried-and-true principles and practices that you believe will help the greatest number of people live safe, stable and prosperous lives” [“Why I’m grateful to Donald Trump,” Opinion, March 18].

America had its greatest period of growth and prosperity from 1950 to 1980, when progressive income taxes were truly progressive. History will not be nearly as kind to the latest conservative administration led by President George W. Bush: the Sept. 11 attacks, two protracted wars, insufficient response to Hurricane Katrina and an economic meltdown second only to the Great Depression.

Donald Trump is nothing more than an extreme example of right-wing expression. I’ll take our extreme example, Sen. Bernie Sanders, any day over theirs.

James A Clark, Syosset


It’s interesting to see so-called true conservatives, like columnist William F.B. O’Reilly, coming to realize the catastrophic results of the big lies and fantastical promises made by tea party politicians, right-wing media and talk-show extremists.

Unfortunately, it was the same true conservatives who encouraged these lies, absurdities and political victories by the tea party and their fellow extremists. Sadly, the damage is done. Millions of Americans have been seduced and programmed by a well-organized, right-wing propaganda machine. They’ve become so filled with fear, hatred and even racism that they are now beyond rehabilitation.

They have even passed the disease on to their next generation, as we witnessed with the racist “build a wall” chant by students during a recent high school basketball game in Indiana. The opposing team had mostly Latino players.

Julian Esposito, Levittown