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LETTERS: Obama wake-up call, messy election

Election result should be a wake-up call

President Barack Obama has seen his policies and leadership repudiated at the polls and had better wake up and stop excluding those who have different opinions from helping to bring positive change. Government works best when people exchange ideas and work together for the common good.

Too much spending, inadequate cooperation with his opponents and broken promises of job creation have eroded his first term. This lesson should be simple: Focus on job creation for the next two years, or the president will join the millions of unemployed.

Kevin B. Kamen


Am I reading this right? Incumbent Tim Bishop defeated my preferred GOP congressional candidate, Randy Altschuler, for Long Island's East End district by a narrow 51 to 49 percent of the vote.

Since I don't agree with this, I'm going to invoke my Long Island school district-like constitutional right and ask for a "do-over" vote.

Eugene R. Dunn


As a result of Tuesday's tidal wave elections, would it be a trademark infringement if I were to modify a familiar line from a popular commercial? It would go something like, "Mr. President, can you hear me? Can you hear me now?"

Barney Chiarello


New voting process is messy

Bottom line on the new voting system: 1) The process takes too long. 2) Paper ballots do not save trees. 3) There is very little privacy. And 4) I received conflicting information at the polling place about why we had to have a new system.

Ronald Enners

West Babylon

Election Day is finally over. The mudslinging and name-calling have finally come to a stop. We are grateful for the end of the robo calls interrupting our dinner.

Barbara Obstgarten

Port Jefferson Station

With Election Day behind us, might it be possible for the same candidates to muster their campaign volunteers one last time and remove the thousands of signs that were placed along our public roads, utility polls and fences?

Although it is visible testimony of their desire to serve, I can only hope that one day their record of civic deeds will make the need for signs and words unnecessary.

Robert W. Rockelein


Election results notwithstanding, what is appalling is the enormous expenditure of political campaign advertising dollars. The majority of contenders bespeak "greening" and ecology, yet plaster the landscape with countless signs and explode mailboxes with almost daily campaign literature.

Elaine Berman

Port Washington