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Letters: Taking the post-election pulse

A line of early voters wait in queue

A line of early voters wait in queue at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Heavy turnout has caused long lines as voters take advantage of their last opportunity to vote before Election Day. Photo Credit: AP / John Minchillo

My heart goes out to the many immigrants who face the possibility of deportation. However, Nelson Melgars’ statement was way off base and insulting [“Immigrants on edge,” News, Nov. 27].

He said, “It’s foolish to presume that a man elected by a pack of hungry wolves is not going to kill something and feed it to them and I am part of that thing that he needs to kill.”

I assure you, Mr. Melgar, I am not a hungry wolf. To call our president-elect and citizens of this great country such names does nothing to help your plight.

Virginia Brindisi, Ronkonkoma

 

“Lock her up!” was a rallying cry for months at Donald Trump rallies [“Trump won’t pursue case against Clinton,” News, Nov. 23]. Well, everyone who voted for change and the end of political correctness, how do you feel now? Trump duped you into voting for him by using your hatred for the Clintons as his political bait, and you all went along for the ride.

His disingenuous rhetoric was his way of making you believe he was different, but the reality is, it’s the same old political stuff. Now he doesn’t want to pursue his pledge to jail Hillary Clinton because he wants the nation to “heal.”

When is he going to start building the wall?

Henry Beyer, Woodmere

 

I couldn’t agree more with the editorial “The frightening rise of hatred” [Nov. 22]. However, for the editorial board to imply that hatred is being fueled solely by Donald Trump and his supporters, and to ignore the fact that hatred and bigotry are cast from both directions, is irresponsible.

There is no question that the “alt-right” movement and its white supremacist message must be condemned. But so too should the abhorrent, bigoted behavior and violence from extreme left-wing groups such as MoveOn.org and Black Lives Matter.

I understand the fear, because I’m afraid, too. I fear the young anti-Trump rioters in Portland, Oregon, who smashed store windows and attacked police trying to keep the peace. I fear demonstrators at Black Lives Matter rallies who’ve chanted “What do you want? Dead cops” in the streets of New York City. I fear this has fueled the increasing assassination of police officers across the country.

I fear that these groups were not condemned strongly enough by our president, Barack Obama, by the Democratic presidential candidate or by Newsday’s editorial board. The great divide in this country cannot go away until we all realize that hate is a two-way street.

Richard Wisniewski, Fort Salonga

 

During the election campaign, the media were often under attack [“Trump alleges election fraud,” News, Nov. 28]. During a period in our history when real and imagined threats are present to the free press, I believe we should be thankful that we still have media outlets willing to take unpopular risks with powerful economic and political figures.

The media play a very important role in our democratic society. If not for the media, there would be a Shoreham nuclear power plant operating on Long Island, threatening the health and safety of 3 million of us.

If not for the media, there would be a four-lane highway running across the Fire Island dunes. If not for the media, the strides we’ve taken in the past 30 years to protect our shorelines, wetlands and pine barrens — our quality of life — would have been threatened.

As we move forward with a new president in a new political environment, the media are likely to face threats to their independence and economic survival. Hopefully, they will fulfill their mission to tell the truth, as they see the truth, regardless of the consequences.

Paul Arfin, Hauppauge

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