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Letters: The 2016 election dilemma

A resident casts a vote at a polling

A resident casts a vote at a polling place in Central Islip on Sept. 13, 2012. Credit: Ed Betz

This election year I notice that pollsters divide the electorate demographically into educated and uneducated white males [“Why Donald Trump will win in 2016,” Opinion, July 29]. I assume this means college or no college.

I am a 68-year-old high school-educated white male who was an underachiever in high school. In my 37-year career as an electrician, through experience, I rose to become a general foreman and projects manager for multimillion-dollar projects, where I found the mistakes of and came up with the solutions for incorrect information put into contracts by educated engineers with multiple letters after their names.

People with college educations should not assume that the four-year degree makes them more wise than what one may learn over a lifetime.

Frank Conroy, South Jamesport


In an Aug. 7 letter, a writer states that, “Both candidates are unacceptable on so many levels that I cannot vote for either” [“2016 election is vexing voters”]. Unfortunately, that feeling is shared by many.

For those who are planning not to vote on Nov. 8, to vote for a third-party candidate or to write in a name on the ballot, I suggest a reality check.

After the inauguration on Jan. 20, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the president. To avoid wasting the only opportunity you will have to influence which one will win, you need to decide which is most qualified or, to put it another way, the “least worst.” Then be sure to go to your polling place on Nov. 8 and vote for that candidate.

Yale RosenNorth Bellmore


I don’t understand the rationale of voters who say Donald Trump is not only unacceptable, but seriously dangerous, and yet will not support Hillary Clinton.

We have only those two choices. No matter how much you prefer an alternative universe, we live in this one and those are the only viable choices.

If Trump is unacceptable and you vote for a minor-party candidate, you are casting half a vote for Trump, because you could be making it easier for Clinton to win. Any missed opportunity to aid Clinton helps Trump.

It’s time to stop paying attention to the anti-Clinton rhetoric and decide for yourself which more closely allows our country to function as a working successful democracy and then make your choice for that person.

Even when faced with a no-brainer, it’s still wise to use your brain.

Ruth Karter, Floral Park