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Letters: The 2018 midterm elections are on voters’ minds

Maryland voters cast early ballots at a community

Maryland voters cast early ballots at a community center in Potomac, two weeks ahead of the key U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 6. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

I wonder how we have gotten to a point in which many Americans cannot always trust the word of our public officials. In the past, our presidents have often been unifiers and demonstrated empathy for the need of Americans.

I believe the nation has always put people first in spending taxpayer money. I am not naive enough to think that money never matters, but for many years, taking care of people was more important than helping rich people get richer. Now it appears that money trumps all. The wealth gap between the rich and poor is growing. Where are the values we have always held?

Our democracy is based on people making their voices heard. Read about candidates, see if they are truthful and whether their values and actions are consistent with yours. The most important action that you can take is to vote!

Lynne Amend, East Northport

After the contentious fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, one would think that passions, rancor and condemnation would cease. However, for some Democrats, it seems that the strategy to obstruct, oppose and delay President Donald Trump’s policies or appointments has turned to impeachment.

Rep. Maxine Waters of California has talked about impeaching Trump since early in his term. Rep. Jerrold Nadler of Manhattan, who could become chairman of the Judiciary Committee if Democrats take the House, has said he might investigate Kavanaugh, perhaps to impeach him.

Their strategy is that if you lose your fight with Republicans, just employ the most extreme measure, impeachment — as ridiculous as it sounds. Isn’t the first job of elected officials to uphold the Constitution and work for the good of all Americans?

Mike Worosz, East Setauket

Our government was set up with a division between church and state.

For the first two centuries, the majority in our country, despite being of different faiths or denominations, shared the same time-honored morals and values. These core values have all but vanished as everyone seeks to affirm his or her own truth.

Still, I’d like to see men and women of character and integrity elected to office, people who can see both sides of an issue, those not solely intent on furthering their own agendas or seeking what profits them best. I want people who can control the words they speak. As the Bible says, those who do not return insult for insult and can refrain their tongue from evil (1 Peter 3: 9-11).

The times are too volatile to elect those who want to even a score. Is that dreaming the impossible dream?

Rosanna Walther, Shoreham

Senior citizens are being abused by former employers that are reducing or eliminating health care benefits that retirees earned during many years of dedicated employment. Just this month, Xerox announced cuts in retiree health benefits. These benefits were not given free. Our elected representatives must confront corporations that are reducing and/or abandoning their responsibilities to provide vital retiree health benefits, shifting the cost burden to taxpayers.

On Election Day, politicians will see that retirees are fed up. Seniors will not vote for candidates who don’t support and assist retirees.

Robert A. Rehm, Jericho

Editor’s note: The writer, a former executive for NYNEX, is a co-founder of the nonprofit BellTel Retirees Inc.

Hillary Clinton tells CNN that if Democrats “are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”

Former Attorney General Eric Holder says, “When they go low, we kick ’em.”

During the uproar over the separation of immigrant parents and children, Rep. Maxine Waters of California told supporters that if they saw Trump administration officials in public, they should “create a crowd, and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Democrats are encouraging resistance. Really! Resistance to what? Job openings hit record highs; so did optimism among owners of small businesses. Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 1969. Tax cuts and trade deals are bringing back manufacturing jobs. Hostages were released without preconditions. Remains of our fallen heroes from the Korean War were finally returned. As a veteran, I am so thankful. This administration made and kept its promises.

Getting a good job and moving out of your parents’ basement can happen only if you vote Republican. A Democratic Congress will reverse those economic gains.

Craig Boyer, Bayport

Vladimir Putin suggested on Oct. 19 that America’s time as a world power is over. There was no answer by our government. Putin also said President Donald Trump likes to take his advice. This is sickening. National Security Adviser John Bolton should have refuted these statements and packed up and left Moscow instead of continuing his “talks” with Putin.

This is disgraceful behavior. Is Trump afraid of repercussions from Putin if he repudiates the claims? Shame on our president. Additionally, the Republicans say nothing! Anybody who votes for Republicans in the 2018 elections is foolish.

Rhonda Weintraub, Kings Park

Words matter.

Decency matters.

“Truth” based in fact matters.

A free press matters.

The Constitution matters.

Checks and balances matter.

Civility matters.

Moral leadership matters.

The future of America matters.

Elections have consequences.

Vote!

Myra S. Vaughn, Manorville

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