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Letters to Newsday for Oct. 17, 2018

First lady Melania Trump visits an orphanage in

First lady Melania Trump visits an orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, on Oct. 5. The first lady visited Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. Credit: AP / Carolyn Kaster

Your Oct. 13 news story “On Trump and marriage” focused on Melania Trump’s dismissal of reports about her husband’s marital infidelities.

Really? That’s all you got from the first lady’s interview with ABC News? Not one word about all the work she does and her trip to Africa?

Well, if that’s all you want us to see, then you’re really out of touch.

Patricia Bongiorno, Bellmore

In defense of a Yaphank gun range

A reader complained about noise from the Suffolk County Skeet, Trap & Sporting Clays gun range in Yaphank [“Copters not only source of noise,” Letters, Oct. 11].

This range has been there for a long time, and is one of the few places where fans of shotgun sports can enjoy their hobby in the metropolitan area. You should not downplay other people’s choices in pastimes simply because you might not participate yourself.

Christian Boegle, Lindenhurst

In regards to the writer who complained about noise from the gun range in Yaphank: People need to do their own due diligence to determine what activities are conducted in an area where they are considering a move. If they object to something, they need to look elsewhere rather than complain later.

Gary Quilliam, Freeport

Varied views of the U.S. president

It was a pleasure to read some positive news in Oct. 12’s Newsday: “Sales tax revenues up in both counties.”

This was the result predicted by President Donald Trump when he unveiled his economic and tax reduction programs: increased employment and consumer demand, along with an increase in wages in some sectors and higher productivity. We have not yet seen the full advantages from these and other proposals of this administration.

Consider this when you go to the polls on Nov. 6. A change in the political makeup of the Congress in midstream could undo all the positive accomplishments thus far.

Anne Leonardi, Mastic Beach

A supporter of the president noted that the king of Jordan complimented Donald Trump’s bluntness [“Two views of President Trump,” Letters, Oct. 9]. Meanwhile, at the UN, world representatives laughed at Trump for his ego-fueled speech. This contrast tells us all we need to know about Trump and his fan base.

The United States was built on the principles of democracy and not the rule of kings. Trump and his apologists are so desperate for redemption that they celebrate praise from despots and monarchs, instead of elected leaders. That’s why we need to reject the Trump agenda at the voting booth and save the principles our country was founded on.

Frank Imburgio, Dix Hills

The president goes to many rallies that look like campaign events. He uses Air Force One and the Secret Service. Is it legal? Instead of doing presidential business, he’s doing private business. He uses his rallies to denigrate anyone who doesn’t bow down to him. He is making us all to be laughingstocks.

Rita Hocheiser, Long Beach

Sympathy won’t prevent next disaster

President Donald Trump not only refuses to acknowledge the danger of climate change, but supports and encourages the coal industry that contributes mightily toward it [“Earthly calamity on the horizon,” Editorial, Oct. 15].

He has decimated the Environmental Protection Agency, is taking the United States out of the Paris climate accords and has ignored scientific warnings that the time for action is short.

I’m sure the president will provide federal help to those devastated by Hurricane Michael, while at the same time continuing to ignore the warnings about what causes environmental destruction. This is not taking care of your country and its people, Mr. President. This is two-faced hypocrisy. Your sympathetic words are crocodile tears.

Marie Brown, Baldwin

Limits on fishing hurt Long Island economy

Although the potential of fishing to boost Long Island’s economy sounds good, your story overlooks why our fishing industry has suffered and why it is doomed [“Touting LI fishing potential,” Business, Oct. 12].

Fishing in New York is a victim of unfair limits imposed on commercial and recreational fishers. For example, a commercial boat is allowed only 50 pounds of summer flounder a day if its home port is in New York. How could this even pay for fuel? The limit is two winter flounder per person on recreational boats in April and May.

Until catch limits become more realistic and commensurate with the limits of our neighboring states, the economics smother interest in fishing for a livelihood or recreation.

Mark Salamack, Massapequa