Will we ever get honest politicians who will serve the will of the people who elected them? ["Skelos cells were tapped," News, June 2].
A former Nassau County legislator, Roger Corbin (D-Westbury), was convicted of receiving bribes. And another legislator, David Denenberg (D-Merrick), resigned just before pleading guilty to bilking a legal client. Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was indicted on conspiracy, extortion and bribery charges, and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) was indicted on fraud and extortion charges.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned after a prostitution scandal, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner was forced to resign for his sexual texting. And these are only the politicians whose cases we know about.
To clean up politics, we need to pass laws that say any politician who violates the public trust will lose his or her health insurance and pension benefits. This would be a real punishment.
Gary Peckett, Baldwin
Have we decided to vote indifference into our highest offices? Judging by our country's politics, it's hard to say otherwise. That, or we have become sadomasochists.
When you let your infrastructure be defunded (Amtrak accident), your Constitution ignored (Indiana's "religious freedom" bill), your basic liberties denied (the USA Freedom Act), and your economic health risked (the Trans-Pacific Partnership), what else can you be called?
Let me be clear: I support Sen. Bernie Sanders. Yet this is not about party lines, this is about the state of the nation. Sen. Rand Paul and former Rep. Ron Paul, for instance, deserve respect, while New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer are losing my respect the closer they lean toward supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The people must return to politics to overrule the tragedy of the Citizens United decision, which allows money to rule. Change begins with one person standing up and voting nay.
Justin Goodman, Coram