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More reflections on the presidential election

This photo illustration depicts Thai newspapers on November

This photo illustration depicts Thai newspapers on November 10, 2016 showing headlines reporting on Donald Trump's US presidential election victory. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA

The headline on Randi F. Marshall’s column asked, “What do we tell our children about Trump?” [Opinion, Nov. 12].

Why not say that we elected a brilliant, successful businessman, an accomplished administrator, an expert deal maker and a politician who cannot be bought and is not under the control of any political bosses?

Tell the children that Donald Trump is not under investigation by the FBI. Here is a man who has revitalized the Republican Party, moving it away from control by religious evangelicals and ending any chance of it being boring or staid for the next few years.

Tell the children that Trump expects to restore respect for this country from foreign leaders who have been stepping on us. The children might also enjoy knowing that the new president will do his best to end the pernicious political correctness that is destroying free thought in our colleges and in corporate America. When these children reach college, they will benefit from this change.

Jay Becker, Syosset


What I recommend telling children: America is totally ready for a woman president, but it has to be the right woman. Hillary Clinton is not that woman.

Clinton represented business as usual in politics, wealth achieved via political fame, cozy relationships with corporate fat cats, mealymouthed answers to tough questions, and an unending stench of dubious decisions and secrecy.

Clinton acts in a manner that suits her best. Her absolute carelessness in handling email communications was the definition of arrogance.

Everything is going to be all right.

Jim Huether, St. James


What our children have learned from this election:

Character counts, but not that much.

Bullying is bad, except if you really, really want to win and are losing.

There is a good chance that immigrants are murderers, rapists and terrorists, and we should be afraid. Good thing we have our guns.

Disabled people are really funny.

You should never touch someone inappropriately without his or her consent, except, of course, if you are famous.

It’s OK to objectify a woman if you pronounce loudly that, “No one respects women more than I do!”

Facts do not matter, as long as what you say makes for a good sound bite.

Claire McCarthy-King, Massapequa


I’m sick at heart and frightened for all women and the freedom to choose we have fought so hard to win [“The aftermath of Clinton’s loss,” Opinion, Nov. 10].

I’m frightened for all my LGBT friends and family, immigrants and good people of all nationalities and faiths who not only live among us, but also pay taxes, fight and die for our causes. I’m disgusted by the mockery of disabled people and veterans by Donald Trump.

The ramifications of this election will reverberate throughout the world in ways that take my breath away. I pray none of the violence against “the others” in our society stirred up in this campaign will ever be realized.

I pray for acceptance, tolerance and understanding. I hope and pray we can heal, though I hold no great hope at this moment.

Ann Marie Governale, Holbrook


As columnist Anne Michaud wrote, hundreds flocked to Susan B. Anthony’s grave site and placed “I voted” stickers on her tombstone. How ironic. There was no mention of the dispute over whether Anthony was against abortion or that she might have been shocked by Hillary Clinton’s stance on that issue.

Then Michaud quotes Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, saying she was “devastated.” But have no fear. The four most important words to her were: “These. Doors. Stay. Open.”

Yes, and thank goodness many more doors are opening for pregnant women to help them choose life for their unborn. Check out the 40 Days for Life campaign taking place twice a year throughout the United States and the world.

Michaud concludes with a quote from Clinton’s concession speech: “But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” Pro-life people couldn’t have said it better.

Bernard Zablocki, Ridgewood


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