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Newsday letters to the editor for Friday, June 30, 2017

An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway

An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removes the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia on July 10, 2015. Credit: AP / John Bazemore

Story on consultant pay was misleading

In the June 20 news story “Mondello contract pay could double,” it was made to appear as if the Oyster Bay Town Board was set to approve a measure to increase the amount I was paid as a consultant to develop special events for the town’s Littauer Estate park in Oyster Bay Cove.

Had the town board matter been reported correctly, it would be clear that the pending resolution was nothing more than a clarifying measure to correct a ministerial mistake in a poorly drafted town board resolution approved in 2016.

The facts are simple: The amount I was paid to develop and administer programs at one of the town’s most highly regarded parks remained unchanged, and it would not have increased had this resolution passed.

Of course, had this fact been taken into account, Newsday would not have been able to publish yet another story that advances its all-too-obvious political agenda.

Linda E. Mondello, Oyster Bay Cove

Editor’s note: The writer is the wife of Nassau County Republican Committee chairman Joseph Mondello. The Oyster Bay Town Board ended its contract with the writer last week.

Tests can’t be used to evaluate teachers

Columnist Lane Filler quotes Rockville Centre School District Superintendent Bill Johnson saying that no one in his district boycotts Measures of Academic Progress tests, which are computerized and adapt to a student’s abilities [“There are tests that no one boycotts,” Opinion, June 14].

Filler fails to note that Johnson was an early supporter of the opt-out movement. You can’t use any standardized exams to evaluate a teacher or a school.

Robert Martorana, Sea Cliff

Trump being treated disgracefully

For the most part, Jonathan Zimmerman’s June 21 op-ed, “Name-calling doesn’t bring progress” [Opinion], faulted President Donald Trump.

Zimmerman said Trump smears “anyone who opposes him.” He cited Trump’s June 20 tweet, “You are witnessing the single greatest political WITCH HUNT in American political history.” In my opinion, it is.

What Zimmerman failed to either notice or realize is that no president has been treated with such hatred as Trump is now by the far left.

Even then-Vice President Joe Biden said during the campaign, “I wish we were in high school and I could take him behind the gym.” This expresses a desire to assault Trump.

Madonna said she thought about “blowing up the White House” and Robert De Niro said he wanted to punch Trump “in the face.” The far left has become unhinged.

I was not pleased when Barack Obama was elected president, but I accepted it, and I didn’t call him names. In fact, I hoped he would succeed in his presidency.

It is a disgrace the way this president is being treated.

Thomas Santoro, Holbrook

Word ‘confederate’ betrayed a bias

Newsday displayed a bias in its June 18 news story “Much ado about ‘Caesar.’ ”

In describing a demonstration against the Public Theater’s depiction of the killing of a character like Donald Trump, the story twice referred to a protester as a “confederate” of another protester who was arrested. This is a code word for racist, given its historical association with the Confederate Army.

Then there was the misleading statement that corporate sponsors withdrew from the production “after Trump’s family took to social media to object.” Seriously? How about the thousands of others who took exception to the production as well?

M.J. Loss, East Meadow

Mueller-Comey ties are irrelevant

The issue of whether special counsel Robert Mueller is acquainted with former FBI Director James Comey isn’t newsworthy [“Trump Cites Mueller-Comey Ties,” News, June 24]. It’s a red herring. Comey isn’t under investigation.

Daryl Altman, Lynbrook