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Newsday letters to the editor for Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

President Donald Trump talks about the U.S. troop

President Donald Trump talks about the U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan on Aug. 21, 2017, at Fort Myer in Arlington Va. Credit: AP / Carolyn Kaster

Focus on the gang problem in schools

Nothing is more important than the safety of our children. Rahsmia Zatar, executive director of STRONG Youth, a gang violence prevention group based in Uniondale, suggested that putting New York State troopers in Suffolk County schools will establish a “pipeline” from school to deportation [“Cuomo: Troopers in 10 schools,” News, Sept. 14]. This is ludicrous.

To think that the idea of not offending the offenders is better than confronting them shows her lack of knowledge of how World War II began with Adolf Hitler’s rise. Those who don’t pay attention to history are doomed to make the same mistakes.

Gary W. Reynolds, Hicksville

Assessing Trump on immigration and war

The editorial “A cruel reversal for Dreamers” [Sept. 6] was a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. However, I disagree.

In his first months, Trump has gotten nothing right until now. Ending the DACA program is clearly the correct thing to do. He may have ended it for xenophobic reasons, but whatever his rationale, only Congress has the authority to pass immigration law.

President Barack Obama, unable to persuade Congress to move on this issue, wrote an executive order, which essentially bypassed Congress and usurped its authority.

Obama claimed the moral and emotional high ground, which many people supported. But substituting what he believed to be a moral imperative appealed to emotion rather than the law. Obama acted as his own legislature. That’s what dictators do. I would not want one man to have such power, no matter what his morals may indicate.

Trump is kicking the ball back to Congress. As he said, “But we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”

Alan R. Lichtenstein,Commack

President Donald Trump is all about winning, but we in America are not winning. We are losing in many ways.

His foreign policy is erratic and inconsistent. He just announced increasing troops in Afghanistan with no clear policy or exit strategy [“Trump’s Afghan target: Terror,” News, Aug. 22].

The United States has been in Afghanistan for nearly 17 years with as many as 100,000 troops, and nothing has been successfully concluded. In this area of the world, tribal rivalries have gone on since the Middle Ages.

Domestically, Trump has pulled us out of the Paris climate agreement, which is tantamount to a denial of climate change due to global warming. He has tried to revive the coal industry even as we move to clean energy from wind and solar power.

He hopes to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, which would deny lifesaving cancer screenings for thousands of women. I believe abortion is a moral evil, but how is Trump’s measure pro-life?

To date, Trump has made America a darker, more divisive and less respected country. It’s time for a change in the next election.

Linda Donato, Smithtown

What’s really wrong at the movies

Hollywood bigwigs blame the website Rotten Tomatoes for lackluster attendance at summer movies. I will tell them what the problem is.

People are tired of the stars and their liberal views about our president. Admission costs are very high, even for matinees. Seniors and teenagers would be helped by lower prices. The movies are bad, and some language and scenes are not appropriate for everyone. I recommend they clean up their act so the entire family can go without having to take earplugs and blinders.

Bernie McGrath, Holbrook