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Newsday letters to the editor for Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

Nelson Melgar, a DACA participant, speaks about coming

Nelson Melgar, a DACA participant, speaks about coming to the United States from Honduras at age 13. At a news conference Sept. 25 with Rep. Tom Suozzi, he called for passage of the Dream Act. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Liberal’s broad-brush dismissal of Trump

How absolutely predictable the left has become. A case in point is the Cathy Young column, “Don’t cite white racism alone” [Opinion, Sept. 19].

Young cites an essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates, excerpted from his book, who proffers the thesis that Trump’s election demonstrates how central racism still is to American life. Young writes, “In a nutshell, Coates asserts that Trump is a committed white supremacist whose presidency is rooted entirely in a racist backlash against the presidency of Barack Obama, a black man he tried to cast as a usurper.”

So, here we have it for liberals: President Donald Trump won because of white supremacist racism — both his own and that of his adherents. The fact is, only the intellectually bereft use ad hominem attacks, and the cry of racism absent proof is an ad hominem attack, certainly on the part of Coates.

Trump’s victory was the result of running against a seriously flawed candidate — tired, often churlish, enmeshed in scandal, cliched, deceitful, who did not at the end visit the very states that cost her the election because she and her advisers, in their arrogance, already had those states in her win column.

Bill Plackenmeyer, Deer Park

Various sides of the debate on DACA

I have a friend who is a Dreamer. She came to this country illegally with her parents when she was a child [“Feds rebuff bid to delay DACA date,” News, Sept. 27].

She serves me every day at 5:20 a.m. with a smile and a cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. Then she goes to another job. Then she goes to school at night.

I want to say, if this woman is an example of what Dreamers are like, this country needs more of them.

Gerald Ryan, Coram

A letter writer said President Barack Obama usurped Congress’ authority by issuing an executive order on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program [“Assessing Trump on immigration and war,” Letters, Sept. 22].

Our Constitution allows for such orders; they have the full authority of law, as expressed by the Constitution. Obama issued fewer executive orders, 276, than many of his predecessors, including Presidents George W. Bush (291), and Ronald Reagan (381).

President Donald Trump has issued 47 so far. While there are people who do not agree with the executive order, it is neither a usurpation of the law, nor an act of tyranny, as the writer stated. Let’s replace hyperbole with fact.

Robert J. Pollack, Bellmore

The debate over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals exposes the elitism of the liberal media.

It’s not the kids of the wealthy liberal elite who are deprived jobs and scholarships because of the presence of 800,000 Dreamers, but the kids of lower- and middle-class America.

Allowing 800,000 people who shouldn’t be here to compete for limited jobs and scholarships has ill consequences. To believe otherwise is absurd!

Christopher L. Turpin, Patchogue

Ending estate tax helps only the wealthy

Will Congress please stop trying to end the estate tax [“Trump’s tax pitch,” News, Sept. 28]?

Do the Koch brothers or the Walton family really need another tax break? This tax applies to only two out of 1,000 estates.

Proponents talk about double taxation, but most of these estates consist of appreciated assets that have never been taxed even as capital gains.

With the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the wealthy already have a disproportionate voice in government. This would only exacerbate the situation.

Joe Squerciati, Hicksville

Puerto Ricans endure second-class status

My heart goes out to the people of Puerto Rico who suffering without much help from Washington in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria [“Puerto Rico is desperate,” Editorial, Sept. 28].

The difference in our government’s response to Houston and Florida is further proof that the colonial relationship with Puerto Rico goes further than just government structure. As a commonwealth under the U.S. Constitution, Puerto Ricans have no senators or voting representative in Congress to make their case for assistance and federal aid.

The first thing Congress must do is to rescind the Jones Act, which inflates costs for basic commodities and which restricts its marine ports to only American-owned and -operated vessels even though the worlds’s shipping industry is international. The second is for Congress to allow Puerto Rico to become the 51st state, as repeated plebiscites on the Island have supported.

George HoffmanSetauket

Angry about GOP effort on health care

Shame on Sens. Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy and Mitch McConnell [“Repeal effort collapses,” News, Sept. 27]. Imagine trying to pass such enormous legislation on health coverage without deliberation and care, and without telling the American people the details.

Praise for Sens. John McCain and Susan Collins. The Republican effort was a huge attack on democracy itself.

Steven Ross, Kew Gardens