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Newsday letters to the editor for Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh organizes his desk before testifying

Judge Brett Kavanaugh organizes his desk before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 6. Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla

It’s not a trial it’s a job interview? Wrong! As a hiring manager for Verizon and AT&T, the first thing I looked at was qualifications and experience [“Kavanaugh unfit for highest court,” Editorial, Oct. 5].

Never did I look back at what someone did or how much they drank in high school or college especially if someone is in their 40s or 50s. I look at their life’s work and reputation. If there is an issue, it will usually show up somewhere from past employers.

Brett Kavanaugh has been a judge for 12 years, he was well-respected and not once did anyone mention a demeanor issue from that work.

Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against him were uncorroborated, and his past professional history with women was outstanding. The job interview was days of grilling by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Nothing outside of partisan politics disqualified him.

The hearing on Sept. 27 was akin to a trial and he angrily defended himself and family as anyone would do. No prosecutor would have brought charges, and no jury would have convicted him on the evidence provided. I believe survivors, but I also believe the accused. Evidence determines the truth.

Tim Gallagher, Seaford

As the father of four daughters and eight granddaughters, I was appalled and dismayed by the remarks made by President Donald Trump, “It’s a very scary time for young men in America” [“Trump backs judge, with a caveat,” News, Oct. 3].

Unfortunately, his statement was reinforced by his son, Donald Trump Jr., who was worried about his young boys.

For many years, our society has ignored the valid complaints of female victims of sexual assault. These were scary times for women. As noted in “A fight larger than the court” [Editorial, Oct. 3], “The fight is over whether our society is ready to end its open tolerance of sexual assault.”

Michael Romano, Lido Beach

The Democratic Party has surely set a new benchmark when it comes to hypocrisy in its quest to deny Brett Kavanaugh a place on the Supreme Court.

Have Democrats forgotten Bill Clinton? His life is littered with similar and more of the types of allegations faced by Brett Kavanaugh, and culminated with an actual sexual encounter with an intern in the Oval Office.

In 1999, he paid Paula Jones $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit. He was fined $90,686 for lying under oath, lost his law license for five years and was impeached by the House of Representatives.

The Senate voted not to remove him from office, and guess who voted against it? Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin (both members of the current Senate Judiciary Committee) and our own Chuck Schumer. Today, Clinton is still a revered and iconic figure in the Democratic Party. Nothing more needs to be said.

Frank J Donohue, Riverhead

I don’t know why I’m shocked, but I am. President Donald Trump’s comments dismissing Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Brett Kavanagh showed such a degrading attitude toward a woman who had the courage to come forward to tell her story [“Aides say Trump just stating facts,” News, Oct. 4].

Mimicking her honesty with forgetting how she got to the gathering and the address, showed such disrespect and lack of knowledge regarding sexual attacks and how they are internalized. This is a new low. Women and men should be outraged. What are we condoning?

Diane McGuire, Centerport

For some time, we have had courses and conferences on bullying in schools and on playgrounds. On Sept. 28, we saw examples of bullying in the U.S. Senate.

Activists were seen bullying Republican Sen. Jeff Flake on a Senate elevator. Is this an example for the youth of America to see in our nation’s Capitol?

We saw Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who lied about serving in Vietnam, telling Kavanaugh that lying in one instance is lying in all instances.

What hypocrites we have in our Congress!

Marian Milne, Oceanside

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