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Newsday letters to the editor for Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

Trash collects on the National Mall in Washington

Trash collects on the National Mall in Washington on Wednesday, the fifth day of a partial federal government shutdown.

To solve the government shutdown, all we have to do is give less foreign aid to the world [“Trump insists on wall,” News, Dec. 26].

We give tens of billions of dollars to more than 90 percent of the world’s nations, including some that are hostile to our values. We give $3.7 billion to Iraq and $5.7 billion to Afghanistan, but Democrats in Congress won’t give an additional $3.5 billion to secure our Southern border with a wall. Utterly ridiculous.

Wayne Mortak, West Babylon

Government shutdown? Big deal. How come the politicians aren’t directly affected? How about docking (not delaying) their pay for every day the shutdown lasts?

John Malesko, Shirley

The president doth protest too much. Withdrawal from Syria, Cabinet departures, building the wall, government shutdown — are all deliberate diversionary tactics to distract us from the truth caving in on him from various investigations. Donald Trump cares only for himself and will take us all down to save himself. Wake up, America. The time to demand truth and justice is now.

Holly Gordon, Bay Shore

Yes, we cannot monitor every inch of our nation’s borders merely with people. Our president tweeted that drones also are not effective enough to monitor the border.

How ironic. It will be drones that will be used to trump the wall when and if it is built. How soon until you can buy a drone that can lift a person? How long before opportunistic entrepreneurs sell cheap drone flights over this hypothesized wall? And, unlike tunnels, drone launch sites could be moved to avoid detection. At that point, I guess we could use the wall for advertising space.

Robert Gerver, Kings Park

Conflict of interest for elections workers

Two employees of the Suffolk County Board of Elections are among four people charged recently with forging signatures on nominating petitions [“Election workers charged,” News, Dec. 5].

Why are employees of the Suffolk Board of Elections allowed to collect signatures for a candidate’s petition? Elections employees handle the process that determines whether these signatures will allow a candidate to run for elective office. This is clearly a conflict of interest. The county should not let this practice go on.

Rosemarie Palumbo, Riverhead