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Newsday letters to the editor for Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

New York State gives the right of way

New York State gives the right of way to pedestrians crossing a road in a marked crosswalk. Credit: Charles Eckert

In defense of Michael Moore

Filmmaker Michael Moore is a great American. My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing him on Broadway recently. He was entertaining and inspirational, and, judging by their reaction at the end of the show, most members of the audience felt the way we did.

We gave him a standing ovation and several curtain calls, and we talked afterward about Moore’s main message: that we should all be doing something, anything, to make this a better world and to prevent a man like Donald Trump from ever gaining the presidency again.

Columnist Froma Harrop wrote that Moore hampers the Democrats [“Michael Moore is a burden to Democrats,” Opinion, Sept. 1]. She says that Moore tried to help Ralph Nader in his 2000 presidential run against Al Gore, and that was one reason Gore lost the election.

Her second criticism was that Moore was not against the Iraq War. I opposed the war, but at the time, many thought that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Those who saw Moore onstage came away with his message sharply etched in our minds. Moore is clearly not a burden to the Democratic Party.

Bruce Long, Babylon

The nature of Froma Harrop’s attack on Michael Moore and Bernie Sanders confirms that she is as self-absorbed as the Clintons and everyone else who was surprised by the success of President Donald Trump’s most audacious con.

Harrop condemned Moore’s style as a “rumpled-workingman shtick,” denigrated Sanders’ judgment and motivation as “clouded” by “self-importance,” and derided his progressive supporters as “ninnies.” She seems more offended by Sanders’ success than Hillary Clinton’s failure.

Sanders clearly demonstrated that his lifelong commitment to economic and social justice resonates with disaffected voters of all stripes. Yet Harrop continues to insult them.

If Harrop’s harrumph is any indication, Democrats will shoot off their own feet again.

If they choose instead to embrace Sanders — and a strong young vice president to succeed him — then there is hope for us all.

James Moyssiadis,Mount Sinai

NY needs better driver education

I was floored by the letter “To save walkers, give vehicles right of way” [Sept. 4]. What we need instead is mandatory driver education, continuing education, more policing, more cameras and more accountability!

Most people do not know when pedestrians have the right of way. The speed on our roads and the lack of caring, as well as the blatant disregard for safety and traffic laws, are what make our roads unsafe.

We see vehicles with darkened windows that make it nearly impossible to tell whether the driver is aware of pedestrians. Why are they still on our roads? As of Jan. 1, a vehicle cannot pass inspection with front or front side windows that block more than 30 percent of the light. All of these vehicles should be ticketed!

Linda Oley, Blue Point

A nurse’s duty is to protect patients

Kudos to nurse Alex Wubbels of Utah for protecting her patient to the point of being arrested [“Nurse’s arrest sparks outcry,” News, Sept. 2].

Wubbels refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient, and a police detective handcuffed her and dragged her from the hospital.

High-fives to all the nurses around the country who protect their patients daily and to all the nurse educators who taught them that, no matter what, patient safety comes first.

The detective who arrested her is on paid administrative leave. Seriously? He should be charged with assault.

Susan Hennings, Huntington

Editor’s note: The writer is a registered nurse.

Skeptical about her local recycling

Regarding Newsday’s editorial on single-stream recycling [“LI’s shameful recycling rate,” Aug. 28], I live in an apartment community that is served by a single-stream recycling collector. Your editorial describes the process as “using one container for all recyclables, and sorting them in a new kind of recycling plant.” My community puts all trash into one container, including recyclables.

The facility then claims to sort out glass, plastic, paper, etc., to recycle. I strongly believe in recycling and do not trust this process yet. Could you tell your readers more about it?

Jean Campanello, Deer Park