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Newsday letters to the editor for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

"I don't have an attorney general," President Donald Trump said of Jeff Sessions on Sept. 19. Above, the two in December. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Nicholas Kamm

It seems President Donald Trump is determined to fire the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, after November’s midterm elections [“President amplifies attack on Sessions,” News, Sept. 20]. Apparently, Sessions is not carrying out the president’s wishes to open investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails, James Comey’s memos and the Steele dossier, to name a few.

Trump does not seem to grasp that the attorney general is not the president’s personal attorney, nor is he the White House counsel. The Department of Justice is not the president’s personal goon squad.

It is one thing to have been elected as an outsider and to bring fresh thinking and a new perspective to the job of president. It is necessary and important, though, to understand that job, and the jobs of those you have appointed. Their purposes are not to protect Trump personally.

Marjorie Lundgren, Stony Brook

State should take over in Hempstead

As a member of the Hempstead High School Class of 1957, I felt compelled to comment on that once wonderful district after reading college professor Alan J. Singer’s op-ed, “Hempstead’s students can’t wait” [Opinion, Sept. 13].

I received a wonderful education in Hempstead and went on to spend 35 years as an elementary-school teacher.

What happened? Political infighting and administrative incompetence are partly due to the ignorant residents who voted in incompetent board members who waste their time on unimportant, controversial matters, such as efforts to oust a superintendent who has improved other troubled school districts, rather than working on educational issues. Yes, we cannot wait for the state to take over the Hempstead school district.

Stuart Koenig, East Northport

LI has a rare chance to capitalize on wind

Your Sept. 16 editorial, “Wind power could blow LI away,” was a balanced and well-reasoned account of offshore wind development off Long Island.

As New York State seeks bids for 800 megawatts of electricity from wind turbines, it is essential that residents learn more about the industry bound to dramatically transform Long Island — for the better, if the development is done right.

Residents— some still hurting six years later from superstorm Sandy and learning how climate change can upset any neighborhood — must call on our towns and villages to ensure that offshore wind development is, indeed, done right. Yet, we can’t stop there. We also have the power to call on elected officials to commit to 100 percent emission-free energy.

Long Island has a once-in-a-century chance to seize a powerful economic position in the inevitable clean-energy economy. We must lead for our “ratepayers, fishers, workers, and the environment,” but also for Long Island’s future as a thriving place. The first step is offshore wind, 100 percent emissions-free energy, and our voices shaping their development.

Bridget Foley, Blue Point

Editor’s note: The writer is a volunteer with the Sierra Club environmental organization.

Buy extra food items for hungry families

The report that 23 percent of U.S. households face food insecurity hits home on Long Island [“Hidden in bright picture,” News, Aug. 29].

My husband and I dropped at our local food pantry several crates of food we bought. When we arrived, there was half of one small shelf of food for distribution. Pantries are suffering.

It is easy to take even one coupon that comes in the paper or mail every week, combine it with one special at the supermarket, and donate it at a church, library or other drop-off point. Hunger isn’t confined to the holidays. Every can, box or jar of food helps.

Therese Madonia,Farmingville

Awareness needed about pain syndrome

Thank you for publishing the “East Meadow fundraising walk spotlights rare, debilitating chronic pain condition” [News, Sept. 16], about the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association Awareness Walk.

Since I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome nearly seven years ago, I have made it my mission to raise awareness of this debilitating chronic condition that’s among the most painful of all medical disorders, and one of the most complicated to diagnose and treat. People fighting chronic pain become isolated and withdrawn. They rely on organizations like RSDSA, which offers support groups and awareness events to unite and educate the community about a condition known as “the suicide disease.”

It is especially important to educate medical providers, as only 4 percent of U.S. medical schools have dedicated courses on pain. As more medical professionals learn about the signs and symptoms of CRPS, more people will be properly diagnosed to start treatment.

Eventually, we will find a cure and end the suffering of more than 250,000 people affected by CRPS, 1,000 of whom call Long Island home.

Stacey Udell, Melville

Editor’s note: The writer was co-chair of the RSDSA Awareness Walk.