Overcast 54° Good Evening
Overcast 54° Good Evening

Newsday letters to the editor for Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

Raquel Warburton is rescued after crashing her car

Raquel Warburton is rescued after crashing her car through a wooden barrier and sand berm at a U-turn on the Robert Moses Causeway Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Joseph Cassano

Medicaid cuts would be shortsighted

With regard to the letter “Seniors should plan for Medicaid cuts” [Aug. 14], the anticipated cutback is another example of our federal and state governments’ misguided policies that will penalize those living on fixed incomes and who have paid their fair share of taxes all their working lives.

We already subsidize those who are here illegally with health care and education. In New York, the latest travesty is free college tuition in state schools for those who qualify. Tell that to unemployed college graduates who already took out six-figure student loans. Now our governor wants to spend up to $350 million for colored lights on bridges!

Medicaid funding for those who are able to stay at home is far less expensive than nursing home or other institutional care. To cut this funding would be incomprehensible!

Frank DeMartino, Rockville Centre

Trump’s golfing and part-time presidency

As of Aug. 10, out of 202 days of the Donald Trump presidency, he spent 50 at golf courses.

Math tells me that one out of four days, he takes a break at one of his luxury resorts while at the same time promoting these resorts. Other presidents in my lifetime have emerged from the White House at the end of their term with gray hair and the stress of the job showing on their faces. Trump may be the first to leave office wearing that same grin and looking none the worse for wear.

He is turning the presidency into a part-time job. Will somebody please tell me how he gets away with this?

Robert Boyce, Hauppauge

Police officers must ‘walk the walk’

I am looking at the photo of the New York City police detective who drove her car off the road while allegedly drunk and almost ended up in the Great South Bay [“NYPD cop faces DWI in LI crash,” News, Aug. 8].

While the fact that she had her child in the car is terribly frightening, it demonstrates a lapse of judgment for a police officer. Police officers have very difficult and overwhelming jobs, however, they should “walk the walk” and be the ones living by the law, not disregarding laws put in place to make us all safe!

No one is above the law.

Steve Ott, Massapequa

Classic work shows immigration’s value

President Donald Trump wants to make America great by limiting immigration [“U.S. ends refugee program,” News, Aug. 17].

He ought to read Oscar Handlin’s classic work “The Uprooted,” published in 1951. Handlin argued that immigration is what made America great. In the introduction to his book, he said he wanted to write a history of immigration and then discovered that immigrants were American history.

The diversity and creativity that come from immigration are key to American greatness. The United States is a unique civilization because of our multiculturalism.

We have problems with immigration, but they can be corrected. Trump’s approach will rob us of our creative force. One of the reasons Rome fell was because it failed to adapt to the demands of new immigration. America should learn from the past.

William Emmey, Astoria

Waters concert would also display hate

I strongly condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, during demonstrations by white supremacists [“Fallout from deadly Virginia rally,” Letters, Aug. 21]. While freedom of speech is a paramount right under our Constitution, hate-filled speech and violence-provoking gatherings must be curbed.

The outcry over the events in Charlottesville should be matched by an outcry against the upcoming performance by Roger Waters at the Nassau Coliseum. Waters has been known to use anti-Semitic props during his performances. This should not be tolerated.

Martin Berkowitz, Woodmere