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Newsday letters to the editor Mon. March 20, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Nashville, Tenn., on March 15, 2017. Trump is taking his message directly to his ardent supporters. Credit: AP

Editorial was too accepting of Trump

After reading “Angry in America, Act 2” [Editorial, Feb. 26], I thought, this can’t be the same newspaper that believes, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” Where was vision in the statement, “It’s necessary to move past angry commotion and come to cooperation”?

It is too soon to cooperate, since we still do not have enough facts even to determine the very legitimacy of the presidential election!

To compare angry liberals with the tea party, in my opinion, is one of the most naive ideas Newsday has ever printed. The tea party sabotaged President Barack Obama simply because of its own ideology and prejudices; angry liberals want justice for all, including immigrants, women and people of color. We love our country and want to defend it against predators who attempt to sabotage our elections — including the man who seems to have sold his soul to the Russians.

Catherine Basar, Lake Ronkonkoma

Two concerns about private aircraft

Perhaps it’s time to revisit Federal Aviation Administration regulations regarding private aircraft flying over populated areas [“Near-miss on video,” News, Feb. 23].

Recreational aviation does not belong over Long Island in 2017 and should be restricted to either commercial or military pilots. All others should be required to immediately exit populated areas and fly over the ocean or Long Island Sound.

In addition, the recent near-miss by actor Harrison Ford illustrated a bad combination: old men flying old planes. The 74-year-old actor flew a single-engine Husky over the top of a 737 jet taxiing for takeoff in Orange County, California.

While the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association wants no restrictions, common sense indicates regular exams and the possible cancellation of a pilot’s license, just like for older drivers.

Frederick Cornman, West Islip

School is unfriendly to conservative views

I’m a junior at Ward Melville High School in Three Village Central School District. Recently there has been controversy over gown colors [“Graduation gown debate,” News, March 3].

In an address to students, principal Alan Baum apologized for how a change to a single color for both boys and girls was rolled out. He said Ward Melville is a progressive school that values freedom of speech and expression from students with all political viewpoints.

However, the school and the administration have not practiced what they preach. The school has no conservative political organizations, and it seems as if the school does nothing to stop teachers from attacking students’ political viewpoints in class.

In my opinion, it’s a teacher’s job to educate a class on the facts. Yet, I’ve watched teachers go completely political in class, condemning conservative points of view, including those of President Donald Trump, based solely on opinion.

Students who identify as conservative are subject to ridicule and bullying by other students. The school doesn’t seem to care about this minority.

My father, Robert DiCarlo, was a state senator and has always told me that I should stand up for what I believe. It has become almost toxic to deal with others in my school. I want change. I want an open dialogue between students and teachers, not behind a fake filter of equality.

Dominick DiCarlo, East Setauket

Hidden hands in our electronic devices

Lane Filler’s column regarding driverless cars got me thinking about two incidents that happened to me [“Self-driving cars won’t be drunk . . .,” Opinion, March 8].

I clicked on Google Maps to get directions to a client’s home. I received a message that the map was not found. Great. What would happen if I were in a driverless car and the computer couldn’t find the location? Would I have to hail an Uber cab?

The second incident concerns hacking. I play two games on a computer. I have not been able to break through to the next level on either of them for what seems a millennium. So, I did what seemed natural. I went to Facebook to complain and post an annoyed emoji.

One friend claimed it must be Russian hackers! All I know is, the next time I played the two games, I made it to the next level! Thank you, President Vladimir Putin!

Lillian Baum, Long Beach