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Parents' behavior, Sen. Joe Manchin and safe driving

Brian T. Nolan, president of the Locust Valley

Brian T. Nolan, president of the Locust Valley school board, holds a meeting on Aug. 31 on the state mandate about masks in schools. Credit: Kendall Rodriguez

Bullying parents bad models for children

The groups Long Island Loud Majority and Moms for Liberty remind me of the bullies in school [" ‘Unruly’ crowds disrupting some school meetings," News, Oct. 3]. They try to intimidate others who don’t go along with them.

I understand that passions are running high on current issues, but steamrolling your position forward is counterproductive.

It is also a bad example to children picking up on this behavior. If you really are so concerned about the children, be a better example of how to express yourself when you disagree with others.

And, be aware that children are dying from COVID-19, not just the old folks.

— Diane McGuire, Northport

Facebook can be dangerous to your health. They have pledged to not allow misinformation, yet they do. The Centers for Disease Control has proven the efficacy of masks in cutting down COVID-19 transmission, yet at least one website, Long Island Loud Majority, opposes the mask mandate.

I have seen so much misinformation about masks and the vaccine, some urging people not to comply with vaccination mandates. Thousands of people, many of whom probably don’t read factual newspapers, believe these lies.

I have reported several of these postings to Facebook to no avail. Pressure must be put on Facebook to keep their promise not to allow misinformation. Uninformed people follow these sensationalized websites and believe the untruths that are posted there. If they are allowed to continue, we will never end the pandemic.

— Lyn Mendelsohn, Oceanside

A hypothetical question for parents

You have a youngster. The youngster goes to school. Your youngster sits next to a kid. That kid is infested with lice. The school says the kid should go home and not return until the lice are gone. The kid’s mother claims it is the kid’s right to refuse treatment, either on religious grounds or on personal freedom grounds.

What do you do as the parent of the youngster without lice?

— Bruce Stasiuk, Setauket

Manchin a coward like GOP colleagues

Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a right -wing organization dedicated to preserving the status quo whereby the rich get richer ["Manchin’s dagger to heart of progressives," Opinion, Oct. 3]. Despite Olsen’s reliance on certain public opinion statistics, America’s infrastructure is crumbling and, in the case of climate change, faces an existential crisis.

The Democratic congressional Class of 2008 looked past its own political safety and did the right thing by passing the Affordable Care Act, knowing full well that it would most likely cost many of them reelection, and it did. The refusal by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) to look past his own political future makes him a political coward, and perhaps that is why Olsen thinks so highly of him. With the exception of a few members, Manchin is no different than the political cowards who currently populate the Republican Congressional Caucus.

— James A. Clark, Syosset

Henry Olsen’s essay doesn’t stand up to the facts. Referring to President Joe Biden’s "narrow majority of the popular vote," Biden received 81 million votes, about 52%, against former President Donald Trump’s 74 million, about 48%. I’d say that’s pretty sizable.

Olsen stated "only 7% think the environment and climate are the most important issue" and "only 6% chose inequality and discrimination." He based it on an August "Echelon Insights" poll.   The more widely accepted Gallup poll from January states about 55% say the environment and climate change are "extremely important and very important." On "distribution of income and wealth in the U.S.," it’s 58%. On race relations, 66%. Figures differ if you separate Democrats and Republicans. But Olsen cited "Americans’ views," and last I knew Democrats were still American.

Don’t forget our huge debt enriching the wealthy is due to Trump’s giveaway tax bill (fully supported by Republicans). Biden’s proposal helps those in real need.

I know where Olsen got his "facts," but I wish Olsen would do real fact-checking.

— Clare Worthing, Wantagh

Drivers need to stop being so selfish

  Until Long Islanders decide to stop being an undisciplined and distracted society, the driving safety problem will never go away ["Safer driving, safer roads," Editorial, Oct. 4]. Impaired driving, texting and speeding are all results of a lack of discipline and a selfish disregard for the safety of other humans. Until that gets "fixed," as Newsday states, we remain in peril every time we get behind the wheel.

— Mike Baard, Merrick