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GOP wins on LI and the need for courage on vaccines

Republicans Elaine Phillips, Bruce Blakeman and Anne Donnelly

Republicans Elaine Phillips, Bruce Blakeman and Anne Donnelly celebrate the Nassau County Election Night returns on Nov. 2. Credit: Corey Sipkin

LI pendulum has swung to the right

Please stop trying to spin why the election results are the way they are ["A pivot point in LI politics," Editorial, Nov. 4]. Long Island is home to well-educated voters, plain and simple. They reached their limit of politicians pandering to the far left and to criminals.

The pendulum has swung the other way as anyone who is not biased would have expected. Moderation is the key; we have not seen that on Long Island coming from the Democratic Party in the recent past, and I’m a registered Democrat.  

— John Poulos, Freeport

With a new one-party dominance spreading across Long Island, is one-party rule far behind? As a registered Republican, my concern might seem unwarranted, but the whole concept of checks and balances requires questions to be asked of our leaders. Hopefully, those elected will work for and in the best interest of the people, and not the party.

— Arthur Adelman, Sea Cliff

Now that the Democrats have been whipped in the elections, one might contemplate the difference between the 2020 election and this year’s ["Factors that influenced the rise of LI’s red wave," News, Nov. 4].

There have been no cries of "stop the steal" or "we demand a forensic audit." In other words, when Republicans win an election, the results are valid, but when Democrats win, there must be fraud and the results overturned. Millions of people on the right subscribing to these notions is an assault on our democracy.

The misinformation spewed by millions is undermining the very foundation upon which America is based — the Constitution. That a few Republicans with integrity acted with faith in the law is ultimately what saved this republic in 2020.  

— Sherry Eckstein, Huntington

Blakeman needs to show vax courage

It would be nice to see one leader on Long Island mandate vaccination for municipal workers rather than backing faulty arguments about individual rights, conspiracy theories related to fertility or  contending that anti-vaxxers are making decisions in consultation with physicians ["Blakeman: No vax orders for Nassau staff," News, Nov. 7]. Seriously?

Bruce Blakeman’s apparently political decision to leave the population vulnerable to a disease that has already killed more than 750,000 Americans is to pander to powerful municipal unions, particularly the police union. Neither Blakeman — nor his predecessor, Laura Curran, or peers — is willing to endanger political leverage to protect the people they are supposed to serve.

I am no fan of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, but at least he had a backbone to insist that public employees not pose a preventable threat to the city.

As the grandmother of children too young to be vaccinated, I say Blakeman should be ashamed. And so should those in either party who put political fortunes ahead of the lives and well-being of the people they are supposed to protect.

— Cynthia Lovecchio, Remsenburg

I was appalled by Bruce Blakeman’s statements to Newsday, which included: "I think basically people have to make their own health care choices." Really? Can one send children to school without many mandated vaccinations? Can students go to college without the meningitis vaccine, or a COVID-19 vaccination, upheld by the Supreme Court?

There was no pushback when he parroted unsupported conspiracy theory, saying " . . . especially women of childbearing age, who are very skeptical about it, and I don’t think we should tell a woman who’s 22, 23 years old that she has to do something that she fundamentally feels is wrong for her body." There is zero evidence of the COVID vaccine causing infertility, despite unfounded claims circulating on the internet and certain media outlets.

The idea that this is a freedom of choice issue ignores how, decades ago, developing the polio vaccine was universally lauded for saving lives. It ignores founding father George Washington’s mandating his troops be inoculated against smallpox.

Blakeman supports a woman’s autonomy in vaccination, but the Republican and Conservative parties that nominated him do not support autonomy in reproductive choice. Which is it?

— Paul Landaw, Bellerose Terrace

It was disappointing to see both candidates for Nassau County executive (and politicians across the country) not demanding vaccine mandates for many employees. The only way our country gets back to pre-pandemic normalcy is for everyone, young and old, to get vaccinated. Science tells us this. That is why the country must act as a team to beat this enemy.

When police, firefighters and other workers won’t agree to a vaccine mandate, the team concept collapses and the virus wins. When elected officials make the mandate decision based on politics, this certainly breaks down the team.

Unless there is a clear medical or religious reason, vaccination is a must. Politicians should not divide the team. They should concentrate on ending this virus and regaining a return to normalcy.

— Gary Aaronson, Oceanside

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