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Opposing views of President Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump speaks at the International Association

President Donald Trump speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference on Monday in Orlando, Fla. Photo Credit: AP / Alex Brandon

I understand that world observers laughed at the way President Donald Trump patted himself on the back at the United Nations, but I believe their reaction also came from embarrassment brought on by their failure to understand his criticism on several issues, especially on unfair trade deals [“President tells the truth about Europe,” Letters, Oct. 3].

I overlook his sometimes uncalled-for remarks. Instead I like to focus on the good. To name just a few accomplishments:

He signed legislation that will let veterans get government-funded care in the private sector, the unemployment rate is the lowest in years, many 401(k) plans are growing in value, and there are more manufacturing jobs. Trump has worked tirelessly for better and fairer trade deals. He is rebuilding our military to make America respected and powerful once again. And because of his courageous and outspoken manner, we now have a better relationship with North Korea. He won the release of three American hostages from that nation, and the repatriation of the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the Korean War. He made NATO aware that the United States is no longer willing to carry most of the burden for its protection.

During a recent visit to Washington, the king of Jordan complimented Trump’s bluntness. “I think that’s the breath of fresh air,” he said.

Helga Breen,Riverhead

The people who support President Donald Trump amaze me.

With every new scandal, I, along with every other person who opposes him, thinks this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. But no, we are wrong again. The story that Trump was a boy genius in business has now blown up [“State looking into Trump taxes,” News, Oct. 3].

Now that The New York Times has uncovered a trail of tax evasion and apparent fraud, that image is demolished, but supporters simply say, “I told you he was smart.” There is nothing that can sway a Trump supporter. The liberals are so frustrated, they are nibbling on the linoleum.

I have close friends that support Trump. To them I say, do not drink the Kool-Aid.

Ernest Fazio,Centerport

Revamp priesthood in the Catholic Church

Roy Bourgeois, the former priest who wrote the Sept. 25 op-ed, “Catholic Church must face reality,” is right on! Now is the time for the Catholic Church to put qualified women and men in positions to accomplish reform from within.

Let’s start with the priesthood. We need female priests and deacons and married clergy. Without these radical changes, the church, which is at a critical place in its existence, will self-destruct.

Serious allegations of child abuse, and the inability of some members of the clergy to reach out in a meaningful way to issues faced by their congregations, are among reasons the faithful are stepping away from the church that has been the cornerstone of their lives.

As a lifelong Catholic, I am trying to remain faithful to the religious family that has guided me throughout my life. In the current chaotic situation that the world is facing, I need my faith even more. That is why I believe the time is now for the church to reevaluate its priorities and begin its journey into a more meaningful future.

Raymond J. Russo,Dix Hills

U.S. senators should have term limits

After 2012’s gun massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, I wrote to Newsday to advocate term limits for U.S. senators so they could vote their consciences regarding gun control rather than being coerced into votes by powerful lobbies to assure their re-election.

Recently, we saw Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, have the courage to step up and demand a delay in the vote on Brett Kavanaugh so the FBI could further investigate accusations against the Supreme Court nominee. Flake said on “60 Minutes” that if he were running for re-election, which he is not, he would not have been able to call for the FBI probe because it would have cost him his job as a senator. In other words, his conscience won out once the political motivation to do otherwise didn’t exist.

Need we look any further for evidence that term limits would be effective in having our senators vote with their true feelings rather than what might be politically expedient?

Thomas Ghirardi,Islip

Nervous about using natural gas

About 10 years ago, we nervously converted from oil to natural gas heat. Many neighbors also did, but some declined because of the possibility of explosions like those that destroyed homes in three towns near Boston [“Armageddon in Boston suburbs,” News, Sept. 14].

Long Island has been lucky to avoid a catastrophe of that magnitude, but every time we hear of houses exploding from natural gas problems, we cringe. I empathize with families that suffered such destruction. Let’s hope the cause of this incident is found and corrected.

Are you listening, National Grid?

Howard Benjamin,Albertson

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