It’s getting very difficult to read Newsday on a daily basis because I’m a supporter of President Donald Trump.
In the Feb. 13 edition, there were negative stories about Trump and immigration [“Reaction to immigration raids in NYC, across U.S.,” News, Feb. 13] and his mixing politics and charity. Another story compared him with liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Newsday reported on an LGBT march to protest the Trump administration.
In the letters section, five of eight letters were negative toward the president. Not even one was in favor.
One letter writer is flying his American flag upside down in protest. I wanted to do the same for the last eight years.
Millions of people in America voted for Trump. How about showing some respect for the president? He’s keeping all his promises. Did the last president do that?
Terrence J. Sullivan, Massapequa
In 1946, Protestant Pastor Martin Niemöller gave the now-famous speech, which I’m paraphrasing: In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.
In light of recent executive orders issued in Washington, I would add: “Then they came for the Muslims, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Muslim. Then they came for the immigrants, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t an immigrant.”
On behalf of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission and Anti-Bias Task Force, I urge all residents of Suffolk County and our great nation to understand that discrimination against one group of people is discrimination against all. Human rights, inclusion and equality are the principles we must endeavor to uphold.
Let’s as one nation say no to the divisive forces in our society. Let us remember the words of Walt Whitman, “For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
Rabbi Steven Moss, Holbrook
I’m writing in support of President Donald Trump. He’s trying to accomplish what he promised in his campaign, but is getting resistance from the Democratic Party and many citizens.
To all those who demonstrated after the election, and the Democrats who are fighting him, I ask that they stop and respect this difficult office and the new president. There have been times in the past when the candidate I voted for did not win, but I respected the new president and certainly did not demonstrate against him.
To those who say he’s not their president, if they live in the United States, he is their president. Flying the flag upside down to oppose Trump is a disgrace [“Vet inverts flag in protest,” News, Feb. 14].
The presidency comes with immense responsibilities. I pray the president can accomplish good things.
Doreen Stanley, West Sayville
History has taught us that when a dictator takes control of a country, the ills of that country are blamed on political, ethnic or religious groups [“Students protest Trump immigration order,” News, Feb. 8]. Laws and regulations put in place to protect people from overreaching government are revoked.
Dictators surround themselves with like-minded people and give them responsibilities they aren’t qualified for. They have little regard for ethics, morals or traditions of transparency. They limit free speech and press to include only that which is complimentary to them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin would seem to be the role model of our new president. We are witnessing the death of democracy and the birth of an oligarchy.
Chris Monzert, Lynbrook
There was both method and message in the madness of the first weeks of the Trump administration.
While the public focused on tweets about inauguration crowds, claims that millions of “illegals” voted, and photo ops of executive-order signings, President Donald Trump promoted adviser Steve Bannon to a seat on the principals committee of the National Security Council and made attendance optional for the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs [“Will Trump listen to top diplomat?” Editorial, Feb. 3]. The judgment of a former Breitbart executive over that of intelligence and military professionals is questionable.
Overwhelmed by the flurry from the White House, we overlook troublesome legislation being pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and their crew. For example, they have proposed changes to Medicare that could lower future benefits and force seniors to use fixed cash stipends to shop for insurance coverage. They are also trying to gut Social Security.
Instead, we should tell our elected representatives to raise the level of wages subject to Social Security taxes to $250,000. This sensible move would bolster the finances of this vital program.
Margaret Bell, West Islip
Because of his extensive business connections, President Donald Trump should provide the public with full disclosure of his holdings. At the very least, he should provide a detailed schedule of his worldwide financial liabilities, both personal and corporate.
For each debt, these points of detail should be included: Name and geographic location of the creditor, amount, origination and maturity dates, purpose of the loan or financing, and current status — whether the deal is in good standing or default.
This data should be compiled and certified by an independent investigator assigned by the appropriate federal agency. Allowing this information to go public would be a reliable way to promote the highest standards of ethics from the public’s chief executive.
Herb Leeb, Melville