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Letters: Reflections after the Republican convention

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, with running mate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, with running mate Mike Pence and their families after delivering his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Credit: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

Jeb Bush . . . gone [“Many party stalwarts choose to be elsewhere,” News, July 18]. We probably won’t hear from him again until the next Republican presidential primary.

In a July 11 interview, he said he might not vote in the election for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president.

Bush spent more than $100 million, begged for votes, barely got single-digit results and then melted away.

Regardless of party, if you care about this country, you need to take a side and choose. Even if you despise the choices, you need to choose a person who can lead.

Walter Cubinski, Massapequa Park

Editor’s note: The writer is a registered Republican.


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in response to the deadly truck attack in Nice, France, that Western civilization is at war, and that every person here who believes in Sharia law should be deported.

No legal mechanism allows for deportation of a person with legal citizenship. To where would an American by birth be deported? More important, Gingrich singled out one religious group, Muslims, which is an obviously unconstitutional suggestion.

It’s not as if other groups don’t also believe that their religions should determine the laws of the United States. The Pew Research Center reported in 2006 that when asked which should have more influence over the laws of the country — the Bible or the will of the people, even when it conflicts with the Bible — 63 percent of Americans said the people’s will should have more sway. A significant minority, 32 percent, however, believed the Bible should be more important.

Would Gingrich be OK with deporting 32 percent of Americans, presumably Christians, if they believe this? As a non-Christian and a non-Muslim, I wouldn’t be happy to see the laws that govern me overridden by either Christian or Muslim beliefs.

Gerry Dantone, Coram

Editor’s note: The writer is the founder of Long Island Secular Humanists and co-founder of the Center for Inquiry Long Island.


Newsday’s July 20 editorial “Cribbing hubbub raises bigger Trump concerns” once again exposes the editorial board’s prejudices and liberal bias.

To correlate a sentence or two from a candidate’s wife’s speech to her husband’s abilities to run the nation is ridiculous.

Michael Tartaglia, Franklin Square


As of July 12, Donald Trump and outside supporters had spent $3.6 million on advertising to Hillary Clinton’s $57 million — $25 million from her campaign and $32 million from pro-Clinton Super PACs. The two candidates are nearly tied in recent polls.

Therefore, Trump’s spending has been nearly 15 times more efficient. If I were talking to the person running Clinton’s advertising, I’d say, you’re fired!

The Trump campaign is a great example of what a businessman gets for his money versus what a person in government gets for her money.

Charles White, Hampton Bays


I read that “thousands” descended on Cleveland to protest against Donald Trump [“Protests open GOP convention,” News, July 19]. Who financed the transportation, lodging and feeding of these thousands? The answer should be quite telling.

Elgin Alexander, Northport