Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande River in September. 

Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande River in September.  Credit: AFP via Getty Images/Pedro Pardo

Let’s unite to solve our many problems

There are decisions to criticize about President Joe Biden’s White House, as in any administration. But it is distressing to see unfair attacks and downright distortions at a time when the country is confronted with serious challenges. What happened to our “United” States, the fine American attribute that brought us all together when we, and other presidents, were faced with dangers that called for help and support, not rancorous attacks for political gain.

Consider Ukraine war and Russian aggression, global warming, worldwide migration, the COVID-19 pandemic, the spread of anti-democracy in Europe. All of these worrisome and complicated problems call for reasoned solutions. And they need to be addressed with reasoned, constructive approaches and our best thinking. Yet instead we get mean-spirited, hypocritical criticism from political opponents who tear away at attempts to find intelligent solutions.

It’s painful to watch, and it makes me yearn for the days when politicians were admired for statesmanship rather than clever, bitter sound bites that promote division. And it’s happening when we should be supporting a president who faces a daunting array of momentous challenges.

— Jim Marquardt, Sag Harbor

We need to redefine what security means

My head is spinning.

On Monday, while leaving Aruba to come home, I was watching the news showing our border security witnessing people crossing the Rio Grande river and jumping barbed wire. That afternoon, while passing through airport security, I went through nine checkpoints to get into my country.

On Tuesday, I exercised my right to vote in my local school board election. I was asked my name by the election worker and showed my ID. She said she didn’t need it. I asked, “How do you know I am the person that is voting?” She shrugged  her shoulders. Unlike in the past, no prior signatures were in the books to compare anyone’s signatures. So if I went up to four different lines and gave different names, I could have voted four times? She would not give me an answer. I asked for my ballot and was told to go to a different line to get it.

I was asked by this other worker if I had registered. He wouldn’t have known if I had registered or not. I could have gone on line and voted multiple times.

Does this make sense?

— Steve Kelske, Bohemia

It’s a pleasure to judge this judge

As I sat in courtroom 54 in the John P. Cohalan Jr. Court Complex in support of my son, I couldn’t help but notice the kindness of Judge F. Scott Carrigan.

Everyone who stood before him, whether it was for a parking ticket or a warrant, was treated with kindness, respect and understanding. He had words of hope and encouragement for everyone. After each case, he complimented the lawyers, letting the client know how hard they worked.

The world needs more people like this judge.

 — Margaret Koerner, Eastport

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