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Letter To Editor - Zeldin's Nothingburger A Trumpster Meatball

To the Editor:

When Is A Meatball Not A Meatball?

A No-No is an often childish, but gentle, reproof that a particular action is discouraged, such as sneaking a meatball before dinner after mommy has warned against it.

A social blunder is farting in public.

A faux pas is a mistake in a social situation, such as calling the President of the United States by his first name instead of “Mr. President.”

Representative Lee Zeldin referred to the news of Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, who he believed was going to release damaging information on Hillary Clinton in order to promote his father’s presidential campaign, as “A Big Nothingburger.”   The Trump team denied that any such meeting took place until Trump Jr. released the emails proving that he and they had been lying all along.  

Such behavior has been deemed “beyond the pale,” criminal, and possibly “treasonous.’  But, how did our very own Trumpster meatball, Lee Zee, describe the emails, the lying, the meeting?  I voted for @POTUS last Nov. & want him & USA to succeed, but that meeting, given that email chain just released, is a big no-no.”  

A Big No-No? No longer a Nothingburger?  Not even a blunder or a faux pas?  Now it’s been raised to the same category as noshing a forbidden meatball.   

What will it take for Zeldin to close down the Trump Garbage Dump when he can’t even clean his own greasy fingers?

Ruth A Cohen

Letter To Editor - White House Not Health Care Is The Place To Look For Deficit Reduction


To The Editor:

Some things are cheap, and not worth it.
Some things are expensive, and not worth it. 
Some things are expensive, if valued only in terms of money rather than compassion and need, but are well worth it.  
So it is with health care. 

The Congressional Budget Office projected that the current Republican bill to repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare will lead to 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance coverage by 2026 if it becomes law.  If you are a Zeldin constituent, you may have received an email* in which he congratulates himself  for saving taxpayer dollars by voting for Trumpcare, but spares not a word for the number of people who will lose health care, some of whom will die as a result.
Call Zeldin’s office at 631-289-1097 (LI) or 202-225-3826 (DC) and remind him that the deficit could also be reduced if the Trump family had been living exclusively in the White House, and if his other children and relatives refrained from costly vacations and personal business travel on the public dime for Secret Service, local police protection and other expenses. At the rate they are going, if Trump remains in office for two terms, the trips to Mar-a-Lago alone would cost over $800 million in public funds (Vanity Fair, April 11, 2017). 

Tell Zeldin we can also save money if we close libraries and schools, stop building roads and bridges (wait, wait, we are doing that already), and let sick people die in the streets while we give tax breaks to the ultra-rich, and line the pockets of the military-industrial complex and too-big-to-fail companies and banks.

Remember when Trump said he was going to drain the swamp? He and his family are slobbering in the mud. Shame on Lee Zeldin for supporting this sorry excuse for a president. I guess this is the America that Lee wants, but he is not the Member of Congress that we want.

Ruth A Cohen


Letter To Editor - Alexander Hamilton Wouldn't Qualify For Trump's Cabinet


To the Editor:

Donald Trump’s favorite book is The Bible.  Proverbs 22.2, which states “The rich and poor meet: The Eternal is the Maker of them all,”   can be construed as meaning that the rich man usually thinks he attained his wealth because of his brilliance, while the poor are generally looked down upon as ne’er-do-wells who cannot succeed because of a lack of ability. However, when the rich and poor happen to be together, one can in most cases see that the poor man is no less intelligent than the rich one.

Research performed by Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at the University of California–Berkeley has shown that wealthy people are more likely to lie, cheat at games and even take candy from a baby.  “They are more likely to make unethical decisions that maximize their own self-interest at the expense of other people,” Keltner said, adding that wealthy people often use ideology to justify those choices. “You put a rich person in charge of the economy, and they’re going to change the tax structure to benefit them.”

When Donald Trump was assembling his Cabinet last winter, criteria for his nominees included lack of experience in their new jobs, contempt for the agencies they were to lead, and overwhelming wealth.  When Donald Trump told a rally in Iowa that “I just don’t want a poor person” running the economy”, he probably forgot, or never knew, that the mind behind the original American economic system was Alexander Hamilton, America’s first Treasury secretary, and the poorest of the Founding Fathers. Hamilton was born with almost nothing and died with so little that his family had to take up a collection to bury him.  

 When the Constitution was written, only white male property owners (about 10 to 16 percent of the nation’s population) had the vote.   In 2017, Republicans still keep trying to obstruct voting and government participation by minorities and Democrats.    They  embody this quote by  F. Scott Fitzgerald:  “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”    If, heaven forbid, they prevail, I foresee a profitable future in knee breeches, cod pieces, and wigs.

Ruth Cohen, Lake Grove


Letter To Editor - Proud Of Young People

Recently I had my doorbell ring and 2 people were standing there.  The girl gave me a piece of paper and because recently people have been coming to the house selling things etc., I felt a little annoyance.

This paper had her parents phone number, the address of the graduation party for that particular night, time of the party and something saying that they would try and keep it as quiet as possible.

I was so impressed with the way they handled all of this.  The party is over now and was very quiet.  

It seems like there has and is so much trouble in our country and this made me so proud of these young people.

Susan P.


Letter to Editor - Self-congratulatory missive from Congressman Lee Zeldin

To the Editor:

On June 21, 2017, my inbox was once again sullied with a self-congratulatory missive from Congressional Representative Lee Zeldin.  

He states, “I have always been willing to work with absolutely anyone to better our community, state, and nation.”  The attempted destruction of our government can be laid at the venal feet of Trump and Company, a business that refuses to work with Democrats for anything other than its own profit.  Since Zeldin is a bought and paid for Republican toady, it defies belief that he would work with anyone other than the Republican party unless Paul Ryan throws him a bone every now and then when his vote is not needed.  

Zeldin further states, “I will continue working to advance my New Era of American Strength agenda.”  The earliest mention I could find regarding this elusive agenda was when he described it in 2015 as a “goal.”  I phoned his DC office to find out if it has passed or if it is still a goal; I learned that it is still merely the latter.  

This long-suffering goal contains, among other aspirations, creating more good paying jobs, improving the quality of education, improving healthcare in America, and safeguarding our environment.  

Trump thinks he persuaded Ford not to manufacture its new Focus in Mexico, but Ford just announced that it is building a Focus plant in China.  Oops!  There go some good paying jobs.  Zeldin is satisfied with whatever health plan the Republicans want to foist on our citizens, while he and his family enjoy the best health care that money can buy.  He says he wants to improve the quality of education and safeguard the environment, but has not uttered one word against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, whose personal goal seems to be the eradication of public schools.  He has not uttered one word against Scott Pruit, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, who qualified for the job by suing environmentalists 14 times when he was the Attorney General of Oklahoma, by shutting down Oklahoma’s environmental enforcement unit, by approving deep budget cuts to the EPA, and by dismissing half the scientists on the EPA advisory board.

If Zeldin truly believes in his goals, why has he not spoken out against these cynical atrocities being foisted on the American public?  If talk is cheap, it would cost nothing for Zeldin to state publicly that the Republican party has no intention of advancing his so-called goals.  Oh. yes, it might cost him his seat in Congress, but  he could avail himself of something more precious: a clean conscience.  

Ruth A Cohen,
Lake Grove