Trump statement not sarcastic, but ironic

In reference to the comment about Donald Trump’s sarcasm in Sunday, Aug. 14 edition: What Trump calls sarcasm when he states that President Obama and Secretary Clinton founded ISIS, what he apparently means is that their policies allowed ISIS to flourish.

If this is true, his statement is not sarcasm, but irony.

— Julian J. Grossman

Woodbridge

Stop Malloy from spending our money

People of Connecticut, it’s time to take a stand and say, “Enough is enough.”

Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to spend $300,000 on a study to see how a mileage tax will work. Take that money and use it to fix our roads. The governor should not waste our money on a study that is only going to cost the people of CT a lot of money.

If this tax goes through we will have to pay out of our own pockets to put a device in our vehicle and also pay a company to monitor our mileage. We are overtaxed in this state.

I am asking everyone to write or call your local and state representatives to stop Gov. Malloy from spending our money on a tax that will only cost us more.

— Patricia Hricz

Milford

2nd Cold War would likely be the last

The dissolution of the Soviet Union implied an end to the Cold War, and more importantly, gave a secure feeling to the people of both the U.S. and the former Soviet states — perhaps nuclear war was no longer a threat to their existence.

Since that dissolution, the world encountered conflict on nearly every continent, but atomic annihilation faded into the background of most people’s concerns.

Recently, during a one-hour foreign policy briefing, a prominent presidential candidate asked on three separate occasions: “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons against our enemies?”

This candidate is the first to ask such a dangerous question concerning atomic arms since their invention 70 years ago, and for this reason alone doesn’t have the right to work in the Oval Office.

No individual who respects the lives of the American people would make such careless claims.

Donald Trump is a critical result of an ageless anti-intellectual movement that shrugs off science as a minor matter. He discusses climate science as if he was an expert.

If you were an electrician, would you trust a painter to do your job for you? This is how a scientist feels when a politician like Trump makes claims about their life’s work.

And now, not only does he ignore the advice of climate scientists, but also has the gall to trash 70 years of effort by physicists to protect the globe from nuclear disaster.

This is a dramatic reversal of the ethics instilled by presidents from Eisenhower to Reagan that strove for rationality and safety.

Additionally, Trump even proclaimed admiration for a tyrant like Vladimir Putin, a prominent purveyor of Cold War feelings.

Doesn’t Trump know that his philosophy fights against everything the United States fought for in the 20th century, and that a second Cold War would likely be the last?

He might not, and on Nov. 8, it is our duty to remind him.

— Filip Dul

Bethany

Voters have other choices on Election Day

Americans need a decent choice on Election Day. The people, not the parties, can choose the president of the United States, if, and only if, they each decide to unite and write-in the names of the same two respected candidates for president and vice president.

In many ways America is in crisis and in danger of electing one of the two least popular, unqualified, and dishonest candidates in our history. In the greatest crisis in our history, the Civil War, President Lincoln ran for his second term in 1864, not as a Republican, but on a Union Party ticket. He chose the only Southern Democrat who didn’t secede, Andrew Johnson as his running mate, trying to unite the nation.

With leadership experience and skill — but most importantly, with the integrity and good sense to be president — far in excess of the two party candidates, John Kasich and Jim Webb, will appeal to independents, Republicans and Democrats.

Americans agree in polls that Kasich would beat Hillary one on one, and he never compromised with Trump. Never-Trumps will rally to him. By Election Day, Trump may self-destruct to such a degree that he will not be a factor. Truman/Kennedy-national-security Democrats will support Webb, and with a choice other than Hillary or Trump, Bernie backers and Never-Hillarys may stay home or vote Kasich/Webb.

Kasich is a successful two-term governor of the important state of Ohio. He served 18 years in Congress, working to balance the federal budget — a rare event — and has foreign and domestic policy expertise. Trump and Bernie have shown that “good” intentions are not enough. Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, a former secretary of the Navy, who predicted in 2012 all the problems we are having with China in the South China Sea, adds great depth to the supreme duty of the president: the protection of the United States.

Americans will not agree that these are the best possible candidates, but most will agree they are far better than the other two. For our country’s sake, we have to TRY a better way.

— Stephen R. Hildrich

Orange

Does paper have any proofreaders?

Proofreaders. Do you employ any? It certainly does not seem so. Just about on a daily basis there are spelling and typo errors along with the occasional grammatical faux pas. Up until today, I actually found it amusing until I came across a paid advertisement stating that “Dr. Sritheran Kandiah” is joining a new practice. Now would you not think that when faced with publishing some difficult ethnic names that a spell check should be in order? Evidently not. The physician’s name is Kandiah Sritharan. I do hope you have issued a refund.

— Joe McMahon

Bethany