Letters to the editor

I was disgusted to read your post-election paper. Instead of agreeing that the people have decided against lies and corrupt big government and for badly needed change, you printed only negative “forums,” continuing your attacks against our president-elect. Where is your optimism that Donald Trump, with all of his faults, has a plan to help all Americans, not just the liberal elites?

You should start doing your jobs as neutral journalists who report the pulse of the people, and not continue to promote the losing issues that Americans have rejected.

Even Elizabeth Warren reached out to Donald Trump — can you do any less?

— Nancy Roberto Milford

I was disheartened to watch the Cleveland Indians lose the World Series to the Chicago Cubs in the seventh game and 10th inning. The general manager, Chris Antonetti, a native of Orange and an Amity graduate, who is responsible for putting the team together, had to have been upset as anyone over the loss. However, I hope next year will be another opportunity to win the World Series. I must say the Cubs had a great year.

— Anthony Del Visco Orange

I think it is time we stop referring to people who die as having lost their battle. Dying is not a failure, though the person who dies is often described as having failed or, as you describe her, a loser. She was not a loser or a failure, but someone who inspired those who knew her and her family. Her message will live on with them.

In the future you can say that someone died, but please leave out the negative words and images? When you fight a war against disease you empower your enemy, but when you work at healing your life and body, positive changes are far more likely to occur.

The only thing of permanence is love.

— Bernie Siegel, M.D. Woodbridge

When others were out making money and advancing their careers, a veteran was/is someone who thought it would be best and necessary that he/she first serve our country by standing in harm’s way. A veteran is willing to preserve our way of life with his/her own life if necessary. Such individuals are extremely rare. Less than 1 percent of our country’s population serves in the military. Let us appreciate them.

— Thomas E. Jakubisyn Milford

An article by (retired Anglican Bishop) Desmond Tutu in the New Haven Register took me back to the reign of Henry VIII, the English king who, when the pope refused to annul his first marriage, was responsible for separating the English Church from papal authority and illustrated his lack of respect for life by executing a couple of his wives.

This lack of respect for life extended to many others.

Tutu’s article reminds me of the same lack of respect for life. He states, “By refusing dying people the right-to-die with dignity, we fail to demonstrate the compassion that lies at the heart of Christian values.”

That’s all he has to say about the “heart of Christian values”? This man of the cloth appears to have forgotten the compassion found in Psalm 23, which reminds us “Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff comfort me.”

Tutu does not mention the benefits of hospice care and only touches on the subject of palliative care.

Tutu’s comments on respect for life, or lack thereof, takes us back 500 years to the time of Henry VIII. Both men made mistakes that should not be used as reasons to throw away life. Tutu states that he would “welcome anyone who has the courage to say, as a Christian, that we should give dying people the right to leave this world with dignity.” I hope Tutu will join me, as a Christian, when I say that God gives life and it is not up to us to decide when the end of life comes, that, too, is up to God.

— Carol Schneider Milford

Yes, I know the election is over and a new president was elected.

I should move on, allow the system to work. I’ve heard repeatedly that we need to work together, give President-elect Donald Trump a chance.

I’m trying so hard to believe the system can and will work, but fright and sadness prevails over me.

My mind keeps wandering to Hillary Clinton. What will become of her. A horrible sadness comes over me.

The questions I ask are: What will she do? Will she write a memoir? Will she continue her causes for children and women? How will we know what she is doing daily?

I loved what Hillary stood for and everything she said. I believed in her and still do. I thought undoubtedly she would be in the White House, but that was not to be.

Yes, I understand we have to rally around our new president-elect. However, when I consider what might have been, a depression comes over me.

I truly thought this would be the year of our first woman president. I prayed for this and believed she was the perfect candidate to secure this.

I know she must be devastated, but knowing Hillary, she will find a way to overcome her loss and move on. From my standpoint, I keep thinking of Hillary and how fragile life is. She and her staff worked endless days and countless hours. She didn’t reach her goal, but to me she is still the winner.

Yes, I will wait to see how Trump does, but I can’t shake my sadness and depression, and think what might have been.

Thanks, Hillary, for all you did and all you are. You are tops in my book.

— Ila Mary Osach Woodbridge

I was wondering why the media refers to members of Congress who haven’t been in office in over 15 years by their former titles such as Mr. Speaker, Madame Secretary, or Mr. Senator. Is it a sign of respect? If this is the case, I propose we address those who have retired from jobs outside the government with the same courteous monikers.

Next time you see your neighbor who has retired from their work as a plumber, policeman, or nurse, greet him/her with a friendly, “Good morning Mr./Madame Plumber, Mr./Madame Officer, or Mr./Madame Nurse.”

After all, don’t they deserve our respect as well?

— Robert O. Blake Sr. Milford