Letter to the Editor: Long Beach Will Miss Peter King

Writer calls Carolyn McCarthy a rubber-stamp for her party.

To the Editor:

With the recent redistricting of Long Island’s Congressional lines, Long Beach will no longer be in Peter King’s district. I’ll miss King. I believe that Long Beach might miss King. 

King combines a regular-guy manner with the sophistication of being on the cutting edge of international politics.  His ascension to chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee gave him a prestige and recognition that reflected well for the communities he represented. Irish-Americans recall his key involvment in helping broker the Irish Peace Accords. 

He has always been a standard-bearer for his party, and his principled and sometimes tough stance on social, world and security issues made him a favorite of conservatives. However, he also has shown  flexibility and independence, evidenced by his support of President Clinton during the House impeachment vote and by his cultivation of close relationships with key Long Beach Democrat leadership.

In King’s place we get Carolyn McCarthy. In my opinion, McCarthy is an unimpressive rubber-stamp for her party who has never sponsored significant legislation. To this extent, her endlessly being returned to office by an unaccounting constituency and her lack of gravitas makes her a perfectly-matching bookend to go along with Long Beach’s state representative.

I don't want to talk about King like he’s gone; if re-elected, he will continue in Congress representing south-shore communities from Seaford to Islip. I’ll miss King. I hope he misses us and remembers Long Beach.

Frank McQuade
Long Beach

Candygram for Mongo April 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Perhaps you would like to give it a try, Ivan?
Mr Dunes April 30, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Assuming I have no worldly experience is a pathetic reach. I started young as a volunteer for Camp Anchor, (god forbid a loved one of yours has a disability that camp is the best organization with heartfelt individuals motivated for the well being of everyone who desires an enlightening opportunity which you may not Jack) I've travelled to Uganda, for a number of virtuous organizations. I'm currently the owner of one two businesses. And will start a third by the years end. I don't want to go tid for tat. Clearly your assumptions are nebulous in nature. I travelled to Israel, Egypt, Brazil, U.K. & plan to represent my personal, American-influenced, values in all future endeavours. I perceive you to be of a Tea Partying-Fundamentalist Radical ideology. I'm sure your "conservative friends" (who never protested the bush's pharma funded injection, the war in Iraq and the tax cuts which were the systemic creators of debt, and why this country is plunging into the status of a third world nation (similar to the corruption I am confronted with when my NPG assists other nations while simultaneously improving the USA's reputation) instead of the beacon of capitalism which ended with greatest generation.) are going to respond to this with baseless McCarthystic accusations. This message is intended for them too. I'm a patriotic American no matter what words your biased partisan attacks are. All the tea partyers should listen to this: the first country the Nazis invaded was their own.
ADNK April 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I find your posts to be the most articulate here. Thank you for bringing that pesky, liberal-leaning fact-y reality. into the discussion.
tepo thunder April 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Mr Douch have a nice summers eve. Islam is evil
Lloyd May 01, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Very nice bio, Mr. Dunes. It seems we have something in common. We both have a Brazilian connection. If you check out my profile pictures you'll see it. Over here we do everything Brazilian from ..eating, to drinking, to dancing, to music listening, to vacationing in Rio and to speaking Portuguese. What's your connection?


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