To the Editor:

A young man carrying a backpack jumped over a White House fence on March 11 and almost made it to the White House before he was stopped by the Secret Service. The man had no ladder, no mechanical help — he just jumped over the fence. The White House is probably one of the best guarded buildings in the United States. Yet it has had similar attacks before.

President Trump wants to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. to keep out people trying to come Into the United States. The wall would cost billions, hurt trade, separate families and be an insult to Mexico.

The wall would not be a good investment. Bad guys could fly over a wall, dig a tunnel below it or even knock it down with a big truck.

If a wall can’t protect our White House, how can walls stop all who want to get into the United States? It will cost billions, cause bad relations with Mexico, and make the U.S. look like a fool.

Larry Aasen

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Westport

Pass H.B. 5434

To the Editor:

The voters of Connecticut have an important opportunity to make sure that all of their votes are counted in the election of the president and vice president. The opportunity is for the Connecticut Legislature to agree that the winners of these two national offices should be decided by a national popular vote.

The current Electoral College system is a winner-take-all system, which results in the votes of the minority being ignored and the votes of some (“swing”) states being counted more than other states like Connecticut. The better system would be to allocate electoral votes based on the allocation of the popular vote, thereby more accurately reflecting the will of the people.

Bill H.B. 5434 in the Connecticut General Assembly would adopt the National Popular Vote Compact, a proposed agreement among the states to award all of their Electoral College votes to whichever candidate receives the most individual votes nationally. Ten states and D.C. have already joined the compact, totaling 165 electoral votes, over 60 percent of the 270 needed for this agreement to become law.

We need to let our representatives know we want them to pass H.B. 5434.

Jo Ann Flaum

Westport

It still hurts

To the Editor:

My son Jason, a 2008 Staples graduate, played on the Staples soccer team throughout his high school years. As a senior, he and several of his teammates and fellow seniors were cut from the team by Coach Dan Woog. As loving parents we thought that this act was unfair on so many different levels. Was it fair to cut seniors from an athletic program after all the practices, games, workouts and award ceremonies they participated in? Was it fair at that vulnerable age to separate these boys from their teammates and, of course, friends? Was it fair to strip them of a big part of their identity? Of course, we did not go quietly. Some of the parents went directly to Coach Woog.

My wife and I had an early morning meeting with Principal John Dodig. All parties were very sympathetic to our cause, but in the end it was the “Coach’s call.” I am sure many people might agree with that decision, but I never did. In fact, back then I drafted a “Letter to the Editor” not dissimilar to this one, but it was never sent. Let sleeping dogs lie type of thing. Was it my call to inflame matters more? I have not spoken to Jason about this episode in many years, but from my vantage point IT STILL HURTS. Thank you for this opportunity.

Mitch Fitter

Westport

The humiliation

of flying economy

To the Editor:

I recently experienced the humiliation of flying economy class on a well-known national airline and decided to speak up about what is clearly a failure of the airline industry to provide what customers have a right to expect: pleasant, comfortable and affordable transportation with safety a priority.

Instead, we are herded like cattle into tiny pens within which it is impossible to settle oneself comfortably for any reasonable length of time, and from which it is unlikely that one could escape to an exit door should an emergency arise because the airlines have slyly and arbitrarily installed extra rows of seats along the aisles while we weren’t looking.

Is this the way to treat customers who can’t afford exorbitantly overpriced business or first-class tickets? There is an organization that will hear your voice: Flyersrights.org (hotline 877-359-3776). They offer a complaint form. You should also contact your congressman. Maybe we’ll begin to get our money’s worth when the FAA and other authorities get the message that we refuse to be ignored.

Dorvan Manus

Westport