Letters Week of July 28, 2011


Comments on the udge theatrics in the Beltway, politics in general and whether giving up land is in Israel's best interests.


D.C. Theatrics Can't Go On; a Crisis Is Untenable

The budget theatrics in Washington resemble two brothers fighting (Editorial & Opinions: "Whose Default Is It?" July 21). Even if some sort of compromise temporarily keeps the wolf away from the door, nothing will be seriously done about the problem.

The Republicans said not a word when George W. Bush cut taxes to the rich and created an unnecessary war in Iraq. Bill Clinton's budget surplus became a huge deficit.

The rich are getting richer and everyone else is not. The middle class is shrinking. The stock market has recovered 90 percent of what it lost — with 10 percent of Americans owning 80 percent of it. The United States borrows 40 cents on every dollar we spend.

Corporations are making huge profits by downsizing here and creating jobs overseas. Their voice in government is expanding.

A solution could be easy. We could return the tax on the wealthy to the more reasonable percentage it was during the Ronald Reagan presidency. We could charge 10 cents on every business transaction in America until the budget is balanced and then direct the money to health care for all. We could add a tax on gasoline as well. Solutions exist.

Don't weaken our beleaguered social services. Do invest in schools. The country must wake up. We can't wait for a crisis to occur.

Harvey Schwartz
Bellingham, Wash.


Naivete Was on Display in Letters About Politics

In the July 21 edition of the Jewish Exponent, three letters were published. The one by Morton Klein is "on the money." The other two show how naive and misinformed some Jews are when it comes to Israel, economics and the conservatives.

One letter writer claims that President Barack Obama's position and the U.S. position have been the same for years. The letter writer also makes an assumption that it is Israel that is occupying Palestinian land and creating "disgraceful and oppressive conditions."

How does land won from Jordan, Egypt and Syria in a defensive war become "occupied" ? When in recorded history has a nation that's been attacked, then prevails in battle, been expected to return land it gained in that conflict?

Remember, Gaza was turned over, unilaterally, to the "Palestinians." That worked out well for peace, didn't it?

The other letter asserts that the conservative commentators and politicians spew "dangerous demagoguery." Has this writer not listened to MSNBC or read The New York Times and The Washington Post?

Robert Paul
Longport, N.J.


Letter Was an Emotional Rant, Like Much on Left

Jerrold Bonn's letter "Palin and Friends Simply Aren't Politically Kosher" in the July 21 edition encapsulates the emotional rants engaged in by too many on the left.

Mr. Bonn uses pejoratives and sneering contempt to describe the so-called "new media on the right." He then tries to somehow connect Mussolini to it, surprisingly omitting Hitler and Attila the Hun.

Instead of dismissively attacking Sarah Palin's success as a product of some Jewish politicos and some Jewish media advisers, Mr. Bonn would do better to dispassionately listen to the arguments that those on the right are making and then use logic to argue his case.

Steve Heitner
Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.


Giving Back Territory? Sure, When It's Tit for Tat

Yes, Israel should return to Palestine the land won in the 1967 Six-Day War. And they should do it just as soon as the United States returns Texas to Mexico.

Gil Sokolow


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