Fur? You’ve Got to Be Kidding!
Please explain how you can print such an article (“Winter Fashion: Wrap Yourself in Something Wonderful,” Feb. 9).
Don’t you care about animal rights? Everyone else among us cares about this. Please take the time to care and be mindful of others’ feelings.
Kathy Cohen | Plymouth Meeting
At Least Tweet Spurred Debate
Joshua Runyan wrote an editorial blasting Daylin Leach for calling President Trump a “fascist, loofa-faced s— gibbon” in response to the president’s attempt to destroy the career of a Texas state senator trying to limit civil asset forfeiture (“Stink of Senatorial Tweet Remains,” Feb. 16).
Like that Texas legislator, I, too, am very concerned about “the continued potential for further abuse of” the civil asset forfeiture system. As Mr. Runyan said, civil asset forfeiture is used to “seize the property of drug dealers. But it’s also a way that law-abiding citizens have lost their homes solely on suspicion that another resident — a child, for example — was engaging in illegal activity.”
What was unreasonable, though, to Mr. Runyan was Sen. Leach’s use of the pejorative if obscure term “s—- gibbon.”
According to Mr. Runyan, “there’s nothing to be gained by hurling a feces-laden epithet at the president, save for perhaps notoriety and fundraising dollars.”
Wrong: There was at least one more thing needed — an editorial that educates our community about the serious due process violations associated with the practice of civil asset forfeiture.
Steve Mendelsohn | Penn Valley
Executive Order Called For in These Times
Writer Nati KatzPassow (“Nothing Justified About Refugee Ban and its Justifications,” Feb. 16) opined that President Trump’s Executive Order was flawed and ineffective because there have been “zero deaths in the U.S. from acts of terrorism committed by citizens of the seven countries included in the ban.” Indeed, she might be chagrinned to know that the Center for Immigration Studies has found that 72 individuals from the seven nations have been convicted of terrorism-related offenses.
While we are all grateful that no Americans have been murdered, it is not for lack of trying. Law enforcement and other security services have to “get it right” 100 percent of the time while the terrorists only have to “get it right” once to succeed.
Mort Klein and Liz Berney were correct to raise awareness about radical Islamists. There is no blanket Jewish obligation to allow strangers to enter your country who want to kill you. The safety of Americans must be the prevailing concern.
Lee Bender and Kevin Ross, co-presidents Steve Feldman, executive director Zionist Organization of America: Greater Philadelphia