Letters, the Week of Feb. 23, 2017

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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

2 COMMENTS

  1. Kathy Cohen-

    If you don’t like fur then don’t buy it. If enough people feel similarly then fur stores will go out of business. In the meanwhile those who want to wear fur will and can do so. We live in the United States of America and last time I looked no one elected you dictator. Mind your own business.

  2. Lee Bender, Kevin Ross and Steve Feldman’s response to my letter reveals the difficult position Jewish Trump supporters find themselves in right now. While their support for this Republican administration is rooted in what they believe to be best for Israel, they are so entrenched in their ideology that they cannot admit in any way that their views could be flawed.

    Their response also shows some of the common tools used by ideologues (from the right or the left) in their attempts to refute any opposition to their opinions. First, they twisted my words-I never suggested that we let in foreigners who want to to kill us, and nobody on the left is suggesting that. What we stand against is the blanket labeling of all people from a given country or religion as dangerous or bad.

    Second, they cite a study from some neutral sounding think tank, when, in fact, the Center for Immigration Studies has been criticized by policy experts and politicians from all sides of the political spectrum as an unreliable source of information. In fact, this year the Southern Poverty Law Center named the CIS as an anti-immigrant hate group. Is this really who they want to align with?

    Finally, what they are really pointing to in their response to my letter is the complicated and nuanced discussion that has been unfolding in this country for decades if not centuries- how do we strike a balance between individual freedoms and security? We don’t outlaw teen drivers, even though that would likely make the American citizens safer. We don’t allow law enforcement to search anyone’s house without a warrant. And the courts have deemed the practice of racial profiling to be unconstitutional.

    It is beyond me why they feel the need to defend and apologize for all statements or policies Trump and his administration might make-even those that are clearly offensive, racist, or inappropriate in one way or another. What line needs to be crossed by this administration before Jews on the right will speak out?

    Nati KatzPassow | West Philadelphia

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