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Letters Week of Oct. 10, 2012

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Using the Color Pink Is Now Just a Gimmick

 
Although I was glad to see the special section about breast cancer in the Oct. 4 Jewish Exponent, I was disgusted by the use of pink on the cover.
 
As the daughter and niece of breast cancer victims, I am appalled with the near-universal use of pink in October.
 
Women die of this dreadful disease 365 days a year, not just during the 31 days of October.
 
Companies use the color to sell products. Period. Fast food chains use pink in their ads. Clothing is sold and decorated with pink ribbons (and made in China, instead of using American workers).
 
At this point, it is purely a gimmick. To me, the use of the color diminishes the memories of my mother (who died in February 1969) and my Aunt Ruth (who died in August 1982).
 
By all means, write articles about breast cancer — but please don’t use pink on the cover of the Jewish Exponent.
 
Rosalyn (Lyn) Linker
Springfield
 

Reporter Didn’t Do His Homework for Iran Piece

 
I found it interesting that reporter Eric Berger used space in his article to cite some unnamed sources (“other members of Israel’s defense and intelligence establishment”) who agree with Dan Halutz’s call for “patience” against stopping Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons (City & Suburb: “Former IDF Chief Speaks of Iran and Sanctions,” Sept. 27). But he did not bother to cite any sources who disagree with Halutz and believe that “patience” will only endanger Israel.
 
Did he contact Israel’s Defense Ministry for comment? Did he seek the opinions of other former chiefs of staff?
 
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that sanctions did not work with North Korea, did not work with pre- World War II Germany or Japan, and will not work, by themselves, with Iran.
 
At best, your article is borderline professional journalism and, at worst, it is a blatant example of the Exponent’s agenda to weaken support for Israel.
 
Ed Rosen
Doylestown
 

Republicans Want to Turn Their Backs on the Poor

 
During the Yom Kipper service, God admonishes the people of Israel for trying to impress him with their fasting. He reminds them of their responsibility to help the poor. Open your doors to the less fortunate and the stranger on this holiest of days, God commands.
 
The Republican platform and agenda does the opposite (Cover Story: “Check This Out: Who Gives How Much to Whom,” Oct. 4). It cuts funding for food stamps, school lunch programs and Medicaid to give tax breaks to benefit the rich.
 
Rather than preach compassion for the poor, Republicans refer to them as freeloaders content to do nothing and live off government handouts.
 
Defying God, Republicans would not just close their doors to the needy, they would lock them as well.
 
Marvin Bograd
East Windsor, N.J.
 

Does ‘Voice for Peace’ Really Promote Hatred?

 
After reading the ad placed in the Sept. 20 Jewish Exponent by the Jewish Voice for Peace, I was amazed that any rabbi would put his or her name to such a vile ad. Rabbis are supposed to be the transmitters of Torah, which talks of loving your fellow Jew and calls for peace in the community.
 
The use of terms like “thought police,” “right-wing extremists” and the misuse of the word “occupation” demonizes those Jews who disagree with these so-called rabbis. It also repeats the falsehoods spread by those who wish to destroy Israel.
 
The words “bias” and “prejudice” spew out of every syllable of this detestable ad and the only adjectives that do justice to its contents are smearing, bullying and demonizing of those who disagree with the people who are its signatories.
 
It’s unfortunate that those who label themselves as Jewish Voices for Peace are in reality the main promoters of hatred.
 
Steve Heitner
Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
 

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