Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 29

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWise, safe for Jews to keep low profilePerhaps the Dec. 21 column (“Jews need the light of Hanukkah even more this year“) regarding the recent revival of anti-Semitism may have a similar effect on the role of excessive media attention, which many believe increases terrorist attacks and gun violence.Attacks on minorities have been, at least, a thousand-year problem.My father, a first generation American Orthodox Jew by birth, told me after the Holocaust of World War II that judging from history, anti-Semitism would be around for a long time.Most all minorities have endured such treatment in the past, and there is no one single answer why.My wise father said that Jewish Americans are fortunate that our ancestors came to America, and we should always be proud of our heritage, extra good, assimilate well, be kind to our neighbors, complain little and maintain a low profile.As I said, he was kind, wise and intelligent.Merely consider the Holocaust Memorial issue the past year-and-a-half in Niskayuna and the fierce contention it produced. Or the problems raised for Israel by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Yes, let us Jews think that “low profile” is wise indeed.Anti-Semitism requires little to keep itself remembered. And yes, I am proud to display my Hanukkah bush with its blue and white lights, which is friendly and low-profile, without contention or elitism.Lyle W. BarlynSchenectady Trump is a threat to the future of AmericaTo any sane person who has not swallowed any of his 14,000 lies, President Trump is guilty of jeopardizing our national security (and the lives of thousands of our Ukrainian allies) by abusing his power to withhold crucial aid in order to further his own personal political ambition, and then further abusing that power by preventing those who know the truth from revealing it to us.But the Republican senators who continue to support him by refusing to find him guilty are committing a crime as well and for the same reason: violating their oaths of office (and the Constitution) in order to protect their jobs.Trump once actually tweeted that he had the absolute power to pardon himself. He actually believes he is above all law. These are the words of a despot.Washington correspondent Jim Acosta, in his book, “The Enemy of the People,” wrote, “American democracy is only as strong as the people willing to hold it accountable.” Obviously, the fawning sycophant Republicans in the Senate are not so willing.The Republican Party has become a cult with lock-stepping Trump followers believing anything he says and Republican Congress members like Elise Stefanik bowing before him for fear of incurring his wrath.This president is the greatest threat to American democracy since the Civil War.Richard W. Lewis, Jr.GlenvillePhotos of teenagers vaping encourage itThis letter is directed to the “powers that be” in TV media regarding segments trying to discourage the use of tobacco and vaping among teenagers. They show closeups of teenagers dramatically exhaling smoke; giving the impression that it’s a cool thing to do. Instead of discouraging smoking, they give the impression that it is OK.The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is certainly appropriate in these segments.Harvey S. HaynerHalfmoonOverwhelmed by students’ tributeI was truly overwhelmed by the beautiful, heart-warming tribute (Grateful for teacher’s dedication and love, Dec. 25) submitted by my senior citizen English-as-a-Second-Language students.These students were refugees and were persecuted in the former USSR for the “crime” of being Jewish. They were able to immigrate to the United States following Glasnost and Perestroika between 1989 and 1993.The oldest student is 97 years old. Some have made it a point to schedule their chemo and/or dialysis appointments around our classes to eliminate any conflict.Many live in the Schenectady B’nai B’rith apartment building where the classes are held, while others walk to class from Hillcrest Village with their canes.Teaching these very proud American citizens is a pure joy, and I consider it a real honor and privilege to educate and serve them.Barbara DworkinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img

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