Grateful for concern by Schenectady police
Recently I received support from Schenectady police after our son died unexpectedly of a medical condition.
The police were very considerate of me and asked the needed questions sensitively and respectfully. I appreciated their support and the follow-up afterwards by Detective Ryan Maloney.
A sincere thank you to all the policemen present on that difficult day.
Writer wrongly put the blame on Israel
Saying that Jews “should be first in line to demand that ‘Never again’ shall this happen to any of God’s children,” in his May 16 letter (“Israel must honor its Hebrew values”) Rev. John Ekman suggests that the extermination of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust is equivalent to Israel’s defending itself against a lethal missile barrage by a terrorist entity on its border.
Hamas’s goal is to destroy Israel—as they explicitly state—and, supplied with weaponry by Iran, they’re working at it.
To take just one factual error: One could almost laugh at Rev. Ekman’s charge that Israel is “denying farmland” to Gazans. In 2005, Israel withdrew totally from Gaza, evicting the 9,000 Jews who lived there—in hopes of achieving peace—and handing over their farms to the Hamas government.
Rev. Ekman should put himself in the place of a Palestinian family when a Hamas rocket misfires and falls back to the Gazan ground, destroying their home and/or killing them; or as a Jewish family in Tel Aviv, trying just to live but forced to run for shelter when sirens warn of an incoming missile; or as the Israeli Arab 16-year-old and her father recently killed by a Hamas rocket.
Perhaps then he would gain some insight into questions of “justice and mercy.”
Rev. Ekman further suggests that the Jews of modern Israel are guilty of “another form of anti-Semitism.”
Let’s be blunt: It is he who is guilty of it.
His letter is not only misinformed and tendentious but morally obscene.
Jessica Hornik Evans
Stop conspiracies before it’s too late
Can a democracy with a significant cohort of its population accepting the obvious lies and bizarre conspiracy theories spewed by Qanon survive?
Can it survive the attempt of an authoritarian bloviating, bloated, buffoon to regain the presidency?
Can Qanon and Trump achieve their goal of boosting his sagging ego with unlimited political power?
Qanon and Trump supporters know who they are. But they don’t know how absurd they sound to people who understand the clear and nonpartisan proof of Joe Biden’s victory.
Are they blind and deaf to the footage of violent insurrectionists inspired by Trump and carrying flags emblazoned with his name attacking the Capitol police and threatening the lives of Pence, Pelosi and others? Did they miss the gallows, the bear spray, beatings of police with flagpoles?
Do they really believe Trump was sent by God and should be honored with a Homer Simpson-like “gold” statue?
Are Democrats really cannibals and child sex traffickers?
Did they hear McCarthy and Graham change their positions on Trump’s culpability in the insurrection to further their political ambitions in spite of the threat to our democracy?
Do they not see how untrue the rantings of Congresspersons Greene, Boebert, Gosar, Clyde, Johnson et al are?
Will they stop? Please stop. Before it is too late.
Anthony J. Santo
Commenters to online letters who fail to follow rules against name-calling, profanity, threats, libel or other inappropriate language will have their comments removed and their commenting privileges withdrawn.
To report inappropriate online comments, email Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]