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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, August 13

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, August 13

Dems will deprive us of our freedoms

When I was young, I was inspired by the words in the Declaration of Independence that proclaimed “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That proclamation is different now, at least for the present-day Democrats in governments across the land. They advocate “abortion, dependency and the pursuit of political power.”  If you support abortion, are not worried about dependency and if you don’t mind losing many of your freedoms to the government, then be sure to vote for Democrats in 2020.
Richard Colyer

Someone rein in Trump’s obsessions

How ironic that President rump is able to generate some patriotism so late in life after no such display 50 years ago, as shown on his bone spurs deferment.
Some freshmen congresswomen, aka, The Squad, have stoked the patriotic president’s ire. He wished they return to their countries of origin: Massachusetts, New York and Michigan. Three of The Squad are originally from here. Trump’s Squad squawking is the same old venomous squawk, different day. His obsessive desire to malign and denigrate these freshmen representatives could be construed as a kind of perseveration associated with some kind of disorder or one with diminished capacity. This could be a very worrisome affliction that may warrant a professional evaluation. His obsessive “spew du jour” is toxic and divisive. Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Cummings, Rev. Sharpton and others are in his revengeful, unstable cross-hairs. A professional evaluation seems justified to assess if he is fit to be the president or is he a misfit?
His Twitter assaults have become a repugnant read for this independent. Trump certainly qualifies as a man in need of supervision. Is anyone left in the White House to whom he will listen? Time for problem-solving, not making more.
John Coffenberg

BDS discriminatory;  condemnation valid

Matt Oill’s August 4 letter (“BDS ban violates right to free speech”) claims that the recent House approval of a bill condemning the BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) movement is an attack on free speech. The Gazette title refers to a “BDS ban.” Both are incorrect. People who want to engage in boycott actions against Israel are free to do so. The House bill simply, and correctly, identifies BDS as a movement that “promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.” It was passed by a 398-17 vote, a rare and welcome bit of bipartisanship.
Oill asserts that BDS doesn’t seek to “delegitimize Israel.” But that’s exactly the core mission of BDS. In 2013, Omar Barghouti, the BDS founder, said: “Most definitely we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.”
Oill also believes that BDS does not “target the Jewish faith.” But in fact, BDS denies that the Jewish people have any historic claim to the land of Israel. What does it tell you about a movement that it claims there weren’t any Jews in ancient Israel? It’s worse than weird, no?
BDS leaders and proponents engage in age-old anti-Jewish bigotry, like claims that Jews secretly control the world and care only about money. 
BDS receives funding and other support from organizations tied to known terrorist groups, most notably Hamas.
Many well-meaning Americans want to believe BDS is a nonviolent rights campaign. But wishing doesn’t make it so. 
Jessica Hornik Evans

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