July 16, 2013

Letters to the editor: Further gun limits won't ease violence

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords listens July 6 at Portland City Hall as her husband, Mark Kelly, describes the day Giffords was shot in 2011. A reader disagrees with Kelly’s statement that gun registration won’t lead to more gun restrictions.

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We are in this fight to speak up for the millions of kids across the country who can't speak up for themselves. We urge members of the Maine congressional delegation to protect SNAP Education funding!

John T. Woods

chairman, Share Our Strength -- Maine

Portland

Courtney Kennedy

Cooking Matters program coordinator and nutrition and education manager, Good Shepherd Food Bank

Auburn

Critics of Zionism oppose homeland for Jewish people

The prevalence of promoting academic boycotts of Israeli professors in European universities and colleges is a troubling development.

Having had the opportunity to ask two British professors why European intelligentsia have caught the virus of anti-Semitism, they were startled and professed that they (and most others in Europe and many in the United States) are only anti-Zionist.

I explained to them that Zionism was a national liberation movement of European Jews to promote the establishment of a Jewish state in the biblical land of Israel. There are as many shades of Zionists and Zionism as there are shades of U.S. citizens and U.S. politics, from communists and socialists to fascists and libertarians.

To say that one is anti-Zionist is to say that one opposes the existence of the state of Israel as a Jewish homeland and country predominantly occupied by Jews.

One does not have to be reminded of the history of the Jewish people to realize that having a country of one's own is an absolute necessity for survival, the Jewish people having just lost one-third of those people a short time ago while the world sat on its hands and watched.

One can argue with the policies of a particular Israeli government, group or leader. But proposing the eradication of the state of Israel by promoting an anti-Zionist message is not the same as disagreeing with policy. There is no doubt that the end of Israel in that neighborhood would result in the literal end of most of the Jews residing there. That position can only be described as anti-Semitic.

Paul Aranson

Scarborough

Snowe's support for LePage shows she puts party first

I am very surprised that Olympia Snowe was a "co-hostess" of the recent fundraiser to help Gov. Paul LePage in his upcoming campaign for re-election.

She has stated that one of her main reasons for leaving the Senate was the intransigence of both the left and the right and the inability of both parties to compromise.

I have been told that she was not in attendance at the actual event, but her lending her name to co-host a fundraising event to help one of the most intransigent governors I've seen in my 77 years on this earth denigrates her reputation, calls into question the basis for her leaving the Senate, and moves her solidly into ranks of the my-party-over-my-state folks.

Gary A. Getchell

Dresden

 

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