Letters to the Editor
Semitic Label Curbs Talk About Israel
The wild accusations
of anti-Semitism of Rep.
Mark Kirk (R-IL 10) against challenger Jay Footlik just goes to show how
desperate and unscrupulous the waning conservative movement can be to
preserve the last vestiges of its power. Footlik is a law partner with
Yuval Rabin, lived in Israel for an extended period and is married to an
website lists many Jewish interests as formative in both his
childhood and his adult life. By contrast, Kirk's
Jewish influences. The source of Kirk's accusations apparently is
Footlik's attendance at the Yearly Kos bloggers' convention --- a broad
based coalition of liberal and left verbal activists, which Footlik did
not organize and over which he had no authority --- some of whom carried
signs to which Kirk objected. Kirk has had to return contributions from
PACs connected with Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, and Bob Ney, all
recently involved in corruption scandals. Oddly, Kirk has taken an
unusual number of liberal positions, despite his financial and political
associations, and in contrast to his distorting ethnic rhetoric. In Mark
Kirk's case, it would appear that he is simply applying the Saxby
Chambliss strategy against Max Cleland --- accusing his opponent of views
to which Footlik has no connection whatever.
-- Ben Burrows, Elkins Park, PA
Edwards Tackles Al-Qaeda
John Edwards delivered a
very strong speech relating to fighting terrorism.
He went beyond mere rhetoric and laid out policies. This is a substantive blueprint which is better than
I've seen from any of the presidential candidates.
Edwards understands that the burning issue of our era is terrorism and the related morass our country
is facing in Iraq due to our misguided incursion to stamp out terrorism which was based on trumped up
reflects that importance.
Compare it to Hillary's or
Barak's website to gauge the importance they place on this topic.
-- Beverly Hahn, Blue Bell, PA
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