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Letters to the Editor

NJDC Calls for Withdrawal of Palin Invitation to Iran Rally

Monday's protest against Ahmadinejad is too important to be tainted by partisanship. Unfortunately, the campaign of Senator John McCain is much more interested in scoring political points than insuring there is bipartisan solidarity around the anti-Ahmadinejad efforts. Therefore, we call upon the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations to withdraw the invitation to Governor Sarah Palin and we applaud Senator Hillary Clinton's decision to not attend the rally after the attendance of Palin was announced.

By withdrawing Palin's invitation, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations will be able to return the focus to America's outrage towards the genocidal musings and nuclear ambitions of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

-- Aaron Keyak, National Jewish Democratic Council, Washington, DC

McCain Ad arouses NY Times ire

When disgust meets outraWhen disgust meets outrage, what do you have? You have me, having just read the NY Times report that McCain's ads are accusing Barack Obama of urging "sex before reading" – "comprehensive sex education for kindergartners." What Obama really voted for was a bill to provide carefully modulated K-12 sex education, with kindergartners taught how to deal with adults who touch them inappropriately.

(If you can't believe that any Presidential candidate would stoop so low into the toilet of attack, read this New York Times article. The moderate Times has increasingly called the McCain ads for their distortions: this article was titled: “Ad on Sex Education Distorts Obama Policy”

Such an ad is vile, disgusting. In the guise of morality, it is destroying morality. In the guise of affirming sexual decency, it is attacking a decent candidate's effort to protect children from sexual predators.

This is morality? God forbid!! I mean it, God forbid!! -- God did forbid.

OK, what do we do? We need to help God out, and do our own forbidding.

Jews need not leave holy and compassionate anger to those who would suppress Jewish practice.

-- Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Shalom Center,Philadelphia, PA

Republican Jewish Coalition Defame Obama

The Republican Jewish Coalition is acting maliciously and shamelessly with this push poll that seeks to defame Barack Obama. These types of deceitful tactics fit perfectly with the swiftboat style Republican attacks we've seen throughout this campaign. John McCain needs to denounce this poll and distance himself from the lies and distortions that are being used to scare Jewish voters. Every day he fails to do so he just adds to the insult of his operatives trying to scare people into voting for him. Support for Israel needs to be a non-partisan issue. Senator Obama, throughout his political career, has a long record of steadfast support for the special relationship between the United States and Israel. It's bad enough that John McCain only offers four more years of George Bush's failed policies, but it is now apparent that is also offering four more years of George Bush's divisive politics.

-- David Ainsman, Pittsburgh, PA
-- Mark Aronchick, Penn Valley, PA
-- Betsy Sheer, Philadelphia, PA

McCain Will Lead

John McCain’s leadership qualities are needed to steer this country through difficult economic times and threats to our national security.

McCain can be trusted to lead us because he has been vetted. As a naval officer of 22 years and with 26 years in Congress he has the executive experience to administer our government and accomplish our domestic and international objectives.

Obama has not been vetted. He has no executive experience and has been a member of Congress for four years, and has only a few accomplishments during his time in the Senate. He is a featherweight when we need a heavyweight. I believe he has not been around long enough to have a detailed background investigation, which is required for a President to get a Top Secret security clearance.

-- Donald A. Moskowitz, Londonderry, NH

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Editor-in-chief Ben Burrows editor @ pjvoice.com.

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