Letters to the Editor: Teacher Gives Thanks, More on Student View


Thank You From Schoolteacher
As a retired educator from the Philadelphia public schools who is also a member of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools (grassroots organization dedicated to preserving public schools), I was interested in reading Sophie Panzer’s article on “Jewish Teachers Express Concern about Schools District’s Reopening Plans” (Feb. 18).

I was so appreciative of her research on the environmental issues in the buildings, the teachers interviewed for the article and the history of the labor movement including the importance of teacher labor leader Karen Lewis who recently died. It was one of the most in-depth articles on the current problems of teaching and reopening during the pandemic that I’ve read. Thank you so much for your coverage of a topic I deeply care about.

Ilene Blitzstein Poses | Philadelphia

Student Is Right to Be Concerned
Thank you, Sophia Rodney (“I’m a Student and I’m Afraid of Where My Party Is Headed,” Jan. 28). Being concerned about anti-Semitism on campuses across the country and by certain congresswomen promoting anti-Israel BDS is commendable and should be supported by your fellow classmates, not criticized as “Trumpianism.”

These congresswomen — Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez — should be ostracized for their blatant anti-Semitism.

Kathleen M. Levin | Philadelphia

Overcoming Willful Blindness
When Donald Trump began his run for president in 2015, he was characterized by Sen. Ted Cruz as a pathological liar. Soon Cruz and millions of others ignored the lies and Trump won the election. Needlessly, the endless lying continued throughout his presidency. Rabbi Janine Jankovitz is right in condemning those who turned a blind eye to his behavior (“The Question of Unity,” Jan. 28).

Over the years, the SPLC and the ADL have provided our security services with data that has supplemented their own noting that the biggest threat to our democracy is from white supremacy. Yet Trump invoked his Orwellian mantra about the election (I won, it was stolen) in spite of the evidence against it. The result was the riotous insurrection led by white supremacists.

As of this writing, there are many in the media and in Congress who are downplaying the seriousness of the revolt and the part white supremacists played. Lest we forget, white supremacists hate Jews as much as any other race, color or creed. Once again, willful blindness plagues our body politic. Though anti-Semitism may not end in our lifetime, parading and preaching it ought to be a hate crime punishable by law or we will continue to see T-shirts emblazoned ‘Camp Auschwitz’ and worse. l

Nathan Farbman | Philadelphia


  1. I find myself in agreement with Nathan Farbman when he says “willful blindness plagues our body politic.” Where I separate with his sentiment is on who is infected with the blindness. Here’s some facts that may help Mr. Farbman and his supporters separate reality from the demonization they continually practice. Yes you can site examples of Donald Trump’s use of exaggeration, although there are very few examples of outright lies. But Mr. Farbman ignores Obama’s willful lies about keeping your doctor, your private insurance and his statement that ObamCare would lower your medical costs by $2500 a year. How about Joe Biden’s lie that he had no knowledge of his son’s Hunters business dealings with the Communist Chinese? Joe has plagiarized several times and claimed that he was responsible for the COVID vaccines. Sadly Joe forgot that he he was vaccinated while Trump was still in office. Mr. Farbman, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and believe that the oversight was a result of only extreme bias.
    I have as much sympathy for White Supremacists as I do for ANTIFA anarchists or the communists of BLM, but what happened in Washington on Jan.6 was not an insurrection nor a revolt, but rather a riot by a group of thugs who numbered in the hundreds and were punished for doing so. I wish I could say the same for the leftist rioters, who were released the same day they were arrested, who caused billions in damages and killed and wounded scores of people. The attackers at the capitol represent Trump voters as much as the people who attempted to break into the White House this past summer represented Biden voters. Those who claim the opposite, are following Rahm Emanuel’s advice to never let a crisis go to waste.
    Sadly many on the left have lost their sense of reality and simply live to destroy anybody in the opposition party. Hatred takes us no where except down the road to hell. It’s time to stop the leftist mob’s destructive and perilous agenda and see those in the opposition party, Trump included, as fellow Americans.


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