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Letters Week of August 5, 2010
Old and New Memories of Summer Experiences
The article that Lori Samlin Miller wrote, "You Can't Put a Price Tag on Family Memories" (Reflections, July 29), brought back many memories of my summer family vacations in Atlantic City, N.J.
My father and I would get up early and ride bikes on the boardwalk before the beach- goers headed to the ocean. Later, sunbathing on the beach, we'd hear ice-cream vendors parading about the sand, shouting "Fudgie-wudgie! Get your ice-cream pops here!"
In the evenings, we'd go to Steel Pier, eat tons of fudge, ice-cream and saltwater taffy. There was the Planters peanuts store, where "Mr. Peanut" would roam outside, and the smell of fresh roasted nuts would waft through the air. Of course, there were the games of chance and invariably my father would often win me a stuffed animal or two.
Those were simpler times. Now, with the casinos, the atmosphere is not what it was.
When I had a family of my own, we instead vacationed in New England, where the air is cleaner, crisper and the temperature cooler.
It is enjoyable to reminisce about the Jersey shore, but I'm glad to have given my children different, varied vacations.
Like the old saying goes, "variety is the spice of life!"
Cherry Hill, N.J.
Far Too Much at Stake to Be Fooled by Ideology
Only in America would someone who has twice voted against the foreign-aid bill that assured Israel of support (Pat Toomey) be charging someone (Joe Sestak) who has consistently supported the bill, with its strong support for Israel, with not being supportive of Israel. Thank goodness most Jewish voters can see behind this ideological idiocy.
There is too much at stake at this time to be fooled by the likes of the far-right and Senate candidate Pat Toomey.
We Were Fooled Once; Let's Not Repeat Mistake
There has been much talk about Joe Sestak's position on Israel. Perhaps some history is in order.
In 2008, when Barack Obama was running for president, questions were raised about his attitude toward Israel.
The arguments against him consisted, in part, of his 20 years of attendance in the church of Jeremiah Wright and his personal friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a man virulently hostile to Israel.
His supporters in the Jewish community told us that such matters were all in the past, and we were assured that Obama was a secret admirer of Israel. Time has revealed which argument was correct.
Joe Sestak, now campaigning to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate, has spoken before the Council on American Islamic Relations, an organization with close ties to terrorism. He has urged Israel to ease the blockade of Gaza, which was instituted to prevent Hamas from receiving weapons used against Israeli civilians. He refused to sign a letter offering support to the Jewish state.
We are told to disregard all this -- that he, too, is a crypto-supporter of Israel, and we are told it by the same people who assured us about Obama.
They fooled us once; shame on them. If they fool us a second time -- well, shame on us.
When It Comes to Palin, Let's Stick to the Issues
In her letter, "Religious Extremists Block Path to Peace (July 22)," Margery Roomberg writes that both I, and former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, are religious "fundamentalists" with "tunnel vision."
Speaking for myself -- as the son of a Reform rabbi, who attended Quaker school for 12 years; earned a master's degree in New Delhi, India; served as editor of the Jewish Exponent from 1994-98; is now a member of a Young Israel congregation; and who's sending my son on a rabbi's scholarship to the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy -- I find the charge to be, frankly, ridiculous.
Can we stick to the issues, please?
Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin