Letters, the Week of Oct. 20, 2016



Only Two Real Choices Come November
I am totally confused by Exponent readers, who I believe to be intelligent, advocating wasting a precious vote on a third-party candidate (“More Than Two Candidates This Election,” Sept. 29). I realize there are people who dislike both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but the reality is that, under our present system, either she or he will be elected president on Nov. 8. If you hate them both, it really doesn’t matter.
One can vote Libertarian or Green, or write in Santa Claus, but the next president will be either a Democrat or a Republican. That is a fact.
This election is too important to let emotions get in the way of rational decisions. The only thing that matters is which candidate is better for domestic and foreign affairs and will allow the United States to interact with both friendly countries and adversaries.
Ralph D. Bloch | Rydal
Nothing Compassionate About Deporting Millions
Nahum Duker has his facts wrong on immigration policy (“Enforce Current Immigration Law,” Oct. 6). President Obama’s attempt to reduce deportations was overturned by the Supreme Court when the GOP brought suit. Donald Trump has said that he will export the 11 million illegal aliens in this country if elected, as well as subject Muslims to extreme screening. Adolf Hitler wanted to deport only 6 million Jews.
Duker’s opinion that Trump is “compassionate” is an outlier. In fact, he’s the only person I’ve known to describe Trump that way.
David Herman | Elkins Park
Talmud Torah Student Is Searching for Childhood Role Model
I attended the Talmud Torah on N. Seventh Street near Oxford Street from 1945 until 1948. During that time there was a young man, about 15 or so, who led Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday afternoon. I believe that his surname was Kessler, although I cannot be sure.
My reason for writing now, belatedly, I’m afraid, is to thank him or his family for being my role model at the time. Unbeknown to himself, he inspired me to continue my Jewish education, studying at Akiba Hebrew Academy, Yeshiva University and Hebrew Union College and becoming a rabbi. I now live in London, where I served a congregation for 33 years until I retired in 2000.
If he or any member of his family reads this, I would be most grateful if they could reach out so that I could express my thanks personally.
Rabbi Dr. Frank Hellner | London


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