On anti-Semitism ...
Editor of the Reformer:
The recent article "Bearing witness, Working against anti-Semitism" (Aug. 8) needs some clarification. What is anti-Semitism is and what isn’t?
Today many people are so tired of Holocaust stories that they have coined the term "Holocaust fatigue; it is time to move on." The Holocaust is not as important to two or three generations following it, but is a similar thing going on today? The Jews are still complaining that they were treated just like two-thirds of the population was treated during World War II, when humans were something to be used or discarded. What happened 70 years ago is not as important as what is happening today In Israel.
Today Netanyahu is calling for the same action against the Iranians as when Hitler boycotted of all Jewish business. Today we see the American government spending so much time trying to do the same for Israel. Sanctions started out worldwide then it narrowed as American government spent more time to tighten and tighten the boycott now other countries have dropped out. This fall, when Congress returns, it will spent more time trying to strengthen sanctions (boycott) as Russians the Chinese are saying forget it. While this is going on Netanyahu is constantly ranting about attacking Iran and saying that all the efforts the U.S.government has spent on sanction "have amounted to nothing." Take a good look at Netanyahu: his facial expression, his manner, his rhythm -- so much like Hitler’s, it scared me that this guy will drag the U.S. into war.
It is not Anti Semitism to remind Pat Leahy that with a National debt 7 times that of Israel that you feel that the Israel people are very greedy people. It is not anti Semitism as our national debt is 16 trillion dollars to call for an end of foreign aid Israel. It is not Anti Semitism to complain about Washington’s spending so much time on the "Jews Problem" I’ll be reminding Bernie Sanders at a time that so many Americans are seeking second jobs to make end meet, that Bernie should suggest to the Jews in the Jewish State do the same. Or at least get the Israel’s to pull their own weight.
I would encourage any citizen in Vermont or New Hampshire to give your Senators your opinion on Israel and don’t be intimidate by the Word Anti-Semitism or the ADL.
(P.S. I’ll give Rebecca an A+ for her course on Holocaust stories, "Anti Semitism the Great Jewish Soap Opera, Age old and worldwide." I’ll give Rebecca a C- for her Global Current events course and an F in World History "The Suffering of Humans in the world 1850-1950.")
Bellows Falls, Aug. 11
Putney Cares offers thanks
Editor of the Reformer:
Communities hang together in many ways. This does not happen by magic, of course, but by many acts of caring and giving. In Putney we are really blessed to have such a generous community. Earlier this year, the members of Living Strong (senior weights class at Putney Cares) organized an Exceptional Tag Sale.
In 48 hours this amazing group of volunteers set out tables overflowing with donations, ran the sale and cleared it all away, allowing regular Monday programs at the barn to run without a hitch (a miracle). Many special thanks to Linda Rubinstein for her vision that we might lighten our lives by running this sale and simultaneously raise funds for Putney Cares. Her energy and commitment fueled the sale from its start with planning in January to the finish line on May 18.
We would also like to thank the long list of volunteers including: Nancy Storrow, Claire Wilson, Jacquie Walker, Steve Anderson, Joyce Morgan, Sherry Bromley, Carol Westing, Mary Zabriskie, Margo Torrey, Lynn Billington, Anne Fines and the ever faithful Putney Cares staff and Board members, Pamela Cubbage, Joan Bowman, Tiffin Mabry, and Bruce Whitney.
Many thanks also to all those who donated and lightened their lives, and to those who came to shop and support Putney Cares.
chair, Putney Cares Board
Putney, June 12