Letters to the Editor

A mourner reacts during a candlelight vigil for Boston Marathon blast victims.
A mourner reacts during a candlelight vigil for Boston Marathon blast victims. (MATT ROURKE / Associated Press)
Posted: April 21, 2013

Seeking peace amid the horror

Once again, we bear witness to violence in our country, senseless and incomprehensible. Individually and collectively, we try to put the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing in some sort of perspective, to possibly understand how and why this could have happened. As I pray for the victims, so do I pray for understanding for us all. I pray we can honor those hurt by this terrible act by learning to abhor and reject violence in all of its forms, everywhere around the world. Peace and justice must be our way.

Robert Corrado, West Chester

Standing against hatred

The heinous terrorist attack in Boston was motivated by hate. The Anti-Defamation League has been fighting hatred for 100 years. If you want to send a message to the Boston bombers and their ilk, please register at www.WalkAgainstHate.org to join us on Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday, May 19, for the ADL's third annual Walk Against Hate.

Brandon Morrison, Jeremy Fogel, Steve Mendelsohn, cochairs, ADL Walk Against Hate, Philadelphia

Israelis have gone the extra mile

Jewish communities in what for millennia have been called Judea and Samaria are built on about 1 percent of the territory, and yet they're seen by some commentators as an obstacle to ending the Arab war against the Jewish people ("Time is running out for serious Mideast talk," April 7)?

If the peace process is dead, the Arabs killed it. The Palestinian Authority and Hamas never stopped inciting hatred and violence against Jews via official media, schools, and mosques. Meanwhile, Israel has instilled in successive generations that Arabs are peace partners.

In 2005, Israel forced some 10,000 Jewish residents out of the Gaza Strip and four towns in Samaria, and gave Gaza to the Arabs. Hamas now controls Gaza. It has since fired more than 8,000 rockets and mortars at Israel. Its charter calls for the annihilation of the Jewish people, yet Israel still supplies Gaza with necessities, gives tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority, and has allowed it to arm and train an army.

Israel has offered substantial territorial concessions and halted construction in Judea and Samaria for 10 months to try to coax the Arabs back to negotiating. Yet Palestinian Arabs throw rocks and firebombs at Jews. So peace will come when the Arabs are willing to recognize an independent Jewish nation in their midst.

Lee Bender and Howard Katzoff, co-presidents,

Steve Feldman, executive director, Zionist Organization of America Greater Philadelphia District

Stretching dollars and care

Without reform of our Medicaid program, Pennsylvania is in danger of not having the financial means to cover our children in the long term ("93,000 fewer Pa. children insured," April 2). Gov. Corbett has made the tough choices to reserve our funding for those who need it most, and we're seeing the results of that through this year's $8.5 million commitment to outreach and enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program and a proposed reduction in waiting lists for child care and other services. What past administrations have let wane, this administration will rebuild. But it will be rebuilt in a way that makes it sustainable.

Beverly Mackereth, acting secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

Michael Consedine, commissioner, Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Harrisburg

Upside to squeezing oil supply

With the Keystone XL pipeline, the issue is not whether the oil gets extracted. Rather, it's how much oil gets extracted before our economy shifts from oil to alternative energy sources. Were the pipeline to be built, we would be able to get oil cheaper and faster than we would otherwise, which would make it more competitive next to wind, solar, etc. The State Department executive summary on Keystone XL states that "limitations on pipeline transport would force more crude oil to be transported via other modes of transportation, such as rail, which would probably (but not certainly) be more expensive."

Therefore, the denial of the permission to build Keystone XL would act more as a zero-revenue carbon tax than as a direct obstruction to oil extraction, which means that this disapproval would still be beneficial - just not in the way that environmentalists usually think.

Anthony Klodd, Ardmore

Only there briefly, but he liked it

As a proud 1986 graduate of the London School of Economics, I would love to claim Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger as a fellow alum. But the fact is that the legendary rock-and-roller never finished his course work and thus never earned his diploma ("Still rolling," April 14).

Jagger was clearly smart enough to be admitted to the LSE, which was recently named to a list of the top 25 universities in the world. However, he opted to leave in 1961 after only one year. To his credit, Jagger never claimed to be a graduate.

Jane Berryman, Philadelphia

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