Letters to the Editor: August 12


Readers have more to say about “Cox or Moore?”

In the article on the candidates for Governor (“Cox or Moore,” July 29), I was very disturbed to read the comments by Republican state Senate candidate Ruth Goetz who, in support of Daniel Cox, stated, “He’s against vaccine passports…which is very [reminiscent] to what the Jews lived under in Nazi Germany.”

In fact, vaccine passports are not morally equivalent to Nazi policies in Germany and the Holocaust. Unlike the Nuremberg Laws which were put in place to dehumanize the Jewish population, vaccine and mask mandates were put in place as a public health measure to protect people during the pandemic. This false equivalency is historically incorrect and demeans the sacrifice of the 11 million men, women, and children, including six million Jews, who perished during the Holocaust.

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared COVID face mask policies to the Nazi practice of forcing Jews to wear a Star of David patch, but after a rebuke by congressional colleagues and Jewish organizations, she was forced to issue a public apology. Perhaps Ruth Goetz could learn from that experience and issue an apology to the readers of the Jewish Times for her insensitive comment.

Beryl Rosenstein, M.D.

I cringed reading of Ruth Goetz’s support for Dan Cox and Gordana Schifanelli for governor and lieutenant governor.

Dan Cox is an election denier and during the 1/6 Insurrection, which he attended, he tweeted that Pence was a “traitor” for following the law.

Cox also showed up at a hearing in Annapolis wearing a mask of Nuremburg to protest a bill designed to save lives by lowering the age of consent for mental health counseling from 16 to 12. He likened the bill to save children’s lives to the abrogation of parental rights by the Nazis.

It is no small irony that Ms. Goetz claims Cox will “work hard for us, to protect our freedoms” when in fact he’s just the sort of Republican who want to tell us what books we are allowed to read, the words we can say, what we can do with our bodies, who we can love, and so on.

As for Schifanelli: the way she denied the existence of racism in Queen Anne’s Co. and ultimately succeeded in chasing out the first Black superintendent for promoting awareness of racism was shameful.

In short, this isn’t the state leadership we Marylanders need.

Judith Schagrin

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