Letters to the editor: Dec. 10

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More on Kyle Rittenhouse

I must respectfully disagree with Rabbi Charles Arian on his article (“Why would he go for a run on Yom Kippur?”) in the Nov. 26 issue of the JT on several points.

First, analogizing an adult choosing to run 20 miles on Yom Kippur and then asking a rabbi for absolution to drink water with a 17-year-old child misguidedly attempting to defend the property of others because he believed he was doing good completely misses the mark. The adult runner knew or should have known his actions would require drinking water. While Kyle Rittenhouse’s actions were wrong on numerous accounts, he believed he was doing good by helping others defend their property. In my opinion, a 17 year old does not have the maturity, wisdom or foresight to anticipate that he would be killing two people, even with an AR-15 in his arms.

Second, the case was strictly a legal issue: Did he, beyond a reasonable doubt, commit the crimes he was charged with? The answer was no. And not because “Wisconsin law makes it very difficult to convict a defendant who claims that they acted in self-defense.” The reason was because there  was eye-witness testimony and video supporting his claim of self-defense.

Finally, this case was not about white supremacy. Simply put, this was a legal issue and the case was about whether Rittenhouse committed the crimes he was charged with. The far left and much of the mainstream media brought in white supremacy and tried to ruin the life of this kid and put him away effectively for the rest of his life. He shouldn’t have been there and he shouldn’t have had an assault rifle but he was and he did. That doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t have been able to defend himself when he was attacked.

William Z. Fox

Pikesville

Clarifying a statistic 

I’m writing with some feedback to a stat that you attributed to the Bipartisan Policy Center in your editorial from Nov. 26, “Jewish children left behind.” The piece said, “According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, faith-based organizations provide early childhood care for more than half of families who rely on childcare centers.” Unfortunately that is a misrepresentation of our data. It was picked up incorrectly by a Hill office and we’ve been trying to correct it every place we can. While faith-based care is a critical piece of the child care landscape, they do not provide care for half of center families.

Through our national survey with Morning Consult, we found that 31% of working-parent households used center-based care. Out of that 31%, we found that 53% of those families used a faith-based child care center. Therefore, we found that roughly 15% of all working  parents use faith-based child care centers.

Luci Manning

Director of Media Relations,

Bipartisan Policy Center

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