Letters to the editor: July 2


Playing both sides

I congratulate the editorial staff for trying to play both sides of the political spectrum in the same issue, actually the same page.

I was grateful to read “Moral certainty and ‘truth’” (June 18), where the staff rightfully pointed out the total hypocrisy in college campuses today as not being free and open safe spaces to share ideas. Well maybe they are if you follow one very narrow-minded approach to just about everything. The article notes:

“Public disagreement has moved from engagement, debate and reasoned argument, to more confrontational, accusatory and finger-pointing expressions of anger, driven by moral certainty.”

Excellent points indeed, I know as someone familiar with campuses at many institutions.

Then, literally on the bottom half of the page, the editorial on Bibi Netanyahu (“Benjamin Netanyahu,” June 18) remembers his long tenure as expanding the unwelcome politicization of U.S. support for Israel in Congress and beyond when he boldly defied President Barack Obama and urged Congress to vote against the Iran nuclear deal and later cozied up to President Donald Trump. Talk about finger pointing and accusatory? Talk about spinning the negative.

Kudos to the staff for never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. An opportunity to write an article on a statesman who put his people’s, our people’s, security and self-interest first.

Seth Cohen



Defending my position

I hesitated to write this letter but I concluded that I can’t let false statements about my beliefs go unchallenged (“Wishful thinking,” June 25). So Mr. Richard Sherman, I know that antisemitism on colleges and universities is rising. And it concerns me. I ask why this is happening now. However, that does not address any of my major points. The first was that to call professors anti-American and advocates of socialism, as another reader recently did, was untrue and defamatory. Yes, many professors are liberal — and many are not. The second was that for the most part professors are interested in teaching their academic disciplines rather than propagandizing. Most classroom lessons have nothing to do with Israel. And lastly, I argued that brainwashing college students was not likely to be a productive enterprise, a single unexplained university study notwithstanding.

If it is indeed true that the more educated one is, the more antisemitic (which is not the same as anti-Netanyahu) one is, then perhaps Jews ought to rethink their centuries-old commitment to education.

Sidney Chernick


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