Letters 12.10.08

Watch your diet

Re Elizabeth Dwoskin's 'The Fall of the House of Rubashkin' [December 3–9]: While I am not challenging the general gist of the article, it does show a lack of understanding regarding kosher standards. Followers of differing orthodox sects or divisions will always prefer kosher standards and supervision by their own. Therefore, Chabad rabbis will always show a strong preference for Lubavitch-produced kosher meat—which, in this case, is Agriprocessors.

Implying that the local Lubavitch rabbi was acting crooked in preferring Rubashkin meat to OU meat reflects ignorance of Orthodox Jewish culture on the author's part.

N. Oyb
via internet

Shorten those sentences

Re Nat Hentoff's 'Obama's First 100 Days' [December 3–9]: Thank you for your lucid articles on what has become the clouding of justice in America. There is literally so much work for the new Obama administration to do in its first years that I would not want that work to be mired in political fights over bringing the present administration to account.

I can think of one way to minimize the fights and simultaneously "get back" at the current administration. Over time, the Obama administration (if it has its eyes open) will face the reality of the many embarrassing miscarriages of justice by its predecessors, such as the 23-hour maximum-security torture-by-any-other-name of Sayed Hashmi that you wrote about in an article last month. The Obama administration policy in every one of these instances should be to grant immediate and full pardons to the persons violated (or at least commutations of sentences, where some minor crime may have occurred that was nevertheless much less serious than what the Bush administration alleged).

Granting such pardons and commutations would stop the injustice from continuing, permit these people to be reunited with their families who have suffered their absences, and permit the media to finally interview all these people—so that the truth can get out.

Tariq Ahmed
via internet

Chopping block

Re Michael Lacey's 'Janet Napolitano = Homeland Futility' [villagevoice.com, November 26]: What a disgusting hatchet-job this is. One can only wonder what ax you have to grind to have written something so slimy about such a rare, gifted, and intelligent woman.

There is a reason why Governor Napolitano carried every county in Arizona in her re-election campaign—and that is as a never-married woman in her fifties and a progressive Democrat in the state of McCain and Goldwater.

You are stuck in some college political-club sandbox and don't seem to understand that the issues that Gov. Napolitano has to deal with in her state are large, very complex, and highly divisive. They include environmental/water issues, Native American rights, and immigration.

The genius of Napolitano is that she has been able to take people like you and your opposites—people with polarized views who have no intention of ever listening to anyone else—and forge some compromise and consensus.

Susan Fry
via internet


In Elizabeth Dwoskin's 'The Fall of the House of Rubashkin' [December 3–9], we mistakenly said the Crown Heights riots were in 1992 (they were actually in 1991) and that Eric Adams is a congressman (he's a state senator).


In Tony Rettman's 'Back to the Shoebox' [December 3–9], about the A7 reunion show One Big Crowd, Wendy Eager should have been listed as the event's co-promoter.

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