What kind of country have we become?

What kind of country have we become?

Last week I listened to a short news item on BBC radio from a reporter who was investigating poverty in America. She didn't go to Mississippi or Alabama, but to Las Vegas, a city known for its glitz and extravagance. There she found 400 people living beneath the streets in the storm sewers.

She interviewed some children — one said she goes to bed so hungry her stomach growls and she waits for morning when she can eat at school; another said her mother kills rats so they can eat. A short while later I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show. A guest recited several times the mantra of the wealthy — don't raise our taxes. We create the jobs.

What kind of country have we become where the wealthy (corporations included) won't pay their fair share while people live in storm sewers and children eat rats?

Edith Montgomery

Ashland

Why I'm proud to be a supporter of AIPAC

Robert Simms on Feb. 20 complains about the "influence" of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

The American government has always been influenced by parochial interest groups or lobbies. AIPAC is no different from the NRA, the vast insurance lobby, Big Pharma, the Trial Lawyers Association, unions and scores of such organizations. To single out and demonize AIPAC reflects either ignorance of the systematic persecution of Jews over many centuries or wilful anti-Semitism.

I'm proud to be a supporter of AIPAC. When Hitler was murdering 6 million Jews, no one went to their aid. The allies didn't go to war against Germany in World War II in order to save the Jews. If Israel were to be attacked by Iran with Iran's stated goal of wiping Israel off the face of the earth, there is no country on earth that would come to Israel's aid with the possible exception of America.

Because of the Jewish experience, unless one is an anti-Semite, the legitimate purpose of AIPAC is easily understood.

Maynard Telpner

Talent