Letters to the Editor – Feb. 12, 2016

Letters to the Editor – Feb. 12, 2016

Record Reason to Stop Lopez

As a first-generation child of legal immigrants, I am sensitive to any immigration issues. I did not know that Judge Dax Lopez was Jewish until after Sen. David Perdue correctly blocked his nomination (“Perdue Blocks Court Bid,” Jan. 29). I reached the same conclusion as Senator Perdue based on Judge Lopez’s membership in GALEO and on his longtime support for illegal immigration and for taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants.

Besides Senator Perdue, other elected officials opposed the Lopez nomination, including the Georgia Chapter of Hispanic Patriots, at least five Georgia state representatives, at least nine Georgia state senators, and the Cobb County, Gwinnett County and Union County sheriffs.

A federal judge is nominated for life. Past actions are considered as part of the evaluation process. Judge Lopez openly advocated for illegal immigration and the so-called rights of illegal immigrants. Nominees for federal positions are held accountable for past actions and affiliations, and Senator Perdue correctly held Judge Lopez accountable for his past actions and affiliations.

The Anti-Defamation League’s long history of fighting anti-Semitism does not excuse attempting to connect Lopez nomination dots that do not exist. Instead, the ADL is inferring bias because people do not agree with the organization’s Lopez endorsement. Accusing D.A. King of anti-Semitism for campaigning against this nomination has no basis in truth or fact.

Illegal immigration costs the taxpayers of Georgia about $2.4 billion a year, of which $1.4 billion is for K-12 education, net of any taxes collected. Illegal immigrants depress the wages of minorities and take jobs away from unemployed American citizens.

— George Nathan, Atlanta


Stay Away From Noa

Singer Achinoam Nini (Noa), a known Palestinian sympathizer, is invited by the Arava Institute to perform on Feb. 14 (“Singer Noa’s Career Arc Brings Her to Kennesaw,” Feb. 5). Those of us who support Israel are rightly shocked and outraged. This travesty of a concert should not be happening. We here in Atlanta who support Israel should avoid promoting her.

— Deborah Bettsak, Atlanta


Brave to Tell Heroin Tale

Thanks, Adam Abramowitz, for sharing your journey and experience with addiction (“HAMSA: Jewish Response to Heroin Crisis,” Feb. 5). It’s not easy to share with the world. In the rooms is one thing; publicly is much different. I applaud you doing so. Thank you.

— J. Bishop, Atlanta

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