Advice to Dan Pastore, Taxes, and Outrageous GOP Holocaust Rhetoric
A voter’s advice to Dan Pastore, Erie’s congressional hopeful
I have written the following letter to Dan Pastore, an Erie man who is running to overthrow US Representative Mike Kelly. “Dan, we met and talked briefly at the Christmas party. Your qualifications and background, with the possible exception of the Kelly ‘stop theft’ issue, which I’ll talk about later, make you the ideal candidate for this race.
My life’s mission for at least five years has been to work for universal justice. My main means of achieving this has been through political engagement.
Unlike past elections against Mike Kelly, I think this year there is a great opportunity (and an extremely important opportunity) to unseat Mike Kelly. This is mainly due to its strong connection to the ultimately destructive and ridiculous “stop theft campaign”. In my view, this needs to be an extremely high priority (and perhaps the highest priority) in a campaign against Mike Kelly, and the Democratic nominee needs to be relentless in prosecuting him on this. Among other things, we desperately need more non-Republican Congressmen and Senators.
Additionally, I have important thoughts regarding too much timidity and too much radicalism among key segments of Erie County Democrats. We’ve lost recent races, including a recent congressional race (when Ron DiNicola was our nominee) to Kelly, because of what I believe are loopholes within the Erie County Democratic Party.
Joe Giannamore, Erie
The rich should face the same tax rates as the rest of us
In a recent letter, Dennis Kudlak paraphrases Conservative pastor Gerald LK Smith “you cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by trying to legislate the rich out of prosperity”.
I would say, however, that the government can legislate that the wealthy actually pay taxes, perhaps even at the same rate as their secretaries. Mr. Kudlak appears as though he is well-educated, so he should by now have realized that trickle-down economics never does. They tend to defy gravity.
Jerome Swabb, Erie
How dare Republicans compare vaccination mandates to the Holocaust
Do you really know what happened to the Jews in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s? Do you know the German concentration camps? If you read and know the historical facts, you know that Jewish men, women and children suffered unimaginable discrimination and persecution for religious reasons and because anti-Semitic propaganda portrayed Jews as “different” from other Germans. .
Many were forced into covered wagons and taken to death camps. Parents watched their children die of starvation. The children saw their parents led into gas chambers disguised as showers. Thousands of victims suffered painful and often deadly medical experiments at the hands of sadistic Nazi doctors.
There is much more, of course, but if you know and read history, you know that any comparison between the data-driven public health policies enacted to fight a deadly global pandemic and the monstrous atrocities of the Holocaust is not only extremely dangerous, it is also a perversion of history!
In recent weeks, a staggering number of Republican lawmakers at all levels of the country have likened the horrors of Hitler’s Germany to vaccination against a virulent and highly contagious virus in an effort to protect human life, especially human life. of our most vulnerable friends and family members. The striking irony of this obscene comparison is that the Nazis actually denied life-saving vaccinations to Jews!
This growing trend of invoking the Holocaust to protest life-saving vaccines and blackout warrants is abhorrent — and shows how little some Americans know about history.
Suzanne Colvin, Mercer
This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Letters: Dan Pastore, Taxing the Rich, GOP Outrages