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Letter: Judge reference wasn't partisan

In "A Nassau rift on endorsing judge" [News Column, Oct. 19], unidentified Republican sources asserted that the Nassau County Bar Association Judiciary Committee's determination that Anna Anzalone was unqualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice was the result of bias because the committee is "heavily Democratic."

This is unfounded. The committee comprises an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.

These sources also asserted Anzalone was found unqualified in retribution for her husband's support for the Republican Party as a labor union official. This assertion is equally unfounded, as this connection was not disclosed to or discussed by the committee.

Rather, the judiciary committee concluded by an overwhelming margin, after an investigation and an interview, that Anzalone lacked the qualifications and experience necessary to move to justice of the Supreme Court.

The judiciary committee performs a critical role, which is to advise the public of the suitability of candidates for judicial office. If the political parties intend to cross-endorse judicial candidates, depriving the public of meaningful choices on Election Day, they should ensure that only well-qualified men and women are nominated.

John P. McEntee, Mineola

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Nassau County Bar Association.

More killing isn't the solution

Americans are mortified by the recent beheadings of American and British journalists and the slaughter of innocent civilians by terrorists ["U.S. must wipe out Islamic State," Letters, Oct. 3].

As a chaplain who has ministered to those of many faiths, I am appalled by these latest iterations of man's cruelty, where even the lives of politically neutral civilians seem to have no value.

In Jewish thought, God's gift of life is most precious. We need to cherish every second, every breath, and not take life for granted. In my work, I have come to realize that life is not only precious, it is extremely fragile. When I visit the seriously ill of any faith, I see the universal person created in God's image. His soul bears no political labels or religious denominations. His tears are crystal clear -- not the color of his skin. His cries are supplications which transcend any language; they come from his heart -- prayers of the highest order.

When universal man prays, he prays from his heart. And, when mankind prays together, all of our prayers go to the same address!

Rabbi Zev Schostak, Commack

Editor's note: The writer is the director of pastoral care at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.


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