Confirmation dog-and-pony show begins

To the editor:

So now it begins. The dog-and-pony show on confirming Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

For the past few months it has become obvious that the key word here is “empathy.” President Obama has used that word to express concerns about the treatment of minorities. If creating empathy for minorities is the goal of the president and Supreme Court justices, I have a question: Since the word is only used in reference to minorities, does it imply that the majority race should be treated with hostility?

What if judges had empathy only for the white race? Would a minority find his appearance before one of those judges somewhat disconcerting? To think otherwise would be foolhardy.

So let us as Americans reach a consensus. Government officials should ban the use of the word empathy and replace it with the word “constitutional.” If the Judiciary Committee had only empathy for whites, would Judge Sotomayor be confirmed? Why then should she be appointed solely on the basis that she has it?

Louis Frederick


Rule of law

To the editor:

It is unfortunate that the Republican wimps in the Senate have no masters of the high-tech lynching, as found in the Democrat ranks (Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, Patrick Leahy, etc.). Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a typical product of affirmative action, nurtured by tenured Marxists, a confirmed racist and executive member of far-left racist organizations, determined to rule on the basis of her “empathy” (meaning against white males) and not on the law.

Marc Jeric


UNLV president

To the editor:

The university regents apparently decided to fire UNLV President David Ashley because he wasn’t “a team player” (Saturday Review-Journal).

He allegedly tried to get more funding for UNLV commensurate with the population served in Southern Nevada and chose not to capitulate to the unreasonable, unnecessary and inflated funding requests from Northern Nevada interests.

I hope he runs for the Legislature. It’d be a nice change to have someone fight to have 70 percent of our taxes spent on 70 percent of the population.

Jonna Triggs


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