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April 12 Letters: Rosen’s endorsement of Persky is dismaying

Judge Aaron Persky doesn’t deserve to continue as a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge.

I was dismayed by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s endorsement of Judge Aaron Persky (Page 1B, April 10). This is completely contradictory to Rosen’s other public actions in the matter of Judge Persky and his handling of the Brock Turner sentencing. In my opinion this shows very poor judgment on Rosen’s part and a complete disregard for his own prior statements on the matter of justice for sexual assault victims.

Furthermore, one of Rosen’s own team members, Cindy Hendrickson, a stellar female assistant district attorney with 22 years of experience, has announced that she supports the recall and will run against Persky for his seat in the recall election. Hendrickson is a much better candidate than Persky. This makes Rosen’s decision even more nonsensical.

We need judges — and DAs — who take violence against women seriously. Judge Persky doesn’t. I strongly support the recall

Amado Padilla
Professor
Graduate School of Education
Stanford University

The constitution is clear on who should fill vacancies in the Supreme Court: the president shall nominate and the Senate will provide advice and consent.

Sen. Mitch McConnell violated his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution when he refused to hear Merrick Garland or any other Supreme Court nominee that President Obama might have sent to the Senate and instead refused for almost a year to do his job, all with no legal justification. He should be impeached.

Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen and will leave the legitimacy of our highest court in question. I will now call the latest justice Merrick Gorsuch to remind us of the theft of this seat.

Henry Bugatto
San Jose

Fears of Islamic terrorism attacks are overblown

Since 9/11, the United States has averaged fewer than seven people killed per year by the so-called “Islamic terrorists”. If we add those killed on 9/11, the average is about 200 deaths per year.

To put this into perspective, in 2014, the 60th leading cause of death was Hepatitis B, with 260.

Yet the term Islamic terrorists is used by politicians to sow fear, hatred and disunity and to trample on our constitutional liberties. Only Vladimir Putin and ISIS gain from such malevolent activities.

Better that we remember two quotes:

“…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” (Pogo)

We need to pause, think and proceed to mend our country by coming together and disregarding the fear mongers and hatemongers.

John Cormode
Mountain View

Military force won’t solve world terrorism problem

I am extremely afraid of the dangerous path of aggression that President Trump is pursuing in Syria and North Korea.

Although President Trump may hope that he is defending the children of Syria by attacking their government, the military strike that he has ordered against Syria and the huge build-up of military forces near the coast of North Korea can only bring more suffering, fear, anger and even the possibility of a nuclear holocaust to the world.

The terrorism and anger that exists in the world can not be solved by more military force and aggressive intervention. Only the power of true wisdom, a deep appreciation for the viewpoints and positions of our national adversaries, and faith and trust in dialogue, patience and compromise have any real chance of extricating humanity from the grave dangers that we are facing.

Ramakumar Jones
Fairfax

The red line was drawn and then crossed, and nothing was done about it. As a result the world was left with an incredible, unmanageable refugee problem. There was anger and criticism because nothing was done to help these innocent people. This same red line was again crossed, and something has now been done about it. Those same innocent people were now being supported, and the action was condemned..

Les Wandel
San Jose