Support for boycott of Israel upsetting

In its editorial pages, the Herald-Tribune seems to offer the opinion that all Jews in America are liberal, leftist and Democrats. In short, the Jewish community is not all leftist, liberal or supporters of the Democratic Party.

Democrats’ support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which demands the opening of Israel’s borders for invasion by individuals intent on destroying it, is an anathema to many U.S. Jews.

Comparing the Holocaust to poor conditions on our southern border, a situation that was not created by the U.S. government, is perhaps even more galling. Especially coming from other Jews.

Voluntarily subjecting yourself and your family to bad conditions is not akin to capturing, transporting and murdering people in murder machines.

It's distressing to see that this leftist, liberal hatred for President Donald Trump has driven these fellow Jews to attack Israel and support individuals intent on destroying Israel.

Many find Trump to be a divisive individual whose statements and writings are at times shocking. I do as well.

The Jewish community would be well served to consider the end game of these leftist friends, who unabashedly extol their anti-Semitism.

Lee Hoffman, Lakewood Ranch

West of Trail fights over Selby

Proponents and opponents seem to have more in common concerning the Selby Gardens expansion plans than one would at first think.

The effete elite that populate the Orange Avenue corridor seem to have the attitude that changes that might impact their neighborhood need be first approved by some ubiquitous neighborhood vigilante subgroup. Anything less than that check and balance would be insufficient for the neighborhood’s well-being.

This part of town was one of the first in Sarasota to have speed humps installed to keep drivers from speeding through their locale.

And who can forget the local politician or two whose careers practically imploded when they tried to reroute emergency vehicles so as not to disturb that neighborhood.

On the other hand, you have Selby Gardens, a tranquil urban retreat, but also one more overly endowed Sarasota nonprofit that overstates the importance, magnitude and immediacy of its current mission. Selby seems to have the attitude that what is good for its vision is necessarily good for all.

The West of Trail interests and hidden agendas are now in full combat mode and it will be interesting to see who claims victory at the end of the battle.

John Marggraf, Sarasota

Electoral College not equitable for all

In the debate about the righteousness of the Electoral College, most people agree that the election of Donald Trump in 2016 settles the issue — one way or the other.

Each side found support in the Herald-Tribune Aug. 29, as Washington Post writers presented opposing views.

George Will took on a proposed compact between states to cast their electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote. He praises Nevada's governor for vetoing NPV participation, saying that it would be against Nevada's interest as a less populated state.

The point may be well taken when applied to small states that are politically one-sided. But consider the purple states. In a state evenly divided, a plurality of one vote tilts the Electoral College, disenfranchising the lesser half. Rather than giving the state better representation, it distorts the will of its voters.

This happened in the three states that put Trump over the top in 2016.

States can choose to split their electoral vote, as Maine and Nebraska do. In Florida, one party will wish it had.

T. Guy Spencer, Sarasota

Climate change forcing migration

The Aug. 20 article about U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s thoughts on climate change and follow-up letters to the editor on the same subject serve to remind us that the climate-change topic remains divisive and very much a politically partisan issue (“Rubio calls climate change 'a real problem' but rejects aggressive efforts to curb emissions”).

Now some of the climate-change-related problems that other countries have experienced for years are at our doorstep. Few Americans are aware that the immigration problem at our southern border and the political unrest it creates are due in part to migrants escaping floods and droughts in Central American countries.

Also, in southern Louisiana the federal government is paying a Native American Indian tribe to relocate (migrate) from sinking land on the Isle de Jean Charles to higher ground inland.

Perhaps it’s time we adjust our political approach to the climate-change issue because we are dealing with a humanitarian issue, one that is beginning to affect all of us. We are in this together!

Please join me in contacting our elected representatives, urging them to address (in a bipartisan manner) this humanitarian issue on two fronts: Curb the warming process, and expand planning necessary for anticipated future lifestyle changes.

Roy Wysnewski, Sarasota