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The Fruits of Zionism

To the Editor:

Rick Perlstein’s “In Line for the Rapture” [June 3] ultimately explains the principal reason for the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 in the first place: American support of a Zionist Israel, with all other commonly heard reasons like “envy over America’s wealth” and “disgust for America’s licentiousness” so minimal by comparison as to be insignificant.

This is a principled, not anti-Semitic statement, as I am proudly Italian- American. Yet if present-day Italy embarked on a crusade to conquer and colonize a “modern day” Ethiopia, I would nonetheless vehemently oppose U.S. aid . . . even despite the fact that a paternal great uncle of mine served as an officer under Benito Mussolini.

American Jews and “Christian Zionists” alike should consider themselves “Americans” first and any and all ancient religious texts secondary. This is not only the American way, but ultimately the only way to keep various Arabic, Persian, and Islamic nations from regarding us as the “Great Satan.”

Bernard Continelli

Bare Is Better

To The Editor:

Sexual open-mindedness was at its peak in the late 1960s or 1970s. The Woodstock Days are long gone. The local mainstay newspapers only refer to sex pertaining to crime. They never write about the many different sexual appetites of humans or how they are played out in the Capital District.

Your explicit May 20 article [“Who Will Speak for Bare Ass Beach?”] should be sent to journalism schools across the country. Writing a story about the subject matter was apparently difficult and could have been approached in so many different ways.

The way the story was presented by your news editor was different, honest and eye-opening. Everything an alternative newspaper should be. Keep up the good work.

Wayne Bailey

Get Over It, Already

To The Editor:

I just finished reading your article about the Aggressive Music Festival [“For Those About to Rock, We Condemn You,” Newsfront, June 3]. I can understand how the Glens Falls residents feel about the upcoming event. My mom doesn’t like that type of music, but she’s not out protesting against it and she never made me stop listening to it. I went to a few concerts of this genre. I mean look at SPAC. Heavy metal, punk rock, and other types of hardcore music have been held there, and the neighbors have not complained about it as far as I know.

As for the people who listen to hardcore music, most of them are fine. The only people that take the words in this type of music seriously are those who are trying to get some kind of attention, have no common sense, hate the world and think life is one big depression. Occasionally you’ll get a few ignorant people that do stupid things.

Overall, I say let this event happen. The people of Glens Falls are only hurting the Civic Center and people who just simply enjoy a different genre of music.

Tara Reedy

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