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Susan Estrich - Sean Spicer must go

The president's press secretary is either the stupidest person to ever hold a senior position in the White House or he's an outright anti-Semite. This is not a partisan issue. He is an embarrassment not just to the administration but also to our nation — Republicans, Democrats, Jews, Christians, Muslims and all thinking people.

In case you have been overwhelmed by news of all the other missteps and mistakes of the fumbling, bumbling Trump administration, the press secretary took the occasion of Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating our release from slavery, to deny the Holocaust.

Like French candidate Marine Le Pen, who denied that there was an organized roundup of Jews in France in 1942 (which generated a detailed response from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum utterly refuting this dangerous fiction), stupid Spicer shocked even his own aides by denouncing Syrian dictator Bashar Assad as worse than Hitler because Hitler — according to Spicer — did not use chemical weapons on his own people.

Hitler killed with gas. Gas is a chemical weapon.

I learned in first grade that Hitler systematically exterminated 6 million Jews using gas chambers, in the worst instance of racial genocide in the history of the world. My Hebrew schoolteacher, Mr. Sherf, had a number on his arm. He showed us the drawings and poetry of the children murdered at the Terezin concentration camp, captured in the book "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." I still remember this famous verse:

"He doesn't know the world at all/ Who stays in his nest and doesn't go out./ He doesn't know what birds know best/ Nor what I want to sing about,/ That the world is full of loveliness."

Donald Trump's White House is not full of loveliness.

Assad is a very bad man. That's a given. But Hitler is in a league of his own. I shiver every time Hitler is used as a derogatory description of more minor-league murderers. There is literally no comparison — horrible as Rwanda was, horrible as Syria is, horrible as all ethnic cleansing around the world has been — to the racist hell of Hitler.

How can a man who serves as the president's spokesman — his voice to the country and the world — be so ignorant and hateful?

And how can a president allow him to continue to be his mouthpiece?

No apology is sufficient for allowing a Holocaust denier and anti-Semitic fool to ever again speak for the president.

It is probably not a coincidence that a civil war is reportedly brewing inside the White House between the extremists who count white supremacists among their constituency and the president's respected (and more moderate) daughter and son-in-law, who are practicing Orthodox Jews. Apparently it was not enough that Jared Kushner was attacked for the sin of being a Democrat, if he is one — but he is definitely a Jew, and a committed one, as is his family. Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism, working with an Orthodox Jewish rabbi before her marriage. The president is the "zayde" (grandfather) of their Orthodox Jewish children. And this time, it was not the animosity the far right's animosity toward Democrats but its ugliness and apparent hatred of Jews that shone through.

Trump cannot be silent. He cannot allow this man to speak for him without himself being held responsible for the hatred and ignorance of this stupid anti-Semite.

When I served as a Clinton appointee to the council of the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, it took only a brief look around the room to realize that the generation of Holocaust survivors was dying, one by one, leaving a vacuum for hateful deniers such as Spicer to fill.

Calling Spicer stupid is, in the end, way too generous. No one reaches the position of White House press secretary by being stupid. Spicer is worse than stupid. He is misleading a generation of people who have never met a Holocaust survivor and are vulnerable to the heresies spread by deniers.

Reasonable people can disagree on many issues; many issues have two legitimate sides. But not Hitler. Not the Holocaust. What Spicer said disqualifies him from the podium he speaks from every day, the lectern with the seal of the president.

If Trump does not want to be branded a hater and a denier himself, he must fire Spicer. Reasonable people cannot disagree on that.

(Susan Estrich is a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. A best-selling author, lawyer and politician, as well as a teacher, she first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988.)

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The major existential threat we face is destruction of our climate

To The Daily Sun,

There was a recent article written regarding climate change. It is without fact in its discussion. Its source was probably presented by a skeptical, bigoted scientist trying to resist the reality of our changing climate. Here are some reasons why:

Climate change has been in progress for many years. It has been worsening by human production of carbon fuels and other chemical toxins that are both destroying the quality of the air we breathe as well as the increasing medical side effects such as cancer, respiratory ailments, and cardiac issues.

Montana, the great glacier that provided the namesake park has vanished, or is nearly gone. In Canada, the ice that forms annually is decreasing in size and dangerously impacts the polar bears existence.

In N.Y. City, if one drinks milk on a sidewalk cafe, the surface becomes black. rendering the drink impossible to consume.

The smog in California created unhealthy air for its inhabitants to breathe.

Here in N.H., the Seabrook nuclear plant has generated multiple disabling cancer issues that profoundly impacts the residents in this area. Having worked in N.H.'s Disability Determination unit, this evidence is available.

In the Love Canal in New York State, many people were negatively impacted by the toxins put into this canal.

How much more do we need to take regarding these negative insults to our land and plane? Wars generate fumes of toxins that kill, some instantly, others long term.

The current climate change in progress profoundly impacts all our lives including the writer of the above mentioned article.

CNN's Mr. Jones correctly states our president signed the death warrant, not just for our country, but for our planet as well. The current climate progress is the single most threat to the environment that we live in today. We all need to be concerned. As mentioned in a previous article, human life is not for sale. The industries impacting on the environments put profits before the lives of the citizens that live in affected areas.

One talks about the insults to the native Indians. This is very prevalent with the great Dakota insult on them in the North and South Dakotas. These Indians were given this land many generations ago, and now the big oil is trying to take their land away from them, again! For what? The dollars and profits that comes from this project.

The article written demonstrates a true bigot writing on basis of ignorance and hate. One cannot accept what this writer composed. There is scientific consensus regarding the present climate change; more that understand this process, than do not. Contrary to the report of this letter, climate change is not a hoax, nor is it a money-making scheme. The people dedicated to warning us are not profit making companies such as the big oil that pollutes the air we breathe. Humankind has already destroyed much of the air we breath, which will NOT heal itself. Instead, this writer will join us, or his offspring will join us in choking to death as the climate worsens.

Yes, we must focus on the existential threats that face us today. The one major threat is the destruction of the climate we live in, and our trying to survive. While science may never be settled, and the weather quite unpredictable, the scientific facts are we live in a deteriorating climate that impacts negatively on our existence. A "hat tip to Trump and John Hawkins," this truly insults the minds of those who really care about our environment. The data is out there, it is real, the climate change is real. All one has to do is go where its destructive forces have destroyed our many national parks, see the impact the changes taken place world wide and on animal life. One can see both the scientific facts as well as personal observations to what is happening. These so called alleging comments are false.

Meteorological studies do support the climate change facts. Contrary to this writer's comments regarding the meteorological sources, almost daily, Weather Channel provides evidence the impact climate change has on the weather. Given the current progress, cities such as New York and many places in Florida could well be under water before the turn of the upcoming century, if we are alive to witness and record this event. Right here in N.H. our maple season has become profoundly impacted.

Climate change is real, occurring, and already is destroying lives in the process. Over time, this ongoing event will kill more humans and animal life than all the wars combined.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.
New Hampton

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