Readers write about affirmative voting, bombings in Israel, judicial elections, and drilling in polar bear habitat.
Candidates should anticipate future gender dynamics
In response to your Feb. 5 editorial, "The 'women's vote' and Clinton": Just as candidates began attending to the needs, wants, and aspirations of girls and women in the 1960s, so, too, do candidates today need to attend to the needs, wants, and aspirations of boys and men – not only if they wish to win the presidency, but far more important, if they wish to improve the quality of life for all citizens in 2009 and beyond.
Abbas must rein in Al-Aqsa
Regarding the Feb. 5 article, "Israel revisits Gaza threat after suicide bombing": The irony is that three different groups have claimed that they participated in the murder of one Israeli woman and the wounding of many other Israelis in this suicide bombing, indicating that support for such actions is almost universal within the Palestinian territories. While the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is a fringe group, that cannot be said of Hamas, which controls Gaza, nor of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, an integral part of Fatah and the ruling party in the West Bank.
Added to this is the covert approval of the Egyptian government, which allowed the destruction of the barriers between Gaza and Egypt, free passage for terrorists, and the importing of rockets and mortars into Gaza.