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March 15, 2008, 04:00 AM
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A New York Reader Says To End School Holiday Bickering, Cut Off Muslim Immigration; etc.

From: "Gotham Aborigine" (e-mail her)

Re: Brenda Walker's Blog: Muslims Residing In New York Demand School Holidays

As a New Yorker, I should point out that city public schools do not hold class on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

Since I'm Jewish, I remember being astonished as a kid that this was the case. My family didn't attend synagogue so I was more than happy to have the day off.

Jewish holidays were first granted because the Jewish student body was about 40 percent of total enrollment. Additionally, the teachers were 65 percent of the staff.

That's no longer the case. Immigration has greatly changed the school demographic.

Count on the Muslims to insist that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur be abandoned as holidays.

Surprisingly, many Jews will support that idea in exchange for a plan wherein they can take four personal days to use them for either religious holidays or other special occasions.

The best solution, of course, would be to cut off Muslim immigration into the US.

"Gotham Aborigine" picked her pseudonym to reflect that just as the aboriginals are now reduced to a tiny minority in the land they once owned, that same fate may await Americans. She did not use her own name because she is fearful that her views will get her fired, adding: "although we live in a democracy, our opinions are policed as if we lived in North Korea."

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A Texas Reader Says He Voted For Hunter—But He Had Already Dropped Out

From:  Banker X (e-mail him)

Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: "He Can't Win"— How Immigration Reform Patriots Betrayed Duncan Hunter (And Tom Tancredo)

Guzzardi's column angers me to the core—but not because of its content.

By the time the primaries came to Texas, the immigration reform candidates Hunter and Tancredo had dropped out.

In fact, when I cast my March 4th vote, only John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Alan Keyes were still officially in the race, although Hunter, Tancredo, Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney were listed on the ballot.

Why did I even bother to go to the polls?

I've asked myself that question over and over. The good folks from Iowa, Vermont