I have lived in Orange County for 13 years. The No. 1 hate crime in Orange County is not toward Muslims, not toward the gay community, not toward Latinos, but toward Jews. The Muslim community is strong, healthy and thrives well here. Their cries of being put down, or looked down upon, are not realistic.
The students who upset the Israeli ambassador that day should have been pulled out immediately; they were looking to create an anti-Semitic forum, as they have done numerous times at UC Irvine with impunity.
With all this belly-aching and the reporting from the Times — and now repeated in the Daily Pilot, for which I see no positive reason — I hear too few voices from the Jewish community. I have to wonder, are we afraid, once again, to speak up? Are we afraid to identify ourselves? Afraid of the repercussions here in Orange County?
I, too, have kept quiet here about my identity. People just assume I'm not Jewish, and I thought it was best to let them think that. I am now ashamed of having done that.
The Times, and now the Daily Pilot, has spurred me to write this letter and come out of the closet. Guess the honeymoon is over.
Buy American efforts continues
Thank you so very much to the many people who responded to Sarah Peters' article about buying products made in the USA ("Shopper's grass-roots quest," Sept. 20). How encouraging it is to learn so many do, and will, support our local businesses that carry American-made products.
As we go through our daily lives, we all experience corners. Thinking of the corners we face, we consider turning right or left. Perhaps we just go around the corner.