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Reviews |  Confirmation of judge Jackson in court: “It breaks my heart”

For the editor:

Re “Jackson confirmed to Supreme Court as backers hail historic moment” (front page, April 8):

At a time that has been marked by extraordinary concerns about Covid and fears of the demise of democracy, we have very good news: the confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court by a vote of 53 to 47 in the Senate.

The story arc bends in the right direction, and we have something sublime to celebrate, a black woman in the field. It lifts my heart and gives me reason to hope for our future. Thank you, President Biden, for bringing us to this moment.

Ellen Silverman Popper

For the editor:

The Senate confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court could have a lasting impact for decades to come. Justice Jackson has a demonstrated history of bringing together people with differing viewpoints, which will be essential as a Supreme Court justice. Justice Jackson’s diverse life experiences, including as a public defender and a public high school graduate (unlike most other current justices), will bring different perspectives to the Supreme Court.

The highest court in the land should reflect everything our nation has to offer. He took a big step forward in this regard with the confirmation of Judge Jackson.

Steven M. Clayton
Ocean, New Jersey

For the editor:

Let’s not get carried away with praise for Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney because they did the minimum required of simple human decency by confirming eminently qualified Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

Is there any doubt that these three supposed mavericks would have lined up with the rest of the GOP to deny President Biden’s pick, whoever he might have been, had the outgoing judge been Clarence Thomas or Samuel Alito? They knew they had nothing to lose by breaking ranks with their party, because the ideological composition of the court was not at issue with the nomination of Judge Jackson.

A “bipartite” vote? Barely. The Republican Party exists these days to thwart and destroy every effort by Democrats to accomplish anything of value for the majority of the public. All you have to do is look at the rest of the voting record of these three senators to recognize that they really are MINOs: Mavericks in Name Only.

Bryan L. Tucker

For the editor:

Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for being the first black woman to be confirmed to the highest court in the land. As significant as it is, her status as the first former public defender on the Supreme Court is equally remarkable.

The right to counsel is one of the foundations of our democracy, and the confirmation of someone who has served in the most basic part of our legal system is a moment to celebrate. We cannot be sure that our legal system is fair unless all of us, from the poor to the wealthy, have strong legal representation at all levels of our justice system.

Edwin Andrews
Malden, Masse.

For the editor:

On “Fossil fuels must be cut faster, expert panel warns” (front page, April 5):

We have received another in a series of warnings from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change telling us that climate change is real and an imminent threat to our planet and society. There is still time to adapt, but major actions are needed immediately. It is factually undeniable.

You write that according to the report the biggest obstacles are “political, not technological”. “Disinformation campaigns organized by climate change deniers” are slowing action, as “politicians tend to avoid tough decisions if the benefits are not felt beyond the current election cycle.”

We need to educate society using facts and pointing out where greed and fear prevent action. Disinformation must be countered in real time. Vote for climate protectors, not climate deniers. Make sure your candidates, regardless of party, recognize that climate change is real. They need to understand that, if elected, they need to be part of the solution, by passing good legislation immediately. The clock is ticking and the planet continues to heat up.

Jonathan Light
Laguna Niguel, California.

For the editor:

Regarding “Biden’s Climate Agenda Collapses as High Oil Prices Urge More Drilling” (news article, April 3):

You report that Republicans seek “to portray Democrats as ‘climate elites’ disconnected from most Americans.” But a recent poll from Yale University indicates that a majority of Americans want Congress to take action on climate change.

If Republicans do not realize this, their presence in Washington is in danger. Hopefully voters will reject lawmakers who stand in the way of meaningful climate policy.

Murray Zichlinski
Long Beach, California.

For the editor:

When I look at photographs from Mariupol, Ukraine, I am amazed that soldiers are firing rockets at a town and destroying habitat just because a higher-ranking person says to do so.

Do these soldiers ever see what destruction they or they caused? Is a soldier so numb, so insensitive, so automatic? Can these people sleep without any feelings of guilt?

I’m a veteran, but I’ve never been in a conflict. Then I do not know.

Maarten Pennink
Charlotte, North Carolina


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