LETTERS: On Israel conflict, Feit trial coverage and GOP tax plan


The Balfour Declaration, 100 years ago, set the stage for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with land given by the English to European Jews without consulting the Palestinian residents.

And now, U.S. President Donald Trump adds to the theft/insult/disgrace by moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Still another step that thwarts the Palestinians’ hope for a nation.

Dare I say, the only course for lasting peace is a multi-religious one nation: Israel-Palestine.

Do not bet on it, but do bet on more years of conflict.

In fact, most of Trump’s actions in his year in office, have furthered the chances for hate and wars.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, Brownsville

Feit trial coverage

One thing about the printed media is that they have the opportunity to, when given the chance, connect the dots. The Monitor did the RGV a great service by printing the details of the collusion between the Catholic Church and local government that likely prevented John Feit from coming to trial

50 years ago. The Monitor has reminded the public of the extreme danger to justice and our system of laws when religion and government join hands to obstruct justice by looking the other way.

In my opinion, every sheriff and district Attorney from the 1960s till now should be charged with collusion and the Catholic Church should issue a written apology to Miss Irene Garza’s family and all of the Rio Grande Valley. Keep this in mind as the president stirs the pot in the Middle East; the hotbed of political and religious hate and discontent.

Ned Sheats, Mission

Support tax plan

The Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will be able to deliver us the most powerful tax relief we’ve seen in three decades.

Small business owners like me — and the millions of employees who depend on us — couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present. For years, our nation’s job creators have been inundated with high tax rates and complex filing costs. Many small business owners are taxed at individual rates, which can reach 40 percent at the federal level. Throw in state and local taxes, and these job creators are often left sending 50 percent of their income to Uncle Sam.

The Republican tax plan would allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money, freeing up resources for business expansion and job creation.

America is home to nearly 30 million small businesses, which employ roughly 60 million workers — half of the U.S. workforce. Tax cuts would encourage job creators to hire even more Americans.

When small business succeeds, we all succeed. Let’s ring in the New Year with pro-growth tax cuts.

Joseph Semprevivo, President and CEO, Joseph’s Lite Cookies, Sebastian, Florida