An abomination

What bigoted and blatantly untrue remarks from the mouth of State Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone (D., Berks) regarding compensation for victims of childhood sexual abuse (Letters, May 22). This is about protecting children and holding predators and their enablers and protectors accountable.

The rape and molestation of children, along with the trafficking of individuals for sexual exploitation, is an epidemic, and Caltagirone says this is about money? Unbelievable.

It is not about the money; it is about some semblance of justice along the only avenue left open to victims of childhood sexual abuse: the civil courts.

Caltagirone's attitude and behavior is an abomination.

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish

New Castle

Don't expect peace

Terror is the killing of innocent civilians by suicide bombers as well as the daily launching of rockets into nearby Israeli towns (Letters, May 18). It is not terror when Israel responds to these attacks by targeting the so-called fighters and destroying their terrorist infrastructure.

If Hamas would renounce violence and accept Israel's right to exist, Israeli attacks would cease and the peace effort would go forward. Hamas, however, has stated repeatedly that nothing will stop its resolve to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic state - so don't expect peace any time soon.

Irv Hanover

Mt. Laurel

Hamas' intent

The three members of the Republican Jewish Coalition imply that voters should take into account the "endorsement" of Barack Obama by Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef (Letters, May 16). Has it occurred to them that Hamas might have been trying to hurt Obama? Hamas must be aware that its endorsement will not endear a candidate to a large segment of the American electorate.

The foreign policy of the Bush administration has inflamed the Middle East and strengthened Iran and its proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas. John McCain wants to perpetuate this foreign policy mindset, while Obama wants to alter it. Therefore, it would be logical that Hamas would prefer to see McCain in the White House.

Bill Fanshel

Bryn Mawr