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Opinion | ‘It Lifts My Heart’: Praise for Jackson’s Confirmation to the Court

To the Editor:

Re “Jackson Confirmed to Supreme Court as Backers Hail a Landmark Moment” (front page, April 8):

In times that have been fraught with extraordinary worries about Covid and fears of democracy’s demise, we have some really good news: the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court by a vote of 53 to 47 in the Senate.

The arc of history is bending in the right direction, and we have something sublime to celebrate, a Black woman on the court. 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
Queens

To the Editor:

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

The highest court of the land should reflect all that our nation has to offer. It made a big step forward in that regard with the confirmation of Judge Jackson.

Steven M. Clayton
Ocean, N.J.

To the Editor:

Let’s not get carried away with encomiums for Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney because they did what was minimally required by simple human decency in confirming the eminently qualified Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

Is there any doubt whatsoever that these three supposed nonconformists would have fallen in line with the rest of the G.O.P. to deny President Biden’s choice, no matter who it might have been, had the retiring justice been Clarence Thomas or Samuel Alito? They knew they had nothing to lose by breaking ranks with their party, because the ideological makeup of the court was not in question with Judge Jackson’s appointment.

A “bipartisan” vote? Hardly. The Republican Party these days exists to stymie and destroy every single effort by Democrats to accomplish anything of value for the majority of the public. All one needs to do is to look at the rest of the voting record of these three senators to recognize they are really MINOs: Mavericks in Name Only.

Bryan L. Tucker
Boston

To the Editor:

Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for being the first Black woman to be confirmed to the nation’s highest court. As significant as this is, her status as the first former public defender on the Supreme Court is just as noteworthy.

The right to counsel is one of the bedrocks 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 feel secure that our legal system is fair unless all of us, from the indigent to the wealthiest, have strong legal representation at every level of our judicial system.

Edwin Andrews
Malden, Mass.

To the Editor:

Re “Fossil Fuels Must Be Cut Faster, Panel Warns” (front page, April 5):

We have received another in a string of warnings from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change telling us that climate change is real and an imminent threat to our planet and our society. There still is time to adjust, but major actions are required immediately. This is factually undeniable.

You write that according to the report the biggest obstacles are “political, not technological.” “Organized disinformation campaigns by climate change deniers” are causing a slowdown of action, as “politicians tend to avoid difficult decisions if the benefits are not felt beyond the current election cycle.”

We must educate society using facts and pointing out where greed and fear are preventing action. We must counter the disinformation in real time. Vote in climate protectors and not climate deniers. Make sure your candidates, regardless of party, acknowledge that climate change is real. They need to understand that, if elected, they must be part of the solution, enacting good legislation immediately. The clock is ticking and the planet is still warming.

Jonathan Light
Laguna Niguel, Calif.

To the Editor:

Re “Biden’s Climate Agenda Sputters as High Oil Prices Prompt Calls to Drill More” (news article, April 3):

You report that Republicans seek “to portray the Democrats as ‘climate elites’ who are out of touch with most Americans.” But a recent survey by Yale University says a majority of Americans want Congress to take action to address climate change.

If Republicans don’t wake up to this, their presence in Washington is in danger. Hopefully voters will reject those legislators who stand in the way of meaningful climate policy.

Murray Zichlinsky
Long Beach, Calif.

To the Editor:

When I look at the photographs of Mariupol, Ukraine, I am stunned that soldiers fire rockets into a city and destroy a habitat just because a person higher in rank says to do so.

Do these soldiers ever see what destruction they have caused? Is a soldier that numb, that insensitive, that automatic? Can those people sleep without any sense of guilt?

I am a veteran, but never took part in a conflict. So I do not know.

Maarten Pennink
Charlotte, N.C.

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