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Letter: Russell is Neither Racist Nor Anti-Semitic

A Letter to the Editor from an Ossining resident in support of GOP Candidate Jim Russell.

To The Editor:

Joe Carvin’s vicious and unfounded personal attacks on his Republican primary opponent, Jim Russell, reveal more about Carvin’s character than they do about Russell. Russell is neither racist nor anti-Semitic. His writings reflect an in-depth, scholarly, and unapologetic advocacy of our great Western Civilization and its historical accomplishments. His impeccable academic credentials include Masters and Doctorate degrees from Fordham University in “The History of Christianity” and “Historical Theology.” He has also taught these subjects at St. Peter’s College. And the publisher of his book enjoys world-wide esteem in it’s field – namely The Oxford University Press. It’s not in the business of publishing street-corner bigots.

It is scandalous that certain opportunists would take a few words out of context, twist and expand on them just to serve their selfish, political purposes. Not only does this misconduct have a chilling effect on speech, but in the process defames and maligns a good and honest man.

As a Republican District Leader I am voting for Jim Russell on June 26th. And I urge all those thinking otherwise to recall that his opponent, Joe Carvin, is a Republican in name only who cast his vote in 2008 for Barack Obama.

Richard E. Henzel
Ossining

Conservative NYer June 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I echo those sentiments as well... When I found out that Mr. Carvin voted for Dear Leader Chairman MaoBama that convinced me NOT to vote for Mr. Carvin who dare calls himself a "Republican" more like a RINO!! He is also pro-UN as well. He incorporated Agenda 21 into the Town of Rye.... For those who are uneducated in Agenda 21 it's a UN initiative for "Sustainable Development". http://local2012.iclei.org/add-your-city/whos-already-in/?city=rye&country=United+States
FactFinder June 20, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Looks like Carvin doesn't like paying taxes either... story and legal docs posted at: http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/06/new-york-state-issues-tax-warrants-to-gop-congressional-candidate-carvinover-90k-in-liens-placed-against-property-from-2006.html
William F. B. O'Reilly June 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
One would have to be blind not to recognize Mr. Russell's extremism. Readers can research themselves. Here's a starting point: http://www.politico.com/blogs/maggiehaberman/0910/Nita_Lowey_rival_wrote_antiintegration_racially_charged_essay_.html
William F. B. O'Reilly June 20, 2012 at 07:47 PM
And if you stand by Mr. Russell's writings, why don't you put your name down here?
William F. B. O'Reilly June 20, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Mr. Russell's strain of thought is what the modern conservative movement fought so hard to reject 50 years ago. It is not welcome here. That is why Mr. Russell has been categorically disavowed by Westchester and Rockland Republican and conservative leaders.
Conservative NYer June 20, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Wow, Politico is your source!! Shocker! That website comes from the same cloth loin of Dear Leader Chairman MaoBama... At least Russell did not vote for Dear Leader Chairman MaoBama as Mr. Carvin did in 2008!! RINO......
William F. B. O'Reilly June 20, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Jim's writings are enough for me. With tidbits like: "parents need to teach their kids appropriate ethnic boundaries for marriage and socializing," I don't really need to rely on third-party analyses. I think I can call this one for what it is. Have fun at your rallies. They speak for themselves. Over and out.
HolyCr@p June 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Did Carvin really vote for Obama? I just saw the tax warrants sent to him by NYS for not paying taxes. What a joke! Lowey just stepped in it, again.
Conservative NYer June 20, 2012 at 08:20 PM
@HolyCr@p HE SURE DID and ADMITTED TO IT AS WELL! So he must be proud to be part of the Kool-Aid, limo liberals, progressives who were in a trance on 2008.. Here's the link: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-03-01/wall_street/31112566_1_trade-deficit-kirsten-gillibrand-town-supervisor#comments You can thank the Westchester GOP Doug Colety for Lowey's upcoming win!!
Stephen Dewey June 20, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Readers: As the Chairman of the Ossining Republican Committee, I find no record of a Richard Henzel as a District Leader within our Committee, nor have I ever seen, heard, correspondeded with Mr. Henzel over my past years, as an active member, and now Chairman for over two years of the Comittee. When will we Republicans ever get behind an endorsed Candidate (like we have done for Jim in the past). The other parties defeat us, while we continue to defeat ourselves with this nonsensical in-fighting. You can only thank Russell for Lowey's win in 2010, because the voters said so. God Bless America Stephen P. Dewey Chairman Ossining Town Republican Committee
Don Sutherland June 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM
strongly agree with Mr. O'Reilly. Mr. Russell's essay is available online (http://www.toqonline.com/archives/v1n2/TOQv1n2Russell.pdf). Mr. Russell, alone, bears responsibility for its content. The positions Russell advocated in that essay are wholly inconsistent with the progress that has been achieved concerning individual freedom, basic liberties, and representative government in the Western experience. Western Civilization's advocates would do far better to articulate their positions from the strength of tolerance, not the weakness of appeals to ethnic boundaries.
HolyCr@p June 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM
The religious themes of medieval art and literature appear to have been complemented by the subliminal appeal of the racial features of the subjects portrayed. Persons of European descent, regardless of their religious orientation, are likely to find representations of religious figures appealing. The many excellent Madonnas painted during this period may also indicate a racially healthy celebration of fertility. The Renaissance artists and sculptors, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, resurrected the Classical ideal of the human form and created works of incomparable beauty. The subject matter of art and sculpture began to once again include the Classical deities, royalty, and other members of the secular elite. In the Romantic period, positive portrayals of the common folk, as well as idealized and legendary depictions of the heritages of the European nations became popular in art and literature. The literature of this period likewise drew upon the West’s Classical heritage as well as European legends and history, as is evidenced by William Shakespeare’s choice of subjects for his plays exemplified by Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Henry IV.
Nancy Clarke June 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Mr. Henzel is District leader in the Town of New Castle, ED 2. He resides in Ossining. And where he resides is included in the Town of New Castle.
tedc June 21, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Mr. Dewey I’m not sure about the ‘who shot who here’ – but there is Carvin news out yesterday here in Rye. And it looks like the paper trail - as everything done by LausDeo10580 - is pretty transparent. You’d think the GOP would have inoculated Mr. Carvin on this subject a long time ago. Especially with the winner of next week’s race here going up against that blowhard battleaxe buddy of Pelosi’s…. STATE ISSUES TAX WARRANTS FOR GOP'S CARVIN–OVER $90,000 IN LIENS PLACED AGAINST PROPERTY FOR FAILING TO PAY INCOME TAXES Read the full story and see the documentation here - http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/06/new-york-state-issues-tax-warrants-to-gop-congressional-candidate-carvinover-90k-in-liens-placed-against-property-from-2006.html
Chris Clement June 21, 2012 at 07:58 PM
1) IMO Henzel's letter was right on target; 2) Carvin voted for Obama and that says it all for me; 3) Carvin owes $90K in property taxes, and that's unfair to other tax payers; 4) Jim Russell's entitled to his opinions, no matter what they are. Do either the republicans or democrats know what they're doing with all their cross-endorsing? Let the "in-fighting" and out-fighting begin.
Watchdog June 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Being disavowed by Vinny P Coat Reda is a feather in anyone's cap.
Vin June 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
BTW, Mr. Carvin's wife just recently (9/11) donated $1000 to the 2012 Obama re-election campaign.
Maggie Zachary June 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM
In a long essay, Mr. Russell admiringly cites T.S. Eliot: “Eliot described some conditions for an optimal society: ‘The population should be homogeneous. . . . What is still more important is unity of religious background; and reasons of race and culture combine to make any large number of free-thinking Jews undesirable. There must be a proper balance between urban and rural, industrial and agricultural development. And a spirit of excessive tolerance is to be deprecated.’”
William Boot June 22, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Parts of New Castle have Ossining postal addresses, and Mr. Henzel is a district leader for the New Castle Republican Committee.
TeaParty June 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM
New video of Carvin admitting to NY1's Errol Louis that he voted for Obama, promises he won't vote for him again this time... http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/06/video-carvin-admits-he-voted-for-obama-in-2008.html
Tea Leaves June 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Is the same William F.B. O'Reilly who is 'Blocking the Shot' as another Bill Oreilly might say in this video? Wow, ain't so good thinking on your feet. Even worse, you should have been prepared for questions like that. You look silly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tAXc917yRo
Barry Graubart June 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I have no "dog in this race" but am genuinely impressed by the courage displayed by those who spew hateful comments anonymously. True pillars of our democracy.
Watchdog June 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Unable to answer a simple question like why he voted for OBAMA? And he wants to be my Congressman? What will happen when he gets questions about his failure to pay taxes and resultant tax liens? Or why he accepted the endorsement of Vinny Reda who was picked up for shoplifting and Frankie Sparaco, who has a challanged background and whose MIL wound up in the clink, being defended by of all people Joe Savino , collegue of Convicted theif Mangano, who himself was being investigated by the FBI. Will this clown jump in front of the moderator of a debate as well? This must be a joke. Maybe he feels like poor Joe is being bullied? This guy Carvin scares the he** out of me. The cast of characters is too important to overlook.
Jennie B. June 26, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Mr. O - aren't you paid by Carvin to run his campaign? Technically, your comments do not count. If Mr. Russell is a racist so is Joe Carvin. Joe Carvin supported Bart Didden when he ran for Mayor of Port Chester last year. Didden mailed an anonymous racial appeal flyer against the Hispanic community and then had to admit it under oath. Joe Carvin is quoted in the Westmore News as saying that he did not think the flyer was racist and does not believe Bart is a bigot. For Joe Carvin to castigate Mr. Russel is hypocritical.
ClearDay June 26, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I need to figure out whether I vote for Carvin or just stay home. He has something fishy going on with Rye Town Park . His Treasurer just took a seat on the rye council without running so Carvin has his people everywhere. To be honest I didn't even think about Rockland county so I can't comment on this guyFrankie sparaco but Carvin has mucho fishy connections in P. C. The park thing I can't figue=re out. Why does his treasurer go to the Rye council? He needs her vote there for what. His brother maybe. A lawsuit, who knows. If PC is involved theres a lawsuit or its real estate. Mark my words.
Rosenkr4nz July 08, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Mr. Reilly, what do you think about the Jewish disdain for "intermarriage"? Or are you a double-sided hypocrite? It's OK when Jewish people discourage intermarriage among Jews. Just ask Nita Lowey.
Rosenkr4nz July 08, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Mr. Dewey, wait until you discover what we uncovered. The other chairman has had cozy relationships with some candidates. We are not reporting anything until next week. The entire Republican leadership in your area seem like stealth Democrats with their shenanigans.
Rosenkr4nz July 08, 2012 at 04:17 AM
So what Mr. Sutherland. Many people cannot even understand the scholarly work. And please don't dictate ethnic boundaries to us! Or haven't you been to Israel. Why is it OK for Jewish people to discourage intermarriage? But "racist" if others discuss it? Go be dishonest somewhere else.
Rosenkr4nz July 08, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Yeah? So what Ms. Zachary. Have you read the Talmud? And what it says about non-Jews? And Gentiles? I think T.S. Eliot is an excellent writer. But who agrees with everything by everybody?
Rosenkr4nz July 08, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Oh would you like them if they are expressed under the rights of the First Amendment? And who determines what is hateful? You?

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