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We're Doctors, Too
I read your very interesting article
"Eye Opener" (May 14, page B1). It
was very well done. The only error
that you made was you missed the fact
that optometrists (O.D.$) are "eye doc-
tors," too. In fact, O.D. means Doctor of
Under the column "What is Macular
Degeneration?" you said, "An eye doc-
tor, an ophthalmologist, can diagnose
whether you have early AMD by exam-
ining your eyes for large drusen or col-
lection of waste which is very accu-
rate. But what you left out is the fact
that ODs can do the same and do it
every day in their practices. And they
do not hesitate to refer AMD patients,
whose eyesight may be threatened, to a
retinal-vitreous specialist.
What I object to most in your well-
done article is the fact that you were
prejudicial by, in effect, strongly imply-
ing that anyone who has AMD must
go only to an ophthalmologist for the
diagnosis versus an optometrist.

Donald M. Borsand, O.D.


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June 18 2009

Protect Israel
The Obama administration is apply-
ing tremendous pressure on the
Israeli government to accept a two-
state "solution" and disallow building
any new homes in existing Israeli
communities in Judea and Samaria.
The vast majority of Israeli
Jews recognize that allowing the
Palestinians to have their own state
— which includes responsibility for
security — would be a mortal threat
to the Jewish nation. At this point,
even the so-called "moderate" Arab
leaders still reject the notion of a
Jewish state.
Therefore, Israeli Jews totally reject
the "two-state solution:' Similarly,
stopping any building within exist-
ing community while the Israelis
and Palestinians are not in any way
close to an agreement is utterly
unreasonable, as it does not place any
restriction on Arab building in these
same areas. In a letter sent by then
President George W. Bush to then
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,
the United States recognized that
the large population blocs of Jews in
Judea and Samaria meant that it is
unrealistic to expect any agreement
that will force Israel back into the
borders of 1948.
Israel's security depends, of course,
on God, but we must do what we can

to ensure its survival. Please write
your government officials about the
urgency of the situation.
Unfortunately, during World War
II, Jews in America were for the most
part too apathetic to challenge the
president and the administration to
do more to help save the millions
of Jews who were being slaughtered
in Europe. We must not repeat this
mistake. This is not a partisan issue;
it doesn't matter whom you voted for.
It's Israel's survival that is at stake,
and we must all get involved.

Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg

West Bloomfield

Confront Campus Hate
Anti-Semitism has taken off in
Europe, and we Jews in the U.S. are
oblivious to what is happening here
at home. As Robert Sklar so well
pointed out in his Editor's Letter
titled "Activism 101" (June 4, page
A5), anti-Semitism is alive and well
on campuses of higher education.
The University of Michigan, for
example, which is well endowed by
Jewish philanthropy, has a disturbing
record of allowing an anti-Israel/
anti-Semitic environment in some
classrooms and on campus. The
University of Michigan Press made
a profit of about $1 million per year
as the sole U.S. distributor of Pluto
Press' United Kingdom-published
anti-Semitic/anti-Israel books. These
offensive books were finally removed
from the University Press shelves at
the end of 2008, when the Pluto Press
contract was not renewed.
The fact remains that the univer-
sity administration did not spend a
dime of the profits or say one word to
counter the anti-Semitism and anti-
Israel bias spread by their Pluto Press
sales. That lack of contrition should
have awakened our Jewish communi-
ty. Alas, it did not; donations continue
to roll into U-M and other colleges
and universities where there are bla-
tant examples of Jew-hatred.
The Jewish elite talk about aca-
demic freedom while the freedom
of Jewish students is slowly being
eroded. Just think of what will hap-
pen when our university-trained
anti-Semites come to power in 15-20
years. Oh well, it can't happen here!
This is the United States and not

Eugene Greenstein, Ph.D.

Farmington Hills

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