Opinion | Mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Worrying

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To the Editor:

Re “Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87” (nytimes.com, Sept. 18):

My coronary heart goes out to the household of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She will probably be remembered as a fierce and eloquent guardian of our Structure and an enormous within the regulation.

Nevertheless, my coronary heart additionally goes out to the American individuals, who can have their religion in our nation’s democratic establishments examined as maybe by no means earlier than. The identical Republican-controlled Senate that cited the then upcoming 2016 presidential election as a pretext to refuse to carry hearings on President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court docket, Decide Merrick Garland, will little question rush to substantiate a nominee by President Trump however the approaching 2020 election.

The blatant hypocrisy of such a transfer will taint each establishments for years to return.

Stephen A. Silver
San Francisco
The author is a lawyer.

To the Editor:

My first response, like that of numerous others, was disappointment on the lack of an awesome justice. I used to be additionally troubled that the court docket could quickly be filled with three Trump appointees — appointees who will probably be extra more likely to bend to President Trump’s will within the more and more seemingly occasion of a contested election.

However my subsequent response was that Justice Ginsburg herself disserved the very pursuits she fought for. After the 2014 midterm election, it grew to become clear that Democrats would now not management the Senate. Many people thought Justice Ginsburg ought to have resigned and allowed President Barack Obama and a lame-duck Senate to put in a younger, progressive appointee. Justice Ginsburg was already in her 80s on the time and had been handled for pancreatic most cancers.

Her deciding to remain on was an act of, I consider, ego — for which the nation will now pay severely.

Greg Schwed
New York
The author is a lawyer.

To the Editor:

I’m so saddened on the passing of one of many biggest girls in historical past. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave the world many presents. However years in the past, she gave me a private reward.

In 1972, I had accomplished my first 12 months at Howard College Faculty of Regulation. Nevertheless, my husband’s work required that we relocate to Boston. So I wanted to switch to a regulation college in that space. One night, I went to listen to Ms. Ginsburg, then a well-known feminist lawyer, communicate at Rutgers College Faculty of Regulation.

Afterward, I went as much as speak along with her about my switch. She warned me that it was extraordinarily troublesome, notably for the only a few girls in regulation colleges, to switch. She defined that almost all regulation college transfers have been for army members and veterans — virtually all males. Nevertheless, she supplied (I didn’t ask) to jot down a letter of advice for me. What generosity, what unimaginable magnanimity, for somebody she simply met.

I used to be allowed to switch to Northeastern College Faculty of Regulation in Boston. Years later I wrote her a heartfelt thank-you, reminding her of what she had completed for me, and she or he responded with attribute grace and humanity.

She is going to reside endlessly in my coronary heart for her superb work, but additionally for her private grace and love.

Karen Porter
San Marcos, Texas

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