I am responding to the March 22 letter from the Rev. James Holland ("Individuals, Not Government, Must Care for the Poor"). Rev. Holland refers to Father Charles Coughlin as having "moved into liberal politics." I find that rather surprising as I heard Father Coughlin on the radio in New York City and he was pro-Nazi and viciously anti-Semitic. Shortly after the United States declared war on the Axis nations on Dec. 7, 1941, Father Coughlin was taken off the air.
I lived in Queens, a borough of New York City, in 1942 and was beaten up by some "Coughlinites" for being a Jew.
A responsibility of government, as generally understood, is to protect the people it governs. When it fails to do that, chaos ensues. FDR's "tragic New Deal" fed the hungry, created jobs, brought electricity to rural areas that lacked it, established a safety net for the elderly called Social Security and promoted the arts.
I lived during those times. Throwing around names like Lenin, Stalin and Hitler as mantras to support non-thinking caters to those who prefer slogans to information.
DONALD J. GILBERT