Why is it important to vote (“The Jewish Vote,” Oct. 17)? Here is a story never told.
The British government once asked President Harry Truman not to vote for the partition of Palestine. I lived in the Bronx, N.Y., and my father came home from services and told me the rabbis in our community got together and decided to teach Truman a lesson.
We had a runoff election due to the death of our congressman. Our area was 80 percent Democratic and 20 percent American Labor Party (ALP). The rabbis asked us to vote ALP, so the following Tuesday, the vote ended up 80 percent ALP and 20 percent Democratic.
Truman agreed to the partition, and three months later, we had the regular election: The vote was 80 percent Democratic and 20 percent ALP.
My cousin, who was active in politics, once told me to register with the majority party, but vote for whoever I wanted, because if you need a favor, they will look to see if you are a registered voter in their party. Vote on Election Day. Numbers count.
Howard J. Cohen