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Letter: Appointment of Sotomayor Was Right One

(Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor and President Barack Obama and is being printed here at the writer’s request.)

Everyone, especially the poor and the middle class, should be grateful to President Barack Obama for his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

The pride that we should feel as a nation in his election and her confirmation shows us that prejudice can be overcome; that merit counts; that good people can rise to the top; that barriers to achievement, such as poverty, can be overcome and our greatness as a country is in showing our tolerance for divergent views and our acceptance of all people as neighbors and friends. The confirmation of Judge Sotomayor is not simply a profound moment for the hardworking Hispanic community and culture that gives so much to our nation, but it speaks to our vibrancy, our vision as a true “melting pot.”

I was very pleased to be among the thousands of judges and lawyers supporting the president and Judge Sotomayor in this confirmation. I was honored to receive the judge’s kind acknowledgment of my support. This is a person who remembers where she came from and the people she met along the way. She brings heart, soul and compassion to the Supreme Court but as the president has so profoundly said, she brings a most important quality, empathy. We have someone on our Court who is truly representative of all the people.

Thomas F. Liotti

Village Justice

Incorporated Village of Westbury