Letters to the Editor

Valley reps pushing for recognition of genocide

It was refreshing to read a friend to Armenian Americans, Rep. Jim Costa's speech on the House floor, which stated: "I told the Turkish foreign minister last year that to move forward with democratic reform, Turkey must first come to grips with its past, just as our country had during the civil rights movement."

This and other speeches and support are shining examples of our Valley congressmen including George Radanovich, Devin Nunes and Dennis Cardoza. They truly represent the bipartisan voice of our Valley on the Armenian genocide issue.

In addition, more than 160 congressional representatives give the Armenian Genocide Resolution the greatest possibility to pass the House floor for an up or down vote.

I wish I had a more tactful and sophisticated mention of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, but after he held the Armenian genocide resolution from a full House vote, in a sense holding the democratic process hostage, I'll keep my public comments to myself.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been known to do the "right thing" and keep to her word. All eyes are on Speaker Pelosi, from the Valley and across the nation. This human rights issue needs a giant leap forward.

Rich Sanikian