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Celebrating Waiters & Waitresses

Dear Editor:

In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your favorite restaurants and honor the employees who make them a success. Why not join me in celebrating National Waiter and Waitress Day on May 21st? There are several ways to say thank you. Let your server(s), cooks and owners know how much you appreciate the excellent food and service.

On this day, don’t forget your cook and server. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, round up to the next dollar. Why not leave a 25% tip on this day? If you can afford to eat out, you can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering take out, don’t forget to leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. Trust us, it is appreciated.

Remember the people who work at your favorite restaurant are our neighbors. They work long hours for little pay and count on tips, which make up a significant portion of their income. If we don’t patronize our local restaurants, they don’t eat either. Your purchases keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.

Why not drop off a box of candy, cookies or some other treat for your favorite waiter or restaurant staff on this day as well? Leave them a thank you card or note along with a larger than normal tip.


Larry Penner

Calling for Bi­Partisan Support of Israel

Dear Editor:

For American Jews of the Democrat political persuasion, yesterday’s (Monday, May 14th) opening of our new Embassy in Jerusalem should have been a wake up call. In fact, the alarms bells should have gone off big time to the fact that not one, not one, Democrat-Jewish elected official turned up at the scene. Not one real time or former senator, congressperson, governor or dogcatcher flew over there to be part of the festivities that were over 2000 year in the making. It’s time for American Jewish rank and file Democrats to wake up. The handwriting is on the wall. The Democrat party and its Jewish leaders, both elected and run of the mill community leaders have turned the corner on Israel and on the fight for Jewish survival in our own country.

Chuck Schumer did not attend. He uttered a tongue in cheek congratulatory comment to President Trump but this camera hugger did not travel to Jerusalem because he really didn’t want to stand with Israel. Remember, this guy was the initial supporter of Israel/Jew hating radical Muslim congressman Keith Ellison to run the Democrat Party. And where were Debbie Schultz, Jerrold Nadler, Dianne Feinstein, Lois Frankel, Ted Deutch, Steve Cohen, Jan Schakowsky, Alan Lowenfeld, Bernie Sanders and Richard Blumenthal on this glorious day for Jews who love Israel? Evidently, they are not among them. Recall, as well, that all of the above are fiercely pro-Iran when it comes to giving that nation the nuclear and ballistic missile technology to wipe Israel off the map. On that topic they freely act and speak their minds. They are JINO’s.

They are mute, as well, about the situation that Jewish college kids find themselves in as their professors and the likes of the Students for Justice in Palestine together with the campus Democrat clubs batter them with hate against Israel and their faith. They huddle silent, fearful of speaking out although they are encouraged to do so by our laws of free speech. They are physically afraid to utilize those rights of free speech. They are shut down by the intolerance of Jew haters who are openly supported by the Democrats. Our Jewish elected officials say not a word. After all, these kids are only Jewish. Not minorities, illegal immigrants, LBGTQ’s or on food stamps.

Jewish Democrats had better wake up before it’s too late. They assume that by shedding their “Jewish” image they will be accepted by the radical Left that basically despises them but uses them for their own purposes. Time is running out.


David Avrushmi

Concerned About Palestinians in Gaza

Dear Editor:

In the name of the Jewish State, 58 people lost their lives and more than 1,300 were injured by live gunfire yesterday (Monday, May 14) during the protests taking place along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The vast majority of the Jews living in Israel have no direct knowledge of the circumstances that led to this bloodshed. They neither heard the voices of those hurt, nor did they see the wounded. They neither heard the gunfire, nor did they smell the tear gas. Their homes and fields were not threatened in anyway. They were in no danger whatsoever.

We live and work in close proximity to Gaza. We are witnesses to the continued deterioration of both the social fabric and physical infrastructure in Gaza. Our homes and fields are under threat by Hamas and their agents that would gladly do us harm. While we need and want the protection of the Israeli Defense Forces to guarantee our safety, we categorically reject using our safety as an excuse for the wanton killing of unarmed protestors. As Jews, it is our duty to use as minimal amount of force as is necessary to protect ourselves. The vast majority of those killed and injured today, and over the last five weeks during the protests in Gaza, did not threaten us bodily or otherwise in any way or manner that can justify their deaths and injuries.

The government of Israel presents itself as representing Jewish people and presents the State of Israel as the home and bastion of the Jewish people. As such, it is time that the Jewish people reject the use of lethal force against unarmed protestors.

As those that are most directly threatened by the Hamas and its agents, we ask for your help in making the Israeli government cease the unjustifiable use of lethal force and in calling on both sides to join in finding both short and long-term solutions to the problems that make life in Gaza unbearable for the two million innocent people living there.


Marc Marcus

Other Voice

Kibbutz Urim, Israel

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