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Jerusalem & the Military Rules of Engagement

Dear Editor

There is a pledge that the US stands, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all . It is beautiful, that both the US and Israel stand for the same principals. On June 6, 1967 the nation of Israel was placed in a situation of clear and present danger by Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Egypt closed the Red Sea water route to Israel and planned their attack with Jordan and Syria. In that six day war, Egypt, Jordan and Syria lost land to Israel. When a nation like Israel is placed in clear and present danger and is forced to go to war to defend itself, military terms of engagement dictate if the defending nation captures land defending itself, there is no military principal that requires the return of one inch of land or autonomy to attacking nations.

Thus, the move of the UD Embassy to Jerusalem indicates that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel by military by military terms of engagement as well as the mutual spirit these two nations share


Lawrence D Chariton


Bergen County Improves Pedestrian Safety

Dear Editor:

On February 22nd, Bergen County officials awarded a contract to New Prince Concrete Construction Company to perform roadway and pedestrian safety improvements to Washington Avenue in the Borough of Carlstadt. The project, which will be funded through a grant from the federal government, will improve Washington Avenue from the northern border of Carlstadt at Moonachie Avenue, south to Route 120/Paterson Plank Road.

As part of the project, the County will construct a new traffic signal near the Valero Station, a few hundred feet north of Paterson Plank Road. Certain bus stops will be relocated and include bus shelters, and Jersey barriers in the center of the roadway will be extended to help improve road safety. Sidewalks will also be extended and improved, and the entire roadway will be milled, resurfaced, and restriped. The County expects the road to remain open throughout the construction.

Additionally, the County will install a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon, also known as a HAWK signal, just north of the Barrell Avenue intersection. One of the first to be installed in Bergen County, HAWK signals are shown to reduce vehicle and pedestrian crashes by 69%, as motorists comply with them at significantly higher rates than other forms of pedestrian crossings according to the Federal Highway Administration. A HAWK signal consists of a flashing yellow light which will turn solid yellow when a pedestrian activates the beacon, followed by two red lights that illuminate to indicate to motorists to stop for the crossing.


Michael Pagan


MTA Needs Lhota Full Time

Dear Editor:

Are there enough hours in the day for MTA Chairman Joe Lhota to deliver for commuters? The good news is no doubt that as MTA Chairman and CEO between November 2011 to December 2012, he did a great job bringing MTA transportation back from the damages brought by Super Storm Sandy. Lhota’s previous experiences at the MTA and at City Hall serving as NYC Finance Commissioner, Office of Management and Budget Director and Deputy Mayor for Operations under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani positioned him to hit the ground running.

The bad news is that he continues to retain positions as a senior Vice President of NYU Langone Medical Center and at Madison Square Garden. Now, more than ever his MTA assignment is a full time job well beyond the standard 9 to 5 hours most New Yorkers work. Lhota can’t serve multiple employers at the same time without avoiding potential conflicts of interest. Transit riders, taxpayers, transit advocates and elected officials can accept no less. They need a full time 24/7 MTA Chairman.


Larry Penner

(Larry Penner is a transportation historian and advocate who worked 31 years for the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 \NY Office).



‘Gray Lady’ Not Longer Dependable

Dear Editor:

The New York Times, lovingly referred to over the years as the, ‘Old Gray Lady’, is no longer the rock-solid, highly-dependable publisher of ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’. Sadly, thatza fact.

Wouldst that the conflicted mis-management of the NYT took a virtual trip back to the days of its founding in 1851 and revisited the way in which it eventually gained the reputation as the best source of honest reportage of the day’s events. For a century and more, it was the go-to source for the lead story of the day – the story that all other newspapers picked up as their ‘lead’.

Sadly again, we are obliged to face the fact that this is no longer the case. The NYT is all over the map with their reportage. It cannot be counted on to provide straight-ahead reporting. The ‘Old Gray Lady’ has become politicized to the point where every article has a viewpoint with an agenda.

Let’s call it what it is . . . biased news. And again with duly-noted sadness, we must recognize that today, the New York Times leans heavily ‘to the Left’. This means that those who demand the whole, accurate truth in their news, will simply have to work harder and longer to find it.


Morton Kuffmeister


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