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Are American Jews in Peril?

Dear Editor:

We American Jews are in peril. Over 70% of us voted to turn our backs on Israel and domestic Jewry. Over 70% of us voted twice in favor of Barack Obama, whom we all knew was an overt Jew hater who sat in the church pew of just about the most outrageous Jew hater in the country for over 20 years. Obama had as his Jew hating buddies, Rev. Wright, Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton and Valerie Jarrett, to name just a few. And Jewish voters knew nothing of this? Nonsense.

In fact, as a result of their dropping any concern for their ancestral beliefs and especially for their new support for the enemies of Judaism they should no longer be referred to as Jews but rather be referred to as members of a new religious group: Believers in Liberalism. They should be publicly repudiated for further describing themselves as “Jews.” If we remain silent and ignore the hatred of these Believers in Liberalism, we are doomed as a group.


Alan Bulwarky


Mourns the Death of Baseball Player

Dear Editor:

I’m still wiping away the tears, but I’m trying my best to channel one of the only lessons we can learn from a story as terrible as “Town Mourns Tragic Death of Former NJ Baseball Star and His Father.” You really do have to live your best life because it can all go away in an absolute instant. Spend time with family, or at least make sure to call a few times a week. Losing a family member prematurely must be about the worst feeling in the world. I would think having regrets would only worsen that unimaginable pain. It’s natural for us to get annoyed and angry at each other, and that’s perfectly fine. That’s part of living life. But you have to really stop and think about the bigger picture. Is it really worth it to feel such anger at a brother or sister over something that will seem so trivial a week from now? G-d forbid something happens to a family member, but having your last memory with that loved one be feelings of anger over something stupid would probably haunt me forever.

It’s so touching to see the outpouring from the community of Old Bridge to show such love, kindness, and support for this family in need. If anything can come close to close family, it’s friends and neighbors. While this tragedy of a young and promising young man and his dad break my heart, the support they continue to receive gives me hope and makes my heart hurt a little less.


Patsy Degnan


Do We Need Another Apple Store?

Dear Editor:

Don’t we already have enough Apple stores? Just when I’m finally ready to check out the new location, a brand new store opens, and then I realize that the new location I originally wanted to go to was actually like the third-most brand new store anyway. The redundancy is too much! It’s an embarrassment of riches.

Now with all of that said, I couldn’t help but chuckle when I read your article in the June 22 issue that was called “Azrieli Group Negotiating to Open First Apple Store in Israel.” Who am I kidding? I’m so thrilled when I read that news! Even though I want to roll my eyes sometimes when I see yet another Apple store in the Big Apple, I know for sure that my heart will warm and fill with joy when I make the journey back to the Promised Land and pass by a slice of American capitalism. But how about we keep it at one store, Israel? Okay, maybe two or three.


Regina Magarov


Wants Sports Betting in NY

Dear Editor:

I’ve been following all the coverage of sports betting now being legal and where it is being offered. When I read your June 15 article, “NJ Gov Murphy Signs Sports Betting Bill into Law After Supreme Court Ruling,” my excitement quickly turned to that of annoyance with New York State’s complete inaction on expanding sports betting in the state. Besides being a fun activity, sports betting will bring the state some extra cash.

I’m not the biggest fan of gambling. It can get out of hand quickly, and we know people become addicted. It just makes no sense anymore though to keep something that is so widespread illegal. The black market is huge, with people still handing over stashes of cash in concealed bags to each other in the middle of a city sidewalk so shady online operations based overseas can stay afloat. The Supreme Court ruling will go a long way towards making these images a thing of the past, but states like New York need to get their acts together.


Max Parsons


The City’s Poor & Vulnerable Suffer

Dear Editor:

I am appalled after reading your article from June 15 titled “City to Pay $1B to Fix NYCHA Nightmare; Feds Charge Cover-Up.” How could people be so cruel and vile to not only see the conditions in which our city’s poorest and most vulnerable are living but then make a concerted effort to do nothing about it? And worse than that is the fact that the cover-up efforts probably required more thought and energy than just doing things right in the first place! It really makes you think. Who else can’t we trust with basic yet crucial tasks?

It’s encouraging to at least see the judge suggest the possibility of individuals being charged, but it’s still outrageous that NYCHA won’t be charged and that the perpetrators aren’t being put on trial at this very moment. Why are they allowed to get away with this gross malfeasance and lack of humanity? Most of us wouldn’t have that luxury nor would we want it. Helping each other out makes the world go ‘round and repairs it.


Samantha Yates


Trump Plays By His Own Rules

Dear Editor:

Your May 18 article, “Trump, Michael Cohen Were Told of Abuse Charges vs Schneiderman in 2013,” is a reminder that the president plays by different rules and lacks any sort of compassion.

While Donald Trump or his fixer, Michael Cohen, may not have been able to come right out and say what they knew about the disgraced former New York State attorney general, they never seemed to do anything to combat the issue. After the news came out about Schneiderman’s patterns of abuse, the president gloated rather than showing even the slightest concern for Schneiderman’s victims or victims of abuse at large. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised about a man who stands credibly accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault in some cases by 16 women and admitted to repeteadly grabbing women below the belt because “when you’re a star, they let you do it.” We deserve better. Victims of abuse most certainly do.


Henry Robert Capalini


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