Letters to the Editor


Tipping the Wait Staff, Cooks at Restaurants

Dear Editor:

In these difficult economic times with many people away for summer vacations, it is especially important to patronize your local neighborhood restaurant during NYC Restaurant Week, July 22 to August 16. There are so many great restaurants in all five boroughs of NYC to select from.

My wife and I don’t mind occasionally paying a little more to help our local businesses survive. Don’t forget your cook and server at your favorite local neighborhood restaurant. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, we round up to the next dollar. If we can afford to eat out, we can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering take out, we always leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. It is appreciated.

Remember these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs have continued to create new employment opportunities without the assistance of federally-funded taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment especially to students during the summer. If we don’t patronize our local restaurants, they don’t eat either.


Larry Penner

Disappointed with Jerry Nadler

Dear Editor:

Living on the upper west side of NYC, I have had the burden of Jerrold Nadler as my Congressman for as long as I can remember. I can’t think of one thing he has done for me as a constituent. For years we would visit his DC office periodically, asking for help with issues relating to Israel. He never had time for us. He would send out an aide to assure us that he had the matter in hand. Nothing noticeable ever happened.

While this was going on, I was unaware of the damage he was inflicting on the neighborhood because of his hatred of Donald Trump, long before Trump became President. Steve Cuozzo’s enlightening article, “In Nadler, Trump Faces an Old NY Foe”, (NY Post, July 25), tells a shocking story of one man’s “sheer malice, petty vindictiveness, spitefulness, hatred, and bile” that prevented NY from having a new, 22 acre public park along the Hudson River, that Trump would have paid to build. Cuozzo explains how Trump was even able to reason with former Mayor David Dinkins and a long list of community boards. “Only Nadler was deaf to compromise or reason.” Cuozzo warns us that if he doesn’t succeed in dethroning Trump in these pathetic and embarrassing Mueller hearings, “it’s terrifying to think what vengeance he’ll take and on whom.”

So the fat man I would occasionally see on the streets of the upper west side, sneakily eating an ice cream cone, was not the useless representative that I thought him to be. He was and is an enemy of the people, putting his own hatreds before the welfare of the people. May people wake up, and vote him out of office. In the meantime, we have to stay alert to the daily damage he is doing and do everything possible to stop it.


Helen Freedman

Challenges Rabbi Who Defends Ilhan Omar

(The following letter was sent to the New Jersey Jewish News)

Dear Editor:

I began reading the front page article about Rabbi Avi Olitzky defending Omar for her anti-Israel, anti-American slurs because I couldn’t understand on what basis a rabbi could excuse Omar and her “squad” of their vile lies and accusations. As I read the entire article, I saw that Rabbi Olitzky was joined by a host of other rabbis, defending this dangerous quartet. Rabbi Avi Friedman, Rabbi Danny Geretz, Rabbi Robert Tobin, Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak, Rabbi Mark Malach, Rabbi Mark Cooper, Rabbi Hannah Orden, Rabbi Elliott Tepperman, Rrabbi David Levy, Rabbi Alexander Davis, and the Minnesota Rabbinical Association all joined forces in turning President Trump’s rebuke to the “squad” into a racist attack against them by a “racist” President. They should be ashamed of themselves and owe their congregants a huge apology for misleading them.

Nowhere in the page and a quarter article by Johanna Ginsberg (July 25, 2019) were there mentions of the ugly, inexcusable, fallacious, inflammatory, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-American slanders that fall out of the mouths of Omar, AOC, Tlaib and Pressley on a regular basis. Who was it who announced that the Jews are all about the Benjamins? Who celebrates and appears at events hosted by CAIR, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood? Who regularly calls for the impeachment of our democratically elected President Trump and refers to him with foul language, sometimes referring to the “occupant” of the White House, rather than the President? Who has made statements in support of Al Quaeda, accused Jews of dual loyalty, voted “NO” against the anti-BDS resolution in Congress? Voted against funding to safeguard our border, and described the migrant detention camps as modern day concentration camps? This is only the beginning of a list of offenses Americans have had to endure from Omar and her “squad.”

As for “going back to where they came from” Tlaib has draped herself in the PA flag and replaced Israel on her map in her Congressional office with a “map of Palestine,” even though such a place doesn’t exist and neither does such a people. (But this is a history lesson for another time and place). AOC could definitely go back to her roots in her native Puerto Rico which seems in need of leadership. Perhaps they would embrace her. Omar could turn her efforts to Somalia. Pressley would do well to embrace the many pro-black programs promoted by Trump, rather than stick to the ugly accusations of Elijah Cummings and his ilk.

Clearly, any but the brain-washed, die-hard Democrats would ignore all the mounting evidence of the jihad being waged against Americans by this infiltration of Islam into our Congress and continue to join in the Soros paid for media attacks on President Trump. Trump’s language may be unpolished, but his purpose is clear. America is facing great danger today from an insidious, well-funded, evil plan against it. America’s rabbis have the special responsibility of sounding a wake-up call, instead of soothing their congregants back to sleep. Let’s see them shoulder that burden with courage and honesty.


Helen Freedman
Co-Executive Director
Americans for a Safe Israel/AFSI

Shame on Richard Dreyfuss

Dear Editor:

Actor Richard Dreyfuss decided to tell us “Jewish misbehavior and oppression of others is more concerning to him than rise in anti-Semitism.” He conveniently ignores Israel’s outstretched hand to live side by side in peace, and Israel’s fair, comprehensive offers for peace in: 1917 (Balfour), 1937 (Peel), 1948 (UN), 1993 (Oslo), 2000 (Camp David), 2005 (Sharon), 2001 (Taba), 2008 (Olmert). These so called Palestinian Arabs were offered more than 90% of Judea and Samaria. At each and every juncture, they declined and no counter offers were ever made by them. Gee, if I really wanted peace, I’d be at the negotiating table, sweating it out until I was successful.

“Oppression of others???” Dreyfuss cannot identify a true victim, from a true oppressor, if his life depended upon it. “The Palestinians won’t accept any land-for-peace deal. They want sovereignty for themselves without a reciprocal recognition of the sovereignty of the Jewish state. They want statehood without negotiation and an independent Palestine that can continue its war with Israel.” You can hear their Nazi speech, calling Jews devils, teaching their children to kill Jews, in their own words, not mine or yours, on Palestinian Media Watch.


Ginette Weiner
Scottsdale, AZ


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