Letters to the Editor


Jews & The GOP?

Dear Editor,

How much longer will the Jewish community going to support the Republican’s hatred, divisiveness, conservative, bigotry, racist, white supremacy, white nationalist in the national, state and local elections? We have got to vote against every Republican in this country as if our lives depend on it .

Thank You,


Victor Privett
Nicholasville, Kentucky

Can NYC Gain Control of the MTA???

Dear Editor:

Here is how NYC can regain control of the MTA subway and bus systems. Within the 1953 master agreement between the City of New York and NYC Transit is an escape clause. NYC has the legal right to take back at any time control of its assets. This includes the subway and bus system. In 1953, the old NYC Board of Transportation passed on control of the municipal subway system, including all its assets under a master lease and operating agreement to the newly created NYC Transit Authority.

The master lease and operating agreement was subsequently amended over time to include various NYC private franchised bus operators and former B&O Rail Road Staten Island Rapid Transit Railway Company.

Regaining control comes with financial liabilities. City Hall will have to negotiate with both the Governor and State Legislature over how much of the MTA’s $40 billion long term debt and billions more in employee pension, health insurance and other liabilities come with the package. NYC would also inherit a series of union contracts and work rule agreements. Development of a plan is required for turning over management for billions in hundreds of ongoing capital improvement projects.


Larry Penner

(Larry Penner is a transportation historian, writer and advocate who previously worked 31 years for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight for billions in capital projects and programs for the MTA, NYC Transit, Long Island and Metro North Rail Roads, MTA Bus, NYC Department of Transportation along with 30 other transit agencies in NY & NJ).

Legal Group Slams Terror Recruiting on US Campuses

Dear Editor:

Groups with ties to foreign terror organizations were recently found to be recruiting students on U.S. college campuses, including from Duke University. These groups are sending American students to areas in the Middle East controlled by the designated terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) for the purpose of radicalization. The evidence in this case was developed as the result of an investigation in North Carolina, Florida, and in Israel by reporter Sloan Rachmuth, in conjunction with the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center.

Included in the report are public record reports, social media postings, videos, as well as accounts given by eyewitnesses involved with the matter.

Zachor Legal Institute has informed the North Carolina Attorney General’s office of this matter and outlined the potential violations of law involved, including providing material support to terror organizations as part of a racketeering enterprise in violation of North Carolina’s “RICO” statute.

Providing material support, including non-violent organizational assistance and advocacy in support of terror organizations is prohibited by federal law.

Zachor believes that these activities also violate North Carolina law. In particular, under North Carolina’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (N.C. Gen. Stat. §75D), racketeering includes any activity that is described in 18 U.S.C. 1961(1) (see N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75D-3(c)(2)). One of the federal crimes under 18 U.S.C. 1961(1) that is incorporated into North Carolina’s RICO Act is 18 U.S.C. 2339B, providing material support to terrorist organizations. Zachor believes that the activities of the organizations operating on American campuses to facilitate meetings between students and terror groups overseas constitute, among other things, the provision of material support to designated terror organizations under 18 U.S.C. 2339B in violation of federal law and are thus subject to prosecution by the Attorney General’s office under the North Carolina RICO Act.

As described in the investigative report, in April of 2019 at Duke University, a Palestinian Youth Movement recruiter falsely claimed that Israel targets black people for death and torture. Specific calls to violence included comparisons of anti-Israel activism on campuses to Palestinian terror groups and lauding the Palestine Liberation Organization’s violent “resistance” against Israel that has resulted in the deaths of innocent Americans and Israelis.

One of the groups recruiting North Carolina college students to travel overseas explicitly requires participants to advocate on behalf of the foreign terror organizations that they have met with overseas when they return to the United States. Other similar groups are believed to advocate in North Carolina on behalf of terror groups for initiatives such as blocking law enforcement cooperation between local police and their Israeli counterparts.

Students recruited at these events are likely unaware that they are being culled by radical operatives to travel overseas to train with terrorists for the purpose of their own transformation. Also left in the dark about on-campus terror recruitment are well-meaning parents who entrust college administrators to safeguard their children. Campus anti-Israel groups are now going beyond inciting hate–they appear to be providing material support to foreign terror organizations.


Ron Machol
Zachor Legal Institute


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