Letters to the Editor

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Did Russians Put Trump in WH??

Dear Editor,

How much longer are we Jews going to support the Nikita Khrushchev regime? And, the Republican’s liars, racist, bigotry, sexist, divisiveness, conservative, hatefulness, white supremacist, white nationalist candidates in our national, state and local elections? We need to vote out of office every Republican in this country!!! For, as a people, country and our military we are much better than the Republican Party. The evangelicals are saying that G-d put Trump into the White House “for a reason”. No, G-d didn’t put Trump in the White House. Vladimir Putin , the Russians and a bunch of “nutty people” did and they aren’t G-d. Like Clarence Odbody in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the Republicans have a long way to go to earn their wings!

Thank You.


Victor Privett
Nicholasville, Kentucky

$1B in Employee Overtime at the MTA

Dear Editor:

Growing overtime costs for MTA NYC Transit, Long Island Rail Road and Metro North Rail Road employees has been going on for decades. It has been repeatedly documented by internal MTA, Office of MTA Inspector General, State Comptroller, Citizens Budget Commission, Empire Center for Public Policy audits and reports, along with numerous newspaper stories. Governor Andrew Cuomo, his appointed MTA Chairman Patrick Foye and MTA Finance Committee Chairperson Larry Schwartz ongoing outrages on this issue remind me of Captain Renault in “Casablanca” who said “I’m shocked…shocked to find that gambling is going on” while at the same time collecting his winnings.

Every generation of MTA Chairmen, agency Presidents, Board Members, Finance Officers and Executive Management who manage agency budgets since the 1980s has made the wrong choice. They believed it would be cheaper to pay overtime than hire additional employees, whose critical specialized skills were necessary for maintaining functioning safe and reliable transportation operations. They thought it would be less expensive by avoiding the costs of training, full time salary plus fringe, medical insurance and pensions by not increasing the headcounts of various departments. This has contributed to excessive overtime expenses approaching $1 billion per year rather than hiring additional new employees.


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 bus and subway, Staten Island Rail Road, Long Island and Metro North Rail Roads, MTA Bus, NICE Bus, NYC Department of Transportation, PATH, New Jersey Transit along with 30 other transit agencies in NY & NJ).

The Hebron Massacre of 1929

Dear Editor:

Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. If Jews were massacred in 1929, the Hebron Massacre, can you just imagine what Hamas would do to every Jew in Israel? This massacre would be child’s play compared to Hamas’ declared genocidal Islamic jihad hatred of killing every Jew they can. And yet the Times whitewashes Hamas as some kind of victim protest group and blames Israel for defending itself because???? You tell me.

The 1929 Hebron massacre, rapes, stabbings and killing of unarmed Jewish men, women and children by vicious Jew hating Arabs continues on. Nothing has changed except for the far left and mainstream media excusing terrorism as “justified”. And today’s Jewish leaders, and organizations’ silence and cowardice.

Ginette Weiner
Scottsdale, AZ

Condemns Murder of Rina Shnerb

Dear Editor:

The RAA condemns the cold, inhumane act of terror and hate that took the life of Rina Shnerb and that seriously injured her father Rabbi Eitan and her brother Dvir. Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated, “Words cannot express our outrage. As Jews, we are sadly all too familiar with terror, hate and violence, and the trauma of living with fear of violence. With a history of pogroms, the Holocaust and terror in Israel, we, as Jews and Americans, join the people of Israel and Jews world over in mourning this tragic loss of life and terrorist attack. What started as ordinary days should never have ended in death, chaos and destruction. We call upon every decent peace-loving person to lock hand in hand and to condemn this violence and resolve upon ourselves as human beings and as Americans to not rest until these cowardly terrorists are found and all those responsible for this heinous act of murder, death and destruction are held accountable.”

Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, presidium chairman of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, called upon “members of the Jewish faith to say additional prayers for the victims of these massacres and to pray that, as Americans, we should never see such acts of death and destruction again. The only way to combat hate is through love and acts of kindness. We urge all decent people to build and strengthen local communities to provide care in times of need and support in times of stress. This country needs more prayer, more faith and more love.”

May He who makes peace in Heaven shall make peace on this earth and may we not know of such incidents anymore.


The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim

Jewish Teens Who Create Meaningful Change

Dear Editor:

On Monday, August 19th, 15 of the nation’s brightest young philanthropists were awarded $36,000 by the Helen Diller Family Foundation in recognition of their commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world). At a luncheon held at San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel, these young leaders from across the United States, received the national 2019 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, a prestigious honor given to youth leaders who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, community service and action.

Monday’s luncheon celebration was the culmination of a weekend-long series of business strategy workshops, networking and mentoring initiatives, during which award winners exchanged ideas with other socially conscious peers and interacted with Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award alumni from years past who are continuing their social justice work.

A highlight of the luncheon was a special documentary-style video that featured the accomplishments of all 15 teens in a behind-the-scenes chronicle of their leadership achievements. The video showcases each teen’s projects and illustrates an individual’s ability to empower youth, initiate dialogue and shatter stigmas.

The Helen Diller Family Foundation is gearing up to find the next set of teen changemakers and is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. This call for nominations offers the opportunity for educators, civic leaders, and teen mentors to acknowledge Jewish teens who are actively working to create meaningful change in their communities, and the world. Please visit www.dillerteenawards.org/ to nominate a deserving young, Jewish teen today.


The 2019 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

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