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5783: Pacifiers and Passivity

Dear Editor:

5783, this Jewish New Year, is a long time for any people to still be around. The High Holy Days are a time for atonement and quiet self reflection. The New Year is always a time for reflecting upon the past year and coming year, our past and future as a people.

Recent years have given the Jewish community double, mixed messages about our viability, our safety. Whenever an overt instance of violence or public Jew Hate surfaces, we now hear almost immediate community and even governmental condemnation. This is a good thing. But at the same time, we quietly witness the growing strength of the far left’s anti-Zionist infiltration in our universities and schools. We witness the growing boldness and threats by the far right’s Neo Nazi activities in our communities and on social media whose Jew hate conspiracy gains traction. As we approach the 2024 elections, we will see an escalation of extremes, with Jews caught in the cross hairs.

Are we becoming pacified and made passive when we hear these public statements condemning overt Jew hate?  Is this enabling us to be passive towards the growing far left and far right, by the vows to destroy Israel by the “Palestinian” Arabs, by Hamas, by the Islamic Republic of Iran, all echoed en masse by almost all western mainstream media’s chorus?

When they come for the Jews, you are next. These words used to mean something. Today, they are ignored, considered an anachronism from the past with no relevance for the present day whose true oppressors have used their war of words, their peddling of Big Lies to again fool the West, as did Hitler’s 1930’s Germany.

5783 is marked by all Jews fearful of leaving their homes with any outward display of being a Jew. And so this New Year should be marked by every single Jew all over the world pushing their “leaders” to be as relentlessly active, as are our enemies, to be loud and proud Jews who reject the world’s characterization of Israel as “the problem.”

Ginette Weiner
Scottsdale, AZ


Air Conditioned Subway Stations in NYC?

Dear Editor:

Advocates for underground air-conditioned subway stations have something in common with others who want installation of platform barriers on all 472 stations to prevent people from falling on the tracks. There are more important priorities facing NYC Transit than spending $4.5 billion for air conditioning stations or $7 billion plus $120 million in annual maintenance costs for station platform barriers. It will take numerous MTA Five Year Capital Plans until 2060 for the NYC Transit to finally reach a state of good repair for existing fleet, stations including making all ADA accessible, signals, interlockings, track, power, yards and shops.  The same is true for ensuring that maintenance programs for all assets are fully funded and completed on time to ensure riders safe and reliable service

Larry Penner

(Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously served as a former Director for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office of Operations and Program Management)


Is Biden to Blame for Open Borders?

Dear Editor:

I blame all those who voted for Biden for the situation we’re in and the catastrophe toward which we’re headed. They sent to the White House, a delusional, a corrupt, ethically and morally individual who is, as well, an America hater. Why else would he open the border wide, to admit everyone who wishes to enter? Does he keep his front door on his three mansions open for all to traipse in? And why is he banning fossil fuels from this country that keep our economy booming, our homes warm and our citizens capable of traveling free as birds? How many EV’s are there in his never ending convoys of vehicles that take him wherever he pleases? Does Air Force One have solar panels to keep it in the air?

And why else is he banning natural gas from being used to heat, our homes cook our meals and and create the power used to run our nation? And why is he destroying the middle class by offering lower rate mortgages to losers and higher ones to those whose credit ratings are good? Reward the irresponsible and punish the financially savvy, of course. And in so doing manufacture another housing bust to cripple our economy. his latest, loony, delusional demand is that ceiling fans will eventually have to go the way of our land’s laws and of course, the Constitution. Fans are more dangerous to us than….illegal aliens.

The next time you’re confronted by a Democrat who vigorously and stupidly deplores Trump as they’re trained to do, ask the above questions to them. And demand answers.

Morris Schoen
Williamsburg, NY


Will We Ever Have a Two Party System Again?

Dear Editor:

Trump has now been indicted for the umpteenth time, harassed and harried for over 6 years without let up. And the republicans have sat on their tuchises doing nothing in response or in retaliation. The radical Leftists, Communists, Progressives, Democrats, using their constitutional powers will run the show for years to come, only to be ended by some sort of revolution or miracle. They are the powerful ones. Look what they have accomplished so far.  The schools as an instance, are now run from K-12 by dumb union members, colleges hire 95% of only progressives and the unions and their job controlling leaders are all Democrats. So how will we ever have a two party system again? Kids will come home from school, pointing their fingers at their parents telling them that: “The teacher told us……. (Take your choice) A. You’re wrong about politics, B. American history, C. Religion!” You name it. Remember Hillary’s old line: “It takes a village.” That’s it.

Richard Harris
Roslyn, NY

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