To say that “[Mort] Klein and the ZOA are one and the same” (“Million-DollarQuestions,”Nov. 9) is like saying that Cal Ripken played a lot of baseball—a vast understatement.
In the fashion of Middle Eastern tyrants, Klein ran the ZOA the way Yasser Arafat ran the PLO; Hosni Mubarak dominated Egypt; and the al-Assad family controls Syria, complete with elections that are a foregone conclusion. The one big difference, of course, is that the ZOA strongman conducted his [character] assassinations via press release rather than [through] ballistic discharge.
The ouster of this greedy bully will constitute the American Jewish organizational life equivalent of an Arab Spring, and with it, hopefully, the return of the ZOA to its illustrious and honorable origins.
Bravo on the Nov. 9 editorial “Million-Dollar Questions.” Newcomers to this area should be aware that in Baltimore,Mort Klein’s name ismud, and has been for decades, since his ballot-stuffing coup ousted Baltimorean Jim Schiller from the role of ZOA president. Once he assumed that office, Klein then sidestepped the ZOA bylaws’ term limits for that position, setting himself up as national president for life. There, he cultivated an almost cult-like following, highlighted by intolerance of dissent fromhis policies (or as the JT editorial put it, “Klein and the ZOA are one and the same”). That cult-like dominating influence explains his excessive compensation as “the highest-paid Jewish professional in North America.”
Ali Berney and the staff at Carbiz are all too familiar with the negative stereotypes associated with the used-car business.
That’s why when Berney, finance manager at the Glen car dealership, contacted local charities to ask for their participation in the company’s newest giving initiative, she was prepared for a certain amount of skepticism.
And that was the case earlier this fall when Carbiz reached out to several organizations and offered them the chance to be a part of its Thanksgiving turkey drive.
“I think at first they were kind of taken aback because I was contacting them, reaching out to them, saying, ‘Hey, can you participate?’” Berney said. “They don’t expect a car dealership … contributing in this sort of way. It took a lot of convincing on my part to say, ‘Hey, we want to give you this. This is the real deal.’”
A few nights ago, I sat down for dinner at one of my favorite Owings Mills restaurants. What I went on to witness still has me shaking my head.
Surveying my surroundings, I see at the table nearest to mine what appears to be a typical American family out for an evening meal. A relatively young husband and wife accompanied by their two children. They are sitting together, waiting for their food to arrive.