Legislative Update From The BJC

Our legislative session is off to a good start, as Gov. Martin O’Malley has generously provided funding to the greater Baltimore Jewish community for many of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s  programs and agencies that support our shared vision of a better Maryland. This year, we are pursuing funding for the Hillel Center… Read More

Reform Not What Is Needed

I would be remiss if I didn’t make some comments about Del. Jon Cardin’s grandiose claim to be someone who wants to bring about campaign reform to our political process (“The Year of Campaign Reform,” Jan. 11). What Mr. Cardin didn’t tell you is the amount of contribution money he and his associates, Sen. Bobby… Read More

CHAI Weatherization Programs

… In all the articles about CHAI, as well as the accomplishments of past Executive Director Ken Gelula (“Life of CHAI, Dec. 28), nothing was mentioned about the Weatherization Program that CHAI has been offering for the past three years. In today’s world, it is so important not only to save money where possible, but… Read More

No Pork In Relief Bill

Joseph DuPont (“Pork In The Bill,” Your Say …, Jan. 11) blames “the defeat of the important Hurricane Sandy relief bill” on “selfish members of Congress” who loaded the bill with pork.  Here is the entire relief bill increasing the borrowing authority of FEMA to fund the National Flood Insurance Program, which Speaker Boehner initially… Read More

A Letter To The Government

Police are armed to protect the people. Without armed police there is no public protection. Why do all federal buildings have armed guards? Why are government employees protected by armed guards? Why do the Fortune 1000 companies have armed guards in their lobbies? Why are government officials protected by armed guards? Given perceived threats “you”… Read More

‘You Need Help’ Helpful

Mental illness must be unstigmatized. There are gaping invisible black holes between minutes, hours, days, months and sometimes years of indecision on whether or not to seek help. The fear of being permanently labeled or mislabeled by health professionals has tragically deterred adults and parents with children in debilitating pain from seeking treatment. The Jewish… Read More

Smiling At Sandy Hook?

Upon reading and reviewing the photos accompanying your timely and enlightening piece “Sandy Hook Fallout,” (Jan. 11), I was stunned to notice three women smiling and laughing at the scene unfolding in front of them. I remain at a loss to discern what they find so funny about soldier [Tzviel] Blankchtein demonstrating his self-defense strategy…. Read More

Hagel Appointment A Disappointment

Chuck Hagel’s record as far as Israel and the American Jewish community indicates that his selection will be a disaster for our relations with the Jewish state. Even more important is what this tells us about the innate feelings of our now lame-duck president.   His appointment of Chuck Hagel tells the entire story, and those… Read More

Reaction To Hagel, Shameful

The reaction of far-right American Jews to Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary (“Jury Out On Hagel,” Jan. 18) was hysterical and shameful. On most Israeli Internet news sites thousands of comments are posted every week accusing anyone who does not agree with the Netanyahu government of being an anti-Semite and any Jew who voted… Read More

Tip Of The Hat To JT

It is a pleasure to look forward to receiving the “new” Jewish Times each week. From the editorials and news to the sports articles, the Jewish Times publication is better than ever! We are enjoying David Snyder’s sports features. “Fitness Faux Paus” (Jan. 11) brought us laughs. “Big On Perspective” (Jan. 11) brought tears and… Read More