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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Trenchant Ride Through MTA History

Dear Editor:

The recent New York City Transit Museum's antique bus display as part of the annual downtown Brooklyn Atlantic Antic festival was a great trip down memory lane. It was a time when bus drivers had to make change and drive, at the same time. No one dared bring any food on the bus or leave any litter behind. You had to pay separate fares to ride either the bus or subway. Now there are Metro Cards affording free transfers between bus and subway, along with discounted weekly or monthly fares. Employee transit checks to help cover the costs didn't exist decades ago.

As a teenagers, riding the old subway cars in the 1960's was a time when it was common to find both penny gum and soda machines dispensing products at many subway stations. Clean and safe bathrooms were readily available. It was a time when people respected authority and law. Previous generations of riders did not litter subway stations and buses, by leaving behind gum, candy wrappers, paper cups, bottles and newspapers. No one would openly eat pizza, chicken or other messy foods while riding a bus or subway. Everyone paid their way and there was virtually no fare evasion.

Previous generations of both bus and subway riders survived daily commutes with no air conditioning. All they had for comfort were overhead fans. Air conditioned buses and subway cars that we all take for granted today were virtually non existent up until the time of the 1964-65 Worlds Fair. Air conditioned buses were still a novelty. It was not until 1966, that NYC Transit first purchased over 600 buses with this new feature. Subsequently, all future new buses would include air conditioning. By the early 1990's, 100% of the bus fleet was air conditioned.

Fast forward to today, and you can see how MTA public transportation is still one of the best bargains in town. Riders can count on air conditioned buses, subway and commuter rail cars working close to 99% on a daily basis.


Larry Penner

Terrorism IS Terrorism

Dear Editor:

Sending flowers and teddy bears to the murdered victims from the London Bridge Islamic jihad attack, and now the newest attack in London, won't stop the next terror attack. When the Palestinian Arabs murder unarmed Israeli children and adults in the name of jihad, and the world is silent, but loudly condemns that same jihadi terrorism in London and elsewhere, this only serves to encourage it. You can’t choose which terrorism you like and which you dislike. Jihad terrorism is jihad terrorism no matter where it occurs. And is never justified or excusable. 

What will stop Islamic terror is simple but not easy. Imams, Muslims, all who practice Islam must begin citing the many specific passages of the Koran, the Hadiths of Muhammad and Sharia Law which tell their flock that jihad, killing infidels and Jews are holy acts and denounce these passages as wrong, despite their appearance in holy texts. Unless and until this happens, we will continue to have more deaths. This is not bias, but fact. Not all who practice Islam will commit jihad but some are doing so. We see their bloody work on an almost daily basis. France has a program called "Stop the Jihad." Islamic and all religious leaders should stand together and denounce these passages. 

Some examples: A command in the Koran: "Fight against those to whom the Scriptures were given [i.e. Jews and Christians]… until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Koran 9:29); Sacred saying of Muhammad, part of Hamas’ Charter: "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, '0 'Abdullah! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.' ”


Ginette Weiner, Scottsdale, AZ

The Media War on Trump

Dear Editor: 

The head honchos in the hardened bunkered war rooms of MSNBC, CBS, CNN, ABC NPR, PBS, the NYT, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and on and on, are not uniformed nor do they wear military eagles or stars on their jackets, yet they are the planners of the battle plan and the campaigners to defeat and bring down the administration of President Trump. Sadly, these members of the media, the Fourth Estate, those who are still guaranteed their freedom of speech, to write their opinions without fear of being shut down by the government, are committing suicide by joining together, as one, with the likes of the street mobs clamoring to destroy the Constitution. Apparently unbeknownst to them, they are supporting the demagogues such as George Soros and Barack Obama who are now invisibly leading the forces of chaos and revolt throughout the land. If this revolution is successful, their voices will be silenced. It happened in Germany, Cuba, Venezuela and is clearly taking shape and form within our borders. 

What makes these media giants deaf, dumb and blind to the threats to their Constitutional freedoms once the rioters, the thugs wielding homemade flame throwers, those who tear down public statues and burn down cities with the police standing idly by have destroyed our liberties? Once the Black Lives Matter, Occupy Movement, the Islamists and the Constitution bashing Marxists take over do they think they'll be permitted to speak out with the freedoms they have now? Will anyone be able to express his or her opinions around the card table or on the golf course without being beaten, chained and hauled off to an American styled Siberia or Auschwitz for speaking out as a racist, gay basher, Islamophobe or woman hater?

Juan Williams, the Fox News pundit was tossed out of his job by NPR for speaking honestly about Muslims. Yet he is in the forefront of shutting down free speech for others by referring to Republicans as "Fascists." Is he aware that the Democrat Party in which he proudly claims membership was the "Hate Black" party that still enslaves them with food stamps, abortions and hand outs? His Leftist buddies, were they in control of the nation (as he wants) would toss him out the window in a white-hooded moment if he ever uttered a non PC word.

We are now headed down the slippery slope to totalitarianism, fascism and one party rule and those who would suffer the most are sadly in the lead. Recall where those who initially supported Nazism and the Soviet Revolution ended up. Something about paying the penalty for not studying and learning about the past pops up in my head. 


Alan Bulwarky

Wants Infrastructure Improvements in Lakewood

Dear Editor, 

Over the years, there seems to have been a push by the township to increase housing in Lakewood. In my opinion, although it is important to look to the future, it is also important to look back and take note that there has been too much effort put into increasing housing and not enough emphasis placed on improving the infrastructure. I feel that this has to be reversed in order for there to be a proper correction in town. Going forward, the boards and the committee must take a forceful stance against new housing. Variances should only be granted on veryrare occasions. No more spot zoning should take place in Lakewood. 


Avraham Sharaby