On Jan. 12, there was a major meeting in Bergen County regarding the recent swastikas and the attempted murder of a rabbi and his family. While I applaud these efforts, I wonder why in the past, when my synagogue had swastikas, when a yeshivah student in Edison was assaulted, when the Edison Lexus dealership and other sites were vandalized with swastikas, that we did not have a similar outcry in our Middlesex County community.

Unless and until the judicial system hands out harsh punishment, including real jail time to these perpetrators, including teenagers, nothing will change. Writing an essay on the Holocaust, or doing community service means nothing to those blinded by bigotry and hatred.