I’m for Josh

As I hear and see the media, I am constantly reminded that politics has become so very polarized. Congress can’t get anything done! I don’t see a political center anymore where Democrats and Republicans work together to solve problems.

Take our representative in Congress, Scott Garrett. He’s spent 14 years in Washington trying to prove that he is the most extreme member of the House. He’s voted against healthcare for 9/11 first responders. He was one of only nine men in Congress to vote against the Violence Against Women Act. And after Superstorm Sandy, he was the only New Jersey member of Congress from either party who refused to sign a letter urging Congress to send relief to victims in our state. It’s no wonder his own staff called him the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.

Through the media and personal appearances I have attended, I have become acquainted with Josh Gottheimer, Garret’s opponent, who wants to take a different approach. From all I have read and heard, he will govern from the middle and reach across the aisle. He wants to lower taxes and grow our economy, and he cares deeply about investing in our children’s future. He will be tough on terrorists like ISIS and stand up for our ally, Israel.

I was thrilled to see former Senator Joe Lieberman endorse Josh, as he likes to be called. Lieberman’s group, No Labels, supports candidates who pledge to end the polarization in Washington and work for bipartisan solutions. If there’s anyone who fits that mold, it’s Josh. Josh is a problem solver, a true moderate, and I’ll be so proud to stand with, and vote for, him this November.

Ira Brandenburg

The tragedy of stillbirth

NechamaComfort applauds Dena Croog for courageously sharing her story in “Closing the Gates” (October 7). Too many families suffer the tragedy of infant and pregnancy loss, and too often their suffering is hidden — only whispered about by well-meaning relatives and friends, who just don’t know what to do to help.

As Ms. Croog wrote, “…one, we are all in this together, and two, we need to learn better.” NechamaComfort helps support families who have experienced loss at any time in their lives. We educate communities, medical personnel and clergy to better support their friends, neighbors, clients and congregants.

This year, the holidays fall during Infant and Pregnancy Awareness Month, which is commemorated each October. During this time, take a moment to reflect about how you can support the members of your family and community whose dreams have been shattered.

If you know someone in need of our services, if you would like to join a support group, or if you want to bring an awareness program to your community, contact us at nechamacomfort@gmail.com. You can also find us at www.nechamacomfort.com, Facebook and Instagram (username NechamaComfort).

Help us support families like Ms. Croog’s.

Reva Judas, CPE
Founder and Executive Director

Why only rabbinic Jews? And other issues

It seems to me that Mr. Kampeas, who writes for JTA, loves Democrats and dislikes Republicans that are not happy with current leadership. This belief comes from reading all his articles in the Jewish Standard. He represents one side of the picture while parading as a reporter. He is really a commentator with a bias. Your paper owes the public a presentation of another view, if you want to be impartial. Editorials should reflect the editor’s views, not columnists. By the way, why is only rabbinic Judaism represented and no other points of view? If you truly represent all Jewry in the Jewish world, then your choice of articles should do so. The column devoted to replies by a talmudic rabbi borders, at times, on the ridiculous. There’s a world of Jewry that are of interest to other Jews and you miss the mark in that regard in so many ways. What say you?

Shel Haas
Fort Lee

No to Trump

Donald Trump is unfit to be president.

Election Day is right around the corner. I think about all that is at stake this year and what is to come. Working people know that the path to prosperity starts with electing candidates who support a raising wages agenda. We have the opportunity to win equal pay, paid leave, fair scheduling, and higher wages. These are just some of the reasons why Donald Trump is the wrong choice for America. The past economic downturn has impacted millions of working people. Donald Trump has bragged about benefiting from the housing crash that left millions of Americans without a home. Trump has a history of not paying workers at his properties. He’s profited from the trade deals he speaks against. He outsources jobs at his own companies. He even boasts that not paying taxes makes him smart. Voting is a right, and it’s a central part of our democracy. This year, with so much at stake, it is critical that we get out voting and demonstrating the power working people have. I have been working in the public sector for many years and have witnessed the onslaught of the private contractors/consultants on government contracts hired doing the same work at higher wages than we do in-house as licensed professionals. We can’t risk electing a candidate who puts his profits ahead of the needs of working families. Let’s vote to ensure working men and women get the support we deserve.

Carl Lewis

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