Mangano Clarifies Use

Of OU Name

Dear Editor,

Friends of Ed Mangano wishes to clarify the following facts with regard to paid advertisements placed recently in the Five Towns Jewish Times and the Jewish Home newspapers.

The display advertisements announcing a forum for Nassau County Executive candidate Ed Mangano hosted by the Orthodox Union were placed in those newspapers and paid for by the campaign, without the prior knowledge or authorization of the Orthodox Union. The campaign apologizes to the Orthodox Union and for any misperception caused by the placement of the advertisements.

Again, we truly apologize!

Brian Nevin

Friends of Ed Mangano

Intermarriage Is Not Funny

Dear Editor,

Last year, at about this same time of year, you ran an ad that I found to be very insensitive and inappropriate. I wrote a letter at that time, which was totally ignored. It was neither published, nor responded to privately. The ad I am referring to was that of “comedy theater” entitled “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, I’m Home for the Holidays. The Therapy Continues . . .” The picture accompanying the ad is one of a man wearing a Santa Claus hat, holding a menorah. I find it hard to believe that I must articulate why I am offended by this ad, but obviously since it is running once again in your purportedly Jewish magazine, I guess it is not clear to you. The issue of intermarriage is not comic. It is a tragedy of catastrophic magnitude to the Jewish people. It is evident that you do not clear any ads past a rabbinic board for approval, for I am certain that no Orthodox rav would allow such a repugnant ad. I am disappointed in your newspaper, and I think you owe an apology to your readers.

Donna Keilson

No Drinking, No Kidding

Dear Editor,

Regarding the October 9 editorial:

What is the next step?

Glad that the issue of teen drinking has finally hit the frum society between the eyes. It has been going on for years, completely blown out of proportion without any proactive plan to reduce its consumption. Only when it reaches this point do eyes and ears perk up.

As a director of a driver’s education program for yeshiva students in Brooklyn, I note how clueless my students are regarding alcohol and drug abuse. Since the driver ed program is certified and accredited by the state, a specific curriculum is followed and taught to the students. When class material, videos, and guest speakers focus on the dangers of mixing alcohol or drugs with driving, the students are totally speechless. Within a few moments, questions and comments are abound: How do you lose your coordination and judgment from drinking alcohol? I don’t believe that can really happen. Why would you have blurred vision and feel dizzy? You mean, it really goes into your bloodstream and central nervous system? Even beer can do all that? But I need to take those drugs (legal/over the counter)! Hey, this is serious, I never knew that alcohol or drugs can do that to the body . . .

It is evident that our beloved youth are educated in hilchos Shabbos, hilchos tefillah, hilchos tzenius, hilchos yom tov, and even geography, science, and math–yet how have our schools skipped over essential facts of health education?

Modeling appropriate behavior in safety, health, and alcohol or drug consumption starts in the home. Lines of communication between parents, children, and schools need to be fortified, and all three must be on the same “awareness” page. How can your teen make a sensible decision if they have zero awareness of the dangers before them? Stop babying, talk the talk and walk the walk. Silence on the subject is worse than a loaded weapon.


Mrs. Caren V. May


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