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trustee, he has sponsored legislation to
improve lake quality, reduce sewer
backups and flooding and he has
fought to bring road improvements to
West Bloomfield. He has given his all
for the residents of West Bloomfield.
The townships he would represent
would be well served to have Stuart
Brickner as their state representative.
Steven T. Budaj
Colleen Levitt Tops
In State Senate Race
To Punish Terrorism
The situation in Israel is not getting
better at this moment where every-
thing has been tried to stop these sui-
This has forced Israel to reoccupy
the West Bank and Gaza Strip going
through every street in the attempt to
I attended the candidates forum at the weed out these Hamas and Jihad
Max M. Fisher Federation Building
gangs that are supplying the
Oct. 22 and was glad to see that Shelli Palestinian youths with explosives to
Weisberg, candidate for state represen- destroy themselves and innocent civil-
tative in the 40th district, chose to
ians as well.
The world sees. innocent children,
Weisberg impressed as she shared
men and women being killed in
her opposition to vouchers, her
schools, shopping malls, restaurants,
knowledge of budgeting, her experi-
and buses; but the world says we can't
ence with strategic planning and her
retaliate in kind. In the meantime,
staunch support for protecting a
when these barbaric killings take
woman's right to choose. As a
place, all the Palestinians, in the thou-
Birmingham school board member,
sands, run into' the streets to celebrate
she already represents much of the dis- these vicious killings.
trict. Clearly, she will be the best rep-
We must make these Palestinians
resentative of the 40th district..
share in the mourning of these inno-
Thanks to the Jewish communal
cent human beings that have been so
organizations for organizing the event.
savagely killed. It happens Israel has
Hopefully, in the future, more candi-
the capability to shut down the elec-
dates (from both parties) will take
tricity to the West Bank and Gaza
advantage of it.
Strip and for each bombing victim;
Kathy Tarnow one night of mourning should take
Southfield place_by having the electricity turned
off in the village or city where the sui-
cide bomber came from. After so
many stoppages it is going to get on
the nerves of the Palestinian people
I urge voters in the 13th District to
who will demand the Hamas and
join me in voting for Colleen Levitt
Jihad gangs stop these irisanity killings
for state Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 5. I
and allow the two sides to negotiate a
am a senior citizen and a retired health lasting peace that will benefit both
All of us are only too aware of the
Some so-called do-gooders say that
recent reports of scandal-ridden, spe-
shutting down the electricity is collec-
cial corporate interests. Colleen Levitt
tive punishment to the Palestinian
will work to strengthen laws protect-
people. Of course, stopping electricity
ing pension plans and retirement sav-
might be a hardship for some of them
but they will "live through it." But
Levitt's commitment to providing
what Hamas and Jihad murderers are
affordable access to health care and
doing is collective killings of human
less costly prescription drugs is well
beings with no hope of "living
thought out and genuine. These issues
through it." Let us hope it does not
are important to all of us, even those
come to this "Trojan Horse" alterna-
of us who are currently fully insured.
tive, which is available to Israel to use.
Improving education is high on her
agenda for her own children and all
children. She is especially interested in
pre-K education, reducing class size
and the training and retention of
In House Race
Levitt is intelligent, able and ener-
getic. She will be a true fighter for
Aids MSU Hillel
I was very pleased to see your coverage
of the dedication of the fine new facil-
ity for MSU Hillel ("Cool New Digs,"
Oct. 25, page 110).
It is as wonderful as the article sug-
gested and will serve the Jewish stu-
dents of Michigan State for years to
come. All of those who contributed to
the successful completion of this proj-
ect are deserving of the thanks of our
However, I was disappointed at a
major omission in your article. Every .
speaker at the dedication applauded
the work of Cindy Hughey, the execu-
tive director of MSU Hillel, for her
central role in the project and, more
importantly, for her leadership in the
programming offered in the new facil-
In just two years, Cindy's work has
resulted in a tripling of participation
in the Hillel programs and in a major
expansion of the programming avail-
able to MSU Jewish students. The
biggest problem they have now is that
the new building is already smaller
than needed for the attendance at
many of the MSU Hillel events.
It is well that you informed our.
community of the advances of MSU
Hillel, but I do wish that just a little
credit had been given to Cindy, whom
we all recognize has given MSU Hillel
a new, more vital life.
Regarding last week's letter opposing
Proposal K ("Vote No On Proposal
K," Oct. 25, page 10): For a few dol-
lars a year, young people would be
introduced to the arts or have the
opportunity to tour a world-class
museum. Most of the visitors are not
the elite, but schoolchildren.
Also, if the proposal is passed, some
of the funds would go to the
Holocaust Memorial Museum, where
I have been a volunteer docent since it
opened in 1984.
Vote yes on Proposal K.
Gun Rights Vs.
In his Oct. 25 letter, Eric J. Rosenberg
wrote, "Some may disagree with [Lt.
Gov. Dick] Posthumus on gun rights,
but I wish that someone who had seen
the 'sniper' in Maryland and Virginia
would have been able to respond with
a firearm." ("Elect Posthumus As
Governor," Oct. 25, page 6)
As a former firearm owner, I don't
need friends like Mr. Rosenberg. Since
many witnesses thought that the driv-
er of a white truck was the sniper, Mr.
Rosenberg's intemperate remark
unwittingly makes a strong case for
Dennis L. Green
I was so disappointed to see AppleTree
Editor Elizabeth Applebaum's
extremely positive review of the paper-
back edition of Arthur Yorink's The
Flying Latke with art by William Steig
(AppleTree, Oct. 11, page 107).
She wrote that " The Flying Latke is
the funniest, most original and most
Jewish children's book that has come
out in years." First of all, this book is
not new It was published in 1999 in
hardcover. Secondly, while it may be
original, it is not funny.
It portrays so many negative stereo-
types of Jews — the stereotypes that
.we all cringe at when we see them on
TV or in the movies. Thirdly, the
book has absolutely no positive Jewish
content. There is no substance. No
attempt is made to tell the story of
Chanukah, the family does not light
the menorah and recite the blessings
or even play dreidel. Instead, they
whine, bicker and fight with each
Lastly, it is not a book for children.
The "Borscht Belt" routine and argu-
ment over the make of a car, may
appeal to adults; but it is not the type
of humor that children will relate to
(nor would we want them to!).
Yorinks and Steig are both very talent-
ed and it is obvious that a lot of work
went into the creation of this book,
but the result for this book is
mediocre, self-deprecating and disap-
Rachel Erlich Kamin
director, Temple Israel libraries and