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Here’s The Scoop … The BTSTimes Letter To The Editor Writer…

November 20, 2009 by Barbara


Dear Readers… In the Mc-Furth Times “Thanksgiving Edition” out for distribution today… It seems their “Letter to the Editor Writer” John Aydinian is just another “insert foot in mouth” moment for the Mc-Furth”Gang”..

You may recall from previous posts the disturbing and questionable comments and actions made by the Vice Mayor and BFF Jim Silverstone over the Town’s actions before,during and after the Yom Kippur Town final budget meeting debacle…Silvertone’s ludicrous, applicable and non- applicable Jewish Holidays question…McIntee’s using the lack of those absent due to observing this most important  holiday to imply the lack of attendance proved all are happy with the Town…Followed by trying shamelessly to take care of  the Town’s “ignored” Jewish population …by inviting a  Chabad Rabbi to do invocations at the Town Commission future meetings …..McIntee bypassed the Town Chaplain who is in charge of extending such invitations…Now it seems they found themselves a “live one” in their zeal to “attack”……….adding another sad chapter to the above missteps ….. A quick google of the Mr. Aydinian produced another letter he wrote…to the New Times in response to a Bob Norman column…in 2002… He  follows another writer with a  familiar name…Last seen on this site last September…in response to the Yom Kippur comments made by the Town Manager and Town Clerk…the Broward Jewish Federation Community Relations Director Pepi Dunay… see below….


‘Letters for October 10, 2002
Hawks versus doves versus free-weekly lovers versus anti-Semitic rag haters Share

Published on October 10, 2002

Editor’s Note: This week, we publish an extended letters section dedicated only to Bob Norman’s September 26 column, “Hawking for Israel.” We received dozens of missives in response to the article, so many that we couldn’t fit them all. We will publish more in upcoming weeks.

They feel we are despicable questioners:Bob Norman’s September 26 article, “Hawking for Israel,” was more than repugnant. To question the loyalty of Congressmen Peter Deutsch and Robert Wexler as Americans brings to mind the accusation of dual loyalty, one of the anti-Semitic canards.’

“It is the responsibility of all elected officials to analyze public policy issues and determine a course of action based upon the facts and shared values. Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been forced to view the world differently. Now we know that state-sponsored terrorism can be exported anywhere in the world and that the United States might be forced to act first. Most members of Congress, regardless of religious persuasion, share that view.

Norman’s tone, unsubstantiated accusations, and muckraking style conjure up images of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic propaganda designed to tear the South Florida community apart. No one is disputing his right to advocate for a careful analysis of President Bush’s Iraqi policy, but that should be done in a thoughtful, well-reasoned way.

Questioning the loyalty of two local congressmen is a despicable act. Norman doesn’t question the American loyalty of hundreds of other representatives, in both the House and Senate, who have consistently supported the only true democracy in the Middle East, to say nothing of every president since Harry Truman. We would have expected more from New Times.

Amy Goldin, Chair, Community Relations Committee

Pepi Dunay, Vice President, Community Relations Committee

United Jewish Community of Broward County



“Your recent cover story raises questions about President Bush’s proposal to authorize military force to obtain Iraq’s compliance with U.N. resolutions regarding the development, storage, and use of weapons. In our democratic society, a vigorous debate over the use of such military force is essential. However, Mr. Norman’s column goes beyond vigorous debate. It contains vehemently anti-Jewish attacks.

It is absurd to imply that, because U.S. Congressmen Robert Wexler and Peter Deutsch support the state of Israel, they are working for Jerusalem. The vast majority of Congress supports Israel — not because of any American-Jewish influence but because it is in the best interest of the United States to be aligned with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.

Mr. Norman’s reference to certain key U.S. administration officials as “Jewish,” and Wexler as “Orthodox” implies that our government is controlled by some sort of Zionist cabal. It is repugnant and smacks of anti-Semitism.

It is acceptable and healthy to voice strong opinions about President Bush’s plans. Jewish-Americans and all other Americans — including elected officials — are entitled to advocate for their own interests without having their patriotism and integrity questioned. Fortunately, in a democracy, it is possible to be Jewish, pro-Israel, and a loyal American.

It is our opinion that New Times owes sincere apologies to the Jewish community.

Stephen Mendelsohn, Vice Chair Jewish Community Relations Council Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County”


“Thank you for Bob Norman’s excellent article. The story was like a breath of fresh air, and Norman will probably receive some abusive letters.

I agree that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has a lot of innocent blood on his hands; his track record is horrible. Our brave president told him to “pull out” when his troops went into Palestinian territory, and the president then said, “I mean what I say.” Sharon ignored George W. Bush, who sided with the Israeli leader against a very weak Arafat after that.

The late actor Sterling Hayden said during the Vietnam War: “No politician should be allowed to make war.” We have Sen. Joe Lieberman, Rep. Robert Wexler, Rep. Peter Deutsch, and many other politicians pushing constantly for war. Not one of these men, who always seem to hide behind the American flag, will shed a drop of blood. Lyndon Johnson, another president from Texas, used to say in his speeches at the beginning of the Vietnam War, “My fellow Americans.” He painted North Vietnam as something of an evil empire. George Bush says, “We are Americans.” Somewhat similar?

The butcher bill for the unnecessary war in Vietnam was 58,219 Americans killed, probably three times as many wounded, and more than 300,000 North Vietnamese killed. What will the butcher bill be for a war in Iraq? Not one American should die fighting in Iraq (another unnecessary war), and not one Iraqi should die (we have more than enough Iraqi scalps on our belts from the Gulf War). Even if they have a nuclear bomb, which they don’t, let them and “us Americans” have peace.

The cost of a war (not my figures) is $50 billion to $200 billion. With some of that money, we can help the 12 million people who are starving to death in Africa or even maybe help keep our airlines, which are in the red, flying.

As for Lieberman, Wexler, and Deutsch, if the bodies of young Americans start to come back from their war, there will be a backlash, and many fingers will be pointed at them. Unlike them, I want our servicemen and women to have long, happy lives.

John Aydinian


LETTER TO THE EDITOR  JOHN AYDINIAN- PART 3…as Mr Aydinian said in his BTSTimes letter part 2….”Definitely guilt by association”…..for the BTSTimes…Gobble, gobble!

more to come….

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