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January 19, 2019

Cash can’t replace Holocaust losses

January 13, 2019
Saving the children. (/ Associated Press)

Manhattan: My late father, Sigmund, and his three siblings were four of the 10,000 Jewish children who escaped the Nazis on the Kindertransport (“Check in the mail,” editorial, Jan. 2). In 1939, the four young Frydman orphans were bound on one of the last Kindertransport trains from Germany to a youth hostel in Golders Green, a London suburb. My grandparents were able to save their children, but not themselves.

The German government waited 80 years to offer the 1,000 surviving Kindertransport kinder, including my 88-year-old Aunt Mia and 86-Year-old Uncle Leo, an insulting, one-time payment of $2,800 each — a mere $1,400 per murdered parent.

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If my father were still alive, he’d tell The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and its Special Negotiator Stuart Eizenstat to keep their symbolic compensation. Instead, he’d ask them to resurrect the parents he last saw on a train platform in Leipzig when he was only 10 years old. So I’ll do it for my father. As will my Aunt Mia and Uncle Leo, who will not apply for their $2,800 Kindertransport claim. Keep your symbolic compensation and give us back their parents and the grandparents I never met. Ken Frydman

Shutdown costs grow

Manhattan: This President is among the most selfish and mean-spirited individuals on the planet. A little baby banging on his desk until he gets his way. The government shutdown is devastating to many people and will get worse if not resolved immediately. Subsidized housing, food stamps will stop, children and families will suffer, government employees working without pay will find other jobs, museums and parks are closed and are not being maintained (which could cause forest fires and vandalism). This shutdown is a travesty. We the people need to write letters, protest and do whatever it takes to get the government functioning again, for the citizens — hardworking, taxpaying citizens who want to keep their homes and families safe! Laurie Jordan

A quick solution

Fort Lee, N.J.: I have an idea for President Trump and Democratic and Republican members of Congress. Withhold all foreign aid to all countries for one year. Build the wall with the proceeds. This money will be more than enough to complete the job immediately. Hire Americans to build the wall on the southern border, creating more jobs and security. Give the 800,000 federal employees their paychecks and put them back to work now. This will be good for economy and everyone wins. Beverly Rosas

Reform the whole government

Hicksville, L.I.: In this computer age of global communication, would it be possible to make Congress for the people as it was meant to be and no longer a cover for party politics and special interest lobbying groups that have the people’s welfare on the back burner? Keep the Senate but let the people vote directly on issues through their computers after hearing arguments pro and anti. Try this on local levels to iron out problems. Arguments would be that most people would not vote, but how many paid representatives vote now? Their main concerns would be how would this vote affect my bid for re-election, hurt the lobbyists that own me or affect my political party. I would love to see a government by the people and for the people. James Dunleavy

Keep the cash

Little Neck: Boy did The News ruin my day with the story about the guy who returned a Chanel purse with $10,000 in it (“10,000 thanks,” Jan. 11). Our household grosses about $130,000. We used to be middle class, now probably lower middle thanks partly to the Trump tax bill, cost of living, etc. The purse was probably worth at least one half of the money it was holding; the owner’s traveling with a Russian translator/business manager. I consider myself a person of moral fiber. I once returned a $100 bill to a bank teller who made a mistake. It’s a heartwarming story, but give me a break. I think unless the returner is extremely wealthy, the guy’s an idiot. Frank Citrin

Everyone, keep the faith

Cambria Heights: To Voicers Johnny Farina and Jean Hayes: God bless you and I am happy you’ve found a new faith and enlightenment but please do not diminish other people’s faith with your old hat and misguided information which has been circling the earth forever out of ignorance and bigotry. Elizabeth Thomas

Men, keep fighting

Amherst, Va.: To attack masculinity as if it were a disease is ridiculous (“ ‘Traditional masculinity’ officially labeled ‘harmful’ by the American Psychological Association,” Jan. 9). Those who embrace this nonsense better hope your theory doesn’t gain traction. Imagine if you will a feminized military who are charged with defending the country against a foreign enemy — all male — whose ultimate goal is to destroy you. The notion that feminizing our men to create some softer and gentler being, with the inability to fend off a violent attack or become a killing machine, is an embarrassment. Ultimately, men need to be men, warts and all. Mike Snyder

Women, keep dancing

New Hyde Park, L.I.: To Voicer Virginia Inserillo: You don’t like congresswomen who dance, wear lipstick and hoop earrings? OMG, how will this country survive such debauchery? MaryEllen Scherer

Keep it classy, ladies

Howard Beach: To Voicer Celina Collado: My letter was not intended as a defense of our President or a political statement. It was simply the opinion of one of many women who would prefer that the women who represent us display a modicum of class. Newcomers should spend some time learning the positions to which they have been elected before going on the attack. Virginia Inserillo

Respect the man

Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.: I have been a Daily News subscriber for 20+ years and I am on the verge of canceling my subscription because I am so sick of the unflattering pictures your paper keeps putting on the front cover and elsewhere of the President of the United States. Your blatant disrespect of the President is just sickening. The American people voted him in and you should stop with the slanted stories and disparaging pictures. You will be losing a long-time customer if this keeps happening. This is very disappointing and shameful. Cherie Cedrone

Less Mehta-coverage

Northford, Conn.: For years I bought the Daily News newspaper for coverage of New York sports teams. I have stopped purchasing the paper because your Jets beat reporter Manish Mehta is horrible. He consistently pushes an agenda in his articles/columns. Go on any of the Jets websites or social boards and see that he is hated by a vast majority of Jets fans. He has no credibility! Rick Geremia

Doggone, it’s gone

Stratford, Conn.: I was heartbroken to see that the Daily News no longer carries “Pooch Cafe.” It was, by far, your funniest comic strip. John Burgeson

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