A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about why there should be an attempt to have people switch from automobiles to bicycles whenever possible. I gave many reasons for the switch. Unfortunately, I was reminded that I left out one important reason: It reduces the number of deaths and serious injuries. As reported in the September 26, 2019, Queens Jewish Link, someone was hit by a car and killed while crossing Jewel Avenue and 140th street. His wife months earlier had been seriously injured while she crossed Jewel Avenue a few blocks away.

When I bring up the president’s foibles, the refrain I usually hear from the Jewish Trumpians is that he is good for Israel. Therefore, I will address current events with that in mind. There are two major issues involving the president. One is the holding up of funds from Ukraine and the second is the situation in northern Syria. The president’s conduct in both should cause supporters of Israel concern.

On occasion, I have written to take issue with some of the comments made by fellow columnists. This week, I was proud of the tone set by the Queens Jewish Link (October 3, 2019). For example, Rabbi Oppenheimer, as he has before, has addressed the importance of the Jewish community working together even with our religious differences. Moshe Hill wrote about how those who have political disagreements should not engage in personal attacks. I agree with both sentiments and hope we can act this way the entire year.

A number of years ago, John Bolton was the keynote speaker at the Yom Yerushalayim program at the Young Israel of Hillcrest sponsored by then Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Queens Jewish Community Council. The shul was packed. He was well-received because even then it was well-known that he was a strong supporter of Israel and tough on her enemies.