The Record published a letter from a Lakewood resident this week, ostensibly to promote the cause of those protesting the Mahwah eruv, calling out out proponents of the eruv for using the anti Semitic “card.” However, the author then delves into what she perceives as the problems of her own hometown of Lakewood.
The writer and the publisher has been hit with backlash and were called out for being Anti Semitic. The letter can be read below:
“I read the article about the eruv being extended into Mahwah. I lived in Bergen County all of my life and moved to Lakewood about nine years ago.
There is no such thing as one solitary eruv. Lakewood is a town that once was historic and bucolic. Today, there are eruvs on trees, utility poles, telephone poles, etc. Lakewood is congested. Building is constant. And it seems that if there is even a square inch of property, a two-family home will be constructed on it. Trees are being removed at an alarming rate.
I believe it is fair to say Lakewood is probably 70 percent Orthodox. I believe most of the building is for the Orthodox.
It is very disheartening for me when the anti-Semitism card is played. There are over 30,000 private school students and 5,000 public school students. Taxpayers are paying for the tremendous amount it cost to bus all of these students. Our public students are not being given a fair education as our school board is mostly Orthodox.
Anti-Semitism is not the issue for people like myself who live in Lakewood. It is about the overcrowding, places of worship being allowed in neighborhoods, the cost of busing and mostly the congestion.
People of Mahwah, take a drive through my town and keep fighting for what you believe. It is the right thing to do.”