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Tuesday, March 27, 2007


[Thank you "Fotheringay-PhippS" for today's post. To all readers - please comment on any topic, your comment might be tomorrow's post - KollelVeib]

Here's what's up with the bus drivers. There is a campaign going on to have only Jewish drivers drive Jewish kids. Because of all the supposedly horrible terrible incidents happening. After everyone gets properly whipped into a fervor by articles in the Lakewood Voice, signs from the Roshei Yeshiva etc., the plan is to get frum drivers to apply for jobs at the bus companies. The salaries of these drivers will be supplemented by school funds (to be passed along to parents) to bring the salaries to $30/hour.

The main organizer of this effort (I forgot his name, but ISTR that he is the eidem of R' Zimbal from Westgate) estimated that it would cost $5-$10 per child per month. I imagine that this is probably a typical low ball estimate, but haven't done any calculation myself. But in any event, for a large family it could easily work out to $500-$1,000 per year.

In addition to the costs involved, I don't see how this can be legally done. Even if it can, you can only imagine what the reaction of the average goy will be when he finds out (and like everything else, he will find out) that Jewish drivers are getting special subsidies that non-Jewish ones don't get, and to ensure that Jewish kids don't have to come into contact with non-Jews.

And note that the township busing is already a very hot topic to begin with.

People like to complain about anti-Semitism, and I'm sure when the inevitable fuss is made over this people will be all innocent. Eisav sonei l'Yaacov, yeah, that's what it is ...