Letters to the editor: Sept. 8

New Yorkers’ quiet determination

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was still a member of the State Assembly, representing our community.

It was Primary day, but I was going to work that morning in lower Manhattan just several blocks north of the World Trade Center. I emerged from the Subway onto the street just moments after the first plane had struck. I witnessed the second strike and then was caught up in all the havoc and debris as the buildings began to collapse. It was surreal and of course both unimaginable and unforgettable.

What I remember most of that morning and the days to follow was the steely determination exhibited by all New Yorkers to persevere. For days people were caught up in their own silent thoughts. In some respects that city never seemed so quiet, so calm in the face of this monstrous tragedy.

From first responders to ordinary everyday citizens, everyone tried to help out as best as they could with the resources at their disposal. Looking for survivors, cleaning up the rubble, giving blood or just a kind word to a stranger in need. In many respects it was New York City at is finest.

Through the pain of 3,000 dead, an area crushed beneath millions of tons of toxic debris, steel and concrete, New Yorkers grimly carried on. Our enemies had hoped to crush more than buildings. They hoped to crush the spirit of this great city and strike consuming fear into all Americans. History records that they failed. Buildings are being rebuilt and the spirit of New York though bloodied, remained unbroken and utterly intact.

Ten years since that terrible day I still look to the skyline and miss the twin towers and grieve for those who lost their lives or had their families shattered. But most of all I marvel today, as I did ten years ago, at the strength and the resiliency which continues to be what defines us as a city. It always has, it always will.

Steven Sanders, PCV

Editorial on Chevy Volt misleading

Dear Mr. Hagedorn,
I was dismayed to see your T&V editorial on the NYPD’s Chevy Volt (Aug. 4). The piece was regrettably misleading in two different ways in its six short paragraphs.

First, the maximum of 35 miles of range applies only to the battery pack, which is recharged by plugging it into the electric grid. After that, the Volt’s onboard gasoline engine switches on to power a generator that supplies power to the electric motor that moves the car. The process is virtually unnoticeable (I’ve driven several Volts), and the car then runs about 300 more miles on a single tank of gas.

Chevrolet has worked hard to convey this piece of information to the public through its marketing, but I suspect the message may not yet have reached all parties.

To reiterate: A Volt runs 35 miles on battery power, then 300 miles on electricity produced by the onboard gasoline generator.

Second, Chevrolet sold 125 Volts in July not because no one wants it, but because the factory is shut down for retooling to expand production substantially. In fact, thousands of people are on waiting lists to buy one as it rolls out to all 50 states this year. It’s not a demand problem; it’s a supply problem.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on high-MPG, hybrid, clean-diesel, or plug-in vehicles. I’m happy to provide facts and context as needed, to avoid misinformation being published.

John Voelcker, editor
GreenCarReports.com & AllCarsElectric.com
Gramercy Park

CB6 votes to ban fracking

Ban hydrofracking throughout New York State!
This is now the position of our Community Board 6, Manhattan.

For this courageous position the board should be heartily commended. As reported in recently published minutes (on cbsix.org, look for April meeting minutes) the board resolved “Manhattan Community Board Six calls on the Delaware River Basin Commission, the New York State Legislature, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to prohibit hydraulic fracturing drilling for natural gas throughout New York State.”

In page after page of solid reasoning, economic rationale and scientific presentation, the Board makes the case for its position, which is fully reflective of community sentiment.

Andrew Lawrence, PCV

One thought on “Letters to the editor: Sept. 8

  1. Yesterday, I went to Ground Zero, to try and be ahead of all the activity and to see what progress has been made.

    There were signs posted that the Reflection Pools and the gardens surrounding them, which are in the footprints of
    Tower One and Tower Two, will be open to the Public on September 12, 2011. Freedom Tower is progressing
    and part of the construction was in the clouds and fog but it looks impressive…

    I never think of 9/11 that I do not think of Alan Jackson’s song, WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE WORLD STOPPED TURNING. He seems to have captured so many of the different things that ordinary people were thinking and feeling
    –Shock, Shouts, Fear, Cries, Guilt, Loneliness; and doing–going to Church and holding hands with strangers, standing in line to give your own blood, calling your Mother to tell her you love her… to name just a few from his song. This Country has probably never been more united and prideful in our Heros, doing what they do to save so many.

    My wish is we could all come together as Americans once again and do what is best for our Country and all the People. There is too much strife and not enough cooperation. Let’s change that; maybe 9/11 could unite us once again.


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