Letters to the Editor, Jan. 23

Jan23 Toon de Blasio

Cartoon by Jim Meadows (jimtoon.com)

The ST/PCV tournaments’ unsung hero

On October 1, 2013, I wrote to the Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village Recreation Department & Community Center suggesting that it recognize Steve Farhood for his many years of selfless and ongoing contributions to this community.

Mr. Farhood, a longtime resident of Peter Cooper Village, tirelessly, and without compensation, runs the annual paddle tennis tournaments, which often involve dozens of players, and always involves the painstaking logistics of planning, scheduling and supervising the events, and all the other details commensurate with the two-day tournaments. These matches have always been heartily enjoyed and well attended by ST/PCV tenants.

Until recently, ST/PCV supported its paddle tennis tournaments by providing trophies, and, at least twice in the past, with ST/PCV tee shirts for the winners, as well as bottled water and the banners that brightly hang around the paddle tennis playground during the competition.

This past fall, I learned that ST/PCV no longer provides the paddle tennis tournaments with trophies, bottled water or tee shirts. Nonetheless, Mr. Farhood still unselfishly runs these tournaments and even pays for the trophies out of his own pocket.

Given what must be the small investment needed to continue to sustain this well-liked activity, and the pleasure it gives to so many tenants, not to mention the enhanced good-will it gives ST/PCV in terms of its reputation for providing healthy physical activities for its tenants, I respectfully asked that ST/PCV reconsider investing the few dollars it takes to maintain these most popular tournaments.

Moreover, after all of his many years of dedicated service to this community, I also suggested that it would be a decent, and appropriate, and “the right thing to do,” for ST/PCV to recognize Mr. Farhood’s selfless and on-going contributions in some fitting manner.  Sadly, I never received a response to my October letter, nor to a follow-up email I sent to the Recreation Department in early December.

Well, I want to go on record publicly to thank Mr. Farhood for his generous, and valuable, and long-running contributions to this community.

I know I speak for many in this community when I say thanks, Steve.

Frank Zotto, PCV

U.S. heading to another war?

We’re barely out of Iraq and we’re drifting towards another Middle East war, courtesy of Congress.

The US, Great Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany just reached a temporary six-month deal with Iran over its nuclear program that went into effect onJanuary 20. It requires Iran to freeze its nuclear program and allow daily inspections by international weapons monitors.

In exchange, Iran gets some sanctions relief. It’s intended to be the prelude to a comprehensive long-term deal. Saudi Arabia and Israel strongly oppose it.

Robert Menedez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk, (R-Ill) have sponsored a Senate bill that will stop diplomacy cold. It imposes new sanctions if Iran violates the deal or doesn’t dismantle its entire uranium enrichment program, including nuclear power, within a year. It also says that the US should provide military support if Israel attacks Iran. Obama opposes it. So does Diane Feinstein (D-CA), a strong supporter of Israel and chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. She says intelligence assessments warn that this bill at this stage “would undermine the prospects for a successful comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran” and that “we cannot let Israel determine when and where the US goes to war.”

The entire Senate GOP supports the Menedez-Kirk bill. So do Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) who are co-sponsors. Schumer is working to get a veto-proof 67 votes. A senior Senate aide tells CNN that the current informal count is 77 yes votes. A similar bill passed the House with a veto-proof majority in August.

The deal needs time to work. Congress can always come back and pass more sanctions if it fails. Iraq was lesson enough.

I called the offices of Schumer and Gillibrand to say that if the Menedez-Kirk bill passes with their support and a veto proof majority, neither would get my vote again. Please consider doing the same.

J. Sicoransa, ST

Thanks to Epiphany alumni and volunteers

For the sixth consecutive year, the Epiphany alumni showed up to remember Bobby Fulham and raise money for Manhattan Bronx CYO Basketball where it goes to needy schools that cannot afford to fund such programs.

To date over $50,000 has been raised. Heartfelt thanks go out to the Epiphany School and Xavier High School for all their support as well as the many volunteers who made the event go so smoothly.  What a great community we live in.

Michael J. Nealy, ST
Epiphany Alumni Basketball Committee

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