Letters to the Editor, August 7

Aug7 Toon Cuomo

Inconsistent landscaping is being ignored

I am a resident of Stuy Town for over 30 years. While a lot of landscaping continues in Stuy Town and you write articles full of the ongoing plantings and landscaping, everyone has ignored the fact that the landscaping to the entrance of many buildings is by and large ignored.

If everyone would just get it right! The T level is the front of the building and the front entrance and exit used 90 percent of the time by the residents, where cars, delivery, moving and mail trucks pull up. The M level, which is actually the back entrance, is scary because it is too quiet and women look over their shoulder when using this entrance. Yet the landscaping focus has been on the M and not the T for a long time now.

Consistently some buildings have pretty landscaping and many others are void of any landscape and are in fact an embarrassment. Check out 1 and 3 Oval. Forever ignored, the Terrace levels which again really are the front entrances of the buildings are indeed quite ugly. Is anyone ever going to do anything about it?

Below are pictures of the 1 Stuyvesant Oval T entrance.


Gazala Chinwalla, ST

Oval doesn’t work as concert venue

Dear Editor,

The noise level of the recent concert at the Oval was excessive and could be heard way beyond the Oval area. It is deplorable that the management was dismissive of residents’ complaints claiming that “everybody” liked it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Why do we need concerts at all?

Those of us who like this type of music can go to a rock concert and those who like more traditional or classical music can go to a place where such music is performed.  Why do a great many people have to be inconvenienced?  This is a nuisance rather than an amenity.

Name withheld,
451 East 14th Street

Letter had good points on taxpayer money

Re: “How Israel benefits from U.S. interference,” letter, T&V, July 31

To the editor:

I must congratulate Mr. John Cappelletti for his brilliant analysis of “U.S. interference,” which is 100 percent correct.

His $123 billion to Israel military did not include our aid to Israel’s economy, which comes to at least $100 million, times 66 years, which equals $6.6 billion. $123 plus $6.6 equals $129.6 billion. Now the $129.6 billion was U.S. of A’s taxpayers money, which could have greatly impacted U.S. of A’s economic development.

Also, Cappelletti stated that “(Jeannette) Shuck refers to the current administration as the ‘miserable and failing presidency.’” And Cappelletti completely destroys David Chowes’ “Hamas is the reason for Gaza bloodshed,” (letter, T&V, July 31) in which Chowes stated, “an excellent essay was offered by Ms. Jeanette Shuck in last week’s edition of T&V.” Chowes also stated that the right-wing narcissistic, paranoid, Goebbels propagandist David Brooks, who denigrates all of Obama’s administration, wrote a brilliant book, “The Social Animal” and that everyone should buy it. However, Brooks is a disciple of the right-wing neocons, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Irving and William Kristol and Wolfowitz, Feith and Perle.

Louis Buffalano, ST

Attitudes towards Israel are hypocritical

There have now been three wars between Gaza and Israel in the past six years. If nothing is done to stop the protagonist – the Islamic resistance army more commonly known as Hamas – then the only certain future for the area is that there will be another war in the not too distant future.

While many world leaders recognize the necessity of eliminating Hamas – both for the benefit of Israel and for the Palestinian civilians who suffer negatively both directly and indirectly from the decisions made by Hamas – few have the foresight or vision  as to how to accomplish this task.

The Palestinian authority does not have the will or the capability to eradicate Hamas. The Arabs cannot be trusted to do it – with the possible exception of Egypt, which has been destroying terror tunnels in Gaza, enforces the necessary blockade to stop terror supplies reaching Hamas, and has thwarted an Islamic suicide bomber terror attack and rocket attacks aimed at Israeli civilians in the past month.  Israel has the capability to get rid of Hamas, but the world accuses Israel of being too brutal in doing it.

The western countries that could do it know full well that if they were to do it that they would behave as “brutally” as they accuse Israel of in the face of Islamic terrorists using civilian human shields, and they would have to come to terms  with their hypocritical stance towards Israel.

While it is, sadly, abundantly clear that the world is not actually prepared to do what is needed to stop the conflict reoccurring, the western world does have some control. Funds given to the Palestinians should be strictly controlled.

Without funds the terror trade of Hamas will die, even though the ideology of course will not.  Perhaps this is the best solution that the western would is prepared to fathom for now.

Michelle Moshelian
Hana Senesh 5
Givatayim, Israel

4 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, August 7

  1. Regarding “Attitudes towards Israel are hypocritical”

    Like the Irish Republican Army (IRA), Hamas is not just a terrorist group. Like the IRA, Hamas has a political wing that’s open to indirect talks with Israel. Spokesman for both sides in this conflict have pointed to the negotiated truce in Northern Ireland as a possible model for Israel-Gaza. The Palestinian ambassador told Morning Joe that if such an agreement could be reached, something like a U.N.force would be needed. That sounds about right.

    Here’s some historical perspective on Hamas, excerpted from a very interesting article by UPI correspondent Richard Sale back in 2002:

    “Hamas was legally registered in Israel in 1978 by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the movement’s spiritual leader, as an Islamic Association by the name Al-Mujamma al Islami, which widened its base of supporters and sympathizers by religious propaganda and social work.

    According to U.S. administration officials, funds for the movement came from the oil-producing states and directly and indirectly from Israel. The PLO was secular and leftist and promoted Palestinian nationalism. Hamas wanted to set up a transnational state under the rule of Islam, much like Khomeini’s Iran…”

    …According to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.

    Israel “aided Hamas directly — the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization),” said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies.

    …Hamas began to gain in strength in Gaza and then in the West Bank, relying on terror to resist the Israeli occupation…

    “…But even then, some in Israel saw some benefits to be had in trying to continue to give Hamas support: “The thinking on the part of some of the right-wing Israeli establishment was that Hamas and the others, if they gained control, would refuse to have any part of the peace process and would torpedo any agreements put in place,” said a U.S. government official who asked not to be named…”


    There’s plenty of hypocrisy on all sides in this conflict. Israel no longer has the moral high ground. End the conflict. And as Stephen writes in Haaretz, “There’ll be more Gazas without a two-state solution.”


  2. Contrary to your statement the workers now cart the garbage thru the lobby, up the elevator and now exit the building thru main, where they often leave the garbage for the truck crew to drive on the Main side of the buildings to collect it.

  3. Re: Comment by “Ed Amame”:

    All nations are equal except some are more equal than others. The same holds true for organizatons. And, all nations and organizations evolve over time and are they are percived differently.

    • Some nations are very good at creating monsters and then screaming like banshees when the monster turns around and bites them in the ass.

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