Letters to the editor, Aug. 21

That moment when you’re hit by a Citi Bike

After a visit to Chinatown on a recent Sunday afternoon, I was walking north along the river to Waterside, my home. I stayed close to the railing since I am 77 years of age and wanted to avoid being hit by distractions: bikes, skateboarders, etc.

I was enjoying the estuary’s sea air when something hit the back of my left knee with a bang and sent me flying into the air. My glasses flew off, my shoulder bag left my body and I landed with a heavy thud on my lower back and thought, “It is over, I will never walk again.”

I have osteoporosis, arthritis and all the muscular ailments that beset 77-year-olds. As I lay on the ground, I slowly turned my head to my left and saw the wheels of a bicycle. After the initial shock, I began to slowly move my body as I had learned to do as a fitness/health instructor. I saw a bicycle lying beside me and then saw a bicyclist, a young man, standing beside his bike looking shaken.

He said, “I am so sorry, I am so sorry.”

I slowly managed to get up off the ground and when I was on my knees, I groped around for my glasses. He waited until I had my glasses and again apologized. I told him I had to call the police to report the accident since I was afraid I had really damaged my body. He said, “Do not do that. I was not looking and did not see you. I am sorry.”

When I asked him his name he began to shake and said, “I am from Hong Kong.” He then picked the bike off the ground and took off on his Citi Bike. I knew the bike had a number so I looked at the back of the bike for its number. There wasn’t any. I later learned the bike numbers are on the sides of the bike and not the back.

The incident happened near the toilets along the East River esplanade so I slowly, like a beaten animal, limped over, washed up and very slowly, psychologically and physically, limped towards home. At home, I took all the precautionary measures to help my body heal.

The following day, I called Citi Bike to tell them about the incident. They informed me that they are not responsible. If I had a police report and the bicycle number, Citi Bike would then contact the cardholder of the Citi Bike.

I suggested to Citi Bike: the bicycle numbers should be placed on the backs of the bikes as well as the sides so one could follow through if one is accidentally hit by a Citi Bike, especially if the bicyclist takes off.

Arpine Dod,
Waterside Plaza

Why limit topics in T&V letters?

This is in response to a comment by Billy S.’ (and the editor too) in the letter, “T&V letters should stay local,” T&V, Aug. 14.

To the editor:

I am among those who are fortunate to have letters to the editor in T&V from time to time.

With regard to Billy S.’s expression of what he doesn’t think (and the editor’s agreement), that The New York Observer, not Town & Village, is the proper place for letters on issues outside our neighborhood, I would remind both Mr. S. and The editor that for all but page four, T&V is limited to community events: that’s one page out of fourteen. I think that such a difference in itself should quell anyone’s irritation.

However, there is a sense, unintended I think, in which Billy. S.’ annoyance may have some validity: while we are all entitled to express our opinions, no writer is, by virtue of expression, entitled to his/her opinion.

The entitlement is something internal to the (written) opinion as a work of thought. (Anyone who thinks I am wrong should look up “entitle”.) If this underlies Billy S. irritation, then I agree . . . but I doubt it.

John M. Giannone, ST

Editor’s note: Just a reminder that T&V will continue to publish letters on non-local topics. We simply prefer that most letters we run be on subjects of local interest.

Getting the run-around on trip to nowhere

Kudos to Billy S. for rightly pointing out where letters like those published in the recent past belong, and kudos to T&V for having agreed with him. I just finished reading a lot about Gaza and the future of Israel in The Economist of 2-8 August.

‎In my view, your associate editor Maria Rocha-Buschel is a fine reporter – just like Sabina Mollot is, and I truly enjoy reading everything she writes in T&V.

In my view, she did a good job of objective and balanced reporting on her “Eye-opening Vacation.”

I’ve had my own experience on that score. I had accumulated all my leave, intending to go to Palestine at my own cost and on my own time, to help kids in refugee camps there. Unfortunately, I’m not an American citizen and had to apply for a visa.

The grilling began the moment I stepped off the lift. While I applied well in advance, I kept getting the run-around and got nowhere (I was given numbers that did not connect me to anyone, at some point learned that my application handler was on leave, asked for the cell no, of my contact there on the pretext that they would speak with him to facilitate issuance of my visa, which I later learned was not true).

The end result was no visa and I was unable to go (and they also refused to return the visa application fee).

Name withheld, ST

A range of views in T&V letters

The two letters of July 31 nicely illustrate the sweeping range of reasoning present in the local body politic. One writer observes the media reaction to the downing of flight MH017 – without evidence separatists in Ukraine are immediately blamed, although US satellite surveys are silent on the cause and there’s no credible proof of Russian missile launchers being in the area.

(After this publication – and so unknown to the writer – two facts emerged:

1) A recovered cockpit remnant was full of 30 mm. bullet holes, only consistent with an air to air attack;

2) President’s Putin’s aircraft, similar in markings and profile to MH017, was in the same area at the same time.)

Not aware of these factoids? Give credit to the media for their consistent ideology and control of information.

As if to confirm the effectiveness of media indoctrination, the other writer bemoans vague information possessed by many people and then he himself cites the kidnap-murder of three Israelis by Hamas that led to the bombing of Gaza…. with no evidence of responsibility by Hamas!

Robert Bennett, ST

6 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Aug. 21

  1. Re: Comment by Robert Bennett — For months.,Hamas had denied that the abduction and killiing of the three teenagers was not due to them. Now, this morning Hamas finally took reponsibility. So, never believe a liar.

  2. Ms. Dod, I am so sorry to read about your accident. I hope you have made a full recovery. The rider of that Citibike was reprehensible. He only cared about himself. It’s a pity there were no witnesses to the accident who could have noted the bike’s number and called the police on your behalf.

    I despise those bicycle riders who ride dangerously and are so cowardly and self-serving when they cause an accident. There really needs to be stricter rules and bicycles should be registered and insured the way cars are. No end of pain and suffering has been caused by those self-absorbed lowlifes who hit and run. They are no better than car drivers who do the same.

    By the way, I am sick of hearing about Hamas, Israel, M17, etc., on this letters page. We can read and hear (or not) about those issues in the mainstream press. Let’s keep the news local and concerning what is important to us in this community. Please!

    • Vickie, you can always choose to skip reading those topics which do not interest you or that you “are sick of.” It’s really that simple. I enjoy the breadth of T & V’s community’s opinions on all topics. Keep them coming!

      • Peaches, there is not very much room dedicated to printing letters in this publication and it seems that the political windbags often hog the entire space, and usually by the same 3 or 4 posters.

        As this is a community newspaper, I think it would be better if we had more correspondence and opinions concerning community matters.

        PS I do skip reading the letters I’m not interested in.

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