In defense of de Blasio on horses and pandas
Re: Cartoon in T&V, Jan. 8, depicting a panda driving a horse-drawn carriage in front of an irate Mayor de Blasio
I disagree with attacks and cartoons aimed at Mayor de Blasio with regard to his defending the rights of horses in this city. He is concerned with the treatment and welfare of them living in a very noisy, overcrowded city where they do not belong “working” in traffic. This is not early 1900s NYC with few cars going about 15 miles an hour on virtually empty streets with few pedestrians walking around Central Park, no steel drums, no electrifying manhole covers and stray voltage, no taxis careening in and out, no millions of horns continuously blasting nonstop at everyone and everything. Quite honestly, this is not even a peaceful place for humans to live.
As for pandas, I wouldn’t subject these adorable animals either to a life in this noisy city. Politicians note: Pandas cost a fortune to feed and the taxpayers will pay for this – in a city where humans go hungry and homeless.
Politicians joking about de Blasio imply he must “hate horses” when he took a stand against the inhumanity of having carriage horses in this city, surely must know that animal lovers of this city have a conscience and do vote. Everyone should take a lesson from de Blasio’s comment and get a better understanding of treating these animals more humanely which will reflect upon us as a more caring and humane society.
With regard to carriage horses bringing income into the city through tourism, why can’t carriage horse drivers decorate and drive Pedicabs – the city would be cleaner and by pedaling pedicabs, the drivers would be healthier!
Siobhán Cronin, ST
Older M15 hard for infirm riders to board
Re: “MTA not responding to M15 concerns,” letter, T&V, Jan. 1
To the Editor,
Thank you for publishing Carol Greitzer’s wonderful letter about the M15.
I have just a small addition. Last month I was traveling from the low 60s on 2nd Ave.
I waited at the local stop as I saw a bus coming. It turned out to be a SBS with about a dozen passengers and whizzed by. This happened four more times! (The now dead blue lights would have told me to walk five blocks to a SBS stop.)
The thing I realized is that when the local comes it is always an older bus requiring one to climb the three steps at the front door. If you’re a little infirmed as so many are in this hospital and doctor offices corridor, it’s harder to board than the SBS buses which are one low step to get inside.
What would it cost the MTA to put newer buses on the local route?
I hope the City Council or someone sparked by Ms. Greitzer can be really heard on all these very real issues.
Joyce Ann Kent,
Transportation not keeping up with population
Re: Letters, “MTA not responding to M15 concerns” by Carol Greitzer, and “New entrance not enough to end crowding” by Sandra Linn, both in T&V, Jan. 1
The clear-eyed descriptions and identifications of immediate, close-at-hand problems in Carol Greitzer’s and Sandra Linn’s letters are refreshing. It is given that for a city to function effectively there must be sufficient and up-to-date transportation. Certainly, overpopulation accounts for the increased strain on the present system, but why haven’t the powers that regulate transportation kept abreast of this? These “sardine” conditions are dehumanizing and show contempt for us city dwellers.
Has no one in charge thought of placing a moratorium on building more and more luxury housing towers that keep bringing thousands and thousands more people into these packed streets without let-up? Safety and quality of life have been sacrificed for the sake of wealth. (Transportation issues aside, it’s become nearly impossible to walk safely on sidewalks in many neighborhoods. If one isn’t getting one’s heels walked on — I’ve actually had shoes pulled off — one is dodging bicycles, razor-scooters, skateboards, strollers and “wheelies,” not to mention heads-down texters.) Linn is spot-on about doing this to ourselves, and with no help from our elected government. For many seniors, all this has become a nightmare. Don’t even think about what this will be like in just five more years!
Geraldine Levy, ST
Bedbugs are nothing new
To the Editor,
This week we received notice from the TA demanding we “Say No to Bedbugs.” Of course all tenants say no bedbugs.
But with a board of 15 directors, why did it take the TA so long? The bedbug epidemic exploded in our community more than five years ago and for the most part, the TA has been nearly silent. With all of the fanfare, press conferences, rallies and meetings, you would have thought the TA would have raised the issue before now?
Instead, it seems the TA is once again taking the side of the owners and attacking our rights to sublet our apartments by making bedbugs the issue.
Name Withheld, ST