Letters to the Editor, July 30

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Fiending for our founding fathers (on stage)

Critics, reviewers and just plain folk have been trying to understand the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda, playwright, actor and rapper, etc.

Go with the flow, ‘cause he is here to stay. Li-Manuel Miranda is not a one-night wonder. He’s the real deal. “In the Heights” was a smash on Broadway. “Hamilton” which is at the Richard Rogers theater, is breaking all ticket selling records, 28 million dollars sold before reviews.

I’m from a small group that believes smaller is better and rushed down to the Public Theater to see “Hamilton” when it played there. Entering, Lin-Manuel Miranda gave me a wink and a smile. Who does that anymore? This ole lady will be carrying that story to her grave.

Listening to the lyrics online, “An Evening of Poetry with the White House,” I felt like Miranda was in my living room. My husband said I have become a fanatic. To his surprise, he heard me rapping out different versions praising Mark Thompson and Clara Reiss at a recent Community Board Six annual meeting. Yet to be performed is my version celebrating the life of Samuel J. Tilden. Yeah, I’m hooked!

After you go see the play about America’s youngest founding father, talk to me. If you can stop humming, snapping your fingers and creating your own stories long enough to remember me, the lyrics are contagious. “Hamilton” with its diverse cast is setting the Great White Way on fire! A special thanks to Gerson Borrero, commentator at NY 1 for giving a positive shout out to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his play, “Hamilton.”

Shelley Deal Winfield, EMP


Missing a friendly voice

Re: “Psychology radio show host Armand DiMele dies,” T&V, July 16

Through Town & Village I came to know the passing away of Armand DiMele. It is sad that he had just celebrated his 75th birthday.

I listened to his program “The Positive Mind” for quite a number of years; he had a unique style of program presentation. What impressed me the most was his gritty voice (as has been correctly mentioned in the T&V article) and his command over the subtleties of human psychology.  He and his program “The Positive Mind” will immensely be missed.

There are two things which I have been totally unable to understand and grasp so far in my life. They are old age and death.

My deep condolences to Armand DiMele’s family.

Jamil Soomro, ST


Homeless around ST

Where is Public Safety at 6 a.m. when there are homeless people sleeping on our benches? Our immediate neighborhood has gone back to the pre-Bloomberg era when Rudy cleaned up the city and we all were a lot safer. Just today, I walked by the corner of 14th Street and First Avenue and there were three homeless people sleeping on the concrete.

Nancy Fuller, PCV

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