Letters to the editor, July 28

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Stuy Town is filled with squirrel haters

Dear Sabina Mollot,

This is in response to your malicious article of July 14 about the little squirrels in Stuyvesant Town. You wrote the article based on “hear-say” without any fundamental proof by some malicious people who show the perpetual hatred for dogs, cats, squirrels, sparrows in Stuy-Town and Peter Cooper.

This must be the same people who many years ago started the diabolical rumor “that some Spanish speaking tenants were breaking into apartments.”

With so much going on in this country as the killing of innocent police officers, corruption at local, state and federal levels, terrorist attacks and killings of American citizens in US soil, you have the time to propagate lies against innocent animals.

I personally have suffered hateful remarks while feeding squirrels by some old timers such as: “You don’t belong here. Move.” And for those people, I want to let them know that I’m going to continue living in Stuyvesant Town as long as I wish because a) the law allows me, and b) I can afford to pay the full rent without any subsidy.

During my professional life, I worked for an international organization and traveled to many countries and never felt the amount of hatefulness in one place inflicted to decent people by some few.

And finally, you should be encouraging people to stop complaining about any little thing in the community. This is a big community and you are going to hear noise. Let the children be children, children are going to play, children are going to make noise, children are going to laugh, dogs are going to bark and young adults are going to play basketball.

Stop whining about the maintenance workers in the entire complex, they are doing an excellent job in keeping all of us in a very desirable environment.


Al Salame, ST

T&V story was squirrel slander

Re: “Are Stuy Town’s squirrels getting more aggressive?”, T&V, July 14

I am really upset and furious that you printed some interviews and comments about squirrels in our community by certain people who hate animals.

As a good ethical journalist, you should have expressed as a footnote that none of those comments where substantiated by real facts such as medical records.

Everything that was printed was based on impartial lies by a few. My neighbors and I are really mad.

I have lived in Stuy Town for a long time and have never seen an aggressive squirrel even now when in order to spend a good quality time with the family, my wife and I take our children with a small bag of nuts to feed the squirrels on Sundays.

We appreciate all those who unselfishly give up their time under all weather conditions and go out to feed the squirrels and the sparrows.

I believe that we deserve a retraction of the article that you wrote. My neighbors and I take animal cruelty very seriously and you are encouraging that.

We hope this is the last time a ridiculous article concerning our squirrels is written once again.

The next time that you need to fill out the space in your newspaper, you should interview those loving people that day to day care for the animals in our complex. This would be professional journalism.

Jason Cohen, ST

Squirrel behavior is feeders’ fault

Dear Editor,

The recent letter by William Kelly (“Bushy tailed beasts have taken over,” T&V, July 21) about how to deal with “aggressive” squirrels has left me concerned as to its utter cruelty.

It is a disgusting and shameful proposal. Squirrels can be a nuisance; but why have they become so tame and even somewhat aggressive? The reason for this phenomenon is that people have been ignoring the fact that squirrels are wild animals who are supposed to live on what nature (fruits of trees, plants, etc.) provides for them and should not be constantly fed.

People have created this situation, not the squirrels.

For starters, people should stop overfeeding squirrels and management should discourage people from doing so. The same should be done in the case of pigeons, and we would have a healthier environment.

Lenore Munzig, ST

July28 Garbage bin 1East 14th Street already overflowing with garbage

Coming home tonight (July 23), I took this photo of overflowing trash bins on the southwest corner of 14th and First by the dry cleaner.

Even now, the city hasn’t been able to keep up with the trash removal.

What’s going to happen with the number of new apartments under construction and the resulting addition of hundreds of people in the neighborhood? Is the city doing anything about it? It has really become a serious concern.


Lynne Hayden-Findlay, ST

Noise is part of the package

Re: “Time to do something about noise in ST,” letter, T&V, July 14

Those of us who live on 14th Street have police, fire engines, ambulances, buses and traffic 24/7.

Add to it food trucks and garbage pickups and two co-op apartment buildings being built whose noise can be heard blocks away. We chose to live in NYC and we love living in Sty Town, with its playgrounds and gardens. Enjoy what is.

Liz Latimer, ST


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