Only aggressors are those stopping feeders
Re: “Are Stuyvesant Town’s squirrels getting more aggressive?”, T&V story, July 14
“A child was bitten by a squirrel in Stuy Town.” Can you share with us where and when this happened? Was the child taken to the hospital? In that case which hospital? It is very unprofessional to report such a thing without proof. We don’t need that in the Town & Village newspaper or any other newspaper. How come this is reported as a fact by you when the spokesperson for StuyTown property Services said that no proven incidents involving squirrel bites have been reported to management?
How come this is reported as a fact by you when I have been feeding squirrels with my two children in Stuyvesant for a long time and haven’t seen any “aggressive” ones?
A few weeks ago we were feeding the squirrels when one security guard approached us, stating he was “advising” tenants not to feed the squirrels because a child was bitten by one.
As I told this guard and a few women who have approached me: Thank you for the advice, but I will not stop feeding the squirrels because that is not a true story.
One young woman told me she had a friend whose neighbor’s baby was bitten by a squirrel. When I asked her if she was present when that happened, she said no. When I asked her if she knew this person, she said no. But she did tell me to stop feeding the squirrels because they “look aggressive.”
On another occasion, a woman who was walking by with her daughter and grandchild while I was feeding the squirrels, stopped me and asked if I would consider stopping feeding the squirrels because they had bitten a child. When I replied that I would not consider it, she couldn’t believe it. I didn’t argue, I didn’t curse and I have never been disrespectful to my neighbors, but this is getting ridiculous.
The mom who according to your article was on a community Facebook page should spend her time doing something productive instead of spreading rumors that only other gullible people could believe. The “I heard, my friend told me, my neighbor saw” etc. show the level of carelessness and irresponsibility of this person.
The resident Carolyn Hurley again repeats what other people are saying, “I heard…” In her opinion the squirrel feeders are more aggressive than the squirrels. Really? It is absurd to say that leaving water for the squirrels is aggressive. And it is extremely stupid to say she is alarmed due to the peanut shells left in playgrounds because she is allergic to peanuts. Are you serious? No one should worry unless one plans to eat what is left in a playground.
If people would put that energy towards other really important things, they would feel much better. But complaining about squirrels or dogs or birds shows how mean and miserable human beings can be. It is extremely rude when people curse or fight because squirrels are being fed. Not everybody likes squirrels, but if you don’t like them you should keep it to yourself and respect other people’s likes.
I have to mention that also on the other hand we have met people who have thanked us for feeding the squirrels. It is always a pleasure to find people who see squirrels as cute and beautiful animals who count on some people to have something to eat.
I invite people who are complaining about this nonsense to quietly see how some people in Stuy Town feed the squirrels. We don’t bother anyone.
Squirrels are hungry and thirsty and that is why they need food and water.
I kindly request you not to be a part of this madness.
Laura Callaghan, ST
Squirrels need compassion, not complainers
Re: Story, “Are Stuyvesant Town’s squirrels getting more aggressive?”, T&V, July 14
Dear Ms. Mollot,
I live here in Peter Cooper and this is the first time that I decided to write to any newspaper.
We have been living here for two years and we chose Peter Cooper for the park-like setting. Myself and my three children feed the squirrels and the birds all the time. I want to teach my children the love of caring for animals so they can grow up to be loving and caring persons because I believe people who have pets and those that are truly compassionate to all animals are exceptional persons.
During my two years in Peter Cooper I have never, repeat never, found any squirrel to be aggressive towards us. These poor animals are so afraid of human beings and dogs. I can’t comprehend the motive that you had to allow such a perverse article regarding the squirrels. I have had a few encounters in front of my children with some elderly people that for some reason or another hate all types of animals. They are the same people who always complain about the quality of life in their lives, but perhaps they can achieve real happiness if they try to change their behavior and accept that being old is not that bad and it should be considered a blessing.
My husband and I are contemplating the idea not to renew our lease and move to Battery Park City where we can live with young families close to our age. Peter Cooper has become a place with too many restrictions and let’s face it: This place is just an overpriced “city project” for high income people.
To take away from my children the pleasure of feeding the squirrels not acceptable to us.
A more positive article could have been: “Adopt a squirrel day” or “Adopt a little animal today.” Perhaps you can keep this in mind for the future.
Stella Stein, PCV
What’s wrong with a judge’s honesty?
To the editor:
Steven Sanders’ “The Apologetic Justice Ginsburg,” T&V, July 21, is a first rate example of what we have not learned in the course of our moral evolution.
Should we see it in Sanders’ way, he gave his readers example upon example that Donald Trump is an entirely different matter in American politics. The difference between Trump and many Americans cannot be framed as a difference in opinions.
But while Mr. Sanders grants Justice Ginsburg her First Amendment right to speak her mind about Trump, he argues that as a Supreme Court Justice, Ginsburg should have sat out presidential politics.
Surely Mr. Sanders knows that German jurists failed and failed miserably what conscience they had during the formative years of fascism.
For those who think that we are not like that; allow me to straighten out the tenses: Germany too was not like that before it became exactly that! By her action, Justice Ginsburg showed us our own moral sensitivities, but it is up to us to see her in that light.
John M. Giannone, ST
Shout-out from a fan of Frank Scala
Re: “President of Republican Club running against Kavanagh,” T&V, July 28
I immensely enjoyed the article about Frank Scala. He is such a community man, and your piece summed up all his attributes. I was chair of CB6 from 2004-2006 as well as chair of its BASA committee for years. Frank was at each and every meeting, providing faithful service on behalf of our community.
He has been president of the 13th Precinct Community Council for about eleven years, and I proudly serve as his vice president. This is just one of many, many areas where Frank steps up to the plate loyally and thoroughly.
Again, a delightful article which Frank deserves 150 percent. Thank you for showing our neighborhood what a stellar man he has been and continues to be!
Very truly yours,
Carol A. Schachter, ST