Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

A few points on previous squirrel letters

Re: Letter, “T&V story was squirrel slander,” T&V, July 28, written by the author of this letter and other letters about squirrels

Dear Ms. Sabina Mollot,

First I would like to apologize because now we understand that T&V was purposely misled when you wrote the article about “aggressive squirrels.”

To Judith Swearingen, I would like to let her know that we stand 100 percent in support of Mr. Salame’s letter on July 28. The fabrication of lies (regardless if it is against an ethnic group or animals) with the sole purpose of creating fear, panic, mistrust and hate towards a person, persons, ethnic group, religion is illegal and immoral to say the least. J. Swearingen missed the point of the letter. May I remind her that a subtle racism and antisemitism continue to exist in certain sectors of the society. I was also very impressed with her pseudo mental analysis of Mr. Salame’s other battles that have nothing to do with the squirrels.

To Joseph Krist, if he had spent two minutes on the internet before writing his letter, he would have found that squirrels are almost never found to have rabies. And squirrels have not been known to cause rabies in humans within the United States. Bites from a squirrel are not normally considered a risk for rabies.I researched with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and I was told that most small rodents and lagomorphs rarely develop rabies; however, woodchucks accounted for 86 percent of rabies cases reported to CDC from 1985 to the present. Not a single documented case has been reported in NYC and that is a fact. Only a few species are best able to spread the virus to other animals. These species include, but are not limited to: raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes and bats.

To Mr. David Cook, we appreciate his comments and we are in agreement with him. We know that Mr. Kelly’s letter was written in a jest that was funny, sarcastic and very entertaining to read. However, we were infuriated that some individuals tried to use this newspaper to create fear with the squirrels.

To Stein, Callaghan, Hawkes, Salame and many others, we would like to thank them for taking care of the squirrels. We really appreciate all their efforts in trying to keep the squirrels and the birds alive in our community. The fauna in our community is not of the personal or tangible property of anyone and we all have the right to protect it without the harassment from some animal haters. If in the future, anyone of you is the subject of unwanted harassment you have the right to place a complaint in the local precinct.

Wishing you a refreshing end of summer, I end this letter with a quote by Edmund Burke: “All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing”.


Jason Cohen, ST

Editor’s note: To be fair, we don’t think the mom we interviewed about her concerns after hearing of three bite incidents from other parents tried to mislead anyone. In fact, we always appreciate hearing the thoughts and concerns of community members, in this case about squirrels getting too close for comfort thanks to having gotten used to being fed by humans. It’s also worth noting that she wasn’t alone in her concern; some other people interviewed felt that the behavior of the squirrels was aggressive as well. That said, we also respect the beliefs of others who feel differently and make it a point to feed the squirrels. We thank them all for their thoughtful letters.

Threadbare thrifting at new flea market

Like “Googling,” “Thrifting” has morphed into a verb and become a part of the lexicon here and elsewhere.

No longer just a necessary activity for those with limited income, the practice of shopping thrift stores spans age, gender and economic status.

So, when Blackstone issued the rules for the upcoming flea market, it seemed that they structured the much loved event in such a way as to dampen spirits and make people ask “why bother”?

Selling food was never allowed at the flea market and I doubt anyone has a problem with banning the sale of guns, drugs or drug paraphernalia, animals, pornography, automobiles, real property or mattresses. But no clothing, handbags, travel bags/cases, etc.?

I’m sure Blackstone would argue that these restrictions are aimed at reducing the opportunity for bedbugs to infest our community.

However, given that there are probably more than a few tenants in ST/PCV who regularly visit and shop at thrift stores, management is really being naïve to think that this flea market is the only way used/second hand goods will come into the complex.

Just saying.

Name Withheld, ST

More help needed at East River Park

The following is an open letter to Council Member Rosie Mendez and Dan Garodnick.

Several months ago I had sent you an email regarding the conditions of the tennis courts at East River Park.

This letter was printed in the Town & Village paper (“East River Park is in a state of neglect,” T&V, June 23).

Renovation of the courts started about five weeks ago and eight courts are now done.

I personally would like to thank all involved to get these courts repaired. A special thank you, Dan Garodnick, who always has an open ear to my emails I had sent to him in the past.

With the superfast response to the tennis courts I have the next project: The soccer field and the running track really would need attention.

Thank you again.

Hermann Reiner, ST

Ess-a miracle

Dear Editor,

Ess-A-Bagel opened and I was there. My neighbor stood in front of me after receiving a Facebook prompt.

Standing in line, I felt a since of pride… the tradition continues. My order consisted of lox, cream cheese, onions, tomatoes on an onion bagel and a side order of white fish, OMG!

Michelle Deal Winfield, East Midtown Plaza

3 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15

  1. Disappointed with the new Ess a Bagel! No one seems to know whats going on there, they have a lot of people working with no training. I ordered a bagel w/ nova and creamed cheese and it was like a big deal I also order a 1/2 of kosher salami and there was confusion. The nova was sliced way to thick! The salami the same One slice is like the thickness of 3 thin slices. Napkins were hard to find there was a line like you were going to a night club. I asked the cashier for a black cherry soda and she had no idea what that was she said please point to it in the cabinet and tell me the can color! the person who took my order could not make the sandwich she was standing behind the counter telling one guy to cut my salami and another to make my sandwich. Place looks clean, but not he workers. One workers hat originally black was so dirty it looked white from either flour or dirt. Tables were disorganized and rocking on the floor, they said they deliver but they said they do not have menus yet. Prices on the signs do not match the prices in the cashiers computer so watch what you pay for! They had on the sign a sandwich with chopped liver I asked about that and they said we don’t have that, why have it on the board, its computerized and its also flashing so fast you cannot read it

  2. The naysayers who were against the Farmers Market, and the handball courts, are again coming out to criticize Ess-a-bagel.

    Why doesn’t the letter writer talk to the manager of this hard-working establishment? Why vent your anger on the pages of this newspaper?

    Best regards,

    David Gravelle

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