Letters to the editor, July 20

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cluttered ballot? It could be worse

Re: “Not everyone should have a shot,” letter by Billy Sternberg, T&V, June 29

In the dark days of NYC politics, there were a select few making back-room deals to further their personal goals and enrich themselves over the people. Corruption and cronyism were rampant. Reformers lifted the veil on these political fixes and enabled candidates from all backgrounds to successfully run grass-roots campaigns to allow voters to decide who gets to represent us.

Volunteers from the Samuel J. Tilden club have been carrying nominating petitions in ST/PCV and the neighborhood for the past six weeks. These petitions allow for candidates to appear on the ballot, and to ultimately present themselves before the voters who will be able to make a choice of who among those running will be our next representative.

While there are several people who have announced their candidacy to replace the term-limited Mr. Garodnick, it is this diversity of choice that keeps the process transparent and free from corruption. It is now the difficult task of these candidates to earn our votes.

We encourage everyone to participate in the process and become informed citizens by participating in the political discourse. Go to a forum, ask questions of the candidates and understand their individual experiences and capabilities.

This is how we should elect our next political leaders: out in the open.

Sandro Sherrod and Louise Dankberg,
District Leaders 74th AD

Less talk, more action on affordability

To the Editor:

If there is a candidate for City Council, especially in District 2, who is willing to stand up to real estate interests (the city’s “Shadow Government”), please let us know.

In the profiles I read of candidates, most seem to want to talk about preserving “rights” of rent-regulated tenants, but every year the city loses rent-regulated apartments. Pretty soon there won’t be any such tenants with “rights” to preserve. Meanwhile, developers and realty companies are allowed to sell 20,000 square foot apartments for $50 million to foreigners who live in the city five weeks out of the year. Why is this legal? Why do all the plans for moderate income housing seem to rely on tax breaks to developers? Why does NYCHA continue to be a disaster? Why do commercial rents continue to skyrocket, turning neighborhoods such as mine from communities with family restaurants into seedy-looking, trashed streets lined with fast food outlets and bars? Why do we have 50-story skyscrapers in historic neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District?

If the candidates have responses to these questions, I would like to know!

Anne Rettenberg, Kips Bay

Spare more space in ST for dogs

Possible tenants beware! This place is not at all like what they tell you. Yes, they do have a health club and concierge service, but you have to pay for these and all other amenities. If you own a dog, God help you!

You can have a dog, but you must walk him anywhere but here. In the last two years, they have managed to fence in every area of grass and greenery because of, horrors… dogs! We have abundant green places that could serve as dog friendly areas, with garbage cans and dog pick-up bags.

In Peter Cooper, which is much smaller, they have two large areas of grass and trees set aside so people and their dogs can have a nice walk and bond together.

We could very easily spare enough large grass areas set aside for our beloved pets! I recently read a letter in the Town & Village newspaper that took a lot of love and courage to write (“Stuy Town no longer fit for a dog,” June 29). It exposed the truth about dog hatred in this project. It would appear that management has given in to all the grumpy, old people who don’t want any animals near them.

Please open up some of the green areas, not only for dogs, but humans as well! I myself am tired of having to stare at fences. I would love to show photos of one of dog friendly areas in Peter Cooper. Some large grassy areas for dogs — is this too much to ask?

Ellie Klatt, ST

The real division in education

Re: Steven Sanders’ Politics & Tidbits column, “The politics of NYC education,” T&V, June 29

Forget the politicians: Giuliani, Bloomberg, de Blasio and Cuomo.

I would blame, in the main, the following: The general decline of education in our nation, including in civics, history and the arts. I’ve said this before: Today’s average undergraduate degree is not equal to the high school diploma from half a century ago. With the exception in this city of the specialized schools: Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, Performing Arts and a few schools on all levels in middle class neighborhoods.

How many parents in PCV/ST send their kids to public schools? Few. Most of these children go to private and parochial ones. And most students in Catholic schools are not of that faith. The wealthy get a superior education.

We are creating an entrenched, two-tier society which will continue to be exacerbated as the top percent will, as a result of a different education, become superior and rule our nation.

Sociologists like Charles Murray, PhD, will label this as evidence of racial and other group genetic differences. This all goes back to the eugenics movement and the work of Ayn Rand, whom Speaker Paul Ryan admires. To deal with this situation we must be totally honest about demographics and cultural differences and discrimination towards certain segments of the population. Denial of this will divide the U.S. into a nondemocratic and authoritarian nation.

And The Donald will accelerate this. I would surely like to see his Wharton School grades.

David Chowes, PCV


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