Letters to the editor, Oct. 5

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Dog runs need owners to pitch in

Re: “Dog owners say lack of open space the biggest challenge” and “Redesigned dog run in the works for Madison Sq. Park,” T&V “Dog Days” issue, Sept. 21

As an individual charged with attempting to administer the Union Square Dog Run (U-Dog), I found several comments in the two stories worthy of further pursuit:

 In the Madison Square story Ms. Munoz says she doesn’t bring her dog into the run because of the smell. Can’t resist a remark here — where does Li Li pee that she mops it up or does she realize she spreads the same smells around town for all pedestrians and children by going around the run?

Ms. Dang said she passes U-Dog up to go to Madison Square because our run smells worse due to the surface. The surfaces are the same! As is Washington Square.

But she also adds her preference that she likes paving options because “Concrete is easier to clean.” I always wonder, who do all these people think “cleans” the run? There is no service out there, the owners either pitch in and monthly pour cleansers and water or they let rain do it.

In the former article, Maya  (Rader, reporter) correctly points to the “biggest challenge… finding open space.”

Many owners quoted in the story reference the need for open space and several want grass.

But people want lawns to enjoy in nice weather and having dogs pee and poop on the rare green spaces make us dog owners targets for haters. Plus too few, who never pitch in at the dog runs, don’t think about how hard it would be to maintain a green run. One thunderstorm means all dogs and owners go home covered in mud.

At the end of the day, all the runs need active participation, help, to be the best they can be. If an owner wants to have a retriever then they should acknowledge they need to send that dog to day camp or get out of town and let them run. NYC is not going to yield wide open spaces to dogs and dog owners. The modest runs are a dramatic improvement from what we had 20 years ago.

Thanks for your time.

Peter Wunsch

Squirrels are part of the community

Squirrels bring life to Stuyvesant Town. They bring happiness and joy. They bring a smile to our faces, the senior citizens. They bring curiosity to young children. They bring wonderful nature to our backyard. They teach us how to live in harmony with nature.

They make us feel good. They make our neighborhood a paradise. They give us a chance to connect with nature. They make the birds and the trees feel better. They give us confidence.

They give us a chance to escape from our everyday tension. They teach us to be simple. They give us a better sense of caring for one each other. They give us tranquility. They make us feel good. Without squirrels there would be no Stuy Town.

Please help us keep our squirrels and birds healthy and alive. Stop the complaining and don’t mistreat animals.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”—Dalai Lama.

Ness Cohen, ST

Squirrels were original residents, too

Dear Editor,

The squirrels were originally brought to Stuy Town and Peter Cooper by Met Life to go along with the Park atmosphere. This is not a forest. These squirrels are not wild animals but pets.  Would you stop feeding your dog or cat because they got aggressive when they were hungry? I think not. There is not enough wild vegetation to sustain the squirrel population.  If you think the squirrels are aggressive now just stop feeding them.

I would suggest that Stuy Town set up feeders in areas away from the playgrounds and eventually the squirrels will go to those areas for food. The children would be safe and the squirrels that are now our responsibility would be content.

Natalie Fabey, ST

Respect our outdoor pets

Re: “Squirrel scratches kid in ST,” T&V, Sept. 14

Please note that we, Stuyvesant Town & Peter Cooper Village residents have always lived very happily with our squirrels.

Personally, I’ve seen children abusing them, but the pets never attacked anybody and nobody has shown proof that they have. We can’t stop feeding out neighborhood pets because we enjoy them.

We enjoy them very much and they are not wild animals.

Alicia Zanelli, ST

Stop the squirrel hate

Dear Editor,

I have been living in Stuy Town for about 10 years and have not had a bad experience with the animals in Stuy Town. Some people can complain about anything and everything because they are miserable. Squirrels and an assortment of wild birds make Stuy Town what it is.

Ray Vessio, ST


One thought on “Letters to the editor, Oct. 5

  1. To all of the people writing that these squirrels need to be fed by us humans, you are all 100% incorrect. If they got rid of all the grass and trees, than yes, they would need us to feed them. These squirrels have been fed by people in this community for way too long, and that is why they act they way they do now. They are accustomed to it, but by no means do they need it to survive.

    People need to stop finding reasons to justify why they feed squirrels. They are a part of our community, but they do not need our food. If you’re on a subway platform, do you start feeding the rats because they need you to feed them to survive.

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