Letters to the editor, July 5

Mud slinging and catfishing

To the Editor:

Carolyn Maloney’s victory in the primary was a confirmation by the electorate that you reward public officials for years of hard work and honesty and always delivering for your constituents.

Her opponent’s insurgent campaign began with negative tactics and ended in outrageous dishonesty. Negative campaigning will always get the public’s attention as well as a few percentage points at the polls, but in the long run, it turns the electorate off.  Mr. Patel’s campaign call for “new blood” was nothing more than an underhanded smear and baseless “ageism,” which he promoted by having his youthful campaign workers wearing ominous blood dripping t-shirts.

And down the stretch, Mr. Patel dove into “bait and switch” tactics by using fake pictures on dating apps to lure in the unsuspected. Use of new technology in campaigning is healthy, but this is all very reminiscent of what we are experiencing with Russian manipulation of social media in the 2016 election. An informed electorate must remain vigilant against these abuses.

Charles Sturcken, ST


Not bottling up a consumer concern

To the Editor,

I would like to advise neighbors about a very troubling situation at East Way Grocery at 169 Third Avenue.

I recently bought two bottles of Harpoon beer from East Way. The next day, I brought the two empty bottles back to East Way for the 5-cent deposit back.

The manager behind the counter said, “I don’t do that.”

I said, “What do you mean?”

He said, “You can take them to the supermarket.”

I said, “You sell these, but you don’t take the bottles back for the deposit?”

He said, “No.  You can take them to any supermarket or place like that.”

I said, “Let me see if I understand.  I bought these here last night, and you don’t take them back and give the deposit back.”

He said, “No, we don’t do that.”

I phoned 311 and registered a complaint with the Department of Sanitation. Under the New York Returnable Container Law (enacted in 1982, 36 years ago) “a consumer can return empty containers to any store or vendor that sells the same type of container.”

I urge all of my fellow residents not to shop at East Way until it commits to complying with the 36-year-old New York State Returnable Container Law.

Name withheld, ST

Town & Village reached out to the store about the concerns raised in the customer’s letter. A man who identified himself as the owner said the store does accept bottles for deposit and suspected an employee might have been confused about this. “Tell him I apologize and he can bring it back any time,” he said. “We take deposits all the time.”

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