Leave the squirrels alone
This squirrel thing is the straw that is breaking my back. In this time of national hatefulness and disunity, Stuyvesant Town now has to be roiled by a few disgruntled people who probably have never seen much that they don’t complain about. Right off the bat, let me ask where are the mothers, fathers, nannies when these little kids are being mauled by the complex’s predators?
For 27 years, I have had very young nieces, nephews and children of friends feed the squirrels. It has always been the highlight of their visit – and I monitor how close squirrels get to each kid. Are you telling me that squirrels are just singling out young kids and pouncing on them before a watching adult can intervene? The creatures have been here since 1948 and coexisted with myriad of children brought up in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village. And now this has all been happening just in the past two years?
I request that Town & Village search its archives and see how often and when there have been like complaints about squirrels. The less said the better about the older citizens who can’t bear to have a squirrel within three feet of them.
I find it appalling that Rick Hayduk is even contemplating removing the squirrels. Is there a hidden motive behind all of these squirrel complaints? Would that Mr. Hayduk had shown as much concern over my complaints about the trash cans that were placed all over the complex two years ago (for the convenience of dog-owners and the discarding of the poop). Where there never had been garbage we now have trash cans overflowing. People can’t be faulted. A trash can is for garbage. So, Mr. Hayduk, be as solicitous towards the squirrels and the squirrel lovers as you have been to the dog owners.
A. de Souza, ST
(a dog lover)
The great squirrel hunt
Re: “To feed or not to feed the squirrels,” T&V, Aug. 16
Really? We’re worried about squirrels now? Dangerous animals? I’ve been bitten by a dog, and have seen kids get hit by golf balls from practicing golfers.
Maybe we should consider ridding ourselves of dogs and golfers from Stuy Town. Or, maybe we should consider the benefits of living in a non-sterile environment that teaches kids to appreciate and understand nature. The people who don’t feel this way should move to practically anywhere else in Manhattan which doesn’t offer the advantages we have here.
What’s next? Do we discuss poisoning the bird population because a sparrow has defecated on a child?
Please, give me a break!
J. Lee, ST
Whose fault is it that squirrels beg?
Re: “Uniting against the grey menace,” letter by William Kelly, T&V, Aug. 16
My eyes filled with tears as I read this letter to the editor talking about uniting against our squirrels.
Fellow tenants, are you aware of who was here first? Who the aliens are here? This land was inhabited long ago by Native American peoples as well as native American animals. We are the guests.
As such for more than 50 years we have cared for the creatures that inhabit this land with us. And it is incumbent upon us to continue to feed our furry friends and our winged cohabitants. We are the ones who made them accustomed to receiving food from us and therefore we need to continue. And if someone should move away, perhaps, William, it should be you.
Susan Turchin, ST