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Treebeard is smiling

To The Editor:

Brooklyn’s people are hardly in love with the cold rainy summer this year.

They view the frequent rain only as a mosquito−bringing nuisance. Yet, the trees love every second of it. Their thick crowns splash bright green, spring−like color onto the streets. Their branches, reaching toward the low−lying, fast−passing clouds, add mystery to our otherwise unassuming Brooklyn skyline. You can hear the trees talk when they gently pet the roof of the Shore Road bus with their raindrop−drenched leaves.

The countryside is here at last. Those who dream of green cities of tomorrow, would appreciate Brooklyn today. Most of us, however, would eagerly trade this unusual weather for the hot and humid New York summer with its heat of asphalt, burnt smell of playground rubber and a dry, cool refuge of an air−conditioned room. The other day a route X37 bus driver lamented the lack of normal summer throughout the entire trip. In the end he threw his hands in the air exclaiming, “Those who wish to go to Vegas raise your hand!” By Vegas, no doubt, he meant an oxygenated casino gambling floor, and not the Nevada outdoors where people will fry under the blazing sun or freeze in the cold desert night.

Maybe, when ‘normal’ weather returns, drying up everything in its way and forcing a half of the city population to flee upstate, the other half will miss the green Brooklyn.

Stas Holodnak


Support the Guard

To The Editor:

Cheers to your newspaper for your varied coverage of all community events, including the “Save the Guard” forum and march, sponsored by Peace Action Bay Ridge.

To elaborate just a bit on your article, “New president, same war in Iraq,” our organization strongly supports the national guard and its paramount role in keeping the community safe. Many guard soldiers are police, firefighters, emergency medical aides, and our first responders when a crisis occurs at home.

Regretfully, we have seen the effects of not having enough guards in place through the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina. Emergency equipment is also tied up with the guard deployment and many governors, such as Jon Corzine of New Jersey, have expressed concerns about the ability to handle a catastrophe.

Again, Peace Action’s message is “Support Our Guard.” Our first responders are needed at home to protect our communities.

Janie Groff & Vicki McFayden


Peace Action Bay Ridge

Constant reminder

To The Editor:

As a Christian and God−loving individual, I am impressed with the Holocaust Memorial Park.

It is one of the most well−designed and honorable memorials that I have ever come across.

As a retired person, I ride my bicycle all over this great city. On some of tours, I stop at the Prayer Garden not far from Riis Park, the Firemen Memorial Park and the memorial of the doomed jetliner by the boardwalk at 116th Street in Rockaway Park.

It is a shame and a tragedy that all memorials are built upon the loss of lives, either by accident or some hoodwinked human ideology. These memorials give all people a chance to honor, cry and say, “Why?”

I thank the Holocaust Memorial Committee for the engraved stones, which I have read, and the acknowledgement of all the groups on the Central Memorial.

As a grandfather and Vietnam veteran, I say this, “Never, never ever again, and never ever forget.”

Jaime Medina

Sheepshead Bay

Homeless in Brooklyn

To The Editor:

I’ve lived in the area for 31 years, and was finally forced out by a non−caring landlord during the economic crisis and housing slump.

I’m now homeless. All the local politicians can do, up to and including Borough President Marty Markowitz, is point me in the direction of shelters where there’s theft, rape, assaults, prostitution and drugs.

Everyone wants to cash in, and make things harder for the working poor by putting up condos that tower over the bungalows, burn more bungalows out in the dead of night, regardless of the fact that people might still be living there. Then, they ask for outrageous rents in those condos and co−ops that don’t even include gas and electric.

More and more illegally converted rooming houses spring up, and landlords get away with over−charging their tenants for light, gas and a room that’s barely bigger than a closet.

There must be a cap on all rents, immediately. No apartment more than $1,000, no matter how big it is, or in what area of Brooklyn.

Updated 3:34 pm, October 19, 2011
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