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To the editor,

I know we’re supposed to blame the perps and not the victims when crimes are committed, but in your last issue, you reported that a woman lost $3,000, her birth certificate, and her Social Security card at 5:15 pm in Downtown Brooklyn (“Elderly lady snagged in pimple scam,” Brooklyn Heights–Downtown Edition, April 14).

I can understand a person’s carrying an ATM card, a driver’s license and a job ID. But aren’t the victims encouraging the criminals by ambling about with thousands in cash?

Harvey Karten, Downtown

3 cheers for Herbie the Hereford

To the editor,

I really appreciated Matthew Lysiak’s update on Herbie the Hereford (“Herbie the cow in Hereford Heaven,” Bay Ridge Edition, April 7), the slaughterhouse bovine who had a beef and then went on the lam.

The cute picture of Herbie reminded me that this was simply an animal who never meant to do anyone harm, yet only got noticed by the public because he ran away.

That picture reminded me that one some level, we are all Herbie — trapped animals seeking a way out of our fates.

Just seeing a picture of Herbie — living free and easy in the country — gives me reassurance that maybe we can all be so successful at shaking off the chains of our daily lives.

Any chance I can get you to publish another Herbie shot?

Reginald Perine, Bay Ridge

No excuses!

To the editor,

Regarding your recent story on Rep. Yvette Clarke’s lone vote against renaming that library on Ellis Island after Bob Hope (“No Hope for Yvette,” April 14). I bet if they wanted to name the center after Martin Luther King that Clarke would have had no problem. What in heavens name does Bob Hope have to do with slavery? He has as much to do with it as you or I.

That is the past; history is supposed to be used as a lesson, not an excuse. Clarke is just mean-spirited. Bob Hope came here legally as a small child, and made himself into an icon through hard work and determination.

It is a wonder that any kids progress today considering the doom-and-gloom rhetoric they are fed. What would Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass, and Rosa Parks think? Ha!

As for Bob Hope, he visited all the troops, not only white soldiers. When the bill passes, Rep. Clarke will be only one color: yellow — the color of a lemon.

Janet Di Bernardo, Park Slope

Credit where due

To the editor,

It was a pleasure to read that the Montauk Club is thriving in 2007 (“New blood tries to save Slope’s Montauk Club,” April 14). However, your article skipped over an important portion of its history: the 1970s and ’80s, when all those new brownstoners came together at the Club’s social functions under the leadership of Dino Veronese.

There were no bounds to his devotion to the club and its members, and because of his efforts, the Montauk Club remains around to be enjoyed by a new generation.

Mary Lee Bedford, Bay Ridge

Visa Narrows?

To the editor,

The tolls on the Verrazano Bridge are out of control. To help reduce the toll — which is $9! — I think Mayor Bloomberg should sell the naming rights to the bridge to a large company like Citibank, Bank of America or Visa.

If sports arenas and stadiums can do it, why not a bridge? It may not defray the full cost of the toll, but perhaps bring it down to $5.

I hope someone will form an exploratory committee!

Joseph P. Martino, Bay Ridge

Blame the boomers

To the editor,

If this hero professor from the Virginia Tech massacre had been a baby boomer, we know exactly what he would have done: pushed aside those kids and saved himself (“Killer’s toll felt here,” April 14).

Thankfully for the 10 young lives that the professor saved, he was part of a generation that viewed blind self-indulgence and self-absorption as things to be reviled, not things to be celebrated.

Blaine Hislop, Calgary, Alberta

Save the Promenade

To the editor,

Looking over the four proposals your paper presented last week, I choose the tunnel proposal, number 3 (“Heights bridge to the future,” April 14).

Please tell planners not to mess with the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

I do not live in Brooklyn, but Brooklyn lives in me.

Reginald Wieczerzak, Chelsea

Help the competition

Gersh Kuntzman’s thoroughly enjoyable article detailing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s increasing popularity in Brooklyn (“Obamania hits Brooklyn,” The Brooklyn Angle, April 7) hit all the right notes.

But is it “Obamania” as Mr. Kuntman writes, or “Obamamania?” as I have seen elsewhere?

I, for one, think “Obamamania” sounds better. Please advise.

Jotham Sederstrom, Prospect Heights

The writer is a reporter for the New York Daily News.

Editor’s note: Don’t they have a style book at the Daily News? Ours says “Obamania.”

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