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Beaten by girls then offended by Paper

To the editor,

You did me a disservice by using my story in the poorly titled and belittling article “Tween bandits terrorize shoppers in P’Heights,” (June 2).

The accompanying graphic was ludicrous and probably as belittling as the title, which might have been more appropriate as a headline in the Onion.

What happened to me — which was actually an assault that caused swelling that lasted for days — was not something to be made light of. Random street violence isn’t funny and it doesn’t come with a cute little bow attached, like in your cartoon.

While I hardly believe this was the crime of the century, being assaulted while walking down the street is more than a little unnerving.

For the record then: I was assaulted on the street in broad daylight for no real reason except to satisfy the violent, whims of some young women.

I’m not sure who was responsible for the title of your article, but it was laughable. I’d rather you didn’t publish my name, but thought you should know how the article resonated with one member of the community.

Name withheld, Crown Heights

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To the editor,

I was attacked by a group of teenage boys last September in Park Slope. They came out of nowhere, hit me over the head and then proceeded to kick and punch me until someone walked by.

Then they walked off without stealing anything. It was really scary. I have become paranoid walking around the neighborhood. I cross the street now if I see a group of teenagers.

Name withheld, Prospect Heights

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To the editor,

What these kids need is a good ass whoopin’. Introduce public caning and Brooklyn will be a much more civil place to live.

Someone should seriously consider corporal punishment in school as well.

Dave Reese, Prospect Heights

Fourth Ave troubles

To the editor,

As your paper has documented, the confluence of Atlantic, Flatbush, and Fourth Avenue is a parking lot. Nonetheless, all along Fourth Avenue, high-rise residential buildings are going up (“The Shaya Report: Slopers react to Boymelgreen’s buildings,” Park Slope edition and online, June 9). And Atlantic Yards will bring thousands of new residents into the area. We will choke on traffic.

The mayor’s [congestion pricing] plan hasn’t addressed this critical issue, nor have our City Councilmembers or hapless borough president, who jumped on the bandwagon for this latest wave of reckless development.

Brooklyn voters must replace Markowitz and his cohorts with leaders who will insist on planning that will address the challenges development brings.

Scott Powell, Park Slope

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To the editor,

I thank Dana Rubinstein for a well-written assessment of what I personally feel was the biggest mistake ever made by the Department of City Planning.

One just has to look at the results. While I could argue both sides of the coin on the upzoning of Fourth Avenue, the result has been hulking, out-of-scale buildings with absolutely no character. The “schoolhouse windows” observation (about the Crest) is a perfect assessment for these NYU-style dorm buildings (apologies to NYU).

Big does not have to equate to ugly. But the attitude of these builders seems to be, “Hey, it’s on Fourth Avenue, so who cares, right?” Park Avenue of Brooklyn this is not.

Aaron Brashear, Greenwood Heights

The writer is co-founder of Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights

Boo on you!

To the editor,

Your recent front-page article, “Boo-liani in Ridge,” (June 2), misused the term “Swift-boated” to suggest that protesters were not telling the truth about Rudy Giuliani’s record. In fact, every official government military record backs up John Kerry, not the GOP political “Swift-boat” slimesters. Applying the term “Swift-boaters” to the anti-Giuliani protesters implies their charges are likewise bogus.

Was your reporter using the term to mean “opinionated”? If so, that’s like comparing Cindy Sheehan to Bill O’Reilly by saying, “Hey, they’re both opinionated, right?” Right. And it’s just as illegal for a rich man as a poor man to sleep under a bridge. Might be true in a very narrow legalistic sense, but it obscures a much larger reality.

The larger issue is this: Kerry never said, “Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam” the way Rudy says, “9-11, 9-11, 9-11” every chance he gets. Besides, Rudy’s “leadership” on 9-11 seems to have consisted of walking around — while police and firefighters were unable to communicate with one another. How many first responders lost their lives as a result?

If Giuliani had taken the advice of security experts and located the Emergency Command Center in Brooklyn (where it is today!), he would have been a lot closer to fulfilling his responsibilities to the people of New York City on that horrible day.

Giuliani created the mess he tries to avoid. John Kerry had a mess created and thrown at him. In the future, please try to see the difference. Seymour Blain, Red Hook

Help us, Eliot

To the editor,

After reading your story about Con Ed’s request for a rate hike (“Power Lies,” June 2), I wrote this letter to Gov. Spitzer:

“I hear now that Con Ed wants a 17-percent increase to improve the grid just to accommodate the project. That’s just one more cost to the neighborhood, to its residents, and the tax burden. This project needs to be scaled back or it will paralyze a huge swath of Brooklyn. Why can’t Bruce Ratner bear the cost of the electric upgrade, new schools, firehouses, and other support services?

It is obvious he’s buying off everyone in reach with the disclosure that he spent $2 million on lobbyists in Albany last year alone. Bloomberg, who normally seems insightful and conscientious, has gone “hands off” on this project. Please help us. We need someone who wasn’t a part of the back-room deal that approved this project. This whole thing should be scaled back 20 percent so it will not cripple everything around it. Please, please help.”

Tim Gregory, Prospect Heights

Save your voice

To the editor,

It would be a great mistake on Joseph Porcelli’s part to resign from Community Board 6 (“CB6 member to resign, ripping Marty,” June 9).

For him to resign only contributes to the very problem he’s protesting. An independent voice is too precious to surrender voluntarily.

Don’t give up ahead of time. Better to speak your mind with absolute freedom from fear of being fired!

Daniel Meeter, Park Slope

The author is the pastor at the Old First Reformed Church in Park Slope

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