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Our readers speak: The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

To the editor,

Voters have given our officials a clear mandate in favor of term limits, yet Mayor Bloomberg has succumbed to the temptation that plagues those who forget the meaning of democracy (“No to term-limit change,” Sept 13).

Deeming himself indispensable, the mayor has chosen to embed his desire for another term in office within the justifiable uncertainty and fear accompanying the current economic crisis.

Bloomberg’s anti-democratic backroom maneuver is a disingenuous and cynical attempt to exploit whatever good will may have developed during his tenure. It should not be rewarded.

Term limits may or may not be a tool for better governance. What is clear, however, is that term limits do ensure that no mayor can get too comfortable with the big-money interests in our city.

The people of New York have twice voted to support term limits on municipal elected officials. Term limits must be sustained unless and until modified by a vote of the people.Josh Skaller, Park Slope

The writer is a Democratic candidate for the Park Slope City Council seat occupied by Bill DeBlasio.


To the editor,

Like his soul-mate Comptroller Bill Thompson (who headed the Board of Education while public school wasn’t good enough for his daughter, a “lifer” at pricey private Berkeley-Carroll), Councilman Bill DeBlasio is a glad-hander and opportunist who will say anything to further his political aspirations (e.g., his flip-flop on Atlantic Yards). But term limits are not needed in a democracy. Voters have the option to keep productive officials or throw the bastards out.Angela Jones, Red Hook

Starbucks no loss

To the editor,

While I’m sorry that Andrew El-Kadi is mourning the loss of his favorite Starbucks (“The last sipper,” Sept. 27), my wife and I had a very different opinion of the Third Avenue and 84th Street location. Unlike Mr. El-Kadi, we’ve found the staff young and unprofessional. On one occasion, they took my wife’s coffee order and money, but neglected to tell her that it would take five to 10 minutes for the new batch to be brewed. At a better branch, the barista would offer to bring the coffee to her when it was ready. Instead, they left her standing there while they continued their conversation.

The garbage cans were often full and not emptied, more than once spilled milk was left on the counter (while they conversed) and, worst of all, the staff allowed students from Fort Hamilton HS to block up half the store without ordering anything, annoy other customers, and carry on loud and often offensive conversations.

So no, we won’t be sorry this branch is closed.Jeff Meyerson, Bay Ridge

Canal chimera

To the editor,

Regarding a recent letter from Jim Vogel (“Toll too high,” letters, Sept. 27), I always wonder where people expect to get the money to do what Vogel suggests — clean the water and surrounding land first and then build.

The federal, state and city have spent hundreds of millions of dollars cleaning the Gowanus. Each of the individual sites surrounding the canal must be cleaned and the runoff must be redirected. This is what Toll Brothers has said it will do and pay for.

But to do this, Toll must amortize the cost over a fairly dense development. If it was a smaller development, it would cost more per unit. Toll Brothers has included more than 30 percent affordable housing — as the city defines it! — in the site.

It will only be a luxury love canal if the Not In My Back Yard crowd insists that there fewer units so that no developer could afford to build affordable housing.

Sidney Meyer, Boerum Hill

Meet the Mutts

To the editor,

I appreciated Trey Dooley’s column about the collapse of the Mets (“Mets stink — but teach kids a lesson,” Sept. 27). For me, it’s all a “Shea”-ja vu. Last year, this same time, I felt the same exact way. It hurt then, it hurts now.

Whether or not you are a Mets fan you know what I am talking about. For even if you didn’t watch them to the end, you have a close friend who did, a friend you tortured about the team — telling us how our team lacks pitching; that it can’t score enough runs in timely situations; recounting how beloved manager Willie Randolph was let go in the middle of the night; and on and on.

But you must also marvel at our fight, our proud history and our faith. Let’s face it, it ain’t easy being a Mets fan!Now that we also “Shea” goodbye to Shea Stadium after 45 years, we must not forget that the Mets have a beautiful history. I am proud to have sat in Big Shea in its final days. I know I will never be able to take my child there, but I guarantee you that he or she will be another diehard Mets fan!

Elisa Shostack, Bay Ridge

Classy editorial

To the editor,

Your editorial, “A death in the family” (Oct. 3) concerning the demise of the New York Sun was a class act acknowledging this loss for all New Yorkers. It reminds me how fortunate we are to be living in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available for any citizen to access.

In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone else still publishing.

Larry Penner, Great Neck, N.Y.

Palin drone

To the editor,

I think Sarah Palin is an idiot, but in all fairness, so is Smartmom (“Sarah Palin and Brooklyn: Imperfect Together,” Sept. 17).

But someone should also tell letter writer Steven Rosenberg, with his over-the-top support for Palin in the next issue (“Nice try, Mom,” Sept. 24), that it’s McCain who’s running for president, not Palin.

Patricia O’Reilly, Bay Ridge

Living with Bruce

To the editor,

Based on my personal experience with Forest City Enterprises, the parent company of Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Ratner, you need to stop their Atlantic Yards project.

I’ve live in the Pavilion in Chicago for nearly 35 years. It was (key word “was”) a great place to live. With all its amenities, it was like living on a resort.

But in the last two years, Forest City has really been running this place into the ground. I recently started a petition drive in regards to problems of mold, poor plumbing and 100-degree temperatures in our apartments, and practically everybody signed.

Future tenants of Atlantic Yards should also expect to have their First Amendment rights squashed if they try to complain about the Third World conditions of their apartment or office.

Ronald Fleishman, Chicago

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