In the mailbag: A man who wants to put the brakes on Ford

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To the editor,

I read your online story about would-be senator Harold Ford Jr.’s meeting with Assemblyman Vito Lopez (“Harold Ford in Brooklyn — kissing Vito’s ring!” online, Jan. 22) and was moved to ask why everyone is so angry at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand?

So she was appointed by a governor who was appointed. Is that the reason why no one should likes her? Appointments are part of our politics. If it weren’t, we would not elect the vice president and lieutenant governor. I would need more than that to not vote for her.

Harold Ford will never, I mean never, get my vote. At least our local politicians lie to us about things they know. To have an out-of-towner lie to us, then put corporations before the people, would be like slapping each New York voter with a wet towel.

I have to hand it to the Republicans, though; they have muddled things up to the point where I will probably never cast another vote in my lifetime because the Democrats are afraid to lead. They had all the power, then stood idly by while their president is beaten up and embarrassed.

I’ll let the corporate types do the voting. They reap all the benefits of this nation, they get the tax cuts, and know where the tax shelters are.

Judah Spechal, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Water fouls

To the editor,

I frequent Prospect Park daily and enjoyed watching the waterfowl preening and playing at the pond, so I was saddened by your article regarding the injures sustained by these birds due to fishermen’s recklessness (“Park waterfowl find water foul,” Dec. 18).

Maybe the director of the Urban Park Rangers, Sarah Aucoin, will blame this on the paparazzi again or maybe this time she’ll blame the editor of The Brooklyn Paper for featuring the foul water at the park in an article.

It’s easy to point fingers and blame others for their own ineptitude, but how about taking responsibility and action against reckless fishermen and polluters?S. Yuen, Kensington

‘Wal’ of shame

To the editor,

I am replying to the letter “Great ‘Wal’ ” (Letters, Dec. 4). I completely disagree with the stance that New York residents should have a Walmart.

The author makes the argument that the unemployed, seniors, and the less fortunate miss out due to their great prices. Food can be had at great prices by joining one of the many food co-ops that Brooklyn has to offer, such at the Park Slope Food Co-op or the Flatbush Food Co-op. One could also help start up the Bay Ridge Food Co-op and/or the Green Hill Food Co-op.

That leads me to my second point of supporting local. A Walmart would only destroy local businesses, and local businesses have had enough to worry about with the economy the way it is.

Lastly, people really wouldn’t gain from having employment options at Walmart due to the fact that Walmart wages cannot support a family. On the contrary, many Walmart employees earn below the poverty line.Victoria Booth, Bay Ridge

Posted 4:25 pm, January 27, 2010
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