Letters, Week of Feb. 13, 2014

Doggone great!

To The Editor:
Re “Sidewalk danger: Dogs getting jolted by stray voltage” (news article, Feb. 6):

I want once again to thank Susan Stetzer and Community Board 3 for their help with this persistent and dangerous problem. You are terrific. Thanks again.
Garrett Rosso

They’re work horses

To The Editor:
Re “Free the carriage horses” (letter, by Casey White, Feb. 6):

Casey White must surely be a member of NYCLASS, the fanatics funded by real estate money who are looking to buy legislation to ban carriage horses, when 61 percent of New Yorkers are in favor of the carriages.

Working horses love what they do. They live longer lives by working. They avoid slaughter. Nine hours of work is nothing for a horse. Pulling a carriage of people for a horse is like pulling two gallons of milk for a human.

Last year, 154 humans were killed by cars in New York. How many by horses? Zero. London and Paris still have carriage horses. I could go on and on. But why not just instead read Jon Katz, the wonderful writer, about our bond with animals. He’s written several pieces about what is going on with the carriage horses, which can be found on his blog, bedlamfarm.com .
Olga Humprhey 

How about a shout-out?

To The Editor:
Re “New Tamiment director led makeover of Nixon Library” (news article, Feb. 6):

Gee, Al, you forgot to mention my photo archive in Tamiment Library, which includes many copies of old Villager newspapers with my photos published in them. Anyway, I wish the new director well, and — who knows? — I may be camping out in front of the library working on my archive sometime in the future.

By the way, I recently added many new photos of Daniel Ellsberg at every major Chelsea (Bradley) Manning protest to my archive.
John Penley

Voice and era are gone

To The Editor:
Re “Birth of a Voice, Chapter I: The apartment on Perry” (notebook, by Jerry Tallmer, Feb. 6):

Although I didn’t get here till the ’60s, this column paints a nostalgic picture of the same Village that greeted me.

I was drawn here at the calling of the Village Voice, which we mourn today. As a fledgling actress, I was advertised in and reviewed by the renegade publication — a dream come true. And as a member of the Warhol theater tribe, I was included in front-page articles.

It was a time of folkies; folk rock; sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll; intelligent social-political-artistic discourse in cafes, and avant-garde “happenings.” I haven’t felt that kind of intellectual and artistic stimulation for a long, long time.
Melba LaRose

Not really about Rosie

To The Editor:
Re “Co-op dogged by charges it won’t allow service pets” (news article, Jan. 23):

Heather Dubin’s article concerning the stance of East River Houses’ co-op board misses a few key points. As seen in a local BBS [bulletin board system], its co-op residents appear generally worried that the board’s much-flouted ban on pets has failed to create a consistent and reasonable policy. Many of the postings on this site — in a thread supposedly devoted to this particular topic — concern items such as the board’s high legal expenditures and its lawyer’s luxury-car racing. Thus, this building complex appears poorly equipped to deal with needful issues such as service pets.

I also understand that people are afraid. Having said this, I can personally vouch that Rosie is one of the most people-friendly dogs I have ever met. Whatever this fuss is about, it is not about Rosie per se. She is an extraordinary service pet for the East River Houses resident who was lucky enough to find her.
Elissa Sampson

Saved it, now upgrade it

To The Editor:
Re “Saving Jerry’s newsstand: The story behind the story” (talking point, by Martin Tessler, Jan. 30):

O.K., now that it has taken the better part of the city government to allow Jerry to continue operating the newsstand at Astor Place, how about making it a real newsstand?

I’ve lived in the neighborhood since August 1981 and could never understand why there were only a few crummy copies of the Post and the Daily News, and maybe a few out-of-date, and usually pretty wet, magazines at his kiosk.

It’s a terrific location for a well-stocked stand. Maybe some of the people who rallied behind Jerry can help him make it something more than the pile of newspapers it has been for the last 32½ years.
Louis Cohen


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One Response to Letters, Week of Feb. 13, 2014

  1. "It’s a terrific location for a well-stocked stand. Maybe some of the people who rallied behind Jerry can help him make it something more than the pile of newspapers it has been for the last 32½ years."

    Great point, Mr. Cohen!

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