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Letters to the Editor

Backing Brad

To The Editor:

I found your recent article, “Grassroots groups rally ‘round Skaller,” to be misleading.

Josh Skaller is only one of several candidates in the 39th District City Council race to support Superfund designation for the Gowanus Canal. And since Skaller is not alone among the candidates in his support of Superfund designation, he is not the only candidate to find support among grassroots groups for what is really common−sense environmental policy.

However, one candidate for City Council stands alone with the community development experience to facilitate such a complicated process, and that candidate is Brad Lander.

Mr. Lander supports Superfund designation and has attracted a good deal of grassroots support, as well, but he has the vision to see the potential problems associated with the process and he has outlined a plan that stresses transparency, structure, and community input. Mr. Lander will also demand cooperation and communication among the various federal, state and municipal entities who may be involved in the Gowanus clean−up effort once it gets underway.

Several of the candidates in this race have made the obvious choice to support Superfund designation for the Gowanus, but Brad Lander is ahead of the curve in addressing its complex realities.

Charles Costanzo

Park Slope

Roll ‘em, please!

To The Editor:

I’m writing for a group of seniors living in the Greenpoint−Williamsburg area pleading, begging, imploring for a movie house in this area.

We are all in our 80s and have to take buses to go to Astoria, Long Island City, Kew Gardens to see a movie! Not only do we seniors want a movie house, but we have spoken to the younger crowd moving here and they, too, are anxious for a movie house.

We have written to our local newspapers and, of course, to our political “big shots,” including Assemblymember Joe Lentol, and received not one reply!

They’re building high−rise buildings, condos, co−ops, etc., an not one movie house!

Anna Malone

Greenpoint−Williamsburg

Separate and unequal

To The Editor:

Community District 13 spans not just “Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights,” but also a significant part of Park Slope, from Union Street north to Flatbush Avenue (North Slope).

It’s regrettable that the District 13 Community Education Council (CEC) rejected a plan for a single integrated D13⁄D15 school. Such a decision only perpetuates D13 defeatism while excusing a small but vocal group of D15 parents that seek to perpetuate D15 elitism. This latter group are some of the same D15 parents who at a recent hearing insisted on not just separate entrances, but also separate lunch rooms in the school (What’s next? Separate water fountains for District 13 children in Prospect Park?).

I’d encourage these parents to use the down real estate market to resettle in Darien.

If built, the new building would, like the current PS133, be firmly located in D13. As such ALL educational strategies, philosophies, curriculum, rooms, facilities, teachers, etc. within that building should be made available to D13 students. If D15 comes to the new building, all “best practices” D15 would bring MUST be available to zoned PS133 children and the wider District 13. This is an excellent opportunity to create a single school fostered around the values of inclusion, diversity, and progressiveness that both addresses D15 over−crowding and improves D13 performance. Such a plan could represent the best of Park Slope and surrounding neighborhoods. The current plan, sadly, seems set to only bring out the very worst.

Robert Underwood

Park Slope

Blame the riders

To The Editor:

Much ado is being published about the sanitary conditions on the N and R lines. Some of it may be justified, but what no one mentions with regard to cleanliness in the subways is that the debris is put there by those who use the system – the riders. Newspapers, paper cups, candy wrappers and all of the debris is not put there by subway employees.

In no other major city, in this country or abroad, have I ever seen such blatant disregard for common decency. Until the people in this city learn respect for their fellow passengers, subways will continue to be trash dumps. Why should the city have to hire more cleaners to clean up after thoughtless passengers? When I get off the train, I pick up and dispose of papers that I see left on the seats.

As for the R line, itself, I use it at least three times a week, and I know that during the day every train is swept and cleaned before it leaves the 95th Street station.

Walter Morton

Brooklyn Heights

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