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Brooklyn Daily

To the editor,

I read Shavana Abruzzo’s column, and I want to thank you for publishing it (“Give thanks for being American,” A Britisher’s View, 11-25).

It’s so true that we enjoy the fruits of this blessed land every day. I came here 32 years ago as a 27-year-old from India with $10! My wife and I work hard, and because of the greatness of this fine country, we live in a $2-million house.

When you compare life here with life in other countries, we know that we are blessed — with no complaints. Thank you for this great nation.

Ipe Kurian

Long Island

Slice of good life

To the editor,

I have to hand it to Dom Di Fara of Di Fara’s Pizza (“Breaking: Di Fara is back!” online, Nov. 23)!

He gets closed up by the health department every so often, gets a week’s vacation, cleans the place up, re-opens, gets thousands of dollars worth of free advertising, then has lines out his door with people paying five bucks for a slice of pizza for the rest of the year. This guy is not only a great pizza maker, he’s a marketing genius.

That old saying about fooling some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time doesn’t apply here. Di Fara fools all the people all the time — over and over again!

Michael Mangiari

Dyker Heights

MAR-athon

To the editor,

I also object to the route of the New York City Marathon (“Get out of my race,” Nov. 24). Enough already with these nitwit runners!

They and the bicyclists have caused disruptions in traffic flow in all boroughs, and now they want to extend it to two days, plus extend the Brooklyn Marathon outside of Prospect Park to the whole borough (“Our first ever epic race,” Nov. 24)!

Why can’t they run around Prospect Park and Central Park 20-30 times and leave the rest of us alone? Citizens should mobilize to stop this imposition to our daily lives.

Kenneth Katta

Kensington

Blame game

To the editor,

Credit the city’s debt — increased from $39.2 billion (or $4,923 per resident since 2001) to $73.5 billion (or $8,763 per resident, today) — to Mayor Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Finance Committee Chairman Dominick Recchia, former Council Finance Committee Chairperson David Weprin, Comptroller John Liu and former Comptroller Bill Thompson.

They all voted for each and every budget or certified that they were balanced — year after year. Misery loves company while taxpayers and the business community are stuck with picking up the tab.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y.

UFT follies

To the editor,

Absent teacher reserves are rotated weekly in their school districts as substitute teachers, if they are not filling in for a long term absence.

These teachers have a different story to tell as to how they inherited this humiliating title. Some of them came from schools that were failing and closed, others were brought up on unsubstantiated charges, couldn’t return to their home school, and ended up in the absent teacher reserve pool. Many of them taught out-of-license for many years and this was a loophole for principals to excess teachers if they no longer wanted them.

Every school is run differently and these teachers need to acclimate themselves quickly in order to survive. We are assigned to a new building each week, and we get to informally assess the administration, teachers and children in addition to being able to view schools from an outsider’s point of view.

Most absent teacher reserves have been public service teachers for decades and are highly qualified. The fact that they survive their current role is a testament of how dedicated and highly skilled they really are.

They don’t need a check list to know which schools are performing effectively and which are in need of improvement.

Every school building has different things to rave about. One principal enforces that male teachers must wear a shirt and tie every day, radiating professionalism and respect throughout the building. Another school requires the children to recite an oath to try their best each day. All of these touches makes each school special, but the successful ones have something in common. They work together as a team unconditionally and understand how to achieve academic excellence.

Hopefully, justice will be served and we will become permanently assigned to a school.

Barbra Nahoum

The writer is a substitute teacher.

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To the editor,

Isn’t it ridiculous that in this day and age, schools do not have teachers teaching certain classes? It’s only the end of November!

As a retired pedagogue, I can tell you that this has been an ongoing problem for years. Will someone tell me why an administrator, either from the school or regional office, can’t step in and teach the class until a teacher is hired? Of course not! These people were experts in getting out of the classroom at their earliest convenience.

The problem is compounded by the Leadership Academy principals. These people never taught a day and are now rating teachers. Ridiculous! Also, with so many excessed teachers relegated to substitute status, you could certainly get someone to take over the vacant positions. Instead of demonizing excessed personnel, put it to proper use.

We should not have given full control of our schools to the mayor. Schools are not corporate boardrooms! We need a committee of teachers and supervisors, both active and retired running our schools. They know what is needed for children to succeed.

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Ho, ho, ho!

To the editor,

Here comes Christmas it’s that time of time of year for Santa to appear.

Snow is falling on the ground, everywhere you look snowflakes can be found.

Children wearing mittens in the snow, making snowballs they intend to throw.

Jingle bells a ringing, jing-a-ling, the sounds of Christmas echoes ring.

Parents and children skate on the lake, the children home for holiday break.

Children dream of Santa Claus as parents shop without a pause.

The days are bright, the nights so clear, the love and spirit of Christmas permeates throughout the wintery air.

Christmas carols sung at night under a dancing moon that glows so bright.

Chestnuts roasting, grown-ups toasting this special time of year, after a nip or two, all our woes and troubles seem to disappear.

Here comes Santa, it’s Christmas Eve, he’s finally here it’s hard to believe.

Santa and his reindeers are now flying high, their lonely silhouettes dot the blackboard sky.

Empty stockings line the living room wall, hung for boys and girls who have images of Santa’s gifts racing through their minds.

All in hope that they will find their stockings filled to the very top with toys and presents of every kind.

Joseph Martino

Millburn, N.J.

Coney’s ‘insult’

To the editor,

Coney Island has been undergoing construction on the Boardwalk for several years, and the beach has been neglected as a result of that.

I am extremely unhappy about this because I live in the area and visit the beach all year round.

The boardwalk is approximately three miles long, and if the entire length of the beach was in the same disarray, it would be more understandable, but the affected area is only about three quarters of a mile long! The sand near the Sea Gate area is littered with garbage, making it impossible to walk on it without shoes, while the beach further down towards Steeple Chase Park — in the direction of Brighton Beach — is always clean.

It is downright insulting and disgraceful that the trash is just left there. Millions of people come to this beach every year, and it should be cleaned and treated with more respect.

I complained to Councilman Domenic Recchia (D–Coney Island), but the woman who answered the phone at his office did not seem eager to address the issue and rushed me off.

I also spoke to a worker from the Parks Department, and he said that they were understaffed and spread too thinly to tend to every area of the beach.

I strongly feel that the end leading into Sea Gate should be given equal treatment as the rest of the beach.

George Georgiadis

Sea Gate

Mr. Manners

To the editor,

I find that there are many shoppers in supermarkets who don’t understand the meaning of “excuse me,” causing traffic jams with in the aisles with their shopping carts.

Why not put a bicycle bell on every cart — maybe a rear view mirror, too. Then there will no excuses!

Ernesto Cavalier

Flatlands

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