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To the editor,

If chalk is written on the sidewalk in New York, and it’s the parents’ property then it’s a child’s art. But if it’s public or private property and the city wants it removed, then it’s graffiti (“Defiant Tot: I’ll tag again!” Oct. 20).

Anyone who thinks otherwise is a moron!

The question here is, who owns the surface being written upon? If I own it and don’t want chalk on it, then it’s my call, not yours! If I key or scratch the length of your car, you would be the first to demand accountability and restitution, wouldn’t you?!

Jay Beswick, Los Angeles

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To the editor,

Oh my God, I just can’t believe it! The greatest nation in the world has become the sickest, the coldest, and most intolerable place to live in the world.

I am so sorry for you Americans, people I learned to love and to admire. I am so sorry you have such abusive laws, laws that blind you to the sweetest things, the simplest things, the innocent things.

Maria Alves, Minas Gerais State, Brazil

Slope was great

To the editor,

As those of us who have lived in Park Slope for a long time and restored its greatness can tell you, there was once a time before the award-givers would brave a visit, before New York magazine would tell Manhattanites that Park Slope was a really good place to live, before The New York Times would begrudgingly admit that Brooklyn was part of New York City, that Park Slope was really great (“Game over: Park Slope is B’klyn’s best nabe,” Oct. 20).

It was not perfect by any means, but it was great. The time was the late 1970s and 1980s. People were generally neighborly, courteous, helpful, friendly and mindful.

Bob Ohlerking, Park Slope

Irrelevant clock?

To the editor,

The clock you mentioned in your story (“Time for a change” Park Slope edition and online, Oct. 20) is hardly a landmark.

Plus, no one would say “Meet at the clock.” They would just say, “Meet at Flatbush and Sixth Avenue.”

Alex Holdsworth, Park Slope

Birds hate turkey day

To the editor,

I hate to quibble with the facts of a newspaper that promotes Vegetarian Week on its front page and publishes a fine essay about the scarcity of veggie restaurants in the Heights, but the comment that “everyone loves Thanksgiving” would have to include an exception for the millions of beautiful birds who are raised in terrible conditions and slaughtered for our dining table and holidays each year (“Gobble up big turkey,” contest, Oct. 20).

For your health and humaneness, go veggie!

Wayne Johnson, Brooklyn Heights

Editor’s note: While we appreciate Johnson’s opinion, we are still urging people to enter our www.BrooklynPaper.com/Turkey">“Big Turkey” Thanksgiving Dinner contest.

Intifada redux

To the editor,

In “Gibran founder asks to run school,” (Oct. 20), you seem to side with those who criticize the “Intifada NYC” T-shirts (Oct. 20).

Could you please tell me why the “Intifada NYC” T-shirts are somehow more offensive than the T-shirts worn by millions of American teenagers that feature the now-iconic picture of Che Guevara, the anti-colonialist Latin American militant leader?

The fact that Department of Education ultimately accommodated the fanatics who called for Debbie Almontaser’s resignation is a sad commentary on the pandering politics of Brooklyn.

Leila Kawar, Fort Greene

‘Selfish’ Lysiak

To the editor,

Once again, your Bay Ridge columnist, Matthew Lysiak, is incorrect (“Victorian era ends in Bay Ridge?” Bay Ridge edition and online, Oct. 20).

Far from being a benign presence, Basile Builders often buys a middle property or a house just off the corner and then tries to pressure neighbors on either side to sell. I think one could call it a form of block-busting.

In this case, the middle property was on the market because the owner passed away. The last holdout was forced to sell because her quality of life was going to be destroyed, as well as her property values. This woman wanted to stay in her house, but what would her house have been like with a concrete monstrosity next door?

Lysiak’s tone is incredibly selfish. Does he speak about the lawsuit against Basile from those in another of his buildings in Bay Ridge? No, he did not research that. All he cares about is finding an affordable place to live even if it means knocking down expensive, irreplaceable properties and displacing our seniors.

Many of us have lived in Bay Ridge a long time. We have struggled through recessions, red-lining and flight from our neighborhood, but we prevailed and preserved some of our community.

A lot of Bay Ridge was built in the Victorian era. Am I to believe that Bay Ridge should be demolished to make way for the carpetbaggers who come here when times are good, but couldn’t have cared less about New York when times were bad? I was raised to believe that everything we do impacts others. I would venture that most Bay Ridgites were raised with the same belief. It’s what holds this community together.

Must we sacrifice all to appease a few spoiled individuals? It’s a shame that Lysiak is so dogmatic that he cannot see the bigger picture. The neighborhood that he claims to love is being destroyed.

Go Nero, play on the roof while Rome burns.

Victoria Hofmo, Bay Ridge

They’re so polite!

To the editor,

In “The Great Green Way in DUMBO” (Oct. 20), write, “Its new location … will be the first performing arts space in the nation recognized by the Green Building Council for its energy efficient, environmental friendly design.”

The Gerding Theater at the Armory, in Portland, Oregon, was awarded LEED Platinum status by the US Green Building Council in September, 2006. It was the first LEED Platinum building on the National Register of Historic Places and the first Platinum theater.

I’m not knocking DUMBO’s new building at all, just pointing out that it wasn’t the first.

Christopher Smith, Portland, OR

Feral ‘Pussycat’?

To the editor,

Every time I pass MS 51 on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, I feel saddened and disgusted. The school seems to be the epitome of what a great urban public school should be.

Why am I disgusted? Because Pink Pussycat Boutique, an erotic toys and supplies store with its jaded, sexually explicit window displays, remains front and center, across the street from the school! I have seen students at lunch break gathered in front of the store, looking in at the window display, and I have heard boys and girls discussing what was sold inside.

I am no prude, but having such a store in an immediate school zone is absolutely unconscionable.

Lori Adler, Windsor Terrace

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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