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To the editor,

A helpful note to Daniel Squadron: you should be more careful about who you align yourself with. Accepting the endorsement of Sen. Charles Schumer rips from you any progressive credentials you may claim to have (“Crunch time for Connor,” Downtown and North Brooklyn editions and online, April 19). Aligning yourself with Sen. Schumer [undermines] any commitment you may have to a progressive agenda.

Schumer is pro-death penalty, voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, is against same sex marriage and has supported right-to-life candidates for the U.S. Senate. This is in addition to his voting for the Iraq war and the Patriot Act, as well as engineering the sickening Senate approval of Michael Mukasey as the Attorney General.

You may claim to disagree with Schumer on some of these issues, but you certainly did not think it important enough to state so when you co-authored “Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time” or traveling the state with Schumer.

On a personal note, how dare you align yourself with a senator who says I should not have the right to marry because I am gay? Because Schumer approved the war, the Patriot Act, DOMA, Michael Mukasey and the candidacy of right-to-lifers, his endorsement of you means nothing positive.

This is one endorsement worth keeping in the closet.

Allen Roskoff, Manhattan

The writer is president, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a gay political club.

Mixed message

To the editor,

The Brooklyn Museum gave Bruce Ratner an award for service to the community (“Protesters call Bruce’s honor a ‘dung deal,’” April 12)?

That’s a farce fit for a protest, to be sure.

That said, it’s a little ironic that the protest was staged by Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn since the group no more represents the greater non-white, non-brownstone Brooklyn community than Ratner does.

When does DDDB get an award of its own for defending the property rights of million-dollar homeowners? That takes guts for a bunch of progressive Democrats.

Thomasina Millet, Crown Heights

‘Room’ doomed?

To the editor,

We have just learned that the iconic Frank Gehry skyscraper, Miss Brooklyn, has no anchor tenant, and that without one no financing is available (“Atlantic Yards Dead,” March 29). That being the case, the basketball arena may get built long before Miss Brooklyn construction begins.

Meanwhile, no one seems to have asked if the “Urban Room” — a six-story, all-glass entry to Miss Brooklyn, the arena and the Atlantic Avenue station — will be built or abandoned.

There are problems either way. If it is to be built, Bruce Ratner will have some major redesign costs, especially if the distance between the “Urban Room” and the arena is to be hidden rather than left a gaping open wound.

Ratner’s less-costly alternative is to wait until Miss Brooklyn eventually goes ahead. But the “Urban Room,” a promised amenity, also served to mitigate the expected hoards of pedestrians crossing Atlantic Avenue by connecting the MTA’s Atlantic Avenue station with the arena. The silence suggests that neither the ESDC nor Ratner are concerned.

I’d like to think The Brooklyn Paper could find out what a delayed Miss Brooklyn means, but unfortunately control of what happens to neighborhoods is happening behind closed doors among connected, corporate developers who have money to buy their way through the system.

I guess the real question is how much longer this swindle will be allowed to drag on?

Alan Rosner, Park Slope

Judge them!

To the editor,

Your recent editorial regarding judges parking in a city park is absolutely correct (“Judges out of order,” March 22). Administrative Judge Abe Gerges is obviously trying to keep his judges happy by defending their perk, even though it is unwarranted.

Parks are for people, not cars. The judges, who are no different than other citizens who cannot park in front of their place of employment, have gotten used to their perk and don’t want to give it up.

The Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architects supports The Brooklyn Paper’s position that no parking of any kind should be permitted in the park. The judges can park in any of several garages within easy walking distance of the Supreme Court building on Adams Street.

Donald Weston, Brooklyn Heights

The writer is chair of the urban design committee for the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Naughty Brooklyn is denounced!

To the editor,

While I have certainly enjoyed Gersh Kuntzman’s columns in the past, his most recent “Brooklyn Angle” was appalling (“‘Naughty’ Brooklyn gets porn party,” April 19).

The notion that Brooklyn is any “naughtier” than any other part of the country — and that the definition of “naughtiness” comes from a porno site’s subscriber list — is patently absurd.

I, for one, have been in much “naughtier” places than Brooklyn. And the borough as a whole is decidedly less naughty than it was in the days when there were real (not-Yuppie) bars and a bona-fide red light district in Brooklyn Heights.

Just ask your photographer Tom Callan about the time he got beat up at Club Wildfire.

Those were the days — the naughty days. The “porn party” that Gersh wrote about [featuring adult film starlet Angelina Valentine, right] pales by comparison.

Bill Jameson, Park Slope

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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