Volume 17 • Issue 12 / August 13 - 19, 2004

Letters to the editor

A run down memory lane

To The Editor:
I read Lincoln Anderson’s article on sneakers on wires (news article, July 30 – Aug. 5, “Running down what’s behind hanging sneakers”). When I grew up in Brooklyn, in the 1940s and ’50s, we weren’t allowed to wear sneakers all day. It was supposed to be bad for your feet. So if you had gym class that day you had to tie the sneakers together and hang them around your neck. That’s how you got them to and from school.

The problem was, when the school bully spotted you, he took the sneakers off your neck and threw them up over the nearest wire. Your mother then yelled at you that night.

One could always tell when one was approaching a school based on the increasing number of sneakers on wires.
 Arthur Delmhor

Convention security

To The Editor:
Given the numerous targets in New York City for terrorist attacks, the site for the Republican convention should be changed immediately to protect the lives of those who live and work in Manhattan.

Police Commissioner Kelly’s counter-terrorist squadron is mobile and can be sent to Crawford, Texas — a more appropriate and safer camping ground for the Republicans than our city, which has been under duress since 9/11.

The only justification for holding the convention in New York City is the enhancement of Commissioner Kelly’s power base at an extremely high cost to others. Mr. Kelly might do well to heed the words of the Bard in “Henry VIII”:

Cromwell, I charge then, fling away ambition;
By that sin fell the angels; how can man then,
The image of his Maker, hope to win by ’t ?

Shelly Estrin

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