Sympathy for Gersh’s ankle, congrats on Paper award

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To the editor,

As a member of the “Brooklyn broken ankle club” — I had five screws and two plates in mine — I was happy to hear that Gersh Kuntzman’s injury was modest compared to mine.

Heal quickly!

Marty Markowitz, Park Slope

The writer is borough president of Brooklyn

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To the editor,

Two of the worst fractures you can have are an occipital humeral fracture and one to the ankle, so I had to sympathize with Gersh’s plight (“Freak accident fells Editor of the Year,” The Brooklyn Ankle, Jan. 19).

What he’s going through is like learning how to do the simplest tasks all over again. You get really good at strategizing and at realizing how precious having whole limbs is.

The best part will be rehab. Learning how to use your ankle again, regaining its strength with the simplest of movements. I was told I’d never play golf again. Ha! Wrong! Rehab is painful, but don’t let that stop you. (Take a pain pill before sessions — it helps.)

Also, I wanted to congratulate Gersh on his Editor of the Year award (“Editor of the Year!” Jan. 12). It’s well deserved.

I don’t know how you do it, but the paper incorporates the Brooklyn I remembered and loved with the Brooklyn of today.

Rachel Gallagher, Brooklyn Heights

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To the editor,

I want to congratulate Gersh on the award.

I always enjoy reading The Brooklyn Paper, whether I agree with its opinions or not. It does cover our “world” very well.

However, as “Editor of the Year,” surely Gersh Kuntzman should know the difference between “reign” and “rein.” A recent front-page article (“Pol: Pull Ratner off the trough,” Jan. 12), reported on a City Council effort to “reign” in tax breaks.

As you well know, “reign” refers to length of time in high office, such as a king. “Rein,” which you should have used, refers to bringing things to a slower pace or a halt, such as “reining in” a horse.

Nancy Wolf, Brooklyn Heights

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To the editor,

Even though I’ve crossed the river, I still keep up with The Brooklyn Paper and I LOVED Gersh’s column about his broken ankle. It made me laugh out loud.

Of course, I do hope he’s feeling better, too. Susan LaRosa, Manhattan

Hola to immigrants

To the editor,

This country is made better because we were all once immigrants. Thus, I offer a solution to ease this issue: 1) amnesty registration; 2) certification; 3) job sponsorship or relocation; 4) two-year probation; 5) community service; 6) citizenship.

Kenneth T. Akama, Clinton Hill

Jail school outrage

To the editor,

The idea to put a middle school in the Brooklyn House of Detention perfectly illustrates our city’s approach to public education (“Lock ’em up,” Jan. 12). We spend millions building condos (for which people will also pay millions) complete with gyms, music rooms, landscaped roofs and high-end shops, then relegate our poor and middle-class children to decaying buildings that have no such luxuries.

The comfort of developers and the rich seem to be considered first, then, almost as an afterthought, we consider the needs of our children.

Dave Hall, Boerum Hill

Pankin on a roll

To the editor

The residents near the Navy Yard need a supermarket more than they need restored houses that nobody will use (“Navy Yard supermarket on hold as feds consider ‘Row,’” Jan. 19). If those houses were so important, the Navy Yard would have kept them in good condition. If the preservationists were running the Brooklyn Navy Yard, it would be turned into a yacht club, not a working industrial park.

Also, congratulations on your article about the placard parking problem in Downtown (“Placard crackdown — can it work?” Jan. 12). I liked the picture of a passenger boarding the bus in the middle of the street.

Today, we had a black Jeep parked in the middle of the bus stop all day on the east side of Jay Street between Willoughby and Fulton streets. Nothing was done about it.

Al Pankin, Downtown

No to super-park-et

To the editor,

Is the supermarket-in-the-park concept a done deal (“Supermarket could come to ‘park,’” Jan. 12)? It is getting very tiring to keep hearing plans that give public space away to private enterprise.

A supermarket? Parks need healthy sports and leisure stuff for the public, not more opportunities for connected businesses.

Sonia Collins, Brooklyn Heights

Leaf it alone!

To the editor,

Your article “Neighbors demand arborcide,” (Aug. 11, Bay Ridge edition and online) was ridiculous. The people demanding that the birth tree be cut down must have a lot of time on their hands to complain about a tree that they should be appreciating, not cutting down.

With all of the issues, concerns, and topics in Bay Ridge, these residents can see nothing better to concern themselves with this tree, which cleans the air (and last time I checked Bay Ridgites were big fans of their SUVs), provides home for wildlife (as we take more and more of it away), and provides us shade (which we need more and more of).

I think the residents of Bay Ridge need to look away from the tree and towards other things to concern themselves with.

Victoria Booth, Bay Ridge

Trekking trash

To the editor,

Everyone in the Patrick Stewart Network thought your article about “Macbeth” was an insult to Patrick Stewart and the PSN (“Beam them to BAM, Scotty,” Jan. 12). In what way was it negative? For starters:

1. Instead of saying Patrick Stewart, the writer said “Jean-Luc Picard,” who is the character he played in “Star Trek.” I realize that the author might have meant it to be a joke, but we didn’t take it that way. Patrick Stewart is a person and an actor. Jean-Luc Picard is just a character and that is it. We are not going there to see someone who doesn’t exist.

2. The writer also suggested that we are all “Star Trek” fans. Some of us are Trekkies; me included. However, not all of us are. We don’t like the image that the writer describes us as.

One of the members had the image of a person still living at home, wearing T-shirts, collecting “Star Trek” stuff.

To be honest, that is what I did for years before I got married. But not all of us are like that. We like Shakespeare, we like super heroes, animation, “Star Trek,” and we like Jiffy.

We like all kinds of things that Patrick Stewart has done, not just “Star Trek.”

I don’t know what to do except tell you how upset the article made us. I will mention the article on the [Web bulletin] board and put your contact information as well. The other members of the PSN will tell you themselves why they thought it was insulting.

Kristy Star Sisk, Poplar Bluff, Missouri

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Wilhelm Meister from Bushwick says:
I was a member of the PSN for a while, and I didn't find the article at all insulting. In fact, thought it was pretty accurate and funny. By the way, I wouldn't mess with these PSN people. If you haven't already noticed, there is a rather conspicuous lack of irony among them (read through a few posts on their yahoo groups forum).
Jan. 25, 2008, 10:34 am
Wilhelm Meister from Bushwick says:
following the Patrick Stewart response:

Actually, the yahoo groups forum is for "members only", but I could say that the letter to the editor printed here is rather mild compared to the discussion about the article on the forum.

Also, I like the cartoon about people in line for Macbeth in Star Trek costumes. It's true! I was at a Star Trek convention a while ago where Patrick was a guest and he actually had to ask the audience members to stop showing up at his performances in "Trek" uniforms. I was like, wow! Takes guts to say that at a Star Trek convention.
Jan. 25, 2008, 11:06 am

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