Letters

This summer, 4000 people came to the Great Organic Picnic in Greenwich. It was a peaceful protest to tell the government that the British public does not want genetically modified food. I suggest you do the same in New York City.

Birgit Cunningham
London, England


Water Closet

Re Peter Noel's article "Watershed Fallout: Could the Probe of a Top Eco Cop Affect New York's Senate Race?" [October 12]: Having known and worked with Captain Ronald Gatto, a commanding officer in the city's Environmental Enforcement Division, when I was an attorney in Westchester, I can state unequivocally that there is no one I would feel safer entrusting the protection of the watershed to.

Captain Gatto is passionate about his job, and without him the Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Enforcement Division would be much less effective. It is understandable that Gatto would feel slighted by the city's decision not to grant him the position of deputy chief. It is also understandable that the Giuliani administration, which so underappreciates the vastness and importance of the New York City watershed they would have sold it off to the highest bidder for short-term gain, would also not realize Captain Gatto's true value.

It would be a great loss to the people of New York if a misunderstanding over a parking placard and an EZ Pass were to be the cause of this man losing his job and the recognition and respect that he has earned in over 17 years of fulfilling his responsibilities. Prolonging and publicizing this incident reflects poorly on the integrity of the entire Environmental Enforcement Division. Deputy Chief Lee Siegal and Captain Gatto would be wise to put aside their grievances and work together to battle the ever-present threats to the quality of New York City's water supply.

Samantha Addonizio
Manhattan


Hard-Shell Libertarians

Regarding James Ridgeway's item on Dr. Seuss and the Libertarians ["Liberal Tarryin'," Mondo Washington, September 21]: There's no contradiction in finding a Libertarian bent in Dr. Seuss's work; I was also, as Ridgeway describes Dr. Seuss, a "left-leaning liberal." To quote the peasant in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, "I got better." Many Libertarians, including this one, honor the intent of liberals: a society free of racism, equality between the sexes, ending poverty, hunger, child abuse— all are worthy goals.

Where we disagree is that Libertarians have observed that government has failed to provide these things. Politicians will inevitably redistribute wealth to those who have helped get them elected. At the top of their list will always be wealthy and powerful contributors. Perhaps if the author of Yertle the Turtle were still with us, he would see the ripsaw effect of electing liberal politicians, then conservative politicians, then liberal ones again. First, power over our economic lives diminishes, then power over our social lives. Then we lose our pocketbooks, as management of our lives is increasingly taken over by the Giulianis, Clintons, DeLays, and Gephardts of the world.

Libertarians seek to empower the individual to improve the community. One-size-fits-all dictation from Washington, Albany, Hartford, Trenton, and Gracie Mansion hasn't worked, and it won't.

Dan Fitzgerald
Woodbury, Connecticut


Easy Being Green

Re Guy Trebay's "In Search of the Fashion Don't" [September 28]: Yes sir, Mr. Trebay. Life's just too short to dress like everyone else. And it's way too short to fret over what magazine editors say you should wear. Wear what makes you feel alive. Dare to be a Fashion Don't. You know, I've got a closet full of black. Black shoes, pants, blouses, sweaters, suits, dresses. Fab for travel, but all so very safe. I'll be exhibiting photographs in a show in November. I know what's going on the walls and on my bod. It's not black. See, I found this long green lace dress at a thrift store yesterday. It matches my acid green vinyl jacket with the portrait collar that makes my friend Kim wince. So, I'm standing in front of the mirror trying to decide whether to spend 10 bucks on the dress. A guy in the store grabs me by the waist, dips me, and says, "You must buy it." I leave, smiling, with the dress and his phone number. At the show in November, I'll be the Glamour Don't in the green.

Jill L. Corson
Atlanta, Georgia


Bad B-E-T

I found Scott Seward's "I Want My B-E-T" [October 5] funny, enlightening, and on point. The only thing that might have added to the humor would have been for the writer to have actually known the prices involved in making those videos he discussed— like the million-dollar price tag for the Noreaga video (not to worry, he'll only have to sell about 200,000 units just to pay for it). Thanks for the chuckle!

Wendy Day
Rap Coalition

Manhattan


Include Us Out

Ethan Alter's "They Have Many Straight Friends" [October 5] includes more examples of Hollywood turning gay men into a joke. They think they are being sensitive and politically correct by including the gay community, but all they're really doing is reinforcing stereotypes, making the straight majority appear even more ignorant.

Nichola Groom
Queens


Correction

Due to a transcription error, a statement in Peter Noel's article "Brothers in Arms" in last week's issue was wrongly attributed to former New York mayor Ed Koch. The statement, "You listen to that man [Jesse Jackson]. He is giving you good advice," was made to Koch by Reverend Al Sharpton.

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