2003-07-11 / Letters

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Stop Picking On Simon
Dear Editor;
Letters Stop Picking On Simon

Stop Picking On Simon

Dear Editor;

The Wave’s silly vendetta against Lew M Simon, Democratic District Leader hit a new low in the July 4th issue of the Wave.  The article entitled "Take Back the Beach Rally Set for July 9" by Tommy Hallissey refers to Simon as a "local rabble-rouser."  Would you refer to Geraldine Chapey,
also a Democratic District leader, by anything other than her title?  Let’s
give Mr. Simon the respect he is due and leave the name calling to children, who will hopefully be allowed more access to our beach and boardwalk after the rally.

SUSAN M. SMITH

‘Crimes’

Selectively Enforced

Dear Editor,

 Bravo to Stephen Wohl’s latest piece of rambling nonsense. His last letter was truly amazing. Of course, he had to start out by condemning America, the president, and patriotism. That is Wohl’s standard
idiotic fare, which we have all come to know and love.

But then, he blatantly disregards every English and formal letter-writing rule by jumping topics
mid-letter quicker than you can say "lunatic". He did so with absolutely no set up or introduction of the
new topic. I loved it. Thanks for yet another chuckle, Steve.

I happen to agree with a lot of what he said regarding the influx of building in our area. However, it is obvious that he has an agenda with the Mitchell-Lama program...praising their work and condemning others. I wonder if Wohl rents or owns one of these "anti-cheeseboxes"?

As a tribute to Wohl’s lack of finesse in his letter-writing ability, I am switching to an entirely new topic. On the evening of July 4, I was talking to a local businessman who said that, that afternoon on Beach 97 Street, he counted 158 coolers on that
beach alone. There were no police in sight. However, due to Captain Talamo’s policy of "selective enforcement", a party of residents on Beach 130 St. honoring local, fallen 9/11 hero, Richie Allen, was ruined. On Beach 133 Street, officers from the 100 Precinct took a resident’s American flag and the flashlight that was illuminating it from the beach. Is this enforcing the rules or harassing a specific segment of the community?

MATTHEW E. MCLEAN

Fourth Of July

When we wave the flag on the 4th of July, do we think of our men whom we send to die? I hope for peace in the world someday. Communication with our fellow man can lead the way.

PHYLLIS DOMFORT

Send Him Packing

Dear Editor;

Once again, the Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct proved to the Rockaway community that his "us against them" policy of selective enforcement against the homeowners and residents continues unabated.

On Friday, July 4, many residents of Rockaway gathered on Beach 130 Street for a beach party to raise funds for the memorial being built on St. Frances De Sales property to commemorate victims of the Trade Center disaster.  As everyone knows, the peninsula suffered an inordinate number of victims, especially firemen, and the community continues to mourn.  The family-oriented gathering which included many children was a show of solidarity that is consistent with this neighborhood.  For some bewildering reason, the 100 Precinct viewed the residents as "hostiles", and early on started harassing beachgoers by confiscating coolers and by being generally hard-nosed and insensitive to the ideals of the community they serve.  Let me be clear - there were no fights; there were no drunk and disorderly people; there were no fires.  There was no reason for the 100th Precinct to be there!

What happened later in the evening has infuriated the community while severely embarrassing the NYPD.  A coordinated "attack" was made at approximately 8:00 p.m. and was led by an NYPD Captain.  The church parking lot was used as a staging area for the men and vehicles; paddy wagons were on hand - indicating that prisoners were expected to be taken. About 30 - 40 officers descended onto the beach on foot, in jeeps and in ATVs intent on putting down some imagined rebellion.  Almost immediately, two men were arrested and handcuffed for having the audacity to verbally question the heavy-handed and thoroughly unnecessary tactics. 

The "bad guys" they took off the beach were a retired detective and a relative of a fireman killed on 9/11.  These men were cuffed and hauled off the beach in front of their families, friends and children. The DISCON summonses they were eventually given will not hold up well in a court room, but that is a civil issue that is probably going to cost the city some money.

The question must be asked, "What is going on here?"  Are Equal Protection Laws of the Federal Government being violated?  Are these policies endemic to Rockaway only, or are they being equally enforced on Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Orchard Beach?  If not, the City is actually violating the constitutional rights of the citizens of Rockaway and could be susceptible to an action in Federal Court seeking an injunction to cease and desist until they can show cause.  Why the selective enforcement in Rockaway?  What is directing it?  We want answers!

And a note to Captain Talamo - If that was you on the beach Friday evening, you should hang your head in disgrace and start thinking about a new career.  If it was your XO, send him packing!!

TOM BARRY


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