2012-12-07 / Letters

My Response Lew

Dear Editor,

Your article was MUCH nicer than mine would have been! I am disgusted by the Red Cross that seems to be best at taking money - their lack of attention in The Rock, their obvious lack of homework (bringing ham and cheese sandwiches to areas of elderly Jewish people, setting up in Fort Tilden when no one knew they were there and many were unable to even get there, not showing up earlier this week at lunch time as schedule/ promised, shoving flashlights/ batteries, blankets to people in high rises who already had heat/power while a few blocks away people lived in the cold and the dark, lack of compassion/ consistency, lack of effort (yelling 'lunch' in a building and leaving food there not knowing if people could come down and get it let alone if they heard them!

It is beyond my comprehension how we are able to set up military outposts anywhere in the world, allegedly we have great military minds that are paid well, live well, yet NO ONE has figured out how to put up large tents, or dome homes with some heaters so people can sleep safely and warmly? Why aren't there more National Guard so crime would not be increasing? That would be nice so people can stay in warming tents longer than dusk? why on earth do they have to close at 8 anyway? It would be nice for people to be able to be together, comfort each other, and not worry about what little they have left being taken from them.

Why is this SUCH a volunteer led effort?? Why aren't those who are supposed to know what they are doing not appear that way? Why is Occupy Sandy Relief NYC more effective with less funding, actually DOING the hard work, was there before the Red Cross yet are now being hassled?

Criminals are treated better than this in jail! Don't they get '3 hots (hot meals) and a cot'? The Rock doesn’t even get that?!? Every day I become more and more enraged, and it is not on the news enough - people think everything is back to normal when it is SO far from it!!

Who can we call? What can we do? How do we help our people in THe Rock?

STEPHANIE PENZEL

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