2014-03-21 / Letters

Mayor Messes Up

Dear Editor:

I am greatly displeased with Mayor de Blasio’s decisions not to participate in the 253rd NYC St. Patrick’s Day and Rockaway’s Irish Day Parade. The mayor’s decision regarding NYC’s parade was said to be the result of the exclusion of a gay rights organization from the parade. His decision regarding Rockaway’s parade, a schedule conflict. I find the Mayor’s judgment regarding the NYC parade an insult to American liberties and value that is the right to assemble with or without political, religious or ethnic fears and concerns. His decision regarding Rockaway’s parade, just plain disrespect to Rockaway and its citizens.

NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers and the parade are not displaying discrimination; they are keeping the parade focused on Irish Pride, which I support. NYC has a Gay Pride Parade (which I also support). I wouldn’t expect them (the Gay Pride Parade’s organizers) to welcome an organization promoting traditional, non-homosexual values. Personally, I have no issue with one’s sexual preference and right to display such sexuality. I do however; have an issue with the politics of the mayor’s decision and its influence on a parade, which for over a quarter of a millennium celebrates Irish Pride.

I have many gay friends, some who march in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade. They march in celebration of the event, not their sexuality. Too many of our freedoms are destroyed by bad political decisions. The mayor’s decisions are an example of this.

TOM ELGES

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