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Readers sound off on New York in the 70s, the Child Victims Act and conservative New Yorkers


Staten Island: Concerning your editorial about the Elmo problem (“No tickle me, Elmo,” Sept. 10): New York City has always been in my heart. I was raised in Los Angeles. Because of my love of the movies, and movies set in New York City in particular, I copied the character Joe Buck from “Midnight Cowboy,” and in June 1974, I got on a bus in North Hollywood and traveled across country to New York City.

The city was not disappointing. In 1974, New York City was still “The Naked City” as depicted in some of my favorite films. Times Square was a combination of “Guys and Dolls” and “Midnight Cowboy.” It had no pedestrian plazas and no cute red bleachers. Loud traffic noise was the order of the day. And the characters? They were everywhere and not confined to a little square section of today’s cursed pedestrian plaza.

I had no complaints about the city. I did not wish to change it. I decided to stay and live here. I never regretted this decision.

No one can say anything bad about New York City to me except that in the 45 years that I have lived here, the city has allowed Disney, among other corporate creeps, to turn my beloved Naked City into a phony theme park. Whenever I find myself in today’s Disney phony Times Square, I make like those screaming crazies who haunted the old real Times Square. I love to do this because it scares the complaining tourists who can’t respect another place except their own. Gary Perl

Manhattan: Could you please do an investigative story regarding the New York Child Victims Act? This law allows for child sex abuse survivors to file a lawsuit against institutions if the abuse occurred within New York State. Many organizations, including Jehovah’s Witnesses (Watchtower), have kept records documenting cases of child sex abuse, including the names of pedophiles. Watchtower is headquartered in New York State. My question is why aren’t these institutions being forced to turn these records over to the authorities so that survivors can be notified of their rights? If I am a New York State child sex-abuse survivor or former resident of New York and am not informed of this law, then it doesn’t help me. Is there any way besides word-of-mouth that we can notify survivors, including those who have relocated, of their rights? Patricia Warmack

Flushing: Riding in my car on Northern Blvd., I saw a cyclist riding in the center divide with no hands on his handlebars. As if that’s not dangerous enough, his two hands were holding a smartphone while looking down and texting. I thought about grabbing my phone to capture a picture but then thought how dangerous and illegal that could be, needless to say. Ben Jordon

Kew Gardens Hills: Re your Sept. 10 cover story “Rikers Con Job”: The first three letters of “consultant” spell out the true nature of McKinsey & Company. Along with ripping off the Department of Correction for $27 million, McKinsey reportedly helped an Indian family plunder $7 billion from South Africa’s economy. Bill de Blasio vowed to end New York’s “consultant class” in his first mayoral campaign, but he’s actually increased it, even calling some consultants “agents of the city.” Richard Reif

Copiague, L.I.: I’d like to challenge Voicer Joseph Marrongelle, in return, to talk to the angel mom of someone who died from lack of medical care because Republican governors refused to give Obama a win by expanding Medicaid in their states. Or the angel mom of a woman who died because Republicans made her take a fetus to term instead of aborting it. Or, maybe he should talk to the angel moms of the thousands who have died in mass shootings committed by white men who were born here. I have been attacked and/or robbed by several natural-born U.S. citizens, but never once by an illegal immigrant. Perhaps we should be more concerned about the crimes committed by white men rather than illegals, who (according to multiple research studies) commit far fewer crimes than citizens. But we know that Marrongelle will never talk to any of those angel mothers because deaths caused by white men don’t fit his agenda. Karen Meyer Campbell

Newark, Del.: Re “Florida man spends $50K at Costco for Dorian survivors in Bahamas” (Sept. 10): Shame on you! The man wanted to remain anonymous. The person who took the picture had no right to take it and you certainly had no right to invade his privacy and print it. Anyone is fair game today for a few ad clicks. This shows that your paper is a rag. Don’t they teach ethics in journalism school anymore? Marylou Biasotto

East Atlantic Beach, L.I.: Everyone always talks about the firemen and policemen who died from 9/11 illnesses. They never mention the construction workers or the operators of the equipment that helped find those that were lost that day. The ones who were on the pile from 9/12 until the last truck pulled out and who are now dying of the same diseases that are impacting firemen and policemen. They need to be recognized for the sacrifices that they made also. Many have died so far and many more are ill. Mention those men in your editorials and acknowledge what they did on that day and for many months after. Gail Frank

Bronx: I want to know what world the people who run the MTA live in. Being forced to use your phone at turnstiles is more than idiotic, it is downright dangerous. These morons expect people who live in the worst neighborhoods to pull out their phones to enter the subway. Do these clowns realize how many people will be robbed? The subways will become Apple Stores for thieves. Leave the damn MetroCards alone. You are going to increase crime at staggering rates. How about normal people sit on the MTA board? Like, people who actually ride the subways. Stephen Hill

Brooklyn: To Voicer Ralph Valente: Kudos to you for still buying this paper. Fed up, I canceled my subscription three years ago. Sad, because I grew up with this paper on my parents’ kitchen table, which is where I saw your comment recently. You are not the only conservative New Yorker out there, although it seems so. We are here, silent and steady. We just don’t have the time to waste on the rag the Daily News has become. Marilyn Pescatore