Kennedy’s story, “The Trouble With Being Hillary” [July 14],
has a subtitle saying “it’s not her fault” that she’s so hated.
It is fascinatingly odd that the entire piece contains not
one word about the 1993 “Hillarycare” fiasco, a deeply flawed
plan to bigbrotherize the nation’s whole health-care system,
which Mrs. Clinton masterminded behind closed doors (in apparent
violation of open government laws); the “travelgate” travesty,
wherein loyal longtime White House employees were smeared
with phony charges of wrongdoing in order to give their jobs
to Mrs. Clinton’s cronies; the commodities trading scandal,
where Mrs. Clinton earned around $100,000 very quickly on
a small investment—let’s face it, a thinly disguised payoff
by the broker; the subpoenaed billing records from Mrs. Clinton’s
Arkansas law firm, which she denied possessing, until they
“mysteriously” materialized on a White House library table
in plain view; the “filegate” affair wherein politically sensitive
FBI files on individuals were improperly obtained by the White
House through an operative working for Mrs. Clinton.
Incidentally, I haven’t read any of the anti-Hillary books,
but I have not forgotten her record. Maybe my memory is better
than Dan Kennedy’s.
in the Fish
you for your article “Catch Anything?” [Newsfront, June 23].
I want to clarify that the medical concern we have is that
heavy metals may be accumulating in the fish of Tivoli Lake.
Lead and mercury have been found in Patroon Creek, along with
uranium. Patroon Creek water may be feeding into Tivoli Lake.
Eating fish containing lead and mercury is correlated with
cognitive disabilities in children.
Epidemiological studies find that communities exposed to lead
and mercury suffer from more lupus, an incurable autoimmune
disease. Lab studies back this up.
As a resident of Arbor Hill community for three years, I believe
the failure of any agency merely to test the water in this
beautiful urban wilderness preserve is correlated with the
perception that our community has little socioeconomic power.
If hundreds of community toxics issues in New York state continue
to go uninvestigated, we are in need of many more urban environmental
advocates, such as those of the W. B. Haywood Environmental
Education Center in Arbor Hill. This is about community self-protection
last Thursday morning, I picked up a fresh copy of Metroland
at the usual spot, usual time. And with that, it started off
to be a usual Thursday morning, which is good. I began walking
home as the sun was coming up, with this fine weekly folded
over in my hand.
My headphones were playing something jovial, and I was tapping
along against the side of my leg. A newsweekly works well
as a much less painful substitute to a real drumstick when
I act as both drummer and drum. At this moment, though nothing
compelled me to do so—it wasn’t a conscious action—I started
tapping my upper lip with this bundled paper. That’s when
I smelled it.
Wow, I thought, you smell really nice for a newspaper. I started
to breathe it in really deeply; it’s very soothing. Smelling
the top of the paper, all in a bundle, it is a busy little
wood shop. Not a wood shop in which you’ve been dripping sweat
over the table saw for several hours, breathing in dust and
the blade burns of overworked two-by-fours. No, it’s more
the rushing whiff of fresh sawdust as you first enter the
shop, ready to build. It’s a big old tree being cut down somewhere
upwind in the neighborhood. Or it’s a lumber yard. Not the
chemical treatment stench of Home Depot’s lumber aisle, it’s
more like a small mill in the Berkshire woods after an autumn
I started to explore the paper, smelling the corners, the
midway fold (from the inside), and the front cover. A lone
elderly woman passed me on the sidewalk who cleared her throat
inquisitively and loud enough for me to pull my face away
from the cover, thus noticing that I had been, well, burrowing
my nose into that woman’s crotch on the cover. I didn’t know
this passerby, but she very could’ve been my fuming grandmother
with the glare she gave me. Indeed, a good start to a typical
Thursday morning. Thank you.
“Social Security for Non-Nerds” (June 23), we incorrectly
stated that “the amount you get every month will be enough
to replace somewhere around 60 to 70 percent of your average
working income.” According to the Social Security Administration,
Social Security will replace only about 40 percent of the
average worker’s preretirement earnings. We apologize for
“Would You Like to See the Kids’ Menu?” (Newsfront, June 9),
we incorrectly identified Betsy Mercogliano as a midwife.
She is not; she is a doula, which is an advocate and support
person for families in their childbearing year.
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