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To the Editor:

As a sidebar to your excellent “Green Giants Moving On” [April 27], I should like to add that, while admiring the dispatch and efficiency with which the City Forester’s Office, headed by Tom Pfeiffer, took down the old white willow tree in Washington Park (which I remember back in the ’50s), it has yet to ever respond to my three requests to remove dead branches from 12 of the 16 trees that line the southern (Morton Avenue) border of Lincoln Park’s Sunshine School area, between Delaware and South Swan.

The last time I tried to get Mr. Pfeiffer to take down a dead tree was on Grand Street in 2004, and it took seven months and my complaint on Jerry Jennings’ Sunday radio show to get it done. I hope this time it doesn’t go on much longer. But, come to think of it, it’s been 10 months this time. I’ve been calling City Hall and the forester’s office since last June, and have written Pfeiffer at least once since I moved to Morton Avenue, 12 months ago. Kids come home from school and walk under those trees. In the summer, 4th of July celebrants party under those trees. People who hurry up or down the sidewalks in sun or rain walk under them. Will it take an accident or lawsuit to prompt action? If we have parks, we have to take care of them. As the fate of that white willow indicated.

If Pfeiffer needs more help—financially, or in terms of personnel (and I understand he has a very small office)—I would be glad to go to bat for him. As it is, the failure to communicate with concerned citizens, who value our parks and sidewalks, is unfortunate.

Dr. Dean W. Hartley



To the Editor:

I have been a bicyclist in the Capital Region off and on for 30 years, and I think the Capital Region is a wonderful place to ride [“Because . . . You’re in My Way,” Newsfront, April 6, and Letters, April 13 and 20]. I know how to read a gear ratio chart, and always thought it was odd “double butted” was held in such high regard. Bicycling around here has gotten much better over the years, and can still use some improvement. As far as these Critical Mass protests go, I ask that before protestors and police come to blows, that these protestors insist they are well out of the bike lane. Nothing is worse than riding along, obeying the laws, and having some poor protestor’s blood splash up from your front wheel onto your face. The purpose of these protests is they’re trying to improve conditions for everyone, right?

All kidding aside, the most important thing needed while riding in the city is common sense. Motorists in the City of Albany are extremely predictable, and I treat them with courtesy and respect, and almost always am rewarded in kind. Obviously there are expectations, most notably stressed-out delivery drivers who act like they own the road. I can’t help but wonder if motorists are picking up on some cyclist’s indignant attitudes. How silly of me, it’s everybody else’s fault, not theirs.

Warren Meyers



To the Editor:

I have been driving for 52 years, and I never spat at, cursed at, or thrown a bottle at a bike rider. As for hitting a young lady on the backside while she is riding her bike is unbelievable. I never saw or heard of that before. There are good and bad on both sides, bikers and car drivers. As an example, as I was jogging on the sidewalk on Western Avenue, a man on a bike passed me from behind with no warning he was coming. He was so close to me he almost brushed my arm. He was going pretty fast. If I had gone just a little bit to the left he would have hit me. As he proceeded, my neighbor was walking out from our street, he never slowed down heading directly at her, luckily she saw him at the last minute and stepped back to avoid being hit. So even bikers can be reckless.

Richard Eckhardt



In Spring Fashion (April 27), we misidentified the Web site for Cohoes Fashion. The correct address is www.cohoes

In Loose Ends (Newsfront, April 27), the sentence beginning “Bauer was also charged with . . .” should read “Spargo was also charged with distributing $2,000 in gas coupons in an attempt to buy votes during his 1999 run for Berne town justice.” We regret the error.

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