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Miserable Lives

To the Editor:

Once again, Metroland gets to snuggle up to the black racemongers in that whining little story about Aaron Mair and the money he thinks is owed [Newsfront, Aug.15]. Which is irrelevant because most of the money for the bridge came from private sources.

First off, is a Mair lie shoot down: Arbor Hill is undesirable because of all the punks, bums and hostile low-class people who don’t have any standards: It’s the people, stupid! There are plenty of places, like tourist villages in the Adirondacks, where poor people live in pleasant, desirable low-crime places, so it’s not a money or class problem. Quit blaming someone else for your own problems.

Second off, maybe the city shouldn’t waste so much money on downtown, but unfortunately that’s where the workers and government buildings are. Simply stated, it makes sense because it’s the city center. Tourists go downtown, not to Arbor Hill to see a depressing, rundown black ’hood—that’s a fact one better get used to. I lived in Arbor Hill for two years and I failed to see any charm in the people or the streets.

Which leads to the third point: Aaron Mair and his band of pathetic whiners should emulate the bridge patrons and find both private and public money for a worthy neighborhood project. There is plenty of money in the black community that could be tapped for a good redevelopment project. Instead, they want to pretend that all blacks are in abject poverty and need government handouts for coffee and busfare while they wear gold and drive Lexuses. But for the project to work and the neighborhood to become a black Chinatown or Little Italy, they must clean all the punks and bums off the streets so people will feel not only safe, but welcome. Come on, with all the taste for ethnic foods, the West Indians seem to be the only blacks who try to market their ethnic cuisine. I can imagine an Arbor Hill district full of jazz clubs, restaurants, and sports establishments where suburbanites feel comfortable. Though it would be mostly small scale, the money and business savvy would spill over into the whole community. But all this flies in the face of the Marxist and racialist fantasy people at Metroland who enjoy pretending that black bums are victims, black punks are revolutionary heroes and the police are the Gestapo. Their idea is large-scale government-funded failures like the now-empty community shopping center and the charter schools or a new welfare handout program so the residents can learn to be more dependent and arrogant.

But the whole depressing familiar tone of the article is worthy of note: A bunch of idiots blame someone else for their problems and expect those guilty people to come in and fix their miserable lives. At best, it sounds like Billy complaining that Bobby got a better Christmas gift than him.

Jeremy Freedman
Albany

Shades of Green

To the Editor:

I was heartened to read that the New York Greens have finally joined the Marijuana Reform Party in supporting the end of marijuana prohibition [Letters, Aug. 22]. It is important to note, however, this was not always the case, and their apparent reverse on this issue may not be genuine.

Prior to 1998, I was the only Federal candidate for the New York Greens. Because the Greens would not support marijuana legalization, in 1998 I founded the MRP. Subsequently, the Greens tried to throw the MRP candidates off the ballot by challenging our petitions.

Contrary to Mark Dunlea’s claim, the MRP is not limited to medical marijuana. The single main goal of our organization is the end of marijuana prohibition. However, we understand political reality and realize the end of prohibition is not coming soon. Let us remember the Chinese proverb that says, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.”

Our message to the Legislature and governor is, “If you are not ready to reduce penalties for minor marijuana offenses, at least please relieve the suffering of sick people who can benefit from the medical use of marijuana.” Denying doctors the ability to practice medicine and making sick people suffer needlessly is both unconscionable and also one of the worst excesses of the War on Drugs.

We are focusing on medical marijuana because (1) this goal is achievable and (2) New Yorkers who are suffering right now are in dire need of substantial political support from the electorate. Nine other states and Canada have already established medical marijuana programs. It is reasonable to ask the state Legislature and governor to provide the same relief to New Yorkers. Moreover, we are concentrating on medical marijuana because New York does not allow voter initiatives, and the only way to advance the issue of medical marijuana in New York is by voting for the MRP.

Finally, our campaign platform is not as limited as Mr. Dunlea suggests. We also advocate a complete repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws and the growing of hemp. Hemp can save struggling New York farmers while also providing a new industry upstate and preserving valuable farmland for future use.

Our three issues all deserve to be on the ballot individually as initiatives. Because we cannot do this in New York, I hope to offer New Yorkers a real choice on these issues in November. Unfortunately, that choice may not be available to the voters because the Green Party is making yet another effort to disqualify our petitions again this year.

After reading Mr. Dunlea’s letter, one might have believed that the New York Greens really do want to end marijuana prohibition. However, their effort to remove the Marijuana Reform Party from the ballot gives new meaning to the phrase “Actions speak louder than words.”

Tom Leighton
Marijuana Reform Party candidate for governor of New York State
New York City

To the Editor:

“The Grass Is Greener” [Letters, Aug. 22] is more Mark Dunlea fertilizer. The “marijuana reform party” just got hijacked by Mark. Someone is blowing smoke. The “maijuanaites” are not high on Mark or the Greens.

The Greens are a feeble bunch of malcontents who hate life. A Greens vision of paradise is a Garden of Eden, full of snakes, devoid of people. People have a nasty habit of subverting nature to their own purpose: survival.

Mark was correct on reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, but then who is not talking about that? Nothing original or unique there.

I ran into Mark the night of Aug. 21 at the City of Rensselaer Riverside Park. The event was the Wednesday evening music-in-the-park summer program. Mark was handing out literature. He was so busy handing out literature he had no time to chat. Typical lefty, so busy helping people he has no time for people. Mark is reflective of the philosophy of the left. A philosophy that produces a society of worker ants, all sharing equally, and none being recognized as an individual.

The Green Party is like a watermelon, green on the outside, pink on the inside.

Edmond L. Day
Republican candidate for New York State Assembly, 106th District
Watervliet

Metroland welcomes typed, double-spaced letters (computer printouts OK), addressed to the editor. Or you may e-mail them to: metroland@metroland.net. Metroland reserves the right to edit letters for length; 300 words is the preferred maximum. You must include your name, address and day and evening telephone numbers. We will not publish letters that cannot be verified, nor those that are illegible, irresponsible or factually inaccurate.

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