Anniversary Issue

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To the Editor:
Your interviews “What Makes a West Sider” (anniversary issue, July 30) just made us sick. We’re West Siders, too, but we were indignant with your special choice of participating West Siders. They didn’t say any really warm words about this beautiful area. But all of them are the kind of so-called progressive liberal Democrats. Actually, all of them are responsible for the current demolition of our country and its great values. It looks like they still don’t understand what they did when they elected Obama. Unbelievable and criminal ignorance! If all of our neighbors were like them, my family would leave this beautiful area. But there are the other kinds of people in this area. Why do you ignore them?

Leo Elkin
West Side

Letters have been edited for clarity, style and brevity.

To the Editor:
Congratulations on “Westside Stories: 24th Anniversary.” While daily papers concentrate on international, national, statewide, business and sports news, weekly newspapers such as the West Side Spirit fill the void for coverage of local community news. All newspapers have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution, along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership.
In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone still publishing today.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, Long Island

Letters have been edited for clarity, style and brevity.

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  • Sam Katz

    What is this wacky letter by Leo Elkin talking about? What is “the current demolition of our country” supposed to refer to? Does he mean the economic mess and wars on two fronts left us by eight years of the Bush administration? Surely he can’t be blaming the country’s ills on a man who just got into office eight months ago! Talk about “unbelievable ignorance!” By the way, as a community activist, I never heard of Mr. Elkin. So some advice if he has problems with the state of current affairs: he should get off his butt and pitch in and help out his “beautiful” neighborhood. It doesn’t stay beautiful all by itself. What the Spirit was trying to show, I believe, are the positive changes that have occurred over the years. Unless Mr. Elkin pitched in to make those changes happen, he needs to turn off Fox News and tune into his actual surroundings. I would like to know just what he has done to criticize those highlighted by the Spirit.

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