Underage Drinking Is Still Illegal

Just read “Spring Broke” and I am beyond disappointed. The author acknowledged kids under 21 are drinking and I do not disagree. What I found appalling was his suggestion that those kids “split a handle of Vladimir Vodka” in the basement. Underage drinking is still illegal, so the author is essentially promoting an illegal activity. How irresponsible.
Jillian Desiderio, White Plains

W. Dyer Halpern’s suggestion that Westchester Magazine readers under 21 should drink in their “friend’s mother’s basement” is foolish for many reasons, not the least of which is that such action potentially makes the “friend’s” parents liable for whatever damage or injury may occur as a result of the underage drinking in their home.
Bob Supina, Ossining

W. Dyer Halpern Responds: I am in no way advocating that kids should break the law. Nor do I think it’s good when kids put their parents in situations like that. But I am making the point that it’s public knowledge that many kids do, indeed, drink before they are 21, and that many parents consider it safer to have them do it at home. This article is not the forum for my own opinion, just for a humorous take on the realities of life.

If you can’t afford an exotic vacation because of the recession and don’t want to be bored (and get into trouble) over Spring Break, how about: volunteer at the food pantry; work for Habitat for Humanity; visit a nursing home; clean your closet and give away your clothes; build houses in Nicaragua with Bridges to Community.
Ann Engelland, MD, Mamaroneck

Rx Addictions

In his article “Prescription for Addiction,” Tom Schreck mentions Dr. Jennifer Bagg of New Rochelle, who last year admitted to having abused prescription medication. Both my husband and I were patients of Dr. Bagg, a caring professional, for many years. Whatever she did in her private life was her own business. She has already paid her debt, to herself and her family.
Natalia Weinreb, New Rochelle

Green with Anger

Robert Schork could have said everything he did in his “I’m Not Irish” rant with perhaps some people of Irish heritage agreeing with him. Except: “I hate St. Patrick’s Day.” Schork asks, “Do we close down Fifth Avenue for Oktoberfest?” Well, as a matter of fact, we do! And the German-American Steuben Day Parade is a great celebration with many that share his heritage on display.  Next time he rides Metro-North home, wear a button declaring “I Hate St. Patrick’s Day.” He might find himself tossed off at Melrose Station. Or he could have a Guiness and lighten up.
Brian G. Andersson, Bronx

It’s obvious that Robert Schork and your magazine hate Irish Catholics. You insult an entire ethnic group by stating that we have fistfights and vomit on the train. You owe us all an apology!
Theresa Bruno, Scarsdale

Robert Schork Responds: I never intended to offend anyone. Nobody is denying the contributions of the Irish to our country. The item simply questioned why St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated when a myriad of other ethnic holidays/festivals aren’t. In no way did it imply that the Irish don’t deserve to be proud of all their accomplishments.

And regrettably, the fist fights and vomit were real, but hardly meant as a wholesale indictment of an entire group.

Forgotten Art of Wine

I enjoyed Judith Hausman’s article, “Great Wine Boutiques.” However, why did one of my favorite haunts, Art of Wine in Pleasantville, not make your list? I have always found the owners, a father-and-son team, Marvin (Mike) and Graham Goldstein, to be attentive, knowledgeable, and lifelong fans of vino.
Kevin McGovern, Pleasantville




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