Inbox: Letters to the Editors in July 2013
Readers’ letters, Facebook comments and Tweets for this month.
A Political Rollercoaster
Thanks for your insightful article about Playland’s future (“The Problem with Playland,” May 2013). As a lifelong County resident, I’ve always treasured the park and now look forward to taking my young grandchild there. Unfortunately, County Executive Robert Astorino wants to transform Playland according to his personal whims, in disregard of public opinion. Since identifying Playland as a problem, he has single-handedly commandeered the beloved park’s fate. To now warn against making the issue political is undemocratic. Sustainable Playland’s proposal has its benefits, but curtailing the emphasis on rides in favor of ball fields and other elements doesn’t appeal universally. I say let the voters decide. Ken Sayle, Rye
Rock of (Ice) Ages
Your answer to Howard Goldstein (“Ask Westchester,” May 2013) about the plethora of stone walls in Westchester was essentially correct but needs further amplification. It is true that farmers created most of the walls while removing stones from their fields before plowing, but the prevalence of so many stones in upper Westchester County needs explanation.
Croton Point, extending into the Hudson River between Croton-on-Hudson and Ossining, is the terminal moraine of the last glacier to cover the area during the Ice Age. The glacier crumbled the rocks of the Adirondacks and pushed the smaller fragments ahead of it. When the glacier melted, it left its cargo of stones in the soil of Westchester and all along the Hudson Valley. The melting waters of the glacier carved the Hudson Canyon, a deep trench reaching 500 miles into the Atlantic.
The southern portion of Croton Point was washed away by waters released by the failure of the first Croton Dam, but the northern half remains. It is the site of the large Croton Park, often referred to as “The Gem of the Hudson.” Lawrence Zeitlin, Professor Emeritus, CUNY
My first subscriber copy of @WestchesterMag arrived today. So excited to find it in the mailbox, I actually cheered! -@ElaineHolbon
“Ultimate 914 Bucket List” nostalgia! BUT WHERE IS THE PAINE-TO-PAIN half-marathon on this list? -@gooddirt
Lots of fun things added to my summer to-do list—great issue! Thanks @WestchesterMag -@SamPezz1228
We asked: What’s the best and worst thing about raising a child in Westchester?
Best: Blue Ribbon public schools. Worst: Property taxes
Sherry Shibley Bruck
Best is the beautiful environment and the amazing diversity of people children are exposed to. Worst is trying to teach the value of money and a good work ethic when so many kids have so much at a young age.
As someone who was raised in Westchester, the best things are the public schools and the worst things are lack of quality public transportation, and the distance between friends, family, school, town, etc.
Mario Pablo Gomez Desantamaria
Kids become go-getters, but then noth- ing is enough.
Oops! In our June issue, we inadvertently ran the wrong address and telephone number for Dr. Philip Levis. The correct address and number are: 281 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY 10709 (914) 961-1404. We apologize for the error.