Letters to the Editor
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Head of the Class
As a successful graduate of the Yonkers school system, I read with delight your article on Yonkers High School and the outstanding academic accomplishments of hard-working students from working-class families who are often overlooked by the media given the wealth and notoriety of other school districts in Westchester. This was not a story about lacking financial resources but rather the school’s rich abundance of dedication, resolve, and commitment to academic excellence. Congratulations.
Laurence P. Gottlieb, Hawthorne
Roosevelt High School, Class of ’85. Go Indians!
My first reactions to Laura E. Kelly’s Yonkers High School article, both as a Yonkers homebound instructor and a long-term resident, were shock and curiosity. There was shock at her pronouncement that Yonkers was number one and curiosity about the mythic Yonkers High School.
As a past inner-city high school teacher, I know full well how easy it is to skew statistics. I worked with a handful of inner-city advanced-placement students. If I used them as a basis for evaluating academic success, they would have rivaled Bronx Science! Essentially, this is what Kelly is doing. She is using very skewed statistics right for a small population but totally inapplicable to a normalized population.
I am thrilled over the existence of an International Baccalaureate program. But let us be realistic and recognize how few of our students are ready and willing to undertake such a rigorous program in the humanities and sciences.
Gerard Becker, South Bronx
Local College Cheer
I loved your April issue! There were so many great articles, but I found Marisa LaScala’s “The Gowns in Our Towns” piece on students attending local colleges of particular interest. Thanks for a fascinating read.
Geri Rubenstein, Harrison
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
Thank you for your excellent article “Laid off—Now What?” about some of Westchester’s unemployed citizens. Your readers might be interested in a service I have started. I have asked residents to contact the personnel offices at their companies asking for a list of job openings. I e-mail people who subscribe with job postings and also post employment opportunities on my Facebook page. Businesses are still hiring. Readers who are out of work or know of job opportunities should e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor
Don’t Go for Broke
While I know that the author probably had his tongue in his cheek while writing “Spring Broke” (March 2009), suggesting that underage adolescents in Westchester who are deprived of a spring-break destination because of the recession can hole up in their parents’ basement illegally drinking alcohol is, nevertheless, irresponsible. It suggests that your magazine condones this behavior, which, by the way, could cause homeowners to be legally liable for those found drinking in their homes and, worse, suggests behavior that might not only endanger the lives of these adolescents, but the rest of us county residents who might later encounter them when they get behind the wheels of their cars. In Westchester, we’ve already seen that house parties have resulted in fatalities and the arrests of parents.
President, The Rye Youth Council
Wine in Supermarkets? A Real Loser
Regarding “Winners & Losers” in the April issue, you state that it is a “Winner” for county wine drinkers to be able to purchase wine in grocery and convenience stores and that this will be a revenue generator for the state. Have you considered the harm it will do to the independent wine stores in our towns? These people need to make a living. We already have lost many of our small markets, boutiques, and pharmacies. We can do without wine in supermarkets and convenience stores, where it will be more readily available to our teenagers. The country is turning into a gigantic mall and this is most regrettable.
Mary Riechers, Katonah
In a Jam
Thank you for an interesting article on jamming, “Homemade Jams,” in the March issue. I am a big fan of blues jams and frequently attend both to listen and to play. Jams, however, can be intimidating to the occasional guitarist, and they tend to start too late at night for most musicians who have to work the next morning. Sometimes players sit around for hours and don’t get a chance to play. We started The Westchester Putnam Guitar Society to allow guitarists and other musicians, regardless of skill level or musical interest, to get the full entertainment experience. We usually play as a group with individuals taking the leads, and they are not limited to the blues. You can solo if you wish or just play in the background. We meet one Sunday night a month at The Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, at 7:30. For further information, visit wpguitar.org.
Gabriel Siegel, Mahopac