May 9-15, 2008

Quinn’s ‘callous indifference’

To The Editor: 
 Writer Elizabeth Forel (“Speaker shortchanges animals, ” letter, May 2) speaks volumes when she says voters are paying attention to elected officials and their voting records on animal issues. I am one of those who sees a candidate’s attitude toward animals as a broader reflection of their character and intelligence. Locally, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is an example of an elected official who doesn’t seem to have a clue, as she shoots down bill after bill that would provide some meager protection for animals and the people who care about them. She flat-out ignores letters and calls from the majority of New Yorkers who strongly object to having horse-drawn carriages in New York City. She dismisses an official city audit that documents abuse and serious neglect of the horses. She shows callous indifference to the millions of New Yorkers who have pets and want to be able to keep them in their homes. She is caught with slush funds and tries to correct this by keeping her fellow City Councilmembers in the dark. In my opinion, when one connects the dots, a picture of a self-motivated, self-absorbed individual appears in the name of one Christine Quinn—the antithesis of what a public servant should be. It is long past time for her to step down.

Susan Davis

Morality more than a human issue

To The Editor: 
In response to Ms. Forel’s letter “Speaker shortchanges animals” (letter, May 2), I am one of those mainstream compassionate voters and consumers who votes for politicians and buys from businesses based on their humanity.

 A legislator’s stance on animal bills is an indicator of his or her morals and ethics. A morally good person, among other things, is kind to animals and people, and is supportive of the weak and helpless. Therefore, revelations of Speaker Quinn’s shell game of fake groups to hide political slush funds and her $600-per-hour lawyer retained at taxpayers’ cost is no surprise to me. 

 As many of my friends and colleagues, I do support compassionate legislators and business. For instance, I support Manhattan Mini Storage and Tony Avella for mayor.  Also I don’t support the New York Sun newspaper, because they published a one-sided editorial puff piece on the New York Horse Carriage Industry. Lastly, I don’t support Christine Quinn for mayor, and strongly support calls for her resignation as speaker.

 Roxanne Delgado

Coalition To Ban
Horse-Drawn Carriages

A Committee of the Coalition For New York City Animals, Inc.

The Coalition for
NYC Animals, Inc.

P.O. Box 20247
Park West Station
New York, NY 10025


To honor
Bobby II Freedom
previously known as Billy
ID# 2873 rescued by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and Equine Advocates on June 25, 2010 from the New Holland auctions.

In memory of
Lilly Rose O'Reilly
previously known
as Dada ID# 2711
R.I.P.August, 2007