Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kicking Willets Point

There's a funny letter to the editor in the Queens Times Ledger that suggests that Willets Point would be a great spot to put a soccer stadium-and even the property owners would love it! No kidding:

"Concerning Willets Point, wouldn’t it be easier on everyone if the city put an international soccer stadium there? A soccer stadium belongs there because it would be a perfect match for all the neighbors.

Everyone would be happy — even the owners of the property the developers are trying to take

Barbara Franco, bless her heart, reminds us of the commentator who, on the death of Ted Kennedy wondered, just wondered, whether Mary Jo Kopechne would have appreciated all the senator had accomplished in his life- after leaving her alone to die at Chappaquiddick:

"We don't know how much Kennedy was affected by her death, or what she'd have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history. What we don't know, as always, could fill a Metrodome.
Still, ignorance doesn't preclude a right to wonder. So it doesn't automatically make someone (aka, me) a Limbaugh-loving, aerial-wolf-hunting NRA troll for asking what Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted's death, and what she'd have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded.

Who knows — maybe she'd feel it was worth it."

Attention Ms. Franco. Willets Point owners are concerned with keeping the property that belongs to them-and what happens, posthumously so to speak, is not preoccupying their thoughts. Do this thought experiment. If the city comes over to your house and evicts you unfairly, are you going to feel better if a really, really good person is given it in your place?