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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 12:00 pm

A cat left to die

Dear Editor:

To the person who abandoned their white cat in its carrier in Key Food’s parking lot on Lefferts Boulevard On Dec. 19:

Did you think the blanket you put in the carrier would keep it from freezing to death? Did you think the bowl of whatever that was in there would keep it from starving? Did you think by leaving it in a dark area of a parking lot that someone could see it? Did you think that a tiny dark cat carrier would protect it from getting killed by a car?

Did you think that this was your only option to rid yourself of a pet, rather than trying to adopt it out, ask for help or just hand it to someone? All of the above would’ve been better than what you did. That cat trusted in you, with its life in your hands, and what did you do? What were you thinking? Obviously not whether the cat lived or died!

Well, I am sure you are relieved that it is gone now, but how do you sleep? Do you have a conscience? Are you thinking about what you did? Does it haunt you in the least? Do you hear the cat screaming the way others did that day? Well, there is a God and as some people believe, karma. What if someone did that to you, leaving you trapped, helpless in the elements, facing starvation and the inevitable?

Did you know what you did is against the law and you will be arrested, facing serious charges by the ASPCA patrol when found? No, they do not take something like this lightly and they will take you away in handcuffs to determine your punishment.

As they say, what goes around, comes around, so when you’re in a similar situation in the near future, or when things are going wrong in your life, keep this in mind and remember what you did to this poor cat! Some of us have been in the position before, myself included of finding an animal and trying to find homes for them, which is difficult. You persevere until one is found. I know times are hard but there is still no excuse for what was done.

If anyone knows of anyone who supposedly “lost” or is missing a cat on Dec. 19, please make them aware of this post.

Most people who have pets keep them for life, making them family. They are not taken in and disposed of in this fashion. They aren’t garbage. If someone is not an animal person, no problem, but they should not have one in the first place. For those who are, they give unconditional love, rely on and trust in us whole heartedly. To do this, was a real sin and we the people have to be their voice, to spread awareness of the cruelty that goes on, such as an incident like this. They need our help more than ever!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all, including all animals, creatures and all life! Let’s all do what we can to make it a better world for all in this coming New Year!

J. Klein

Richmond Hill

Don’t blame the meter

Dear Editor:

The article “Fighting the city over a spike in water bills” (Dec. 22, multiple editions) is a good reminder as to why it is so critical to use DEP’s new customer service resources. We are absolutely committed to providing our customers with high-quality, transparent and efficient customer service.

As was the case with the two customers mentioned in the article, we take all requests to review the accuracy of a water and sewer bill seriously. However, in these instances, the disputes are without merit.

For one customer, the elevated bill was in no way connected to the installation of a new meter and wireless transmitter. Both units were installed almost a year earlier and consistently recorded quarterly bills of less than $100. Then, on July 7, 2011 her meter began to record uncharacteristically high amounts of water and continued to do so until Aug. 6 of that same year – resulting in a quarterly bill of $851.23. After the water consumption returned to normal, her follow-up quarterly bill was for $103.57.

If the customer did not in fact use more water than normal as she claims, the increase in consumption is most likely due to an internal condition, like a running toilet that is not fixed, or, though less likely, a neighbor connecting to her plumbing system without her knowledge. Though it is easy to do, blaming it on the water meter just doesn’t make any sense. Water meter readers are just like watches, if they break they stay broken. They don’t fix themselves on their own.

The article also mentioned the experience of another customer who was paying up to $800/quarter for his six-unit commercial property until a new meter was installed in March 2009. Due to an accounting error, his bills dropped dramatically to as low as $88/quarter for almost a year even though the new meter was sending accurate data. An internal DEP review caught the error and resulted in a $4,022 bill being issued to cover the water that the customer used but had not paid for. Since the new adjustment, all of his bills have been within the range he was being charged prior to the installation of a new meter.

At DEP, we believe that people should pay for the water they use. If this customer doesn’t pay for the water he consumes, then his neighbors will have to absorb the costs. That simply isn’t fair.

The good news is that today, customers have a number of tools at their fingertips to help them better manage their water use. Go to nyc.gov/dep and sign up for a free My DEP Account. There you can view your consumption online and see what it is costing you in near real time, eliminating any surprises about your bill when it arrives. You can also sign up for a new electronic leak notification program that sends an alert whenever DEP spots a significant increase in your consumption.

Joe Singleton

Deputy Commissioner for Customer Services

NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Manhattan

Logic, not nonsense

Dear Editor:

Inan Oct. 27 letter I stated that states and localities should rearrange their fiscal priorities in order to fund their police departments rather than relying on federal funds. In his Dec. 22 response, “The GOP vs. everyone,” Clifton Black stated that my views were “so far-fetched and distorted that they defy basic reasoning.”He continued by stating that my position was “the same-old, same-old Republican goal of disenfranchising the middle class.”

First, I am not a Republican.However, I am a CPA, have an MBA from Wharton and am a proud member of the middle class.I actually analyze situations rather than going the name calling route.

If thefederal government were to give states and localities money to fund police staff, where does Mr. Black expect the money to come from next yearafter the current year’s funds are spent?For that matter, where will the federal government get the funds this year to pay for it?

If one looks at the current trend, states and municipalities are paying a larger share of their spending on benefits and retirement costs for their workers.In a few years, if no changes are made, governments would have to cut back on services to support current and retired workers.One can start to make the changes now or wait until the financial situation gets worse.

This has been happening in the private sector for a number of years.No group should be exempt from the real economic realitieswe face today.The only wayit would be able to continue providing future benefits for government workers would be to make those changes.It would not “destroy” them, as Mr. Black claims.

Finally it should be pointed out that if one considers the future pension payments of government workers as a personal asset, manyof theseworkers would be considered millionaires.Since President Obama stated that millionaires should pay their “fair share,” I am surprised that Mr. Black would object to my opinion.

Iwonderif maybe Mr. Black is reallya closet Republican.

Lenny Rodin

Forest Hills

Prejudiced police

Dear Editor:

I write to tell you about the prejudice that still exists today — how it affects people and how it comes from where you would least expect it to come.

I went to Macy’s for a last-minute Christmas deal. I met up with my friend and we proceeded on Roosevelt Avenue. We talked about many things including how beautiful a day it was. We came upon a crowd in front of the Urban Terrain store. My first feeling was that the crowd was orderly. There was a line and a couple of the people were talking about the sale this store was having. To me they looked like hard-working people looking for a last Christmas bargain. Just seeing them gave me the feeling of Christmas.

After Macy’s, we decided to shop at another store which is also on Roosevelt. As we came upon the Urban Terrain store, we saw a police car parked in front. We were not alarmed, as this is normal. However, by this time, there was no longer a crowd. As we proceeded, we saw two police officers walking in the same direction just in front of us. One officer was wearing a vest with the word “police” on its back. The second officer was wearing the unmistakable white police shirt that anybody knows only high-ranking police officials wear. What we heard next, struck me and my friend profoundly. It bothered her and actually made me feel sick.

The officer in the white shirt turned to the other officer and said “I hope it’s not the spics starting something,” motioning to the store as they approached the police car in front of the store. My heart felt to the floor. I have never felt prejudice like that in all my years.

What was more striking was that I recognized the police officer in the white shirt. He was a deputy inspector who had been introduced to the public at a community board meeting I attended.

I am not sure what I am looking for, because a heartfelt apology I am sure I will not get. But I do have a question. What is the state of affairs in the Police Department if a high-ranking police official can stroll down a city street, saying prejudicial remarks for all to hear, and having no fear of repercussions? That’s a sad state of affairs.

I will say what I will do other than to write this letter. Being a Hispanic woman, I will from now on be more cognizant that if something bad were to happen to me or my husband or my children, I should be wary of the police, because there is a big possibility justice will not be served.

Rosa Febles

Flushing

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