Letters to the Editor
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‘Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs’
While reading “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs” by Daniel Freedman [Oped, September 6, 2006], I was sitting just yards from a dog owner, laughing, talking and frolicking with his dog near the fountain at 100th street in Riverside Park.
I once had an ugly encounter with this individual and his large dog. It was in a small magazine shop and he stood by as his unleashed dog put his nose into my grocery bag and then into my crotch.
When I told this guy keep his dog away from me, that he should put a leash on his dog, he insulted me, rudely saying he felt more sorry for his dog. This man clearly views his dog as a person, and from what I have seen of him around the neighborhood, probably his closest companion.
Like Mr. Freedman, I have experienced unwanted encounters with dogs like wet noses on my bare legs and dirty front paws clawing at my clothes.
Dog owners seem oblivious. Their dog is not merely a companion but an extension of their ego. These people need to be reminded that not everyone wishes to have a physical encounter with their precious pups.
Unfortunately when dogs are glorified to the perverse degree that they are nowadays, this concept may be hard to grasp.
New York, N.Y.
‘Ex-President of Iran Is Due To Parley at United Nations’
The question: is Mohammed Khatemi a moderate leader or is he an extremist with a smile as alluded to in The New York Sun’s front page article [“Ex-President of Iran Is Due To Parley at United Nations,” Eli Lake, Monday 28, 2006]?
We can go a long way toward resolving this problem by posing one question to him. Do you agree with Mr. Ahmadinejad’s assertions, that Israel is a fabricated state and should be wiped off the map? It would indeed be preferred that the questioner be a reporter from The New York Sun.
If he answers yes, he agrees then he is no moderate. If he answers no, he disagrees then he “might” be a moderate.
If he answers neither yes nor no, but plays rhetorical games, then we can conclude that he is no moderate.