LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Welcoming all neighbors

Posted

To the editor:

(re: “Stagg, DHS finalize 5731 Broadway,” Oct. 19)

In a recent edition of The Riverdale Press, the article about the transitional housing facility that opened at 5731 Broadway omitted any mention of the community members who have organized to actively welcome our new neighbors. Many of these new residents are members of our community who became homeless and are now a step closer to finding permanent housing.

Welcoming Neighbors Northwest Bronx is a recently formed and growing group of community residents whose purpose is to provide a friendly welcome to our new neighbors. 

Rather than blaming the victims of homelessness, we will do whatever we can to help make the facility a success and support the families as they make the transition to permanent housing and more stable lives.

We note that this facility is based on a new and very different approach to helping homeless families — one that provides comprehensive and holistic support services to temporarily homeless families with the goals of keeping families together and helping them prepare to move to permanent housing while providing a safe, caring place for parents and children to live. 

We hope that all of our neighbors in Community Board 8 will join us in making the residents of 5731 Broadway feel welcome. We have been coordinating with Praxis Housing Initiatives, the nonprofit organization operating the facility to identify ways that we, as neighbors, can help. 

It will range from simple donations of necessities like diapers, food, school supplies or children’s clothing, to tutoring and homework assistance for kids, to helping parents study for a GED exam, write a job resume, or navigate the search for an affordable apartment.

If you would like to join in our effort to make our neighborhood a pleasant place to live, please contact us via email at welcomingneighbors@gmail.com. 

Ivan Braun, Dee Knight, Jonathan Lessuck

The authors represent Welcoming Neighbors Northwest Bronx.

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TruthTeller

I would like to ask these people where their funding comes from. From the cursory research I have done Praxis seems to have been funded in part by Soros's Open Society Foundation, which would make this local group another in a long line of Soros fronts. Please refute my allegation and if I'm wrong I'll gladly admit, but this smacks seriously of another divide and conquer tactic so enamored by the foundation funded left.

Friday, October 27
Democrap 4 life

George Soro knows America has the very best politicians money can buy .

This is why we hate Donald trump as he is not like our beloved leaders , many who have been in office for over 30 years such as Schmuer / Feinstein blaming the "other party" for failures that have been on going for generations.

The blame game of the republicans and democraps insure both sides have job security with no accountability

It must be fantastic to have a retirement package after two terms in office with healthcare for life and their children get free college funding and $250,000 for an hours speech and we know this is in no way a conflict of interest is is called business as usual .

I guess if you have an assemblyman in office there is no problem having his wife give a speech and receive $50,000 for an hour of speaking.

Donald cannot "drain the swamp" fast enough

Friday, October 27
Edish

Dear Truth Teller - Your comment is a load of garbage! "Soros Fronts"?? What does that mean? George Soros is an extraordinarily generous man who certainly tends to support "liberal" causes. I hate labels but they seem to be the sum and substance of thoughts from people like you. Without addressing the irrelevance of that reference, please explain, in plain English why you have a problem with welcoming some homeless citizens to our community. Are you a "Not In My Backyard" ("NIMBY") thinker. Do think that every place other than your neighborhood should help the needy? "Divide and Conquer"? What does that mean? Your comment is awash in hatred and venom. Please go elsewhere.

Friday, October 27
TruthTeller

Also Edish, in my deleted comment I said I am a proud NIMBY thinker and so are all people with sanity. As a former social worker who was once a proud leftist, I worked with the homeless and saw that the vast majority of them are drug addicts, mentally ill, criminals or all three combined. Why would I want that in my backyard? You'd want that? Wow! Anyhow, I decry all social engineering programs. I want people living in my community who can actually afford to live here. If you have a spare bedroom, invite as many homeless in as you want. But please leave the rest of us out of it.

Friday, October 27
Edish

Hope you are enjoying Trumpland Truth Teller. The world of me first. Zero compassion. Filled with hate and not ever interested in helping those unlike you. We live in an extraordinarily diverse city and world. Deal with it or move into an igloo. I know many social workers and they understand how troubled so many people are but they strive to find a way to help. They have not turned cold and pessimistic.

Friday, October 27
TruthTeller

I replied Edish, but once again my comments were deleted. Blame the RP for not allowing a fair exchange of ideas. My deleted comments were in no way offensive, personally insulting or inflammatory, nor did they link to any copywrited material. I guess there is a liberal bias in the media after all. Anyhow, I just said that it was your extreme leftist views which brought us Trump, and if you want to avoid that in the future you should try to partner with people on the right, many of which actually share your concerns about where the country is going and would make awesome allies in the fight against the real enemy, which is Wall Street, the Military/Industrial complex and their prostitutes in Government.

Friday, October 27
TruthTeller

I also tried repeatedly to refute your claims that Soros is a good guy by pointing out he is an admitted Nazi collaborator, but that too was deleted by the RP.

Friday, October 27
Edish

"Extreme leftist views"??? And just how do you know this? Because I think that the homeless can be shown some compassion? My mention of George Soros?? You don't know anything about me. By the way, I am a retired corporate lawyer. A flaming liberal eh?? Re Trump's election. Anyone who thought that Donald Trump could or would address their grievances is simply ignorant. He has shown that from day one. I have friends all over the political spectrum and we can discuss anything, except Trump. Only the brainless think he has anything to offer. Res ipsa loquitor. "The thing speaks for itself".

Friday, October 27
TruthTeller

Trump voters are brainless? wow, with classist views like that it's no wonder he won.

The extreme views held by cosmopolitan elites such as yourself show such a smug hatred for your fellow Americans that it takes my breath away. Again, that is why he won.

The country, and truth be told millions of New Yorkers, voted for this guy because he espoused a platform not much different than Ron Paul, another extremely popular candidate who was railroaded by the media. That platform is/was peace and cooperation with other nations, ending globalism, returning jobs to the utterly decimated middle class and restoring the principles of government which founded this country.

Now, having said that, we we duped somewhat? Definitely. I am not at all happy with the neo-con infestation of Trumps inner circle, his discarding of his views on peace and cooperation as well as a myriad of other issues. But all that means is that we were duped by yet another politician, much like your side was duped by Obama, who turned out to be a warmonger, killer of civil liberties and a racial divider.

There still remains tens of millions of very good and hard working Americans in "flyoner country" whose heart was in the right place regarding Trump. Remember, it was only in the fantasy world of the discredited mainstream media that he is a "racist, homophobe, xenophobe, mysoginist" etc. None of those things are even remotely true. Trump was/is a NYC social liberal who actually could make a great ally to both you and me since he, on paper anyway, was fighting the good fight against the international war cartel and the utterly corrupt politicians in both the Democrat and Republican parties.

But now because of hysterics coming from your side, aided by Soros's shock troops on the street, we are all fighting eachother rather than the real enemy, which again is Wall Street, the military/Industrial Complex and their whores in DC.

And if I offended you by calling you an extreme leftist, I sincerely apologize. I get carried away sometimes and forget that in reality you and I have much more in common than we think. Although having said that, I still don't want the homeless living next door to me and I should not be chided for having that belief. After all, where does it end? Don't rapists and child molestors have rights too? How about letting them live next door? An extreme example? Yes, but the point remains. Social engineering is destructive. the free market, while it still exists, is the best arbiter of who gets to live where.

Friday, October 27
Edish

Whew!

Friday, October 27
Michael Hinman

TruthTeller:

Please do not mischaracterize the moderation here. As you have been told numerous times, no personal attacks, no links, etc.

Also, we do not allow potential libel. If any of that appears anywhere in a comment, even if the rest of the comment is fine, it will be removed.

If you have any further issues with moderation, please feel free to email me directly.

Have a good evening.

Friday, October 27
TruthTeller

Hey Edish, you may want to check into the name "Howie Rubin" a former Soros hedge fund manager. You might find an interesting article about a recent lawsuit filed against him. Might change your mind about these people who you seem to find acceptable.

Friday, November 3
Jennifer Scarlott

Thank you for this letter, and for the efforts of Welcoming Neighbors-Northwest Bronx, of which I'm proud to be a member. The borough-based approach, with full-service shelters, will hopefully allow homeless families with children of CB8 and other parts of the Bronx to get on their feet, while giving us, their neighbors, opportunities to engage with them, and with NYC policy on housing and homelessness. A warm welcome to our new neighbors at 5731 Broadway.

Friday, November 3