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Oh, dear. I've done it again, haven't I? I've upset poor Jerrold Schreibersdorf, judging by his most recent philippic on these pages (Oct. 19). After comparing me to Rudy Giuliani and to the enemies of Robert Bork (now there's political gymnastics for you), he then proceeds to list his various opinions on a variety of subjects that have nothing whatever to do with the original topic.
If you just came in, that was the conduct of a handful of members of CB 8, who spoke glowingly of themselves in supporting the placement of a group home, and then turned around and voted against it at the full board for reasons that were specious at best. Mr. Schreibersdorf didn't like that, and now accuses me of horrible actions. What horrible actions? Holding these people's actions up to the light of day. Shudder.
Then he accuses me of using my wife as an "attack dog." As my father used to say, them's fightin' words. But in this context, they are patently ridiculous, as longtime readers of these pages well know. If Mr. Schreibersdorf cared to check the record -- and I know how concise he'll want to be -- he will find that my wife wrote our first letter on these pages, back in the summer of 1994. Cindy and I have been a team -- in political activism as well as in life -- for 24 years. The good Lord willing, we will have plenty more. We neither of us intend to change our style at this stage of life. Certainly not for Jerrold Schreibersdorf.
Mr. Schreibersdorf wants "credit" for having "fought the NIMBYs," yet he attacked me when I did the same. No wonder he got so upset at my wife for criticizing Tami Hirsch. Birds of a feather, and all that.
Edward J. Leahy