Second Bite aT Film Apple

April 27, 2004

To the Editor:

Regarding your article on the Lesbian Film Festival at the Center (“Festival Screens Sapphic Flicks,” by Winnie McCroy, Apr. 22-28), NewFest is pleased that the Lesbian Film Festival has given the New York City community another chance to see the short film “D.E.B.S.,” which won the NewFest Best Short Award at NewFest 2003. “D.E.B.S.” has, indeed, been made into a full-length feature and we’re thrilled to be screening it as our opening night film for NewFest 2004: The 16th New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, running June 3-13.

Dasha Snyder

Member, Screening Committee

The New Festival (newfestival.org)


Big Yellow Boxes

April 26, 2004

To the Editor

Paul Schindler was absolutely right in his Letter from the Editor (“Fining the Victim, Apr. 22-28).

It has become increasingly more difficult to find favorite free weekly newspapers since our Upper East Side city councilmember, Eva Moskowitz, pushed through the law that limits the number of sidewalk courtesy distribution boxes. A person now has to travel much greater distances to find these boxes, which in many cases are already empty by the time they are finally tracked down.

I have been composing this letter in my head ever since this ridiculous law has been added to the books. Schindler’s open letter has now given me both the impetus and the opportunity to finally put my thoughts on paper.

Instead, far more important safety laws should be set into force. It would behoove Ms. Moskowitz and the City Council to legislate about the dangerous number of suitcases on little wheels that pedestrians haul around behind them everywhere they go. These, along with baby carriages and strollers, should be totally banned from all store aisles, as they are very easy objects for us senior citizens to trip and fall over. The suitcases on wheels are the size of steamer trunks, and the baby carriages and strollers contain babies that are old enough and big enough to attend high school!

Perley J. Thibodeau


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