To the Editor:

I was surprised to read your endorsement of Robert Morgenthau for Manhattan District Attorney on Aug. 1, 2005 [“Robert Morgenthau: Simply the Best,” Editorials]. Whom you choose to endorse is obviously your decision, but I was disappointed in your entire editorial process—or, as I see it, the lack thereof.

I find it troubling that while you acknowledged in your editorial that Mr. Morgenthau is facing his first real challenge in 20 years, you didn’t care to speak to or seek information from the candidate posing that challenge. I have never met with any member of your editorial board. Nor was my campaign ever asked to provide you with information about my candidacy and my vision for the office. Without having done either, I find it impossible to think that you gained an accurate understanding of my background, justification for running, and the reason I believe it is time for new leadership in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office after 30 years.

Leslie Crocker Snyder


Toilet Humor

To the Editor:

Jason Horowitz’s reporting of his meeting with Alan Balicki [a senior conservator at the New-York Historical Society] was amusing but incorrect in two regards [“Public Advocate Candidates Clamor for Gotbaum’s Diminished Office,” Aug. 8]. Mr. Horowitz represented Mr. Balicki as saying that Ms. Gotbaum cleaned latrines at the New-York Historical Society. While Ms. Gotbaum is full of energy, I am pretty sure no one saw her cleaning urinals at the New-York Historical Society. What Mr. Balicki said was that Ms. Gotbaum cleaned vitrines before an exhibit. Vitrines are glass or acrylic cabinets used to display exhibitions.

Similarly, Mr. Horowitz was equally incorrect in his reporting of Mr. Balicki’s take on Ms. Gotbaum’s performance in her current post. Mr. Balicki was restoring the turn-of-the-century Fish Pond board game, which is part of the New-York Historical Society’s Liman collection of board and table games and is featured in a traveling exhibit. But he made no connection whatsoever between her job as Public Advocate and the board game he was restoring. I was there, and when this line of questioning came up I explained to Mr. Horowitz that as a conservator at this organization, Mr. Balicki is not in a position to comment about Ms. Gotbaum’s performance in her current post.

Laura Washington

Director of Communications

The New-York Historical Society


Mediocre Murray

To the Editor:

It’s so refreshing to read a movie review that goes against the puzzling hero worship most publications have for Bill Murray [“Broken Flowers: Can Murray Act?”, On the Town, Aug. 8]. He is mediocrity on the hoof. I am one who thought Lost in Translation, in which he stars, was horrible.

Dave Vanderslice

Tucson, Ariz.

Burning for Bournonville

To the Editor:

I was very impressed, and pleased, to read the quote from Bournonville in Robert Gottlieb’s current article on the Bolshoi [“A Bastion of Bravura, the Bolshoi Wows Its Fans,” The Dance, Aug. 8]. Bournonville has been my special area in dance. (I first saw the company in London in 1953.)

Your articles are always so intelligent and informed, and I always learn something from them.

Henley Haslam

Asheville, N.C.

Fat Cats

To the Editor:

Just who could afford to attend all of the summer fund-raisers mentioned in “$26,700 Chuck Roast” [Lizzy Ratner and Jessica Bruder, Aug. 1], held in the trendy Hamptons on behalf of Democratic National Committee chairperson Howard Dean, State Attorney General and Governor wannabe Eliot Spitzer, Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Hillary Clinton?

Answer: the usual crowd of lobbyists, trial lawyers, Hollywood celebrities, special-interest groups and millionaires. At those prices, I assume working- or middle-class people were hard to come by—except in the kitchen, serving wine and quiche to the guests, or outside, parking limousines! What was that tired liberal cliché about the Democratic Party being the friend of the little people and those nasty, greedy old Republicans being the party of the wealthy?

Seems like the Democratic and Republican parties have morphed into one inside-the-Beltway party, with funding from the same special-interest groups.

Come by my place next summer and I’ll grill some hot dogs and hamburgers instead! Dean, Spitzer, Schumer, Clinton and company can meet ordinary 9-to-5 working people just trying to pay the bills and make ends meet.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y. Letters