Monday, November 21, 2011

As Good As It's Gonna Get

As predicted I received a response from Ms. James's office less than four hours after I sent my email. I appreciate the truthful, sympathetic response even though the destruction still makes me seethe.
Hello Ms. [Real Last Name],

Thank you so much for reaching out to Council Member Letitia James. Many of the events that took place during and after the evacuation proceedings are indeed regrettable. Unfortunately, many of the items confiscated were in fact destroyed. I do suggest that your friend and her acquaintances contact 1 Police Plaza or the Downtown Police Precinct to see if they are still holding on to their belongings.

On behalf of Council Member James, please extend her heartfelt apologies for the loss of their instruments and any other personal items. I do hope she can retrieve them.



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Simone Hawkins
Budget Director
Education Policy Analyst
NYC Council Member Letitia James
It took me a couple of hours to find a way to respond. I wanted them to know that, while I appreciated that it wasn't their choice, I am still appalled and want the whole world to know it. This is what I finally came up with: 
Dear Ms. Hawkins,

Thank you so much for a response that was both prompt and sympathetic.

As I said before I'm deeply disturbed by the unnecessary destruction of property during the eviction. I cannot stop considering what good those instruments could have done even if they'd been sold at police auction or used in our school system. While I trust your office to pass on my feelings if there is a better way for me to communicate my displeasure to the people who organized the eviction and allowed this shameful waste to occur please let me know what that way is.

[My Real Name]


  1. Allow me to translate:

    "Too bad; so sad."

    I hate this.

  2. I just don't understand the reasoning for destroying the musical instruments. It seems wasteful and cruel. Book burning, musical instrument smashing. What's next? What happened to "we the people"?

  3. Makes me sick to my stomach. It makes no sense in any realm that I can see, other than the equivalent of kick-em-while-they're-down glee. Rather like ripping someone's soul out.