From the Times Ledger:
An open letter to the City Council:
I had written to my city councilman, Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), about my family’s experience at the AMC Bay Terrace movie theater that was doing a trial run of the law which is to go into effect next March.
I thought it only fair to address each of you with respect to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s revision of the city health law to prohibit the sale of larger-than-l6-ounce sweetened sodas. Although my granduncle, Mario J. Cariello, was the Queens borough president from 1963-69, I have never thought it necessary to write to a public official until now.
I need to know from each of you how you could sit by while a tyrannical mayor promulgated a law that restricts the most basic of the personal freedoms of your constituents: their personal diet. I can no longer go on like my apathetic, sleepwalking fellow citizens who I see reading about the soda ban in the local papers and plodding on like everything is okay.
Everything is not okay. Our founding fathers fought for the freedoms your chamber watched get taken away from the citizens of New York City at the suggestion of a mayor and the rubber stamp of eight members of the city Department of Health. All of this was done without any semblance of a democratic process. In so doing, they restricted my ability, as a 5-foot-7, 165-pound person, to purchase a large Coke Classic to share with my family.
It goes on and on.
Now my point in posting this excerpt is not that this chap is wrong, but that this apparently lifelong resident of Queens "never thought it necessary to write to a public official until now." So he didn't give much of a care about term limits being extended, had no opinion on any of the many development projects being proposed in his own backyard, didn't mind being left buried in snow for 2 weeks, etc., but only found the gumption to rip the City Council a new one when his ability to purchase an oversized beverage at a movie theater was limited.
This, my friends, is the problem with the people who live in Queens.