BULLET REVIEW: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, at the Belasco Theatre

When I was on my feet sending love to the wonderful cast of “Girl From the North Country”, our seats were close enough to catch more than a few tears on actor’s faces clearly overwhelmed with the raw emotion of being back on Broadway.

An unpublished letter to the NYT

To the Editor:

In China people who challenge or mock the Communist Party’s version of history now risk imprisonment.(China Makes it a Crime to Mock Heroes NYT 11/2 21 )

In the wake of this week’s “shellacking” at the polls Democrats will be taking a closer look at voter concerns about education, which have generated efforts to impose an official version of America’s racial history. (Republicans Pounce on Schools as a Wedge Issue to Unite the Party 11/3/21)

In this national conversation about the movement to regulate historical narratives, the Chinese model of totalitarian thought control must be kept front and center as the terrifying “third rail”.

Bob Salzman

WHILE WAITING FOR MY EGG SANDWICH I BOUGHT A LOCAL PAPER AND CAUGHT THIS ANNOYING USE OF THE WORD “SHETL” BY A GUY RUNNING FOR TOWN SUPERVISOR IN STONY POINT, NEW YORK.

A guy from Manhattan writes a letter critical of a local pol, in a conservative Rockland County town, days before an election in which a big issue is fear of invading outsiders. I have a hunch they might not print it.

THE EDITOR

Lt. Col. (ret) Mike Diederich, Jr.’s letter of October 21 says that he is running for Stony Point Town Supervisor because he fears that the town could become a Hasidic enclave which he refers to as a “shtetl”.

I understand why high-density Hasidic developments are unwelcome but his use of…

An unpublished letter to the NYT about former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s myopic comments about Black Lives Matter in his 5/30/21 Maureen Dowd interview.

To the Editor

Bill Bratton’s take away from the George Floyd murder, in his interview with Maureen Dowd (Ex-Commish with the Dish 5/30/21) , was that one cop’s actions set policing and race relations back decades and now cops are unhappy about the criticism. His comments reflect the flawed nationwide response of police and their unions to feel sorry for themselves and blame others instead of addressing the systemic training and supervision problem which has resulted in the unnecessary use of deadly force in interactions with unarmed black men that can no longer be hidden from public scrutiny thanks to citizen videos.

Robert Salzman

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/29/opinion/bill-bratton-police-reform.html

Day 4 Memphis

Graceland

The Mississippi Delta
Was shining like a national guitar
I am following the river
Down the highway
Through the cradle of the Civil War

I’m going to Graceland, Graceland
Memphis, Tennessee
I’m going to Graceland
Poor boys and pilgrims with families
And we are going to Graceland . . .

Bob Salzman

Retired lawyer and past winner Funniest NYC Lawyer contest. His “Sorting out the Mess” appeared in “2020 The Year That Changed America” edited by Kevin Powell

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