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Letter: Agree to Disagree

I hope your readers will not interpret the following to be a “kinder, softer and gentler me” as it pertains to my on-going relationships with Assemblyman Charles Lavine.

I say this because I thought your readers might be interested in knowing I actually had a “face to face” meeting on Jan. 8 at 9:30 a.m. with Assemblyman Lavine and his communications director, Carla Santella. For those who know me, such an event would be historically and traditionally out of character. But, in fact it did happen.

On this day of all days, they served me with fresh coffee and “rugelach,” a Jewish pastry that Chuck had personally baked for my enjoyment. I admit I was somewhat skeptical as to his intentions in providing coffee and pastry for me, one of his most vocal critics, but after he and Carla tasted it first I had to assume it wasn’t poisoned. I found it most gracious of them to provide this nourishment. It was so good I actually ate three pieces. They gave me a “care package” of “rugelach” to take home. This in turn precluded a trip on my part to Henry’s for breakfast.

As one result of our meeting on Jan. 8, however, Chuck told me that my Letters to the Editor over these past years criticizing him have been helpful in many instances in enhancing some of his political platforms. He didn’t say it in so many words, but I got the idea that neither he nor Carla believed my brain would ever be donated to science. I won’t be so brash at this point to offer a rebuttal of any kind.

In the end I guess Chuck and I agreed that it is OK for me to continue our disagreements and carry on as usual via your newspaper.

Right now though, “fair is fair.” Assemblyman Chuck Lavine and Carla Santella treated me most cordially on Jan. 8 in their office. They both listened attentively to what I had to say. We parted amicably. I appreciate this.