Where can you find people who treat things like the closing of a cheesesteak shop with all the intensity one might find at the Battle of Guadalcanal? Right: The Internet. But you can also apparently find them in City Council.
Yesterday, At-Large City Councilman Bill Green wrote a hilariously serious letter to the Daily News titled “cheesesteak in society.” In the letter — about the booting of Rick’s Steaks from the Reading Terminal — he wrote that “people entrusted with preserving public assets apparently abusing their positions of authority to advantage their friends and associates.” He also noted that he went to grade school with Rick Olivieri.
Councilman Frank DiCicco wasn’t having any of it, firing off a letter (and CC:ing City Council and the mayor) telling Green: “I read with interest your letter in today’s Daily News and continue to marvel at your inexperiences, your political naivete and your inability to see an issue for what it truly is.” He also accuses Green of “merely attempting to grand stand and gain public notoriety.”
And then, at the end of the whole hilariously over-the-top letter, he writes this:
In closing, I have earned a reputation of being one of the most level-headed members of Council. I am proud of my ability to build consensus because I treat each member, whether freshman or veteran, with the respect he or she deserves. Unfortunately, with you, I have reached the end of my rope and would strongly suggest that you alter your tactics and tone.
You really need to read the whole letter. As you can see, it is certainly nice and level-headed.
Cheesesteak retort comes with some hot pepper [Daily News]
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