Friday, August 29, 2014

In the spirit of OLV

Today the New York Times ran a piece about piano tuner Charlie Birnbaum who is trying to save his parents' house from being taken by eminent domain.  The piece by Joseph Berger, With His Parents' Home at Risk, Atlantic City Piano Man Prepares for a Fight, is illustrated with the photo, below.

Charlie's house is in the center of the frame, in front of the lighthouse.  If Charlie loses his fight, the house will be razed to make way for a resort/casino.  The dynamics of his fight and potential loss are the same as those at work in the case of Our Lady of Vilnius.  Aside from the principle of the thing, what replacement would be more interesting than that house?  Charlie, my heart is with you.  Salient quote:

That is why he intends to fight until the courts rule against him.Said Mr. Birnbaum:

 “I’ll be able to say, ‘You were a mensch, you fought like a mensch, just like Poppa and Momma in difficult times.’ ”


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