Re "Dinkins Descending" (Oct. 28): If ever a public official was in a no-win position, it's New York Mayor David Dinkins. Because he has a low-key, deliberative political style, he is accused of being indecisive. Because he studies the issues and does not seek to inflame and polarize his constituents, as did his predecessor Ed Koch, he is criticized for being ponderous and boring.
Because Dinkins does not immediately hire hundreds more policemen despite a budget shortfall in his city of more than $1.5 billion, he is said to be indifferent to crime. Because he did not fly to Utah (presumably at taxpayers' expense) to attend the funeral of a white tourist killed during a hold-up, he is accused of being insensitive to the victim and his family.
Yet the critics did not demand that Dinkins attend the funerals of the dozens of blacks who are murdered yearly in the city. And if he had flown to Utah, you can bet these same critics would have turned around and accused him of political grandstanding.
Now, here is the final rub. Because Dinkins dresses tastefully, speaks proper English, likes tennis, believes in personal hygiene and is family oriented, he is accused of having a quirky lifestyle.