Well, well. At last we now see where the ultraliberals have taken this country. Is it any wonder that our moral integrity is at an all-time low? But at least our students can put on their condoms.

Ronald C. Rickey
Miami Beach

On my return home from college this Thanksgiving, I was distressed to find Miami Shores village as the subject of such a negative article in your newspaper. "A Civil War" (November 27) by Steven Almond portrays Miami Shores as a rigorously divided city waging war on socioeconomic grounds. While it is true that the barricade issue has stimulated much heated debate within the community, this is merely a reflection of the commitment its citizens have to upkeeping its high standards.

As a resident of the west side of the Shores for 15 of my 21 years, I do not remember the "lily-white heyday" alluded to in the article. What I do remember is a well-integrated community of blacks, whites, and Hispanics all living in harmony. In erecting the barricades, Miami Shores is simply trying to maintain the neighborhood spirit that has drawn people to the community for more than 60 years. The barricades were approved in an at-large referendum with the hope that they would cut crime and raise property values. This is exactly what they have accomplished.

Thomas Courtney
Miami Shores

Up until this time, I have declined to offer comment to the press or anyone else about my opinions concerning the goings-on in the local music scene. But the issues addressed in a letter written by Cameron Bear (November 20) have hit a little too close to home for me not to comment.

First, none of the agents in the South Florida office of Long Distance Entertainment manages cover bands. We are an agency that books them, not manages them. Also, if you make the proper inquiries, you will find that Long Distance bands do not dominate the roster at the Button South. In fact Long Distance bands hold the lowest percentage of cover bands booked on the whole for this year.

Mr. Bear is also incorrect in his statement that Farrcry and XSF have the opening slot for a majority of the national acts. In the more-than-40 shows that the Button South has produced since the beginning of the year, Farrcry has opened two and XSF has just recently opened for their first national. I know this because even though Darlene DeLano is the responsible agent for the Button South, I personally am the agent responsible

for XSF.
There are clubs that Darlene and I hold the exclusive on. They are considered accounts, and when an agency gets an exclusive on a room, there is an agent responsible. Darlene is the agent responsible for the Button South. She does not receive a paycheck from the Button South for booking bands; she is a booking agent.

What some folks may not know or understand is that the club owners and managers make the ultimate decision regarding the entertainment that plays in their clubs. We are there basically to give an educated opinion on the entertainment that we book. Right now times are pretty tough and club owners want the bands that they know will bring in people. Generally, they are less willing to approve an act that has less of a following when there are acts that have already proven themselves in their eyes.

As far as Darlene DeLano's character is concerned, she happens to be a fine lady. She is as dedicated to this business as anyone I've ever met. Yes, she has the biggest pair of brass balls I've seen on any woman (other than myself). That is what it takes to survive in this oftentimes vicious business. Wouldn't you want someone who could handle your business affairs and your best interest with the resolve to do it properly?

Adrian Biondo, agent
Long Distance Entertainment

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