By Chuck Strouse
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By Kyle Swenson
I am withholding my name for protection from revengeful people like Rafael.
Name Withheld by Request
THE HISSY-FITTIN' QUEEN OF MEAN
Rafael Navarro's review of Casa Rolandi sounded more like the ravings of a hissy-fittin' queen using Casa Rolandi as his scapegoat for an attempt at what I'm quite certain he considers humor. Not.
I have had the good fortune to dine at Casa Rolandi many times and have never had a bad experience. I am sick to death of reviews that enable one man's opinion (sounding more like a vendetta to me) to undermine all the hard work that goes into running a successful restaurant.
I have been in the food service industry 25 years. A one-time owner, as well as manager and caterer, I do know something about food. Rafael Navarro apparently does not.
WRONG, JULIUS: IT'S AN 18TH-CENTURY THESAURUS
I'm reluctant to write this letter to the editor concerning the pseudointellectual Rafael Navarro, because it seems that the more criticism he receives, the more entrenched he becomes as a New Times writer. The guy is a crock of shit. Unless it's a foreign or avant-garde production, he hates all movies. Also if I listened to his dining reviews, I'd never eat another meal out again.
What the hell do his obscure little history lessons and words -- obviously gotten out of a nineteenth-century thesaurus -- have to do with critiquing a meal? I hate being written down to like a peon who probably won't understand most of what he's saying.
How about giving us a reviewer who likes to eat out and go to the movies? The whole world is out there trying to scratch my eyes out and constantly whining to anyone who will listen, so why should I invite that queen bitch into my home every week? I certainly can't threaten to cancel my subscription since your paper is free, but with Navarro and some of your other new writers, I'm less likely to go out of my way to pick up a New Times.
Julius F. Krajewski
TO SERVE AND PROTECT AND COMPLAIN
"Body Count Down" (July 15) proved one thing: Greg Baker, its author, is the one reeling from all the confusion and hype.
Baker misses the point entirely and was thorough enough in his bewilderment to find testimonials from selected police officers to reinforce his misunderstanding of everything surrounding the attention given Body Count.
No one has censored the recordings. What people have done is to peacefully (a concept not found in Ice's repertoire) utilize their right to free speech by calling for a boycott. What? Now you don't think private enterprise should have the right to sell and not sell what they want? That is censorship.
I don't much care whether the recording is rap, heavy metal, or otherwise. Ice T is irrelevant. He means nothing much to anyone; he does not scare anyone, either. So it doesn't matter whose voice is reciting the words, what they look like, or what they call themselves. It is the message that is abhorrent. The message is not a reaction to police brutality. The lyrics of "Cop Killer" condone murder as a means to solve problems. Mind terribly if we try and teach our youth otherwise?
The article's cheap attempt to make this a racial issue was a transparent and well-worn trick. This isn't about skin color, either. The buffoons Baker found from LAPD and Washington are gross anomalies in the police world. Their statements are so inaccurate and misleading I am not sure if either one of them actually read that Law Enforcement Oath they are so quick to fall back on. Our oath, to remind them -- and Baker -- states that a police officer's highest call is to protect life. Is it any wonder that we would find an aberration like "Cop Killer" so offensive?
I've called the two cops he quoted and haven't gotten a reply as yet. I can assure you they don't represent the police in this country. For every one of them you can find, I'll find 50 police officers, black and white and any other color (since it matters so much to Baker) who abhor the lyrics to "Cop Killer."
And the "very small minority" Baker referred to represents tens of thousands of police officers, active and retired, nationwide, of every race, creed, and color. The group that picketed Spec's may be a small minority, indeed. He failed to mention that they are S.C.O.T.T., an organization made up of spouses and families of police officers who have been killed. The beauty of their action is that they showed just how powerful a "small minority" can be in this country.
What you saw from S.C.O.T.T., and from all of us who support them, was not censorship. It was the lawful, peaceful use of our First Amendment right of free speech. It was carried out passionately, but with dignity, without any violence, and without any threats to kill anyone.
Perhaps the supporters of Body Count, rather than decrying what we've done, should take some notes.