Letters

David Alvarez
Miami Beach

Please Be Advised That in Publishing This Letter, We Admit No Wrongdoing
In connection with Tristram Korten's recent article concerning Richard B. Bronson ("Bull in the Market," September 10), please be advised that the following statement is incorrect: "Biltmore [Securities] settled because fighting the SEC suit would have been too costly, Nortman says. `Neither Biltmore nor Mr. Bronson nor Mr. Loewenstern admitted doing anything wrong.'"

Please be advised that the quotation attributed to me is incomplete. During my conversation with Mr. Korten, I advised him that Mr. Loewenstern and Mr. Bronson admitted no wrongdoing, and consistent with SEC policy agreed to an administrative sanction "without admitting or denying" the substantive allegations. This is standard langugage required in all SEC settlements. In the article, Mr. Korten incorrectly made it appear that Biltmore, Mr. Bronson, and Mr. Loewenstern have taken a contrary position. This is not correct and Mr. Korten was so advised. I did advise him that in other settlements, there was no admission of any wrongdoing.

William Nortman, general counsel
Biltmore Securities, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale

Delectable Oaxaca, Dyspepsic Mexico City
I giggled over Jen Karetnick's introduction to her review of Miss Saigon Bistro ("Going Global in the Gables," September 10). In response to her complaint about Oaxaca, Mexico, being honored by Food & Wine magazine, my question is this: Jen, have you ever been to Oaxaca? If you haven't, please do so.

We had the opportunity to go there in 1997 and were exposed to some of the finest dining experiences to be had. Each restaurant was better than the last. It's absurd to think that Jen would question Oaxaca over Mexico City. In addition to the appetizing cuisine, we could walk all over the city far into the night with never an ounce of fear of being molested. Our worst experience was being "accosted" on the street late at night by a local banker who was dying to practice his English and who kept us in a conversation for more than an hour.

The Oaxacans themselves are exceedingly friendly and accommodating, and we are looking forward to a return trip. By the way, we never did come across any chips and salsa while there, although I must say the tequila was quite tasty.

Judith M. Briggs
Miami

Hinckley Hits the Target
Robin Dougherty is the one who missed the mark in her review of I Love You Forever, the one-man, one-act play about John Hinckley currently showing at Tobacco Road ("There's Something About Jodie," September 10). My friends and I recently attended a performance and found it very entertaining. Erik Fabregat's portrayal of Hinckley was excellent and engaging, and I was not at all disappointed with the set, the script, or anything else listed by Dougherty as a shortcoming.

Maybe she failed to see the play for what it is: a brief (50-minute) glimpse into the mind of an insane person just before he sets out to execute his murderous plan. The schizophrenic Hinckley makes up his realities as he goes along, often speaking of fictitious future occurrences in the present tense and blending hard reality with his own imagination.

Most of the questions Dougherty raised in her review are easily answered by the performance of the play itself. For example, the "unanswered" question of why Hinckely has no friends is obviously answered by his obsessive and delusional monologues, pendulous mood swings, and odd mannerisms.

In my opinion, Stuart Meltzer has written an intriguing script and Fabregat gives a riveting performance of it. It's a piece of art that is definitely worth seeing. I strongly recommend checking it out.

Derek Cintron
Miami

Buena Vista Memories
This is in response to Robert Andrew Powell's article "Code Enforcement? What Code Enforcement?" (August 6) and the letters that followed. My husband and I moved to the Buena Vista East neighborhood in 1993 and left frustrated in 1996. But in 1994 and 1995, many residents and city officials worked very, very hard to make the community a better place, as did our predecessors.

Kenny Merker was one of those people. He participated in almost all activities and reached out to everyone in the community. To suggest that he is responsible for any of the neighborhood's problems is ludicrous. He has earned the respect of many people.

In the past, the problem was not the city issuing citations for code violations. The problem was enforcement and compliance. It should not take ten to fifteen years for properties to come into compliance. Interim Neighborhood Enhancement Team office administrator Fred Fernandez is doing a great job. I hope he'll be allowed to finish what he has started.

Renee Menzel
Miami

Buena Vista Maladies
I am a black American who has been living in Buena Vista East for more than three years, during which time I have seen this neighborhood transformed from gangs and random shootings to casual conversations on street corners. I have also seen how Kenny Merker has led us through these changes as the neighborhood association president.

We have instituted crime-watch programs, neighborhood tours, garage sales, community picnics, and planted close to 300 trees. I also went to countless meetings with [former NET administrator] Fedy Vieux-Brierre in which he and his inspectors filled us with hollow promises to eliminate illegal rooming houses. Such places contribute to crime and the neglect of the area. Many times absentee landlords charge high prices for a mattress on a floor, and pack twenty people into a three-bedroom house. These properties are not providing a sense of community; they are tearing it apart.

I and other neighbors will continue to support Mr. Merker, just as I will continue to ask myself why is it that only Buena Vista East is improving in the Little Haiti district if Fedy Vieux-Brierre oversaw all of little Haiti?

Ricky Hemingway
Miami

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