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I would much prefer to help someone to the top of a hill, because as you do so, you grow closer to the top of the hill yourself.

Alan Gittelson
Miami Beach

Clean Up This Dirty World? Sounds Like a Job for Jack Thompson
Tristram Korten ("2 Live Screwed," June 3) didn't care to mention a lot of good things that came out of my efforts against Luther Campbell and 2 Live Crew: 1) Parents were warned that a pornographer was selling obscene records to their children behind their backs; 2) a nation was informed as to how record companies, run by men, target women for objectifying degradation; and 3) because of my efforts against Luther, I am now representing the parents of the three girls murdered in the school shootings in Paducah, Kentucky, in their lawsuit against the entertainment entities whose products, including violent video games, helped cause the murders.

Luther Campbell is thus the reason, by God's cleverness, that I have been able to talk about the nexus between entertainment and sociopathic behavior in the past month on 60 Minutes, Today, ABC World News Tonight, and the NBC Nightly News. Thanks, Luke.

The only person who hasn't learned much from all this is Luther himself. He is still a pornographer; he still talks about God and acts like a demon; and he still doesn't know how to hire a good lawyer.

Luther, if you need one, let me know. I know a counselor who can keep you out of trouble.

Jack Thompson
Coral Gables

What's a Little Sexual Harassment Among Friends?
I recently read Ted B. Kissell's article on Pedro F. Fonteboa ("King Leer," June 3) and was shocked. The fact that this man had seven complaints of sexual harassment levied against him, was investigated by Florida International University because of these allegations, came to an agreement that required him to leave the university, and was then hired by the Miami Herald to report on high school sports is absolutely disgusting.

As a female I can say it is humiliating to be subjected to a moronic individual who thinks he can speak with his libido in the workplace, or any other place for that matter. The fact is that sexual harassment is still taken lightly. Too many times the woman making the report is the recipient of a backlash or is labeled a troublemaker or as being too sensitive.

How sad it is that we can't always feel comfortable just going to work and doing our jobs, but must have our guard up for people like Pedro Fonteboa. For a high school-age girl, however, the effects can be devastating. High school-age students are at a very difficult stage in life. If a young female athlete were to be subjected to sexual harassment, it could scar her for years.

How can the fact that an individual repeatedly acted so inappropriately toward fellow employees and students be overlooked when hiring for a job description that includes being surrounded by student athletes? The Herald's attorneys must be having a fit with this one.

The only saving grace is that New Times brought this hiring screwup to the surface. Should Fonteboa harass again, at least the victim will be able to sue the Miami Herald. It's not like they can claim they were unaware they'd put the fox in the chicken coop.

Melissa Jankowski
Miami

Mallingly Bad Taste
I thought Robert Andrew Powell's article about shopping malls ("Cuckoo for CocoWalk," May 27) brought out what many of us have already recognized: South Florida is steadily evolving into a tasteless, homogeneous entity devoid of uniqueness and style. Like Coconut Grove before it, South Beach (with its new multiplex on Lincoln Road) is rapidly losing the unique style that made it popular in the first place.

It is a sad commentary on the greed, corruption, and lack of vision of the developers and civic leaders who do not seem to comprehend the value of neighborhood identity and quality of life.

David Kadko
Miami Beach

500 Parents Can't All be Wrong
I'm writing in response to Ted B. Kissell's article "A Lesson in Mismanagement" (May 20). I am a second-year teacher at Henry E.S. Reeves Elementary School who has twelve years' experience in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. I am concerned the article suggested that five teachers were speaking for the entire 69-member faculty.

I knew when I accepted a job at Reeves that there would be longer hours and a longer school year. It's part of the Edison Project design. In other schools where I've taught, I also worked hard. Reeves has been no exception. I believe that if I didn't work hard, my students would not achieve. So yes, teaching is a "high-pressure situation" at Reeves -- and at any other school.

I am in support of our principal, Diane Dyes-Paschal. You can't ask for a finer, more professional person. Mrs. Paschal works hard and is very sincere about her job. Her number-one concern has always been the children. The question she seems to ask constantly is, Will the children benefit?

The school is making progress. Our test scores have increased yearly. Our students have participated in and received recognition in several activities such as math bowls, global awareness, and oratory contests; and submitted more than 900 entries to the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and a science fair, all under her leadership.

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