Letters to the Editor

Letters from the issue of March 16, 2000

Last, Mr. Powell failed to mention the complete lack of constitutional due process. The students were not allowed an appeal hearing until after basketball season was over. This is like forcing an accused person to serve his sentence before getting a hearing. This is contrary to any rights guaranteed to persons under our constitution.

Joanna Clark

Never Too Small to Gripe
Robert Andrew Powell made it sound as though having a Spanish-speaking parent "businessman who volunteers his time as an assistant coach" was prima facie evidence that recruiting of foreign students had taken place. Was there any bias or discrimination wrapped up in that assumption?

Miami-Dade is the county with the top immigration rate for the entire United States, surpassing Los Angeles and New York City. Why wouldn't our schools be filled with international students and international athletes? As Dorothy said to Toto in The Wizard of Oz: "I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." It's about time the encapsulated officials at the FHSAA came into the 21st Century.

Bernie Black

Robert Andrew Powell replies: Regarding Lorena Morrison's complaint about my use of the word illegal, the reference was not to the immigration status of the students but to the FHSAA's determination that several of them had used up their high school eligibility before arriving in Miami and playing for Miami Christian. As for the mysterious "Andrew," Ms. Morrison did indeed discuss the man and the Dominican students he provided to her school.

Joanna Clark may have evidence that an FHSAA official used the words "repugnant" and "disgusting," but those words did not appear anywhere in my story.

Finally, I reject Bernie Black's insinuation that I expressed bias and discrimination in referring to the Spanish-speaking volunteer coach who allegedly recruited players from the Dominican Republic. As noted in my article, that charge was made by "sources familiar with the FHSAA investigation," not by me.

It is worth noting that Miami Christian won the Class 1A state championship this past weekend despite three of its Dominican players being declared ineligible.

The Food Corner: Oh Yes, I Remember Moscow Well
I have followed Jen Karetnick's reviews since I moved to South Florida three years ago, and always found them to be entertaining and extremely assertive, though long at times. I've never disagreed with her opinion. So I was surprised by the way Tuscan Steak was treated by critic Susan Pierres ("Tuscan Steak, Florida Style," February 10). Although I live in Palm Beach, I commute to Miami and dine at Tuscan Steak every week. When my family and friends come to South Florida, they beg me to take them there. Must be all that American beef we Americans crave. After all, it is delicious!

But now, who the !*#@? cares about all the years Ms. Pierres spent in Italy? Twenty percent of the review was dedicated to that. I thought she was supposed to review the restaurant. Perhaps she would be better suited writing for a travel-and-leisure section instead.

Ms. Pierres should consider herself fortunate she got to taste the real white Chianina beef, so rarely found in Italian restaurants that even native Italians don't know it exists. And since when does marinating in fresh garlic, basil, parsley, rosemary, olive oil, and salt and pepper not sound Tuscan? It does to me, though I've only been to Italy a dozen times, which is nothing compared to her, right? And why did she concentrate on just the couple of dishes she found disappointing? It would have made more sense for her to spend less energy justifying her disappointments and more on the menu items she did like.

I sincerely hope Ms. Pierres won't feel obligated to demonstrate her culinary expertise by living in every region of the world. If she reviews Red Square and China Grill, will I be forced to read about the extensive time she spent in Moscow and Beijing? Let's get real, okay?

Michael Katz
Palm Beach

The Food Corner: People Are Strange When You're a DinerPamela Robin Brandt's review of the S&S Diner ("All in the S&S Family," January 27) included a fair recollection of its history, though I believe she misspelled Charley Cavalaies's last name. I don't know how to spell it but I know there is an r in there somewhere. She also fairly reviewed the present.

I have been going to the S&S for the past twenty years, and though not everything has remained the same under the new ownership, it still is one of my favorite restaurants, especially for breakfast. One always encounters the most unusual people there as well.

Terry Zarikian

You Want Your Italian? I Got Your Italian Right Here
I don't know how the food tastes at Macaluso's, as I've never eaten there, but for Victoria Pesce Elliott ("Ready-to-Eat," November 18) to say "there is nothing at Macaluso's that compares with any of Miami's truly fine Italian eateries" is simply not true.

Wake up! There is no Italian food in Miami.

As of yet I have not found any truly fine Italian eateries. Some of them may look nice from the outside but trust me, whatever it is they serve, it is not Italian. What can I say? There are just some things you cannot fake. If you call what they have in Miami "Italian food," then I feel sorry for you that you don't know what ecstasy is. I don't think one guy should be singled out when all the so-called Italian food in Miami tastes like something my dog used to turn up her nose at and walk away from. And she was a mutt, not the snobbish type.

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