Goya, Goya, Gone

Letters from the issue of June 22, 2000

Aruca generally confines his lectures to local issues. Presently he is giving reasons why many local politicians should be removed from office. Do you suppose that is the reason why some people call him bad names? If you think Francisco Aruca is a Castro supporter, I suggest you listen to WAXY-AM (790) at 8:00 a.m. weekdays.

Max Castro is just as fine an American, though he too was born in Cuba. His only problem is that he does not have a radio program.

John A. Brennan

On balance less bad than good:
Ted B. Kissell is a good reporter. He quoted me accurately, but out of context, in reference to my friend Demetrio Perez. In the same sentence I also stated that Demetrio's sense of honor, loyalty, friendship, and duty (as he sees it) are strong qualities of his character. Weighted properly, Demetrio does more good, by far, than bad. There are no perfect public servants. We all have faults. Faults and all, exile philosophy and old-school policies, Demetrio Perez has left a positive legacy in our community. Miami is better off for his public service.

Maurice A. Ferré

An anchor in turbulent waters:
It's amazing how New Times chooses to focus on our little corner of the world when Demetrio Perez is merely abiding by or paying tribute to your American dream. After all, this whole country (from Miami to San Francisco) is built on “appropriating” images. And while accusing Perez of “programming” youth, can you think of anything more programmatic than the media and its advertising accomplices exposing children to this cash cow we call the free market? It is the latter form of “programming” that creates distinctions among the haves and have-nots, and arguably the subsequent crimes that follow. These crimes, in turn, are exploited in order to raise the ratings that are necessary to survive. What's more hypocritical than crying child abuse on one hand, and on the other creating the circumstances that shape it? I'll take Nixon and uniforms over this any day. At least Nixon knew he was rotten.As someone who works in the trenches as an educator, I can tell you that the last thing we want to get rid of now is formalism, time-honored tradition, and social etiquette. The fact that one has to risk one's life driving to work every day should tell you that. As much as I may disagree with some of Perez's beliefs, people like him bring a much-needed stabilizing presence to a generation disoriented by a shifting paradigm of cultural values.

Manny Losada

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