Letters to the Editor

From the issue of July 27, 2000

Jeremy Sapienza

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Tracking down some long-gone local rockers
By Nina Korman

It's the Effort That Counts
Even if the actual music sucks:
So I'm reading last week's music section (which admittedly I've not done much since Brett Sokol is no longer music editor) and Nina Korman has a where-are-they-now article about local bands from the Eighties (“Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow,” July 20). There were many parts of it that annoyed me, but what was most annoying was the fact that she incompletely chronicled Forget the Name's career, and went on to point out that its former lead vocalist, Rene Alvarez, is now writing for the Miami Herald's “rip-off” of New Times, Street magazine.

So what have I learned by reading this? First that Nina doesn't like Street. I have also learned that maybe her whole article was a little biting and sarcastic, with no reverence for Miami bands that have made a go at it.

Most of the music in Miami is a “rip-off” of whatever is the flavor of the month on The Box Music Network. But hey, people try and you can't blame 'em for that. I'm figuring that, with a few exceptions, this town is devoid of good original bands anyway, so why would Nina do such a story? To all the bands she berated I say, “Thumbs up and congratulations for even trying.” To all the bands currently giving it a go, remember that there is always a stadium full of detractors waiting to write about you. So hey, keep at it.

Does Nina have any interest at all in music or is she just filling space?

Lee Williams
via the Internet

A Fine Mess
Miami-Dade's election workers are overworked, underpaid, and years behind
By Jacob Bernstein and Robbie Guerra

School Board Member Excuse #32:
My dog licked off the postmark, honest!
I would like to clarify Jacob Bernstein and Robbie Guerra's article concerning election fines (“A Fine Mess,” July 13). On July 14, 1999, my report was not yet delivered to the county elections department. Ms. Maria Acosta called me and asked me about it. I told her I didn't think it was due for three days. She corrected me and urged me to mail it as soon as possible, because if it was not received the next day, the fine would increase from $50 per day to $500 per day. She added that it could be mailed any time before midnight.

I mailed it at 5:55 p.m. from the General Mail Facility. It was on Ms. Acosta's desk the next day -- without a postmark. Consequently she had to count the report four days late, $150 plus $500. At this time she advised me to contest the fine. I am not contesting the $150, only the one day at $500. One cannot pay a partial fine or I would have paid the $150 immediately. I also want to make it clear that elected officials pay these fines with their private funds, not with campaign funds.

The Miami-Dade County Elections Department was prompt and courteous. I have always found it to be so. Supervisor David Leahy and assistant supervisor Gisela Salas are consummate professionals, as is Ms. Acosta.

Betsy H. Kaplan

A Life in Transit
It's not easy driving a jitney in Miami. If the county regulators don't get you, the freeloaders will.
By Lissette Corsa

He's My Passenger
No he's not, he's mine:
In reference to Lissette Corsa's article “A Life in Transit” (June 8), I say good riddance to bad transport. One intelligent thing county officials could do is to ban those Miami Mini Buses. Not only are they deathtraps for passengers, they also are dangerous to other drivers, especially when they are competing for passengers.

Juan Garcia
via the Internet

Jason Takes No Prisoners
In Miami's post-Elian blame game, everybody takes a hit:
Reading letters to New Times from people like Jacky Miqueo, Jorge Dominguez, and Stephen Hanas makes me sick (“Letters,” July 13). Everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else. Nothing but blame, blame, blame. Miami seems like one big kindergarten classroom full of demented brats. Well, I'm here to sort out everything and expose the truth about the main characters in this soap opera: the Cuban Americans, Afro-Americans, and Anglo Americans.

Cubans are exposed for expecting everyone to aid in their problems when they turn their back on everyone else's and for being one of the most racist groups in Miami. I can't tell you how many times I've overheard Cuban Americans refer to blacks as “those freakin' niggers.” Especially Cuban cops! It's really scary. As a minority group that cries “racism” and “Cuban bashing,” you should practice peace instead of hate.

Also you purposely segregate yourselves by claiming you're not ordinary immigrants but temporary exiles. Let me guess: Like the Jews in Egypt? Give me a break! You're not going anywhere. You seem too comfortable with your beepers, cell phones, and Gables homes to go back to some wasteland that was pretty 50 years ago. I also love the way you claim sole responsibility for making Miami such a great place. Well I've got news for you: It's not. Miami has become a wasteland: extrawide roads that don't help the ridiculous traffic problems, no sidewalks for pedestrians, abandoned shopping centers, no natural recreation except for pathetic manmade parks. So if you want responsibility for creating this, then go ahead. But I think you've had a lot of help.

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