Letters to the Editor

From the issue of November 2, 2000

 I Was a Grand Juror
And she was the hardest-working woman in law enforcement: I read with interest Tristram Korten's story about State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle (“Friendly Fire,” October 26). I served on the grand jury with her and let me tell you, she is tough, fair-minded, and one of the hardest-working people I have ever met. It was a great experience working with her, even though at first I tried to get off the grand jury.

She sure has my vote for experience, honesty, and integrity. I only wish there were more people like her to vote for.

Kent Tate
Coconut Grove

I Am a Voter
But she won't get my ballot: “Friendly Fire” was an excellent article. It fairly framed both sides of the issue regarding the upcoming State Attorney's election. I personally believe we've had enough of the Fernandez Rundle types. In my mind she has a do-nothing style of running one of the most important offices in the county. It's as if she's playing football and is a master of the handoff.

In a recent interview with Michael Putney on Channel 10, she stated she was an administrator. We certainly do not need any more administrators. What we do need is a tough, no-nonsense State Attorney who will prosecute. We still have too many instances of unresolved scandals: the port, the mess at MIA, the paving fiasco, her handoff of the Warshaw investigation, the trees not delivered, the trees that shrank after delivery.

Her office is more interested in publicity than in protecting the public's money. I know I will not vote for her, and I'm certainly not alone.

Bill Bodine

Lawmakers on the Bus
Next stop, a stinking place of despair: What a complete and well-written article by Lissette Corsa on assisted-living facilities (“Home Is Where the Hurt Is,” October 26). I worked in Jacksonville in the early Seventies and saw firsthand the “congregate” assisted-living facilities. The feeling of despair I had then resurfaced as I read the article.

I'd like to see our state legislators take a bus tour of the licensed and “unlicensed” homes and get a whiff of what they are appropriating money for. Some of the seniors and mentally ill living in these places are oblivious or get used to the lack of space and privacy. But our community can do better.

Martha K. Backer

Not All Stinky Despair
The old folks at home, smiling: I am upset that Lissette Corsa did not include even one paragraph on the outstanding assisted-living facilities that exist here, leaving your readers to think ill of them all. My mother and my aunt have both been at East Ridge Retirement Village for twenty years. I do not know what the rest of the family would do without East Ridge.

My aunt is 90 years old and my mother 96. They are kept busy with organized activities, are well-fed and well taken care of. Their lives could not be better. Ms. Corsa's article should have mentioned some of the good ones like East Ridge, if for no other reason than to serve as comparisons to the bad ones she wrote about.

Paul Buhler
via the Internet

It's Not the Election, Stupid
It's the value-based, progressive-movement party evolving: Regarding Victor Cruz's article “Honk If You Like Chickens” (October 26), the Miami-Dade Green Party is made up of ordinary people from all walks of life who are able to raise only relatively small amounts of money. We are trying to create a value-based, progressive-movement party for the future. This is part of what is happening in towns and cities all across the nation this year.

We consider our project far more important than winning an election, because such a movement party could replace the present driving forces behind American politics -- the careers of politicians and the needs of those who finance and promote them -- with people power. It was the Roman lawyer Cicero who said, “Freedom is the participation in power.”

Tom Crumpacker
Miami-Dade Green Party
Miami Beach

McIntire: Destructive and Painful
Not to mention the untrustworthy reporters: The story by David Villano making allegations of sexual abuse against the late Dr. Alexander McIntire (“Admired in Life, Reviled in Death,” October 19) served no public purpose but did destroy the reputation of a person unable to defend himself, while inflicting undeserved pain upon his surviving family members and friends.

Back in the 1950s, Joseph Welch asked the witch-hunting Sen. Joseph McCarthy the question: “Have you no shame?” In the case of New Times, the answer to that question clearly is no.

For the record the quotation attributed to me was placed well out of the context in which it was uttered, and left the clear impression that I was somehow threatening the reporter. In fact I told him he would regret the publication of the story for the rest of his life because of the unnecessary suffering he would inflict on Dr. McIntire's survivors. Further, I did not describe myself as Dr. McIntire's “closest friend.” I am not surprised that a staff member of your organization chose to quote out of context and put words in my mouth.

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