Letters to the Editor

From the issue of December 28, 2000

More recently I and others felt depressed after reading Jacob Bernstein's one-sided article about Edgewater ("Postcards from the Edgewater," July 13), despite our efforts to make our neighborhood a better place to live.

Now things are clear: New Times is nothing more than another commercial occupation force. Its interest in this community extends no further than the tinted glass of the offices it occupies. For a few hundred dollars, New Times could help beautify the neighborhood and participate in some of the efforts to improve the community.

Lawrence Brown

As Surely as I Breathe
Alive and well and selling cars: In the words of Mark Twain: "The word of my death is greatly exaggerated."

William Lehman
Biscayne Park

I Ditched Journalism to Become a Lawyer
And Wasserman has never forgiven you: Reading Tristram Korten's story about Ed Wasserman ("The Last Iconoclast," September 28) brought back memories. I had the privilege of working as a reporter in Ed's newsroom for nearly three years in the early Nineties. In twelve years as a newspaper reporter, he was the best editor I ever had.

One of the legions of ink-stained wretches who signed on to the profession after countless viewings of All the President's Men, I'd carried an image of what a newspaper could be and how a newspaperman should behave through jobs at sold-out weeklies and small-town dailies. It was a joy to see that image embodied at the Daily Business Review and in Ed.

I'm a lawyer now, and I get to read the paper I used to help write. I'll still read it after Ed is gone, and I'm keeping my hopes up. But now I'm going to have to subscribe to another publication: whichever journal Ed runs and writes for next.

Robert J. Kuntz, Jr.

The Food Corner, Part 1
Mixed Max grudge match: I enjoyed Jen Karetnick's three-part series about restaurateur Dennis Max ("The Real Miami Circle," October 12, October 19, October 26). Now we have Lee Klein reviewing the latest Max enterprise, Max's Place at the Bal Harbour Shops ("Bad Max," November 16).

Klein seems to have a grudge against Dennis Max. I can't tell what he likes from one dish to the next. We have "succulent meat," "cooked perfectly," and "murder weapon" in the same paragraph. I've been to Max's in Bal Harbour, and my experience was nothing but positive -- and I had almost the same dishes Klein had during his visit. I've seen better reviews for far worse restaurants.

Lee, lose the grudge.

Susan Drourr
via the Internet

The Food Corner, Part 2
The prices might be high but at least the quality is low: Lee Klein did a pretty good job of summing up the restaurant business down here ("Tale of Four Cities," November 2). Living in South Beach, I choose not to eat out. Most of the food is lousy, and then, as Klein notes, they charge exorbitant prices for crap. In one way I do understand that even if you serve good food on South Beach (a miracle), the real estate costs would drive up the prices.

Laura Thomas
South Beach

How Naive Can You Get?
Political aspirant foolishly runs clean campaign: Thanks to Robert Andrew Powell for a great story about Demetrio J. Perez ("Like Father, Like Son," September 28). I made the mistake of actually living in my district and running a clean campaign for school board. No wonder I was defeated.

Betty Noe

With the Money Comes the Morals
Scouts can't be both dependent and independent: Jim DeFede's inquisitiveness ("Hiking, Camping, and Gay Bashing," September 28) got him kicked out of the Cub Scouts and spared him 75 cents a week in dues. Too bad being inquisitive doesn't get you kicked off the tax rolls. Every year the average person in this nation pays roughly 50 percent of his income to either federal, state, or local governments in the form of taxes and fees. We are told that taxes are necessary to maintain a civil society (controlled society is closer to the truth). What we aren't told is that our money is used to support politicians' groups du jour, which often are their staunchest ideological allies as well.

The Boy Scouts supposedly are a private organization and should have the right to have their own policies. In fact they depend on the government for much of their funding and are subject to the whims and morality of those in power. The truth is that this controversy has nothing to do with sexual orientation or the Boy Scouts and everything to do with power and money.

If you depend on government for your money (private and parochial schools salivating for government vouchers should pay attention), then you will have to adhere to the morals of those in power. That is what people on both sides of this issue should be worrying about.

Emiliano Antunez

Banish This Scout-Basher
And let us repeat: DeFede is not a raging homo! Regarding the letter titled "My Boy Scout Pledge," which was a response to Jim DeFede's "Hiking, Camping, and Gay Bashing," I must say this was by far one of the most prominent examples of bigotry and sheer ignorance I've ever seen. To call Mr. DeFede a raging homosexual because he does not share your particular point of view is ridiculous. Furthermore to suggest that all homosexuals are preying on young boys is absolutely absurd. The term for any adult who sexually touches a child is child molester.

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