By Michael E. Miller
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Make that flat-out wrong: Brett Sokol's column "The Political Dance" ("Kulchur," October 31), about the annual dinner for the Dade Human Rights Foundation (now named the Gay and Lesbian Foundation of South Florida), requires the correction of some serious misinformation. First this statement: "... at a more intimate predinner affair for the foundation's big-money VIP donors ..." is flat-out wrong. The foundation at no time had any connection with the reception independently organized by HILLPAC and held for Sen. Hillary Clinton on the evening of our foundation dinner -- not its location, not its invitation list, not its sponsors, not its security, not anything. Your writer was simply wrong.
This statement is also flat-out wrong: "... Rosie O'Donnell, from whom the National Impact Award was rescinded when Clinton became available...." Rosie O'Donnell, for reasons of her own not connected with the foundation or Miami for that matter, chose to cancel her attendance. Frankly, any reporter worth his salt would have known that Rosie adjusted her schedule significantly during difficulties with her magazine. Your writer was simply wrong.
Third, his opinion -- "Let's hope the foundation doesn't lose sight of its core mission: funding precisely those gay outfits that, sadly, many wealthy donors and civic leaders find disconcerting" -- is actually shared by the foundation. The foundation seeks to invite the larger, well-heeled community into its orbit at one of the three major events during the year so their financial support will help us while they learn about the foundation and the community needs it addresses through grant-making, in a very effective communications medium: a recognition dinner. Our most recent grants, selected by a grants committee of eight (only two of whom are on the board of the foundation) representing a broad swath of the GLBT and non-GLBT community, were prominently listed and described in our dinner program for that purpose as well.
We take this opportunity to encourage your readers to learn more about the foundation and the projects funded by it by visiting our Website at www.Gayandlesbianfoundation.org.
Joe Guerrero, president
Board of directors
Gay and Lesbian Foundation of South Florida
Brett Sokol replies: After the dinner, foundation vice president Alicia Apfel stated that Rosie O'Donnell was offered the award but never responded. Now Joe Guerrero says O'Donnell accepted but later declined. While they get their stories straight, I'll stand by my account. As for the predinner event, it may not have been an official foundation function, but nearly all those attending were at the hotel for the foundation dinner.
Embrace the gridlock, inhale the fumes: In Francisco Alvarado's excellent article on the transit tax ("Submarine Politics," October 31), he mentioned Richard N. Friedman, an attorney who has been a mass-transit foe for twenty years. With all due respect, is this guy a nutcase or what? Is he blind to what he has seen happening in Miami-Dade County for the past twenty years? Does he think the economic, social, and health costs of being mired in gridlocked traffic are good things?
Mr. Friedman, show me any other major metropolitan center that does not have some combination of trains, light rail, and sufficient bus service. What would you do if you moved to New York? Dismantle the subways?
Yet here we have a Kendall-based attorney who must not live in the Kendall I know -- a Kendall with no traffic problems. Again I ask: Is he blind, delusional, or what? Anyone who can be so ignorant about a situation and also be a practicing attorney scares me.
The people of Miami-Dade County should not suffer from Mr. Friedman's shortsightedness. This question is of utmost importance to our future. Common sense dictates so clearly the need for a combination of trains, buses, and other alternative means to move people and goods. In terms of the economic health of our county, this is almost basic math. Those of you likely to be swayed by Mr. Friedman's arguments need to think about this when you're stuck in traffic for an hour, or the train system cannot take you to that location because it has never been expanded.
By the way, Mr. Friedman, how long does it take you to get to work? Or do you enjoy a ten-minute commute? Maybe you work out of your home. In any case, the rest of us still sit and stew in traffic all day. If you're not affected, Mr. Friedman, then maybe you should turn your attention to where it will hopefully do the least harm -- to your paying clients.
Paul E. Czekanski
And we might do some drinking too, but hey, no fights! Hello there. My name is Rasmus and I am from Denmark. Humberto Guida's story about young marijuana dealers sounds a bit like Hitler's propaganda during World War II ("The Preppie Pot Papers," October 24).
Go to Amsterdam in Holland and see how they run their coffee shops [where marijuana and hashish are legally available]. Go to Denmark and see how it is not legal but nobody gives a shit. We have an area in Copenhagen where you can buy hash like at a market, the way you buy a banana or a lime on the streets in the United States.