Letters from the Issue of May 29 - June 4, 2003

Gone But Not Forgotten Thanks for remembering Norberto: I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Norberto Longo. I just came across Enrique Lopetegui's article that was reprinted in the SF Weekly ("Longo Time Gone," May 15). Granted I have not watched or read much Spanish-language media lately, but there was absolutely no mention of his passing in any San Francisco Bay Area paper that I know of. I agree completely about the underreporting of one of Spanish broadcasting's pioneers. I enjoyed listening to Norberto for his humorous but scathing criticisms of players as well as his insightful observations. He will truly be missed.

Roberto Lopez

San Francisco

Overreacting To Reactors Hey, watch out with that word meltdown: Steven Dudley's story, "Return of Three Mile Island?" (May 22), was a meltdown. The Three Mile Island release of a small amount of radioactive gas outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was not. It didn't bother the nearby cows, milk, or people. So why read beyond the fantasy that Three Mile Island was "really ... a meltdown"?

Al Hartkorn

Miami Beach

Gone and Best Forgotten No need of praises for the mediocre: I arrived in America on May 5, 1972. I was nine years old. In short time I was Americanized. I watched Howard Cosell do Monday Night Football and boxing. I learned that Cosell could be condescending, but I accepted it because he had an uncommon intellectual capacity. I was also familiar with Norberto Longo. And Longo was no Howard Cosell. To me, he came across like Randy Cross, former 49er and now analyst for CBS -- somebody who thinks he knows more than he actually does. The difference being, Cross actually played the game he comments on at the professional level. I remember Longo once stated about a soccer player, "... quiere jugar como los grandes, pero no llega[he wants to play like the best of them, but he doesn't succeed]." The genius of the comment is that you could apply it to his skill as an analyst. My point: Just because people die does not mean we have to make them out to be something they were not. Que en paz descanse.

Joaquin E. de Leon

HoustonBest Jazz Radio Program But we're not that cheap! Many thanks to New Times for selecting 88 Jazz Place/Morning with Frank Consola as the Best Jazz Radio Program in Miami (Best of Miami, May 15). One minor correction: We do, in fact, pay our boy Frank for his hard work. WDNA-FM (88.9) may be a "nonprofit" station, but we do reward exceptional talent when the budget can accommodate it. Now, if only we can convince you folks that Sounds of the Caribbean isn't the only top-notch reggae show in town. You're hurting Flagga Duperly's (Saturdays at noon) feelings! The best to you.

Joe Cassara, operations manager

WDNA-FM (88.9)

Miami

Tipsy Columnist Drools Drivel Maybe he's Cuban -- that would explain it: Is Tristram Korten drunk again? That can be the only explanation for "Stalin Would Be Proud" (May 1), that drivel he wrote concerning the six fired workers from the Department of Children and Families. Perhaps he doesn't know exactly what they did, or maybe he thinks what they did was perfectly okay.

What they did was racially profile a person who came into their office looking for help. Once they determined that she was just your run-of-the-mill "white honkie," they proceeded to treat her like shit. This is not an isolated incident but happens every day in every office where Cubans deal with non-Cubans. This is a fact of life in Miami-Dade.

These Cuban racist bigots got just what they deserved. They should also be put on the next raft back to Cuba as they are not wanted here. Or maybe to Korten this is acceptable behavior. Is he Cuban?

Patrick C. Miller

Miami

Clever Columnist Hits Home Run And we scored in a big way as a result: I just returned from the home of our lawyer, Roberta Fox, and am barely awake. Just too exhausted. We all met with the district administrator of DCF, and when we thought things were lost, Roberta left the room and when she came back we had a settlement. We could not believe it. All six of us are going back to our jobs with retroactive pay to the day of our firing, March 14, though maybe not to the same places. And Jessica Frenes will get an oral reprimand.

We owe it all to Roberta, a great lady, and to all the press that gave us support. So thank you! By the way, Tristram Korten's column "Stalin Would Be Proud" continues to be a success. Everybody there had read it and made fun of me being described as a rabbit, which I enjoyed. Somebody even had a copy of the paper in their hands and was showing it to everyone. Even in one of the TV reports we came out holding it! Again, thanks to New Times.

Teresa Rio

MiamiHark Museum Park It's time to stop, look, and question: The highlighting of the Miami Art Museum's shifting ground raises fundamental issues for our area's cultural ecology ("Tumbling Chairs," Celeste Fraser Delgado, May 1): Can artists contribute unique, vital viewpoints that will temper the interests and agendas of the current players on museum boards and committees? Are museums valuing and encouraging the participation of artists in their governance? Could the formulation and implementation of institutional policy, programming, and collecting be enriched with more involvement of artists? It's clear to many that these questions should be pursued with other museums everywhere.

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