Letters from the Issue of October 30, 2003

About You're Toy Story

It was swell, but why the mispellings?We got word from Miami toymakers Friends with You that Celeste Fraser Delgado's story was published, and so we checked it out on the New Times Website ("Revenge of the Misfit Toys," October 23). It was a really nice piece overall, but I do have to mention two mistakes concerning our company, DGV. First of all, our company's name is Die Gestalten Verlag, which barely resembles the way it was written in the story: Die Gerstelleng Vertung.

Also, at least on the Website version, the name of our magazine, bersee, only appears as bersee. Maybe the correct spelling appeared in your print version and this is only a Web error? I can only hope so.

DGV publisher and editor-in-chief Robert Klanten really put quite a bit of thought into answering Celeste's questions, so it's disappointing that the spelling was so sloppy. Maybe New Times can at least have the corrections made in the Internet version of the article.

Helga Beck

Die Gestalten Verlag

Berlin, Germany

Editor's note: The Web version has been corrected. We regret the errors.

Caution: Creative Radio Station Ahead

Hacks in suits prohibited beyond this point:In reference to John Anderson's story ("Tuning Out," October 23) about the cancellation of Steve Malagodi's Modern School of Modern Jazz and More and Ital-K's weekend Sounds of the Caribbean radio programs on WLRN-FM (91.3): Mr. Anderson fails to mention that these are just the most recent of many despicable program changes that management types such as Ted Eldredge and John LaBonia have visited upon our community over the past few years. I won't list all the fine local and national programs that have disappeared from the WLRN airwaves because the list is way too long.

Mr. Anderson asks Ted Eldredge (WLRN station manager) if the station is heading toward becoming an all-news format. Eldredge would not confirm or deny the possibility. For an answer, all you have to do is tune to the station at the top and bottom of any hour and hear: "This is WLRN, 91.3 FM, your NPR news station."

The plight of community radio here in South Florida and all across the nation is created when you combine an apathetic public with hack radio-management and consultant types. These management and consulting drones mean nothing in the scope of art and shouldn't have the right to be within a hundred miles of any creative outlet.

Who needs local radio programming anyway? My car's CD player works real good. So to the leaders of WLRN radio and television, I say thank you for showing us just how mind-numbing and boring radio and TV can be.

Steve Alvin

Miami

A New Campus for the Modern School

You might pluck Malagodi's petals, but his roots go deep: Thanks to John Anderson for attending the Modern School of Modern Jazz October 12 funeral show. But I must say that he quoted the most embarrassing part of my monologue -- the clumsy alliterations and mixed metaphors of "Kandinsky and cows," "bovines and Braxton," and the reference to WLRN's "primitive processor." I did, however, appreciate the mention of the opening poem, Ginsberg's "Pull My Daisy." Anything that steers people to the great Ginsberg's work is a wonderful thing.

For your information, the bouquet of music and poetry that was the Modern School of Modern Jazz and More on WLRN-FM (91.3) will soon be airing on WDNA-FM (88.9), beginning in November.

Since they've pulled up and paved over my daisies to put down a parking lot at WLRN-FM, the flowers will grow elsewhere.

Stephen Malagodi

El Portal

Poor Miami: Pay Up

Living wage dying for help:Kudos to Rebecca Wakefield for her continuing work on Miami's persistent poverty rate ("We're Still Number One!" October 16). The Community Coalition for a Living Wage has been advocating for the city commission to pass a living-wage ordinance for more than a year.

The coalition is increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress on the part of the city administration and commissioners in moving toward the living-wage goal: All city employees and all employees of private companies that profit from the city shall be paid wages that exceed the federal poverty line. Concerned Miamians and South Floridians can become involved in the living-wage efforts throughout South Florida by calling us at 305-576-5001, ext. 41.

John Ise

Biscayne Park

Poor Miami: Squeeze Out

With new condos at those prices, only the rich will remain: In his introduction to Rebecca Wakefield's "We're Still Number One!" Jim Mullin hit the nail on the head when he noted that luxury condos are replacing affordable housing. But it is not just the poor who are suffering. The middle class has been affected as well.

For more than two years I have been searching for a new home in order to be near my job in the downtown area, but all I see are ads that offer new condos for "only" $500,000 to $3 million. Who can afford that? And they have the nerve to use the word "only," as if such prices were within anyone's means. The last straw for me came when a new rental apartment building was erected just a few blocks from where I presently live. Since this is a lower-middle-class neighborhood, you might think the prices would be modest so people who live in the area could move in. Well, you thought wrong. It's another luxury building, and no one who lives around here could possibly afford it.

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