We made it to the station a few blocks away only to realize that the trains were ordered not to stop at the downtown station. In fact the police had set up a perimeter around the Government Center station and all of us waiting for the Metrorail were ordered to leave the platform, including some people trying to get home from work who couldn't figure out what was going on. It seems there was concern about who would be getting off the train and therefore we weren't allowed to get on. After about an hour delay we did make it home, only to find that my bicycle at the South Miami station had been stolen.

The danger I see is that, following 9/11, fear is being used to take away our civil rights. The rhetoric of homeland security has blurred the difference between civil disobedience and terrorism, between peaceful protesters and violent criminals. As we inch toward a police state, I wonder what's next.

Noel Cleland

Miami

Aging Hippies Remain Idealistic

But there are exceptions, Seth Gordon being one: I would like to respond to Seth Gordon's letter to the editor in the December 4 issue of New Times. As a demonstrator during the "hippie" days he described, I would like to ask on what planet was he demonstrating? I and everyone I knew who was demonstrating then thought we could make a difference -- and we did. None of us was trying to provoke the police, contrary to Mr. Gordon's assertion. By dismissing honest dissent as a "tired old trick," Mr. Gordon has sullied the memory of the students who died at Kent State.

Just because he was such a lawless young person doesn't mean he can or should associate today's demonstrators with him and his thug friends from an earlier generation. I wonder if he is still a cynical thug surrounded by hooligans. I do know he is accusing well-meaning people of being gullible and making them out to be tools of troublemakers like himself.

By making fun of good people who are exercising their constitutional rights, Mr. Gordon is missing out on a lot. But at the least he should not throw stones at us, because back at you, fella.

Nancy Lee

Aventura

Erratum

As part of our coverage of Art Basel in last week's issue, we illustrated John Anderson's article "Video Eye For Basel" with a picture from Motohiko Odani's video Rompers. Unfortunately we neglected to include information about where Rompers is being screened. It can be seen as part of the "Petting Zoo" exhibit, running through December 15, at the Buena Vista Building, second floor, 180 NE 39th St., in Miami's Design District.

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