Letters from the Issue of March 11, 2004

Art and ethnicity and cops with nothing better to do

Finally, according to her article, Mr. Martin is not seeking the Public Defender position because he has experience managing a state office with a multimillion-dollar budget (he does not), nor has he demonstrated that the other 190-plus attorneys who work for the office share his opinion (they do not). Her article suggests that he believes that he can capture the $136,000 salary for himself and award the high-level positions in the office to the small group helping him because he is a Cuban-American running against Mr. Brummer. Miami is a diverse community and I believe Miami represents a template for this country's future. In Miami, there are a diverse group of people from different backgrounds living together and demonstrating oneness beyond cultural distinction. Mr. Martin's reliance upon his race invites disharmony in a community that is working so hard to be harmonious and he presumes Cuban-American voters will vote for a less qualified candidate because of race. This saddens me.

Frank Triola

Lenexa, Kansas

Rebecca Wakefield's article about the Public Defender's Office unfairly paints a dismal picture of staff malaise and political strong-arming. Unfortunately, she got her paint set for this smear job from a group of pouting malcontents. The steady, seasoned leadership of Bennett Brummer has provided solid professional representation to people accused of crimes. Ms. Wakefield writes that "the half-dozen attorneys who spoke to New Times express ... dissatisfaction." It would have been journalistic fair play for her to seek out at least some of the many assistants who delight in bringing enthusiasm and professionalism to their cases or to note some of the very superior lawyers on staff. This was slanted advocacy, not balanced journalism.

Mel Black

Coconut Grove

My Completely Subjective Opinion of Celeste

She'd be pathetic if she weren't laughable: This is a brief comment on Celeste Fraser Delgado's story about Thalía and Paulina ("Who Cares!" February 19). The same way she subjectively expressed her opinion about them in her article, I would like to express what I think about her as a reporter. Her lack of knowledge is humorous and pathetic. Both these Latin talents have been in the media for a long, long time, and if they are that forgettable, they wouldn't have lasted.

Obviously even the title of the article is wrong, because if she truly didn't care, she would not have featured them both. Or is it that she didn't have anything better to do?

Anyway, thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback. I hope Delgado's career lasts as long as the "forgettable" ones.

Martin Layerla

North Miami

The Greatest Prison Story Ever Told

It had everything I could have wanted: Congratulations to Celeste Delgado for her story of female inmates at the Homestead Correctional Institution ("Blue Lines, Steel, and the Hour of Myth," February 12). She has merged three of my favorite themes: the problems encountered by Latin-American women in the U.S., mythology, and mythology's deep connection with the human psyche and human life. When I began reading "Blue Lines," I couldn't believe my eyes! She had everything there ready for me!

I've always been puzzled by the connection between mythology and real life. I think that somehow our everyday life is just the material projection of an inner life that moves on the back of our minds, unreachable to our conscious minds. Mythology could be the expression of this other life and provide the key to understanding it.

I would love to read more of her articles, but "Blue Lines, Steel, and the Hour of Myth" is the greatest story ever!

Betty Grullon

Miami

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