Letters from the Issue of May 20, 2004

Disgusting club kids, Haitiís guns, and animals in need

Club Kids: Rude, Crude, and Stoopid

Exactly the kind of jerks who do disgusting things in your front yard: What a nasty little article by Humberto Guida. In his "BuzzIn" column about the Miami Beach City Commission meeting that considered changes in nightlife regulations ("Party Poopers," May 13), his pen runs rampant with outdated stereotypes and ageist remarks.

He omitted all the club kids shouting out: "Go home, grandma!" or "Move to Boca and/or Kendall!" that I heard from my seat in the upper gallery in the commission chambers. Rude does not begin to describe the antics of these juveniles Guida applauds so misguidedly.

For his information, many area residents -- I among them -- are not in favor of rolling back club hours to 2:00 a.m. That was Mayor Dermer's idea, which he first proposed at a public meeting a few weeks ago. Don't make assumptions about who stands for what.

As to Guida's doubts about human excrement left in the wake of wee-hours revelers, the theme I heard repeated again and again at that meeting was just that: public urination, public defecation, public fornication. Why on earth would anyone make up such disgusting things? I mean, is he kidding?! Many people declared these things to be true. (And if he lived in the area, he would not appreciate seeing shit, piss, and fucking on his front steps. Or maybe he would. I'm not going to assume anything either.)

As to his attack on Commissioner Matti Bower, she forced Michael Capponi to admit that he lived on 47th Street, not south of 5th, although he kept saying he owned apartments in South Pointe. She got him on that one. Good for Matti! She's not the fool Guida seems to want to make her out to be. Nor are senior citizens crabby, waiting for the grim reaper, or out of touch with the times. What ridiculous comments!

The club kids who showed up at this packed meeting took seats from concerned and involved residents of all ages, I would like to remind him, as there were a number of young people under 35 who were concerned about unbridled nightlife running amok in residential neighborhoods. If those club kids are any indication of what the younger generation is about, God help us all. Rude, unmannerly, and easily bored, too. Most of them gave up after an hour. They came to be rowdy, boo the mayor, and address an issue that was not even on the agenda.

Add "not very smart" to their description and that just about covers it. (I wondered how they would have felt had their own mothers or grandmothers been heckled.) What a zoo! And what a nasty, one-sided piece of pseudo-journalism.

Jo Manning

Miami Beach

Unparalleled Business Opportunities Await You

Exclusive contracts, monopoly markets, guaranteed profits, and hookers galore! I am once again proud of this publication for outing the truth about these "bleeding hearts" who advocate peaceful dialogue and lots of business with Cuba. In this case the individual is cattleman John Parke Wright IV, featured in Kirk Nielsen's story "Cows to Cuba" (April 8). Thanks for printing the letter from his daughter Sarah Wright ("Daddy Not So Dearest," May 6).

The truth always comes out. It's great to make a buck from a tinhorn dictatorship that assures you no competition, no unions, no strikes, and lots of profits. And get a load of that sexual tourism. Better than Thailand!

All in the holy name of peace and understanding.

Frank Resillez

Key Largo

Hypocrites vs. Greenpeace

Let's call it what it really is -- persecution, not prosecution: Celeste Fraser Delgado's article covering the prosecution of the Greenpeace organization was well researched, well written, and quite timely ("The Greenpeace Effect," April 29). Thanks to her for exposing this for what it is: a politically based, selective prosecution.

I am a member of Greenpeace and have been following the story for the past several months, wondering why there wasn't more coverage locally, and was grateful to see it on the cover of the New Times. I was hoping there would be some locally organized demonstrations, especially around the time of the hearing.

Sometimes the hypocrisy of our government is so astounding. Greenpeace fights to expose an illegal logging practice in Brazil, and instead of being praised for their efforts, the government hits them with criminal charges.

Corina Fitch

Miami

In Haiti All Sides Are Armed

It's not just Aristide supporters, and I should know: I am writing to comment on Tristram Korten's article "Guns & Haiti" (April 15). I was coincidentally stuck overnight in the Miami area on my way back from Haiti when I read his piece. It impressed me and I appreciate his first-hand storytelling of an amazingly beautiful and tragic place. The description of his encounters was an effective illustration of the great spirit and intelligence of many Haitians despite their consistently compromised and violent situation.

One thing that concerned me, however, was the article's almost sole focus on Jean-Bertrand Aristide supporters with guns. Granted he did mention briefly "anti-Aristide rebels" and that "Aristide was doing what Haitian rulers have always done -- use extra-governmental gangs to do their midnight work, such as the Tonton Macoutes under Duvalier (father and son)...." Yet if I hadn't experienced the situation in Haiti right now, I would definitely interpret his article as implying that it's primarily Aristide's chimères who are terrorizing the country. (It is noteworthy, as he mentioned, that Aristide didn't heavily arm his "gangs" until after he was forcefully removed in a coup by many of the same individuals who forcefully encouraged his "resignation" this time around.)

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