Letters from the Issue of August 4, 2005

Response to "Tales of Teele," published July 28, 2005

I am sure New Times always attempts to maintain the highest quality and integrity in its noteworthy journalism, so I was dismayed at its methods of retrieving information for this story. Therefore I am demanding a retraction of the above-mentioned comments, for they were in no way factual.

Last week's unfortunate event should remind us of the frailty of human life. It is a tragedy. My sincerest condolences go out to Mr. Teele's family.

Antranette Pierre


Editor's note: The comments attributed to Ms. Pierre in "Tales of Teele" were reprinted from the Miami-Dade State Attorney's report on Arthur Teele. Investigators interviewed Ms. Pierre at her CRA office on February 4, 2004.

Miami never ceases to amaze me. Payoffs, cocaine eightballs with transsexual hookers in seedy motels, manila envelopes, and drug dealers. As [prosecution witness] Evens Thermilus said of Art Teele: "You gotta pay to play." Last Wednesday night it was for keeps.

May he rest in peace.

George Aguilar


Francisco Alvarado, no deed in life ever goes unpaid. It is written in the word of God. I curse you and the rest of your family to feel the pain you have caused the Teele family. My sincere wish is that God sends you and each member of your family the most horrific calamity and natural disaster allowed to occur in a human being's life.

John Smith


Call me dumb if you so desire. Better yet, call me dumbfounded. I personally believe that this article pushed Arthur Teele over the edge. I never condoned his indiscretions or his manner of handling public monies. His "crimes" were a matter for the courts to decide, but not the media!

How would you like to wake up one morning, grab the paper, and see your name emboldened with "sleaze stories" connected to it? Wouldn't you, being under federal investigation, get a bit perky and want to deal directly with anyone lambasting you in the "press," as you call yourselves?

Personally I wouldn't go gunning for any one person and certainly wouldn't take the life God gave me, but I'd be pretty damn pissed off, feeling resentful and alone in the world. Francisco Alvarado's article did just that to one man. Look at the outcome.

Arthur Teele may not have been the best man for his position in public service, but he was a good man nonetheless. And you pushed him over the edge. What a waste.

Sven Bystrom


Your newspaper (if it even deserves to be called that) is the trashiest, most insensitive piece of garbage I have ever had the dishonor to read! You guys don't check facts and end up publishing bullshit!

A man kills himself, so you go ahead and post every single trashy article you have written about him. We all know you have no ethics, but at least show some consideration toward Art Teele's family. I won't be surprised if they sue you.

Many of your readers no longer care for your garbage. I hope this is a wake-up call. Fire Francisco Alvarado and get some real journalists.

Michelle Tinca


I really feel very disappointed with the way your newspaper spoke about the private life of Mr. Arthur Teele. Nothing that happened had yet been proven in a court of law, and until you are found guilty, you are not guilty.

I believe that anyone with ethics does not write about the private life of any citizen. Mr. Teele's family and the community are very upset with what your newspaper published. The only person who will judge this matter will be God.

Roberto Arriete


"Just doing my job" is what Francisco Alvarado claimed upon hearing of the death of Arthur Teele. Well, if doing his job means taking an already fallen man and writing such a mean-spirited article about him, then New Times belongs in a class with all the other "trashy" tabloid publications.

Could the article have been written with a lot less sleaze? You bet, but shamefully sleaze sells. I do hope Mr. Alvarado and other New Times writers will think twice about future articles that, in the end, do more harm than good.

Kathy Clayburn

Miami Lakes

Why would New Times print what a jailed prostitute has to say about anything when absolutely nothing can be proved? His answer to everything is: "I don't remember, I threw it away, I'm not from the area so I don't really know, I didn't see the person because they gave us the cocaine and walked away, I don't have a number because I always trash my cell phones." Blah, blah, blah. He doesn't even know what freakin' address he last lived at?

This is irresponsible reporting by New Times and now a man is dead. And Francisco Alvarado calls it a surreal coincidence? It was also very irresponsible for the police to include this in a report that at some point became public. What if I contacted the police with a load of accusations about you that I couldn't prove? Would you appreciate them being printed before you even had your day in court? Surreal coincidence? I think not.

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