Letters from the Issue of January 5, 2006

Readers get their war on

Yeah, Uh-huh

Unmitigated impudence is what we live for: In response to the comic strip "Get Your War On" in the December 1 issue: It says, "Which Iraqis are you gonna ask?... The old ladies who won't stop yelling about how we accidentally killed their kids?" I do not believe your newspaper would be making jokes in a cartoon if anybody anywhere is actually killing innocent kids. Children cannot be blamed, which is why there is a question mark at the close of the quotation. The cartoon drawing caricaturing this event leaves the phrase "if there be lasting harm ..." unanswered: from Exodus 21. Why deprecate the little old ladies for pointing out the atrocity of accidentally or otherwise doing harm to babies and children or kids? When a missionary will not even put baby Jesus in a Nativity scene, then Christmas is threatened and infants are at risk. The story of Christ Jesus being laid in a manger is the first book of the New Testament of the Holy Bible about the newborn babe to Saint Mary. The war, as the author says, is on: to kill kids while anybody noticing is shunned. There is no excuse for being so insensitive that you do not even know you are killing kids at Christmas or anytime, and then to have the unmitigated impudence to make jokes about murder is horrendous beyond words!

Lynn Davis


An Analytical Art Lover Gives Advice

We'll get right on that: I was at Collins Avenue and 17th Street Friday at 6:00 p.m. I picked up your Art Basel issue (December 1) and was hoping it would quickly tell me where to go.

I, along with the majority, did not care for Cafeteria's exhibition. I just wanted to see some art within walking distance, after my hard-won parking odyssey.

In the future, I propose charts similar to the mileage charts between cities. Down one side, you could have the dates and times (I guess 9:00 a.m. to noon could be lumped together). On the other, the locations with addresses.

One chart would be for Miami Beach, one for the Arts District, one for Wynwood, and I guess another for "other." Do not neglect to cite the shuttle times.

Dots at intersections on the chart could denote galleries that are in operation. The reader would note one nearby and open at a good time, and then look up the locale on your list to see if the offering is of interest.

We are not celebrities with a gang of hangers-on to wade for us through the locale list to find a sole offering of interest. Thank you.

George Childs


The Star Rating System Must Die

People really, really, really like to talk about food: Thank you so much for telling it like it is. After living in Miami several years (after LA and NY), I must say the quality of the food has improved — a teeny bit — but it comes nowhere close to what you eat elsewhere, as Lee Klein aptly pointed out in "What's the Matter with Miami?" (November 24). Nowadays we do most of our cooking at home, and it frustrates us no end to read rave reviews about mediocre restaurants with subpar service. Yes, you are right on the review front: Here five stars are awarded to just about anything expensive that opens up a kitchen. I used to follow the advice in those reviews, but after getting burned too many times, I simply ignore them now. I'm sure you'll get plenty of hate mail for your honesty. Have fun with it!

Name withheld by request

Key Biscayne

That's Just Crazy Talk

Two cultures, two sets of rules?: Regarding "21,000 Code Citations Can't be Wrong" by Emily Witt (November 24): The reason citations need to be given is that ever since Cubans began coming into Greater Miami in the Sixties, they took over the city and county governments and then violated the running of restaurants and snack bars as bars, gambling establishments, and prostitute pick-up points. Native-born American city governments were not able to keep up with enforcement and gave up. After the Cubans voted themselves into control of the city governments, it just got worse!

Yet there was somehow always enough enforcement to keep native-born American-run establishments from operating as a bar if they were not licensed to serve alcohol. This adds up to two sets of laws — one for native-born Americans (must obey) and one for Cuban businesses (a wink and a nod). When you have that type of extremely unfair law enforcement, it leads to both parties deciding they do not have to obey the laws — especially the type of violations that are not right out in the open for all to see.

Tom Buyea


That's a Little Less Crazy

Code enforcement is everyone's business: Emily Witt, I must commend you on yet another great article, "21,000 Code Citations Can't Be Wrong." The City of Miami Police force always manages to pull out all stops even with a limited number of officers. However, has brass at the Miami Police Department looked into including U.S. Customs agents in these raids?

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