Letters from the Issue of March 16, 2006

"It's time to clean house. Doesn't Miami deserve better?"

Bye Bye, Joey

Cleanin' up the house: In reference to "Arriola Resign? Fuhgeddaboutit!" by Francisco Alvarado (March 9): It looks like it may be time to say, "Adios, farewell, and good luck," to Miami City Manager Joe Arriola. There is plenty of blame to be spread around at city hall these days. But after all, Arriola is the manager, and he sure has made a major mess of things.

It is time to clean house. Let's fire the City of Miami administrators and staff who got us into this fire fee mess. These people should forfeit their overly generous pension plans. They should consider themselves fortunate if they don't do time in a federal jail.

Perhaps we need a recall election or a vote of no confidence. Or perhaps we need a reputable judge or the governor of Florida to police this situation and make things right.

Doesn't Miami deserve better?

Harry Emilio Gottlieb
Coconut Grove

The Way the Car Crumbles

We are not beasts: In this time of sensational journalism and negative reporting, I felt compelled to respond to an article by Mariah Blake, "A Beastly Background" (March 2).

The basic facts are that Auto Resolutions, the manufacturer of the Street Beasts line of Replicars, is not Classic Motor Carriages in any shape, manner, or form. Whatever problems Classic Motor Carriages had should not be a reflection of Auto Resolutions.

In the "go-go" Eighties, many companies flourished, prospered, and had growth problems. It is my understanding that CMC was one of those companies that simply oversold what it could not produce.

Auto Resolutions, a.k.a. Street Beasts, is a major player in the hot-rod Replicar industry. Street Beasts serves customers from every profession and ethnicity in America. American ideology proves that Americans love motors, machines, and cars.

Street Beasts' current product line consists of a '34 coupe, '33 Vicky, '34 cabriolet roadster, '41 Willys coupe, and three versions of the Cobra (all Ford replicas).

Auto Resolutions/Street Beasts has 60 people on its management, sales support, and production staff. We are very proud of who we are and what we do.

Every potential customer contacts our company of his or her own volition. Thus from the tens of thousands of people who inquire about our product this year, to the hundreds of satisfied customers, to the thousands of happy Street Beasts owners across North America and our dedicated employees, Miami should be proud to have a leader in the hot-rod industry.

The story does not address our full-support system, including a parts department, technical support for every customer, and a nationwide network of factory-certified builders. This is a company striving to improve its service and quality of product every day of the year.

Ms. Blake should have realized that history does not always repeat itself.

Hans Meijer, CEO
Auto Resolutions Inc.
/Street Beasts

Fair Journalism

Not lazy writing: From Fare to Remember Catering in Coral Gables, I wanted to thank The Bitch for our mention in her column "Crazy Delicious" (March 2). We and others were very unhappy with the local media's reporting of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. I agree that the festival has put Miami on the map, and yes, lots of money was spent to bring in most of the Food Network's stars. But there seemed to be a real lack of stories about the local restaurateurs and caterers who work very hard to keep throngs of South Floridians fed and nurtured. My hope is that in the future the media can recognize some locals who are talented and enthusiastic about appearing in the festival but might not necessarily have a huge marketing machine behind them.

Sarah Davidoff
Coral Gables

Come Home, John Boy

Come to Philly: Regarding "Johnny Be Good" in Chuck Strouse's column March 2: I am truly appalled at Police Chief John Timoney's comments. I happen to be married to a Cuban Miami Police officer, and it sickens me to think my husband, who risks his life every single day he leaves our home, works for someone like this. It is absolutely repulsive.

Perhaps all of the Cuban police officers in our community should make comments about Timoney's son, such as "Fuck his drug-dealing son; we've got our jobs to do!"

Thank you, Miami New Times, for not being afraid to publish the truth.

Name withheld by request
Via the Internet

Mo, you demagogue! What Chief John Timoney probably meant to say was "Fuck Cuban politics." Bravo! I'm sure Mayor Diaz has had several headaches but doesn't dare say it himself. There are thousands of Cubans in Miami-Dade County. And God forbid if any harsh criticism is made. Majority rules? That's a scary proposition. Mayor Manny Diaz knows this all too well. He's a crafty politician who has helped change Miami for the better. He's also the one who hired Timoney to clean up the corruption in the police department.

Let me ask the people of Miami this: How many Cubans or whites in positions of power in Miami influenced by greedy real estate developers have made nasty comments about blacks lately? But fortunately no one's radar picked it up.

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