Letters from the Issue of July 20, 2006

The birds' livers can enlarge up to ten times their normal size"

Unfortunately it's common for child molesters to choose careers or volunteer time for organizations and/or institutions in which they have ample access to the types of victims they prey upon. One of the biggest problems we face is that instead of allowing law enforcement to conduct criminal investigations, institutions attempt to handle things on their own. When this happens, we end up in situations like the one we are seeing in the case of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko and Yeshiva Torah Temimah.

Just as we say, "It takes a village to raise a child," we can say the same thing about sex offenders. When an individual suspects a child is at risk of harm, we all must become mandated reporters. Let those with the education, experience, and training collect the physical evidence and do the forensic interviewing. This is not the job for our clergy.

Vicki Polin
Baltimore, Maryland

No Boy Band

They are m-e-e-en: Regarding the mention of the band Price in Camille Lamb's article "Dirty Purdy" (July 6) about Purdy Lounge: We're certainly not a boy band, since boy bands have gone the way of the dinosaur, and we play our instruments. By the time this is printed, our frontman will have opened for Cat Power at Studio A and I'll have played another hour-long solo set opening Jazz Night at Churchill's Pub on Monday. Members of "boy bands" don't do these things. To call us a version of Hanson just because three brothers are in the band is a ridiculous cop-out, and the song "Life Isn't Fair" is by no means a ballad. Just go to myspace.com/pricetheband and really listen this time, without the bar distractions.

Adonis Cross, rhythm guitarist, Price
Via the Internet


Versus geography: Funny that pretending to be a well-informed reader — pointing out a mistake via his letter "Great Scot, or Maybe Not" (July 6) about Great Britain and England — Alexander Sharkey from Miami Beach forgets that North America has a third national football team: Mexico. Very sad.

Sergio Carmona
Miami Shores

Deconstructing Robby

Comfort the afflicted: Thank you to Rob Jordan for the story "Deconstruction" (June 29) and for letting us know a bit about these three hard workers, immigrants who lost their lives while working in this country to give their families better lives in their countries. May their souls rest in peace. Great article!

Deborah Weitzman

Millionaires, listen up! Congratulations to Rob Jordan for the story he wrote about the men who died at the construction site in Bal Harbour. I cried. It was extremely moving.

Thanks for putting the spotlight on stories like this, because the powerful and rich behind the scenes simply cover up any bad publicity. In reality they care about profit and not the safety of the workers.

It's ironic that someone will live in a $12 million penthouse, where these people died. One life alone is priceless — black, white, legal, or illegal.

Claudia R. Velasquez
Coral Gables


Égalité, terrorisme: Regarding Trevor Aaronson's "Lights! Camera! Terrorists!" (June 29): Ours is a safer world, the children less at risk now that this clear and present danger has been dispatched. Why did recent circumnavigations of Liberty City prove so unsettling? To be sure, Mickey Rourke's ties to Ciudad Liberte jangle many an instinctual nerve — but something more. Last summer a sense of foreboding overshadowed us. Thankfully the ravening beast known as "The Spectre of Soldiers Sans Shoes" is no longer among us. The relief? Palpable.

Paul Vincent Zecchino
Manasota Key


The photo credited to PETA on page 24 of the July 11 issue was provided by Farm Sanctuary.

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