Letters from the Issue of September 28, 2006

"She created more blight than she removed"

Blight Take Flight

She's our problem now: Regarding the story "Blight Flight" (September 14) by Rob Jordan: I have worked on urban revitalization for more than twenty years. Having worked with Lisa Mazique for more than seven years, I was surprised to learn Miami had hired her as the new economic development director. She was a disaster in New Orleans. We in the preservation community here are glad to see her gone! She created more blight through her own efforts than she removed. All I have to say is poor Miami!

Jeannie Tidy
New Orleans

Pedro Can't Hide

And he's too rich to run: Thank you for Francisco Alvarado's article "Redeveloping History" (September 7), about Pedro Martin's alleged affiliations and/or abstract associations with the Norte Valle Cartel. The piece might or might not be inflammatory and cause Mr. Martin to lose business. The image of Mr. Martin as a knowing lackey/money launderer for a cabal of cocaine-manufacturing/narcotic-trafficking/drug-dealing scum is alive and well. It always will be, no matter how hard he tries to deny it.

There is only one person directly responsible for the entire content of that article and reality of Mr. Martin's situation — Pedro Martin. No amount of philanthropic deeds, tenure in the business community, and/or spin control can ever be considered anything but sheer transparency when he has collected ill-gotten drug money based on the misery of others. Regarding the seven-page letter from our illustrious friends at Greenberg Traurig, Confucius sums it up nicely: "He who denies all, confesses all."

Ernesto Sandoval

Semper Fi?

Maybe the Iwo Jima of food service: I read Bill Citara's review of Alta Mar, "Great Bait" (September 7), and based on his descriptions of the food and atmosphere, I certainly want to eat there when I'm in town.

However, the cheap shot at Sysco is just annoying. We are the largest purveyor of seafood in North America. That includes, as Bill's offhand comment indicates, fish sticks for elementary schools. Guilty as charged; our reliable deliveries and vast selection are a boon to many cafeterias.

But we have fresh seafood programs unmatched by any other food-service company, from our main competitor, US Foods, to the knowledgeable local fishmonger. Try fresh, large, number one ahi or opakapaka pulled from Hawaiian waters and shipped directly to our customers overnight.

Everyone loves an underdog, and it pains me, as a Red Sox fan, to make the comparison, but we are the Yankees of food service. The best logistics, facilities, products, and, most important, the best people in food service make the difference to our customers, whether they are the school lunch worker or a certified master chef.

Semper fi,
Terry Mahoney, marketing associate
Sysco Food Services of Baltimore
New Windsor, Maryland

The Daily Rocks

Roll out the reviewer: Pamela Robin Brandt's review of the Daily, "Baking News" (August 31), turned out to be the kind of "insignificant flyspeck" that occurs when one wastes words trying too hard to be witty. She overlooked that the Daily offers a wide variety of fresh-baked breads, muffins, and sweets; that breakfast is fast, cheap, and great. (For three dollars, a huge egg bagel will swear you off McDonald's for life.) The large sandwiches and salads are varied and tasty, and the place is clean and friendly. It's often packed for a reason. But if you're having a really bad day, and a bean sprout doesn't seem as fresh as you think it should be, reviewer or not, say something, because the owner, who is always there, will do everything he can to improve your day.

Richard Strell

Bad Boobs

Saline is no solution: That Dr. Boobs article — wow! Regarding Josh Schonwald's "These Could Be Yours" (August 31): What an advertisement! Unfortunately the news is far from all good regarding breast implants. I head an international support group for women with often dire health-related problems because of breast implant complications. I was disappointed that no mention was made of the downside, unsexy as it might be.

Ilena Rosenthal, director
Humantics Foundation
San Diego, California

Light the Fuse

And you'll get an explosion: I couldn't believe my eyes when I began to read Carlos Suarez De Jesus's article "Shopping for Schlock" (August 31), about Art Fusion Galleries. I couldn't disagree more with the way he portrayed one of Miami's great finds.

First, nothing in the airy 4000-square-foot showroom speaks gaudy to me. I have never had the feeling that the showroom is crowded, and I have never even come close to thinking any of the art is bad.

The great thing about this gallery is there are so many different artists, all with different styles and ways of expressing their thoughts and dreams. I'm okay with Jordan Robert's paintings often depicting cartoon women via "flat fields of dots and squiggles." That's his deal, and I respect that. And Jacklyn LaFlamme's art is one of my favorites in the gallery because she does things like wrapping the edges of her paintings with pink fringe. When you see it, it makes you smile.

As for Sasha Sadovnik's dreary canvases, they are a true depiction of who the artist is. She's a South Beach girl who is in and out of failed relationships. Disturbing, perhaps, but it's honest and it's true. And finally, your depiction of Alexandra Spyrato's zebra paintings was so uninformative I think I fell asleep while reading it. I have seen the paintings and think they are amazing.

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