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Nature vs. nurture: Great article ("Blow Hard," Gus Garcia-Roberts, April 22). It's truly incomprehensible that Scott Storch chose to financially disregard his mother and grandfather during the "good times." Was it only the drugs, fame, and money that caused the moral corruption, or did the drugs, fame, and money only exacerbate the flaws in his character?
Scott in 3-D: The writer of this article did a great job humanizing Scott Storch. He's been a scumbag, I'm sure. But he's also been a kid in a candy store with no restraint.
Blood ties: Even if his mother was a bit overbearing, even if he screwed up his life for five years, that is no excuse for treating his family this badly. His mother's bills should be paid, and she should live in a better home. I don't care how disabled (recovering from drug addiction) Storch is — family comes first. I am disgusted with this person.
Top-shelf: Journalism at its finest. Keep up the great work.
Bad night: I was very disappointed with my experience at STK ("Style Over Steak," Lee Klein, April 22). The food was very salty and not worth the cost. The hostesses were extremely snooty. After I paid for dinner with my three guests, we went to Coco de Ville for some drinks. The attitude at the door was embarrassing. My guests, who were staying at the Gansevoort, were three very well-dressed studio agents from Creative Arts Agency. Although nobody was trying to get into the club, the doorman still gave my party a very difficult time, apparently just for show. He made a comment about my guests to one of his partners at the rope, calling them "tourist trash." Really? Three Hollywood agents dressed to the nines. Just plain no class.
Write right: I'm a journalism student at Florida International University, and there is no representation for us in administration ("Dean's List," Jorge Casuso, April 15). Though the journalism school provides amazing opportunities and internships, there is barely any time to talk with professors and develop craft-writing skills. Most students' writing is not up to par. This is also a fault of the administration and its failure to provide us with the care and funds we need. If we win so many awards and are as prestigious as we claim to be, why would they cut back our funds so much? It's like the university's presidency wanted to get rid of us.
Good fellas: There are plenty of farmers and ranchers in this country who pasture their cattle, keep them as antibiotic-free as possible, and don't mistreat their animals ("Down on the Farm," Kristen Hinman, April 15). Those guys are doing their best to bring a safe, healthy product to market in a time of high diesel prices, grain shortages, and mortgage meltdowns. Their profit margin is pennies to the dollar. I don't disagree that some aspects of factory farming should change. I do disagree with anything that will further strangle those farmers and ranchers who are doing their best to stay afloat without employing the same practices as large agribusiness.
Be kind: I agree with the Humane Society — there has to be a more humane way for farmers to treat the animals, but they just don't want to. They couldn't give two cents about the welfare of the animals.
Food for thought: Current methods of factory farming are just plain wrong, period. The bottom line: Do we want to pay more money for treating animals better and having the government do a better job of inspecting the meat we eat? I would not mind paying a little more. Based on my observation that Americans, in droves, love to buy cheap Chinese junk at Wal-Mart until they drop, I would hazard a guess and say, sadly, I am in the minority.