Letters from the issue of January 20, 2011

Fallen Star

Presumed innocent: I despise the sensationalism in your article about the death of astronomer Jack Horkheimer and the molestation case against him ("Death of a Stargazer," Michael E. Miller, January 13). It's a shame there are so many people who believe in repressed memories, a huge lie that has become borderline epidemic. Repressed memory therapy has been used against hundreds of priests by thousands of now-adults who have lined up to settle suits with the Catholic Church. They know that in this nation, anyone who is rich will settle in order to avoid accusations becoming public (because you're automatically guilty in the eyes of the public) and further draining of funds to pay for legal representation.

Jessy Brito

Calling all victims: Let's hope everyone who saw, suspected, or suffered from this man's crimes will speak up, get help, and start healing.


Luke-warm Support

Self-help: Although I agree with some parts of Luke's overall idea to promote a clean and safe residential area in Overtown and Liberty City, I disagree with him about placing the responsibility on government ("Luke's Gospel," Luther Campbell, January 13). Did Luke mention government providing jobs? And cleaning up the neighborhoods? The last time I heard about this kind of government intrusion in any city, the country became a socialist regime. I don't believe in handouts and having government hold your hand. The residents, those who care about creating a prosperous 'hood and financial opportunities, need to get involved.

D. Cella

Clean up: I agree with Luke on "slumlords." This is one of the biggest issues facing the black community — people owning property and not taking pride in maintaining it. The city doesn't care about doing anything, either. People dump garbage in front of their houses, abandon buildings everywhere, and if a concerned citizen complains to the city, nothing is done. The city doesn't care about keeping black neighborhoods clean. It needs to clean up some of these abandoned buildings and landscape the area. I bet that if it did this, the city would be surprised about the reduction in crime that would occur. Cleanliness is next to godliness.

B. Button

Gimme Shelter

Death watch: The shelter run by Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) is one of the worst there is ("Animal Lovers Declare War on Mayor Carlos Alvarez's Facebook Page," Gus Garcia-Roberts, January 13). As with most government-run facilities, many, many things get swept under the carpet, and the facility just spins the situation or covers it up. MDAS makes it so difficult for anyone to adopt an animal, that it is always full and needing to kill wonderful animals to make more room.


Second chance: MDAS routinely kills all dogs and cats only because their owners sign euthanasia request forms. Animal Services doesn't require veterinarians or veterinary technicians to examine those animals, so there is no way to know if the animals being killed are healthy, incurably ill, or in no pain at all. Although adoption rates have increased at the shelter, they could be even higher if animals with euthanasia requests who are healthy or have treatable conditions are given a chance to be rescued or adopted. Those animals should be given a fair chance at having permanent homes.


Problem pets: Not every animal in a shelter makes a suitable pet; the majority are too ill or aggressive. We know from statistics that 47 percent of all animals that are adopted are returned to the shelter for the same reason they were put there in the first place, problems that were not corrected or revealed to the adopter.


Banton Bashing

Repent: Buju Banton has been run out of almost every town in America due to his BS lyrics about gay people ("Free the General," Esther Park, January 13). Here in Miami, he is welcomed with open arms. After spending some time in jail, does he have a little more love and compassion for his gay brothers and sisters?


Jah is watching: One cannot in one moment claim to be righteous and spiritual and for di poor people dem, and inna di next, tasting cocaine. (Cocaine has ruined many poor people's lives and dreams). Di truly righteous Rasta walks away from dat fuckery, wit no hesitation.


Staged Right

Thumbs up: I agree with you that Confessions of a Jewish Shiksa has an important message to impart ("Humor Me," Elyse Wanshel, January 13). But while you are certainly entitled to your opinion, my opinion falls on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. As a theatrical director for over 20 years, I think the well-thought-out choice of a one-woman show was brilliant. It was a poignant story told in a clear, effective, and focused way — a director's dream.

Laurel Kadouri

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In response to the letter by this person "LC" about "gimme shelter" in regards to Miami Dade Animal Services: it is a very ignorant thing to say that animals there are killed because they are supposedly "problem pets". Miami Dade Animal Services is one of the highest kill shelters in the nation, they have more than 34,000 animals there every year: 50 % of the healthy completely adoptable dogs are being killed and 90 % of all healthy adoptable cats are being killed there: all due to space reasons and because people just discard their once beloved pets-the puppy they bought in a pet store (instead of saving one off deathrow from this shelter) and who became a burden because of the work, time and attention a puppy requires. So they just conveniently drop the puppy off to be killed and get rid of him. That is the truth and horrible mindset of many people here in Miami-they don't see and treat the animals as living beings with feelings who need love-but just as items or accessories they conveniently get rid off. I wonder sometimes what the same people do with their kids if they become inconvenient for them? Miami Dade Animal Services is a CONCENTRATION CAMP with horrible conditions for poor innocent animals-most of them get killed after 7 days if nobody comes to adopt them. Almost all the dogs were healthy before and contract kennel cough there (completely curable with antibiotics) due to the unsanitary and horrific conditions. My dog is from there and is the sweetest, well-behaved and loyal dog I could have ever asked for. He is so grateful to me for saving his life and happy every day-most people are instantly smitten by him-and I try to send all of them to MDAS to save one or a cat as well off deathrow. The animals are sweet and innocent-NOT problem animals. MDAS needs more funding and space and adopt more animals-the media like New Times or local TV stations could help by featuring pets for adoption from there every week and report to make the public aware to not buy from a pet store and support the puppy mills but instead of adopting from Miami Dade Animal Services and saving a precious life.....Thanks very much for your help and for featuring my comment for the animals. Stephanie Eschenbacher

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