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Foot in the Grave
Not undead: "Miami is rising up again after some rough times" ("Best of Miami 2011: The Rising," June 16). Really? Who told New Times this was the case? If you look at all of the key economic indicators — unemployment, household debt, inflation, and the housing market — how could anyone say with a straight face that Miami is rising up again?
Sweat equity: We at Sweat Records spend all year using 20-plus international distributors to bring in thousands and thousands of records, poring through endless catalogues, sites, and new-release and reissue lists. We have good, cheap used stuff; rarities; and limited pieces — and you give the "Best Vinyl" nod to Goodwill's Herb Alpert section. Thanks, New Times.
Meatless in Miami
Rap sheet: Your story about the return of the Yahweh ben Yahweh cult ("Echoes of Yahweh," Tim Elfrink, June 9) misses the biggest point: Our society has failed to protect us against people like Yahweh's follower Maurice Woodside, AKA Michael the Black Man. Did you see the list of crimes he has been charged with? This man is a true menace to our nation, and if he continues to get away with these crimes, he will be notorious enough to land in every newspaper in the country.
Sybil 2: Keep in mind this nutcase is the same guy who claims Obama was trying to kill him. Anyone who would believe a single word coming out of this fool's mouth is an idiot. I also think it's pretty strange that a man who prefers to be called Michael the Black Man goes on to say that a third of black women are the Devil. This man obviously has multiple personalities. He and his multiple personalities could form a cult by themselves without any followers.
Rainbow devil: The last time I saw Yahweh ben Yahweh, he was the most handsome man I had ever seen. The last time I heard his word, it brought pure beauty into my life, and it taught me how not to be ignorant, dumb, stupid, and crazy. Yahweh ben Yahweh has never taught his followers to hate white people. Matter of fact, he taught his followers that Satan is in all colors — black as well as white.
Beating the Rap
Strong-armed: Your article profiling Haitian President Michel Martelly ("Sweet Micky's Masquerade," Michael E. Miller, June 9) is a good summary of the politics he stands for. These are the reasons why less than 18 percent of eligible Haitians voted for him. No track record in politics but ample evidence that Martelly is a Duvalierist with ultra-right leanings. Had Haiti been given the chance of a fair and inclusive election, Michel Martelly would have garnered only a fraction of the total votes. But thanks to OAS and Obama government pressure, flawed and undemocratic elections were forced upon the Haitian electorate, and Martelly's election is the unfortunate result. Unfortunate mainly for Haiti's poor, since Martelly has proven himself to be squarely in the camp of the powerful and corrupt elites.
Sold out: Great summation of Martelly and his shady past. It's an interesting read, well said, and supported by reliable sources. Martelly was "selected" in a fraudulent and rigged election. Haiti's most popular party, Fanmi Lavalas, has been barred from participation in the past two elections on the basis of manufactured technicalities. The election had the lowest voter turnout in this hemisphere... no democratic legitimacy to speak of, unfortunately. The whole election process was bought and paid for by the "international" community. Martelly refused to name his donors, so there was no transparency. Independent does not fit his description. It's not a good omen for independent leadership when one sees that Martelly is owned by so many entities.
Bòn chans: You surely don't think people should have flooded the polls to cast their vote while they are trying to recover from piles of rubble, death, destruction, and misery. I'm not sure if the majority of the people would run to the polls to vote for a candidate supported by the very government that failed to respond effectively following the earthquake, or cast ballots for a candidate deeply rooted in the system that failed to bring real solutions for 30 years. I think Haitians are fortunate to have someone such as Martelly ready to fight for the poor but also open to working with the elites to bring real change. Call them poor or elites — they are Haitians who deeply love their country and want the country to move forward.