Letters to the Editor

"Aren't like half the guys in Miami basically Pitbull impersonators? I mean, the guy is truly nothing special, physically or musically."

Steve Vose, commenting on "Mr. 786"

Is That Pitbull?

Everyone wants to be Pit: Great idea taking a Pitbull impersonator to Dolphin Mall ("Mr. 786," Kyle Swenson, July 31), but I have to ask: Aren't like half the guys in Miami Pitbull impersonators? I mean, the guy is truly nothing special, physically or musically. Steve Vose

Not fooled: This guy doesn't look like Pitbull, but more importantly, he doesn't sound like him either! Man sounds like he has a permanent nasal infection. He isn't even really trying to impersonate Pitbull's vocals. I can't stand Pitbull, but I can at least recognize his mannerisms and signature sound. Angie Yruretagoyena

Beer goggles wouldn't help: He looks similar, I suppose, but this guy is from far Pitbull. The real deal is better-looking, younger, and although he does have a Miami Cuban accent, he doesn't sound that bad when he speaks English. I would certainly know that guy isn't the real deal. Even drunk! conceitedcuqui

Endangered Bay

You can stop this: There are almost 500,000 people living in Miami, so don't leave it up to these environmentalists to get their hands dirty to prove how the feds are wrecking Biscayne Bay with the new Port of Miami deep dredge ("Dredge Detectives," Michael E. Miller, July 31). Step in and protect your environment. With everyone speaking out, this ridiculous dredging can be terminated. So many people in small towns are now opposing big fracking and making a difference. We must all take a stand because our government will do nothing to protect our beautiful nation from corrupt and greedy corporations. nytronics83

Einstein knows what's up: Good work, mad men of Miami. Soon enough, through the collective, money-focused efforts of mindless fools such as yourselves, you will succeed in destroying the fragile fabric of the world's ecological systems that support our lives. Remember what Albert Einstein said: "Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal." Stefano Alessio

Quit yer whinin': The Port of Miami has been dredged before, and Biscayne Bay was fine. The Port of Miami is 100 percent man-made, including Dodge Island, and the bay is fine. Those coral and other sea life in the port and Government Cut wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for the dredging. A little dirt, while unattractive, is temporary and will cause little or no permanent harm. All those miles of beaches are made up of pretty much the same stuff, and yet nobody complains about that. The fishermen and divers who complain about the visibility are just lazy and full of their own self-importance. Instead of moving a few miles to other areas while the dredging goes on, they want to stop the project because how dare they actually adapt? Once the dredging is done, I will return to Government Cut for what I expect to be some fine night-time fishing for tarpon and snook. Most of these self-appointed protectors of the environment are nothing more than haters of progress and commerce. Luddites! Anthonyvop1

Stop the massacre: This is truly depressing. With the fragile ecosystem in Biscayne Bay, you'd think they would have laws in place to protect events such as this from occurring. I guess it's too much to ask to have a natural environment full of fish and coral for future generations. Monica Lopez

Art Theft

What are they thinking? It's shocking that the brain trust behind such a successful company as American Eagle would OK the outright theft of well-known Miami street artist AholSniffsGlue for their stores ("Ahol Versus American Eagle," Carlos Suarez de Jesus, July 31). Didn't they even consider the consequences of literally stealing someone's intellectual property? I'm glad to see the artist take a proactive stand to protect his work. I can't imagine that the courts wouldn't rule in his favor. It should be a no-brainer of a decision. stephanie.kienzle

They're gonna lose: Even in videogames, you can't put textured street art in your products without paying the artists. I know a large game publisher that lost a lawsuit over that very issue. You can't take a graffiti mural and make money off reselling it. You will lose in any court of law, hands down. The clothing-store lawyers should have flagged this. Now they will come up with a settlement for the artist and move on. Just lazy and dumb of the campaign and advertisers involved. Insecure1

Share the bucks: Yes, he is a world-renowned artist. Yes, everyone knows his unique eyeball murals are sought-after, and only one can claim that art as his own. It's obvious AE had a bump in revenue sales due to Ahol's work. It's only wise to provide him with a percentage of the profits. I'm glad he's taking legal action. It proves he is not only protecting his hard work and making sure he is properly compensated but also protecting the other local artists' work from being monetized by corporations. We all know graffiti art is in high demand, but work this great and well-known cannot and should not be taken as a corporation's own and most importantly as a freebie! Good for AholSniffsGlue, and the best of luck. I know good will come out of this one way or the other. Amaury Cedeno

 
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