A MOUSE IS NOT A HOME
I was a victim of the Morton Towers low-maintenance, high-rent syndrome ("Totally Rent Out of Shape," July 15). My first rent increase was $30 -- no problems, no complaints.
Then came the mice, followed by mildew that ran rampant throughout my apartment, clothing, furniture, and luggage. Numerous letters to the management were unanswered yet tagged me as a "troublemaker." They did reward me -- by not renewing my lease unless I agreed to pay an increase of $100. Remarkable, since my apartment overlooked the parking lot, not the bay.
Name withheld by request
THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR AMENDMENT
We have heard a great deal about censorship in recent months, reported with a certain bias by members of the press. A recent example is Greg Baker's article "Body Count Down," (July 15).
Baker seems to forget that freedom of expression has a flip side -- people have the right not to listen to or view material they deem objectionable. When a store decides not to sell a certain product, that action does not constitute censorship but is freedom of expression on the part of the store's management.
And in all this debate, where have judgment and good taste gone? Does the Constitution say that we have to bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator?
Frances S. MacIntyre
As a historian of boxing and Americana in general, I found Sean Rowe's article "Dykes vs. Gavilan" (July 8) most nostalgic and entertaining. However, some historical inaccuracies mar an otherwise excellent story.
Mr. Rowe claims the February 4, 1952, title fight was Florida's and Miami's first. Florida's first was heavyweight champion James J. Corbett's January 25, 1894, title defense against Charlie Mitchell in Jacksonville. As for Miami? How about Primo Carnera's title defense against Tommy Loughran in March 1934? In perhaps Carnera's only legitimate defense of his dubiously earned heavyweight "championship," he won that one by dint of a 105-pound weight advantage, more precisely, "leaning" on his opponent for fifteen rounds. How soon we forget, eh?
As for the claim that the bout was the first interracial pairing in the South since Reconstruction, please. Perhaps as Mr. Rowe claims, for a title fight, but not in general. For example, Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Bernie Miller in Miami on March 27, 1947. Incidentally, Dykes, who lost a ten-round decision to Robinson in November 1950, was one of the few men (along with Gavilan) to go the distance with the immortal master. Overall a fine article. Thanks for the memories.
Cliff Werner, Jr.
North Miami Beach
QUOTH THE RAVIN': NEVERMORE
After going to Raindance on South Beach Saturday night, July 11 ("Rave New World," July 8), I would like to say what a big disappointment it was.
To begin with, the name they used, Raindance, was not original (it was taken from a well-organized rave in England). The lads organizing it may have been English, but obviously they had not been to a rave in England for a long time (if ever at all). The lad they call MC Easy Vibe, well, he totally spoiled the night for me and my five friends. After paying $12 each, we wanted to hear the music, not some nobody screaming, "Show some respect for the people waiting in line!" Okay, so the purpose of an MC is to get the crowd going. The only place he got me going was home.
My point is this was not a typical English rave. There was no atmosphere, no hand-shaking, no hugs, and because Americans don't know any better, they thought it was. What I saw that night was four English lads making a lot of money by ripping off thousands of young people.
Even the DJs were nothing outstanding. The music was dated and stale, and a couple of DJs found it very hard to get two records to "mix" together without making a loud banging noise.
Next time MC Easy Vibe should leave his microphone at home and leave it to someone who knows what he's doing.
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ONE MORE FOR THE HARDY PARTY
Bravo for the squeak from Raymond Gould in his letter ("Letters," July 8) asking that you publicize the Libertarian Party philosophy. I trust you'll get Andre Marrou's name spelled correctly next time your estimable publication prints it.
Ironically, your story about WDNA's troubles, including its dealings (or alleged nondealings) with the Federal Communications Commission, highlights one Libertarian tenet: abolition of the FCC ("The Silence of the Amps," July 8). After all, if the lights are on but the database is empty, it adds up to no more than an enormous waste of taxpayers' money. Ditto for the Coast Guard's failed interdiction efforts and the $700 in annual subsidies the government spends on each and every cow alive in this land. Cut out the bureaucratic waste, subsidies, and bullshit (no pun intended) and we're well on our way to wiping out the deficit.