No climax: I think the Stripper Mobile would have caused more of a ripple during a less chaotic time ("Hot Wheels," Natalie O'Neill, February 18). Then again, I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't. South Beach in particular is one of the most jaded places — no, the most jaded place — I know. A stripper mobile does fit right in. Too bad lack of attention is not what the ladies wanted. Good read. Thanks for the story.
SoBe it: Isn't it a country of innovation and liberty? The fun and outrageous aspect of South Beach is for many local workers an essential source of revenue.
Out of sight: Disgusting! It's enough to advertise strip clubs. Keep that shit in their dirty holes!
In the Dark
Shed some light: Look deeper if you really are a reporter ("C-9 Basin Goes Dark," Gus Garcia-Roberts, February 18). When city officials launch an investigation that costs more than it's worth, ask yourself: "What's in it for them?" Check out what projects they have planned since 1996. Watch the innocent be taken down with the guilty, and the hatchet men are all Miami-Dade County employees.
Cops Are Robbers
Get rid of this one: It's time this corrupt weasel, Surfside Police Officer Woodward Brooks, got his butt kicked off the force ("Bad Side of the Law," Francisco Alvarado, February 18). Now you wonder why the public doesn't trust the police anymore. Besides corruption, they abuse their authority by thinking they own the world and treating civilians like garbage.
Pulled over: Surfside cops spend more time setting speed traps than patrolling the neighborhood. My friend always likes to tell the story of the day he saw five or six cop cars setting a speed trap with a tripod-mounted radar gun on northbound Collins Avenue hoping to catch buzzed South Beach motorists. He figured the whole force was there and proceeded to take his modified Mustang into the neighborhood and do doughnuts and drag-race for a good five minutes.
Shlockfest: Your criticism of a criticism is both xenophobic and ethnocentric ("No Red Carpet," Erik Maza, February 18). Cuban film reviewer Rolando Pérez Betancourt makes intelligent observations about Avatar instead of going along with the dumbed-down, Harry Potter/Twilight/Transformers-loving mainstream, and you have the audacity to make fun of him for living in a Communist country, a fact that has absolutely nothing to do with the movie or his review of it. You might as well be discussing an article written by a Jew and making fun of the Holocaust or Nazi Germany.
No choice: There is no marketplace of ideas in Cuba and no freedom of the press. Granma is a state-run Communist newspaper. Betancourt probably would have written a different review were he not handcuffed and/or brainwashed into subservience by the Communist apparatchiks of Fidel's Cuba.
Half-court press: The story seems to be one big effort at attacking Florida International University ("On the Rebound," Francisco Alvarado, February 18). The fact that coach Isiah Thomas is the focal point is just a bad attempt to make the article relevant nationally. This is the sort of tabloid journalism that gives the rest of the media a bad name. This story is an example of irresponsible journalism and is an embarrassment to legitimate news outlets in South Florida.
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The fact that Coach Thomas's background takes up a good portion of the article, with the rehashing of some of the negative happenings, seems to be irrelevant to the point of story. But rehashing the negative aspects of his past gains readers, and that is what this article is meant to do — to sensationalize this story and con readers into wasting their time with it.
It is also a perfect example of sloppy journalism. It is full of inaccuracies, and it is obvious that the author cut corners and skewed numbers to make a point. It is unbelievable that anyone could consider this poorly written article a valid piece of journalism.
Paul Dodson, FIU assistant athletic director for media relations