Letters from the issue of January 7, 2010
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Medicare massacre: "Revelations 20:09" (Gus Garcia-Roberts, December 31) was the most enjoyable article I have read in a long time. It was hilarious and oh so true of this city. The writer left out one thing: the billions of dollars that some of our so-called clinics, doctors, and nurses have stolen from our Medicare program. Yeah, what a wonderful city to live in! We are on our way to Hell with gasoline underwear on.
Flimflammer's flaws: Gus Garcia-Roberts seems to pick (and edit) only biblical passages that promote his viewpoint. I have one for him: "judge not...!" This article is all about finger-pointing. He should worry about his own shortcomings and write about them! I know for a fact he has many. He should feel free to ask for help if he is so blinded that he cannot identify his sins!
Free weekly's wimpiness: As always, Miami New Times chooses a cup half-empty. I, for one, look at mine as half-full. This is the best town to live in: I can bike every day, the beach is gorgeous, and the restaurants are world-class. You should go out more and enjoy the Magic City.
Anti-Cuban claptrap: Stop preaching your doom and gloom about Miami, because no one wants to hear it. There is crime all over the nation. Property values are sinking everywhere in the country, especially in sunny California. It's like a roller coaster ride that sank directly into Hell. And you talk about Miami?
Hey, Gus Garcia-Roberts, as I see it, your parents probably had to swim for their lives from Cuba to come to sunny Miami, where they made a living that was more then enough to bring your ass up. There is always money to be made in Miami. If you don't like it here, you can move back to Cuba!
When shit hit the fan in real estate back in the '80s, it was the smart folks who bought property here and then made millions the right way just a few years later. Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and other adjoining cities will always come back strong, especially Miami Beach! You could move to Michigan, where it's always cold. They actually need ultraviolet lights in their houses so they don't go more nuts than they already are! So shut up and talk about the good things about these wonderful cities of Miami and Miami Beach, where I live and always will! If you don't appreciate this city, ask for a transfer to Michigan or Alaska.
Coke's the real thing: I'm offended. What's the matter with the writer — didn't he get his shot of cocaine this morning? According to him, "those Miamians who remain [are] mostly sex offenders, club promoters, and any politicians that haven't yet been shipped to upstate prisons..." I am a member of none of the groups he mentions. I am an out-of-towner who has lived here for 25 years, and I don't see the day when I regret coming here. So, buddy, ship out and pass judgment elsewhere!
Pop goes the newspaper: I have been living proudly in Miami for more than 20 years, and I love the diversity, the beaches, the hot women, and the nightlife. I love that you don't freeze like a Popsicle up North. As for the article Gus wrote, well, he is an asshole.
Roger Stephen Roth
Repent, robo-scribe: Your article was irreverent, gutsy... I loved it! Of course, you are going to Hell for writing it. But you'll be in the good company of tons of Miami riffraff and Florida politicians anxious to see if you have included them in your next article. Repent!
Finished fanatic: I'm done with New Times. "Revelations 20:09" was mean-spirited and distorted. I'm not going to get into a debate regarding the article's journalistic merits, which are few if any. This town gets enough negative publicity, and ridiculous articles like that hurt all of us who choose to make Miami our home.
Your advertisers also call Miami home. I doubt many of them would find the article amusing, much less helpful to their continued existence. When you go out of business, Garcia-Roberts can go back to wherever he came from.
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