Letters from the issue of October 22, 2009
Good man: I worked for Jerry Powers, the man described in "Work It, Jerry!" (Francisco Alvarado, October 15). I know him and have never had a bad day with him. Everything he promised me in the beginning turned out to be true and then some. Ocean Drive became an unprecedented success under his steady stewardship. That feeling is shared by the many people who have had the opportunity to work and grow with him. He's an iconic figure who was born to dirt-poor Holocaust survivors in a faraway land and never forgot his roots. This is highly evident by the colorful cast of dreamers he hired and stuck by to create a powerful and memorable brand that Miami should always be proud of. Reading the article, I gather that Miami should brace itself for the next chapter of his publishing life. Because at the end of the day, the man embodies everything Miami is: daring, inventive, accepting, and as refreshing as the breezes that sweep off Biscayne Bay on a blazing-hot day.
Bad man: This story about Powers is so inaccurate it is staggering New Times would even consider printing it. He made enemies and screwed people out of money while lying all the way. He is a thief, and you are making him look like a hero. Shame on you.
Good man again: This is a story about passion, drive, resilience, and tremendous bounce-back power. I think in this economy, Powers is someone we all could learn a little from in terms of being creative and considering all avenues to make one's dreams come true. Interesting article.
Bad critics: I don't know whether Jerry Powers screwed people over or not, but I do know that all human beings have made selfish decisions at some point in their lives. For every bad thing Jerry might have done in his past, he's done good too. I don't think I need to say much to defend him. Those who know him well, love him. For every negative comment somebody makes, I'm sure there will be a positive one right around the corner.
Via web commentary
What About His Non-Sexy Crimes?
Like that $150K: Is "A Sordid Affair" (Tim Elfrink, October 15) really the best you can do to inform readers about Miami City Commission candidate Frank Carollo? Come on — elections are in just a few weeks and there is better dirt on him that readers should know about. He gives birthday cakes to voters to reel them in. He does not live in District 3; the house listed on his forms is not where he resides. He has run for office at least three times and failed. Why? Does he really care about our community? I have never seen him in the City of Miami chambers fighting for our community. He does not attend any of the debates. I have not heard his platform yet. Why does the guy really want to run for office? He has raised more than $150,000. He has the support of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez. New Times, uncover that! Inform your readers about who this man really is.
Or that arrest: I guarantee that any other person would have been immediately taken in for resisting arrest without violence, given a $1,500 bond, and then likely convicted. I wonder why Frank Carollo was let off with a reprimand.
Good Riddance, MSG
You're no good: The dissent among members of the MSG graffiti crew described in "Trouble on Top" (Natalie O'Neill, October 15) is effin' pathetic. These people are losers to the highest degree. The sooner they part ways the better for everyone involved, especially the public, whose property they vandalize. They are attention whores. My advice to them: Get a fulfilling career so you don't waste everyone's time and money on spray paint and your excuse for art.
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