Lost art: I really enjoyed reading the article about Ynot, the graffiti crew member who was killed ("Marked for Death," Gus Garcia-Roberts, September 23). Thank you for such a wonderful and interesting take on the life of a great Miami artist. My condolences to friends and family for their loss. I am really touched by what was written here. Thank you.
Glorified vandals: It sucks that this guy got killed, and I hope the perp gets locked up for a very long time. But it also sucks pretty bad that you thought it was a good idea to write a six-page article portraying a vandal and his vandal homies as some kind of heroes. What the hell is wrong with you? Between you and Luke, Miami New Times has got to have the worst set of "journalists" in the country.
RIP, Ynot: Awesome story — tragic yet so heartfelt. I'd do some ink in honor of Ynot. I met him once, about two years ago in a tattoo shop in Fort Lauderdale. I thought he was quite an interesting kid. Peace.
Rag Times: I agree that this young life came to such a tragic end. However, why glorify vandalism? While Ynot and his motley troupe may fall into bed at 5 a.m. with "hearts beating" and all the rest of the tired clichés employed in this rag-like article, someone else was just crawling out of bed at 5 a.m. to scrub that shit off the wall. There is a difference between irreverent and just plain irresponsible journalism.
Hip hope: I don't expect anyone outside of the culture to understand graffiti. It's kind of like rock 'n' roll in the '50s and '60s — all the parents pretty much hated it. Much like rock, graffiti is here to stay. Most murals are very intricate and take days or weeks to complete. In the past few years, Miami has gained a lot of attention and revenue from Primary Flight, one of the premier graffiti events in the world. New Times constantly strives to stay relevant for its readers; graffiti right now is very relevant in Miami.
Cop out: I was there when the police killed Gibson Junior Belizaire ("Dead in Little Haiti," Tim Elfrink, September 23). The criminal made the choice to go out fighting a stupid fight he knew he could not win. Miami New Times continues to write these pro-scumbag pieces and forgets to mention the fact that the officers mentioned, the good guys, have children of their own, families of their own, and they deserve to go home to see them. Police work isn't pretty. It isn't always neat and tidy and clean. Hard-working officers get more complaints than officers who sit in their cars and do nothing. I realize the writers at New Times are liberal hacks, but could you at least try to be less biased than Fox News? It's embarrassing.
Pen pals: Are these articles being written by prison inmates? Let's praise these thugs — who rob, steal, and kill innocent people — by blaming others, and let's not hold anyone accountable. I pray that all of these moron reporters eventually have to call police and see what happens when no one shows up.
QB wanted: Seems like Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris has let the attention get to his head ("Luke's Gospel," Luther Campbell, September 23). What's up with all the tats? Twitter? Living the hippity-hoppity, BS lifestyle too much? How about he gets down to business and dedicates himself to the job, which I can see him losing by season's end.
Get back: I last dined at Osteria del Teatro in 2000 and can't honestly say why I have not returned ("Old-School Osteria," Lee Klein, September 23). Maybe it's the glamour and excitement of trying new places or the hassle of finding parking on the Beach, but neither reason seems justified. Reading the review brought back a sense of nostalgia and has inspired me to return. Kudos to Mr. Klein for a very well-written review and even more to Osteria for keeping up the good work. My apologies for the length of time I've been away, but I will be back.
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Robber blind: Restaurant management stealing tips from the waitstaff is just about the worst thing someone can do ("Tip Drilled," Michael Miller and John Zur, September 16). If they treat the servers this way, it makes you wonder how managers views their guests.