Reader Mail: The Con Man, the Videogame, and the Skyscraper

Return of Con Kid

Just imagine: Regarding the cover story about South Florida con man Jimmy Sabatino ("The Don of Con," Terrence McCoy, November 14): He is a relative dope and managed to pull this off. Imagine how much crap Wall Street and the government are getting away with. Stan

Cure him: I feel sorry for Sabatino in a way. Probably blames himself for his mom's abandonment. Therapy would do him good. Monica Matteo-Salinas


Letters to the Editor

Who the hell cares?: This is just another slug from an infestation of slugs in this city. Line him up next to every member of the Latin Builders Association, every member of the county commission, the City of Miami Commission, and all the other con artists and crooks in this friggin' swamp and light them on fire. Miami's only hope is a two-mile-high tsunami. Maybe whoever tries again may do it right and not let this Third-World shantytown proliferate. Adolfo J. Herrera

Waste away: You're giving this creep the attention he wants. Bravo. He is not worth my time, especially seven pages' worth of my time. Kimber Kirton

Très bien: That guy is good. He uses it for all the wrong reasons, but he's good. Louie Wing

Super très bien: Wow, New Times' reporting is really first-class nowadays. Great story! David Dennis

Hot, Hot, Hot

Topnotch: Regarding the story about the videogame Hotline Miami ("Deadly Game, Terrence McCoy, November 14): It's one of a few games that has tons of depth and social commentary beyond the stylized barbarity, and that's really what Miami is all about. Plus, the pixel art and music in the game are top-quality. Manny Alvarez-Jacinto

Moot point: Did anyone (including the game's creators) ever suppose that Hotline Miami, a surreal, psychedelic action game with deliberately over-the-top violence, sought to portray Miami in a historically accurate way? No. So what's the point of this article?

It's like taking an issue with Picasso's cubism because it doesn't accurately portray the anatomy of human faces. Sam1

99 problems but a game ain't one: This game is the least of our worries. Let's talk about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who thinks he can turn gay people straight. Or genius Rick Scott, who can't take ownership of six inches of rain in Miami to ensure fewer floods for citizens during hurricane season. I almost forgot the Trayvon Martin case. A videogame is last on our list. Phillip Roffman

Premature writer: Evidently, Terrence McCoy never had to fully play Hotline Miami to understand that making an article about videogame violence is also an easy sale.

If he had finished the game, he would've bitten his own tongue with his argument. DNTXSMT

Fiction naiveté: What a waste of time you are. So you are saying creators of a videogame didn't do enough research about the profound history of Miami? Hilarious. Good thing anyone who's not insane won't mistake a videogame for a documentary about what happened there. Heard of fiction before? Gregory Jourdan

Monstrosity Center

Handout ho!: Regarding the construction of the soon-to-be tallest building in Miami ("Skyscraper Madness," Chuck Strouse, November 14): When a hurricane blows One Brickell City Centre away, the billionaires will want the government to reimburse them for their stupid decision. Takuan Yamato

Blight and Brickell: If you were to tell me that this leviathan was to be erected on Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables, away from blight and the ghetto, OK. But bringing high-end stores from Bal Harbour to Brickell? Stay tuned. Phil Ramirez

Honest question: Will the soil be able to handle the building? I was under the impression you couldn't build above 40 stories. Mibalz Ezhari


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