Reader Mail: Truth Is, Most Autographs Are Fake
Don't trust autographs: I read with interest your story about the controversy surrounding memorabilia "authenticators" ("Certifiable," Jake Rossen, March 27) because I was trial counsel for the federal government on a case generated by the FBI and Operation Bullpen some ten years ago. The counterfeiter — a Broward resident — was selling autographed memorabilia principally at South Florida memorabilia shows and through eBay. The FBI seized an entire garage full of purported fakes, some of which were allegedly signed by Ken Griffey Jr. When FBI agents showed Griffey signed articles, he indicated the items were forgeries. Three years later, as the case made its way to trial, the agents again showed Griffey the merchandise. This time around, he identified the signatures as being authentic. He was struck as a witness. Here's what I learned from that experience: If you can't get a straight answer out of the source of the autograph, how can you have any expectation of getting an accurate answer from a self-described expert? I came to conclude that unless an item is signed in your presence, it's most likely a forgery. Pay accordingly. Slainte
Not really local: How can you call French-born Cedric Gervais Miami's "hometown DJ"? ("Cedric Gervais: #Winning," Michael E. Miller, March 27). He may live here now, but how about some shout-outs to real natives like Oscar G and Jesse Perez? Alejandro Castrillon
The NFL shouldn't have to solve this problem: The matter of black men dropping the N-bomb on each other is one that should have been resolved by the black community ages ago, but it wasn't, so now the NFL finds itself saddled with something that's gotten way out of hand ("Don't Censor the N-Word," Luther Campbell, March 27). Seahawks star Richard Sherman, whose trash talk made national news this year, is a perfect example as to why the black community has been negligent in resolving the matter. Nobody seems to have the backbone to stand up and face the issue, and they don't want anyone else demonstrating any backbone to tackle it. For Sherman and all other African-American users of the term, their problem isn't necessarily with the NFL; it's with anyone who dares to try to stop them from using the N-word. Huhi3139
Afraid of this avenue: I live just two blocks from the street where local DJ SonicC was killed in a car crash, and I will support this family's efforts to save other families from experiencing losses there ("Killer Krome," Michael E. Miller, March 27). I fear for my husband's life as he takes this road to work daily. Krome is a deadly avenue that needs attention ASAP because too many lives have been claimed there. How many lives will it take? Better lighting is needed, streets must be widened, and more police presence must come to the area. ratcheldelrio
Quit driving like a moron: Night or day, drivers are speeding, talking on cell phones, texting, talking to passengers, and eating. They are the ones who cause these deadly accidents — and all it takes is a split second to cross into the other lane. Steve Lee
Modest proposal: Instead of putting all of this effort into fixing the road, let's just do away with cars altogether to save the thousands of lives lost every year in car accidents. Juan R. Pollo
Anti-improvement activist here: Nope, let's leave Krome Avenue just the way it is. I'm sorry for this family's loss. But you can't blame a lost life on a road, just on the jerk who drove irresponsibly. Do not touch Krome Avenue, because I will oppose your efforts every single step of the way with money and power you cannot bring to bear. Joseph Mazon
Don't blame the road: Krome Avenue is not the problem. It's the drivers driving irresponsibly all over Miami-Dade. Millie Santana
Don't hate on grieving families: This article was written to make individuals aware of what this young man's mother is trying to do. We are all entitled to our own opinions; however, sometimes some of those opinions should be kept to yourself, especially when it's dealing with someone's grieving heart. This woman has lost her firstborn child, and if you have never lost a child, you will never know the feeling and emptiness she is going through. She is trying to find strength within herself to keep going — and this project is her way of doing so. We each feel strongly about some sort of cause. If it's not harming you personally, why be so pessimistic and angry toward possible changes? Whatever changes may occur, you will continue to go on with your life without a skip in your step. This entire family will always be missing their son. #RIPSONICC — you are forever missed and forever loved. nik.med18
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