Letters from the Issue of October 4, 2007

Plump Is Perfect

Stop with the anorexia already: "Fat Chance" by Amy Guthrie (September 27) was a surprising yet refreshing look into the desires of homosexual men — a topic that does not get exposure in most of the mainstream media. While reading it, even as a heterosexual woman, I found this piece empowering. The standards of beauty that Americans feel pressure to uphold are many times unattainable. Focusing on the heavier homosexual male as a desirable (sex) object affirms that beauty comes in different packages. Thank you so much for promoting equality and physically realistic appearances. Now if only we could get something published that promoted a healthy female self-image!

Chloe Dolandis

Via e-mail

The Prosecution Rests

But it really should have been quoted: I am surprised the trial prosecutors were not interviewed for Joanne Green's September 27 feature story, "Justice Severed." Perhaps they might have seen things (like the actual facts) somewhat differently than a private investigator hired by the defense.

I was chief of major crimes for the State Attorney at the time. Obviously we presented evidence that 12 jurors and lots of subsequent judges found proved guilt beyond and to exclusion of every reasonable doubt.

Just a thought — in case you want to be accused of unbiased reporting.

Abe Laeser


Bad Cop, Good Cop

You think Timoney was bad: Tamara Lush's September 20 feature story, "John Timoney, America's Worst Cop," was great! I am glad someone will take the risks necessary for evil not to triumph! Good cops get removed from the system while the bad ones get promoted in life.

How funny that Chief Donald Warshaw, who fired me, was federally indicted and sent to prison.

Ed Figueroa

Murphy, North Carolina

No stone unturned: I found no real evidence in "John Timoney, America's Worst Cop" that would justify firing the Miami Police chief. The story puts the city to shame. As a city employee, I believe New Times did not consider the rules, policy, and regulations of city business.

I reject claims that Timoney is bad. He has a long history of respect, professionalism, and a good attitude.

Is it a crime for the chief to have class? You consider him the worst cop for staying at upscale hotels and/or dining well. The media need to report on crimes and how they relate to the citizens.

In fact no sergeant, lieutenant, or major has the authority to change reports or stats. The Miami Police Department has a long history of corruption, and Timoney is much better. Let's help our brothers, not stone them down.

Jacqueline Exceus

Via Web commentary

A cheesy stake in Philly: I am a former resident of Philadelphia and lived there when John Timoney was the commissioner. Tamara Lush's article elicited a "so what?" response from me when she attempted to link his not being in Miami with not being effective. She made no attempt to capture the good that Timoney did in Philadelphia and how Miami has benefited from his leadership.

However, if Ms. Lush's article results in Timoney getting fired, please send him back to Philadelphia. The price of the ticket will be about $150, which I am sure she would agree to pay. Oh, I must remind Ms. Lush that the conferences Timoney attends also include other high-ranking cops.

My recommendations to your newspaper: (1) Do a better job editing and (2) stop letting one voice speak for a community that appreciates the fine work of its police force.

Neil Weissman

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Check out these bad cops!: It is apparent that Tamara Lush has not done her homework diligently. Chief Timoney can do no worse than fourth worst cop in America — after George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Ken Jenne (the soon-to-be-convicted Broward sheriff). After a more qualitative investigation, a winning bet would be Timoney's falling completely off the "worst 100 cops" chart. It's homework time, Ms. Lush.

Phillip Johnson III

Stop Wine-ing

And start dining: Chef Pascal Oudin and the entire team at Pascal's thank Lee Klein for the extremely positive review, "The French Perfection," September 20.

We are working hard to provide our guests with very consistent quality, one of the biggest challenges in our field. We took note of Mr. Klein's comment about the bread and are looking into some options to improve it.

We would like to point out that our wine list pricing is not exactly the usual, particularly compared to our colleagues in South Beach. We favor an extremely reasonable markup, and we use a sliding scale that makes the most expensive wines even more attractive.

Patrick Gruest Desneige, general manager, Pascal's on Ponce

Coral Gables

Tigers Kill

So stop givin' 'em kitty treats: Letter writer Ronald Rickey is misguided in his claim, after reading Calvin Godfrey's September 13 feature story, "Cat People," that tigers can be safely tamed. Recently a tiger mauled and seriously injured a San Francisco zookeeper. In British Columbia a captive tiger mauled and killed its keeper, and a six-year-old girl died after a tiger from a zoo in China attacked her. And who could forget the incident with entertainer Roy Horn during his Las Vegas show?

Tigers are wild animals and need to be left in the wild. They are fully capable of killing and eating their handler at any time. You can never get the wild out of a tiger. There is no such thing as a tame wildcat. They are predators. If you believe wildcats can be tamed, I suggest you call Roy Horn and find out how he's doing. Keeping tigers in captivity is not only stupid, but also cruel to these big cats.

Gilbert Schwartz


Those Were the Days

You got it right: Compliments to Janine Zeitlin for the article about Humberto Aguilar ("Crime and Misdemeanor," September 6). As soon as I opened to that page, I immediately recognized him. Many people in South Florida have no idea the way things were 25 years ago. Miami and in large part the tri-county area were shaped by individuals and events from those times. I came into the business as Humberto was leaving, except we were on opposite sides of the fence. Once again, great job on the article. It was a pleasurable read.

Michael Hearns


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