By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Khalling All Cars
Re your coverage of the Million Youth March:
I was disheartened by the excessive show of force by the New York Police Department. It was unnecessary and disrespectful to the youth who came together in search of guidance. While Khallid Muhammad's fiery rhetoric may not appeal to everyone, the youth had a right to hear it and decide for themselves. They did not deserve a police force primed for a riot.
What message did your mayor wish to send? His actions make me question his commitment to improved race relations in New York.
Re Peter Noel's article "Rage Against Muhammad" [August 25]:
In all the recent coverage regarding the black Hitler Khallid Muhammad, one thing stands out. The Jewish Defense Organization and its leadership rallied loudly and clearly with one powerful demand: ''Arrest Khallid Muhammad."
The fact is that even before his anti-Semitic, anti-white, anti-police riot, Muhammad was already making some very heavy threats to start a pogrom in Crown Heights. The JDO was the first Jewish group to rally both at City Hall and in Rego Park, Queens--the scene of a recent vicious bias attack and beating of a Jewish woman from Uzbekistan by four young black anti-Semites, possibly inspired by Khallid Muhammad's message of hate.
Currently, the JDO has launched a campaign to get all those Jews and non-Jews who give money to the American Civil Liberties Union to cut off every penny and quit. It was the ACLU and its head fool, Norman Siegel, who went to bat for Khallid Muhammad to get his permit for the recent anti-Semitic, so-called ''Million Youth March'' in Harlem. (Let it never be forgotten how the vile ACLU defended the neo-Nazis' attempts to get a permit to march in Skokie, Illinois, in 1978.)
Without a doubt, if the police had not used force, then G-d forbid there would have been riots triggered all over New York City, especially in such bastions of liberalism as the Upper West Side, where Norman Siegel lives, and perhaps the suicidal ideas of men like Siegel and other self-destructive Jews who make a career of defending our enemies would have gone up in flames.
Jewish Defense Organization
Sasha Frere-Jones's "Words Worth" [September 15] was one of the best articles I've read about the rapper Canibus. His attack on the mike has me addicted. The only thing I doubt is his knowledge of the body. It is extensive but lacks clarity. Canibus's street knowledge is better than most, but as a chiropractic student, I feel his science and anatomy skills could be slightly improved.
Even though his new album lacks the vicious attitude he displayed on mix tapes and other artists' albums, his metaphors bring me back to the times when Rakim was tearing down the speakers in my house. If Canibus gets a strong producer/DJ--like Premier or even DJ Evil Dee--he might take rap to another level.
Paterson, New Jersey
"The River Wild" [August 25] leaves me wondering where wild Guy Trebay wandered and why it took him three days (and three changes of footwear) to cover ''190 blocks from Battery Park City to the George Washington Bridge."
In my book, Walking the Hudson, Batt to Bear, reviewed in the Voice by Karen Cook, I describe how anyone can walk along the Hudson from the Battery to the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge, with or without a Hudson River Park. It is an exhilarating trek that takes five to six hours.
Regarding Westway--that ''benighted scheme to plunk a superhighway on 200 acres of riverside landfill''--Trebay says it was defeated in the mid 1980s by ''community advocates and environmentalists, chief among them the saintly Marcy Benstock.'' Actually, a petulant federal judge killed it. If Westway had been planned to be built in and not on top of landfill, we would most likely have a five-mile park similar to Battery Park, under which traffic moves in tunnels so that their noises and fumes are contained. Instead, we will have a smaller riverside park from Chambers Street to 59th Street.
Yes, Guy, the Hudson is in better shape than it was 50 years ago. It is much cleaner because of the container revolution, the deindustrialization of the river, and the $40 billion spent on sewage treatment plants. Not only that, but there are probably more plants and fish in the river now than when Henry Hudson sailed in 1609. This productivity is caused by the tens of millions of people living in the Hudson drainage basin who contribute their fertilizing urine--making the phytoplankton smile.
Trebay's phrase ''landscapes are fictions'' is true. Most of what we see along the shore was created by humans, not nature. And yet I find shorewalking beautiful, natural, and fascinating. We all want parks. Shorewalkers, an environmental and walking group, has been fighting for shore parks along Manhattan for 16 years. I hope to see some semblance of an ''emerald necklace'' around this rocky island before I die.
Cy Adler, President
Re Michael Feingold's "Another Bow" [September 15]: As the Artistic Director of the Chekhov Theatre Ensemble, it has been my experience that theaters spend little time discussing what their audience needs, as Feingold stated. I vividly remember participating in a roundtable discussion in which several artistic directors discussed their seasons, and not once did anyone mention the audience.