The culture of news is changing, and perhaps a "column" is the wrong place to figure out what those changes mean. If a school board falls in Brownsville, does anyone hear? If news under the Giuliani regime is managed, who manages the managers? Thumbsucking isn't going to begin to answer any of those questions.

Back in the days when he was passionately interested in city politics, Ledbetter was a gifted reporter. I wish him luck in the transition from columnist to normal life.

D.D. Guttenplan
London, England

Comic Relief

Tom Tomorrow for President!

His comic strip on the cover of the September 29 Village Voice, as well as his strip which appeared inside that issue, were brilliant--among the best he's ever done.

His is the only sane voice I've heard through all of this.

Jem Aswad

Mystery Car

In his review of Touch of Evil ["Jokers Wild," September 15], J. Hoberman refers to Charlton Heston driving a " '57 Impala down Windward Avenue."

There is no such thing as a 1957 Impala. From 1955 to 1957, Chevrolet made the Bel-Air. In 1958, they offered the Bel Air Impala. Good reception caused Chevy to begin a separate Impala series in 1959.

J. Dylan Fowler
Erie, Pennsylvania


David Kihara, David Shaftel, and Nicole White were inadvertently not credited for research assistance on Wayne Barrett's article "Pataki's Pap" in last week's issue.

Miller Service

A Buddhist memorial service celebrating the life of longtime gay and AIDS activist Joseph G. Miller, who died on September 12 of complications of AIDS, will be held on Sunday, October 11, at 4 p.m. at the Soka Gakkai International-USA New York Culture Center, 7 East 15th Street, Manhattan.

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