By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Although I sympathize with students who feel that the money CUNY allocated to buy guns should have been used for academic programs, the 69 percent drop in crime that resulted from the creation of the school's new security force is impressive [Alisa Solomon, "Big Guns on Campus," May 11].
Anyone who claims that armed security isn't needed should consider their safety. How CUNY's security guards are deployed should be discussed, but not their elimination.
As a student at Brooklyn College, Alisa Solomon's "Big Guns on Campus" shocked me. I was not aware that in the future our security guards may be carrying guns. It is important for students to know that our tuition is funding such a policy. This is certainly not where I want my money to go.
But how does somebody who still loves to crank up "Heartattack and Vine" and "Nighthawks at the Diner" make the transition to Waits's new sound on Mule Variations?
Turntables have been an artistic presence in non-hiphop music for a while now, but I find the idea of Tom Waits crooning to a scratch rather eerie.
Reading Guy Trebay's "The Enemy Within" [May 11], I felt disgusted by the hypocrisy of the U.S. military. Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy remains one of his biggest errors in judgment. If gay people want to serve their country, they have to lie about an essential aspect of their being, yet heterosexuals are free to taunt and harass at will. How can you expect gays to survive under the pressure of having to hide who they are?
Braunstein is correct in stating that "the next Audrey" is a fallacy because no one really wants another. And even if we did, we'd be out of luck: she was one of a kind.
Regarding Guy Trebay's article "Overkill" [April 13]:
Recently, while reading an account in a local community paper about Eddie Northington's murder, I found myself thinking that his death was probably not a hate crime. I figured that the victim had just shot his mouth off one too many times in the wrong place. When I turned the page and saw Eddie's picture, I realized that I knew him! I met Eddie when I was a student at Virginia Commonwealth University. I did not know him well, but I enjoyed talking to him.
Trebay's piece in the Voice brought home to me that I had initially accepted Eddie's murder without any sense of outrage. No one deserves to die like Eddie did not for any reason.
Sharon Lerner's analysis of our nation's health-care system ["Profit and Loss," April 6] was right on the money. For 80 years, right-wing ideologues have frightened us with the bogeyman of rationing under a national health program, to the point where 44 million of us are now rationed right out of our private-market system, 30 million-plus are partially rationed, and the rest of us have to fight like hell with our health plans just to get the care we need.
The result? We spend almost twice as much per person on health care as other national health programs and we allow for-profit entities to rake off 10 to 30 percent or more for administration, slick advertising, outrageous executive salaries, and profits. Meanwhile, those of us in need suffer and die. And now they want to turn our only national health insurance program, Medicare, into a voucher scheme to feed HMO profits.
The private insurancemanaged care revolution has failed. It's getting to the point where we cannot afford to get sick anymore. But the "dirty" little secret the insurance industry doesn't want us to know is that we can do better. We can afford the best health care for everybody by instituting a universal health-care program. Representative Jim McDermott's American Health Security Act has been reintroduced in Congress, and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried's New York health bill has passed out of committee and awaits Speaker Sheldon Silver's assent for a likely positive floor vote.
The only way we're going to get out of this mess is if people demand that public officials guarantee comprehensive, affordable, quality health care for all. Enough of feeding the beast!
Mark Hannay, Director
Metro New York
Health Care for All Campaign
Fanning The Flames
Great article on the MetroStars fans at Giants Stadium [Denise Kiernan, "Among the Thugs: Who Are the Real Soccer Hooligans at Giants Stadium?" May 11]. There is nothing quite like the fan culture of soccer. It's a shame that security personnel cannot tolerate this.
As anyone who has attended soccer games overseas can attest, hearing fans chanting, singing, drumming, etc., is infinitely preferable to being in the comparatively lethargic crowds that watch American professional games. I'll take rambunctious fans over annoying, piped-in organ music and cries of "Charge!" any day.