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But, as Ms. Houppert pointed out in an earlier story, the Scoppetta/ Giuliani policies are so overwhelming the system that after Scoppetta's first full year in office child-abuse deaths actually went up, from 31 to 38, reversing years of decline. Sadly that trend has continued. The State Department of Children and Families indicated child-abuse fatalities in New York City rose to 46 in 1997 and 47 in 1998.

How much more of the city's version of "child protection" must New York's children be forced to endure?

Richard Wexler
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform
Alexandria, Virginia


Cracked Pavement

That Bob Mack began his review of Pavement with the admission that he is not a longtime fan of the band certainly set the tone for an interesting piece ["Pavement Comes Alive," June 29]. Ignorance can sometimes be a blessing when reviewing a band so hyperanalyzed by its fans.

I won't take umbrage with his perception of the concert. In the end, it's a very well-written piece. However, I was surprised by the number of editorial inaccuracies.

Mr. Mack concedes that he is not familiar with Pavement's oeuvre, and is thus unable to identify the first song of the set. (It was "Here," from the Slanted and EnchantedLP.) But I'd have hoped a reviewer would have gone that extra mile to get a copy of the set list. Had someone done that, Mr. Mack's perceptive reference to Pavement's Creedence Clearwater Revival influences could have been made stronger, supported by the fact that they closed their encore on all three nights with a cover of CCR's "Sinister Purpose." Truly a lost moment there.

Mr. Mack laments the fact that the band ignored "surefire crowd pleasers" like "Range Life" and "Haircut" (actual name: "Cut Your Hair"). True enough, they were missing. But again, Mr. Mack can't be held at fault for not knowing that, in the Pavement canon, "Gold Soundz," "Box Elder," and "Summer Babe" hold rather lofty positions.

And should we let it slide that the correct name of that night's sole described fiasco was "Speak, See, Remember"? Come on. That one's right on the back of the CD. I'll refrain from a cheap shot by not dwelling on the irony in Mack's eloquent description of the heavenly "Major Leagues."

Since the Voice is a serious record of rock journalism, I would encourage Mr. Mack next time to type slowly.

Adam Wisniewski
Managing Editor
Television Broadcast Magazine
Manhattan


P.S. Wonderful

Re "This School Works!" by Nat Hentoff [June 29]: Mayor Giuliani knows there are too many children being shortchanged. The principal at P.S. 110, discussed in Hentoff's column, is rare.

When will the teachers' unions, which seek to protect their interests over those of the children, understand that society has changed so much over the years that the system must make profound adjustments? Parents are more educated today about the fact that children are different. Some learn by hands-on activities, others visually. It's terribly unfair to try to fit all children into one basic format.

The whole system needs to be revamped. I went to school in Harlem, and I am no fan of Giuliani, but on this issue, the man knows what he's talking about.

Jolyn W. Walker
Milford, Connecticut Nat Hentoff replies: P.S. 110 isn't the only public school that works. But I agree that both principals and teachers' unions are a key part of why many others fail. Of 72,000 teachers, only 583 received unsatisfactory evaluations last year. Of 1100 principals, only 14 got unsatisfactory ratings, according to the June 28Daily News. There must be accountability with teeth.


Beyond Talk

As the founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, I question the imbalance in Debra DeSalvo's article "Dangerous Moves" [July 6].

There are many people who have been well served by Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and whose opinions and experiences are markedly different from those she chose to report. In our 15-year history, with up to 100,000 sessions given, I know of fewer than 10 where anyone has had any kind of unsatisfactory experience. At least one licensed psychotherapist interviewed by DeSalvo gave a glowing report of her experience of the work but was not mentioned in the article.

The recent book Beyond Talk Therapy, published by the American Psychological Association, contains a chapter on Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Dr. Daniel Wiener, the book's editor, considers it one of the groundbreaking modalities in the field of action methods. In Radical Healing, Dr. Rudolph Ballentine (a medical practitioner and well-known yogi of many years) recommends the work.

In March, at the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine conference, I gave a demonstration similar to one mentioned in DeSalvo's article. The feedback from the audience of physicians and psychotherapists was that the presentation was extremely effective, with not a single negative comment or question about the integrity of the work.

Dr. Susan Shapiro, the post- traumatic stress disorder specialist quoted in the article, will be pleased to learn that we require training for our students in the recognition of such phenomena as "transference," which unfortunately your writer didn't care enough to find out about.

Yoga means union, and includes body, mind, spirit, and emotions. I feel blessed to have been able to develop a yoga-based technology that provides a vehicle for people to experience a profound level of awareness in all of these aspects of life, using a caring and client-centered approach, and I have overwhelming evidence to support that claim.

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