By Steve Weinstein
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By Raillan Brooks
Re Sharon Lerner's article "Legal Needles: A New Law Bodes Change for Drug Users" [May 23]: I question the hallelujah from Drew Kramer, executive director of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, in response to the new availability of syringes at drugstores throughout the state.
One of the main purposes of the needle exchange is to help educate about responsible drug use. The exchange not only provides free syringes, but also education for users about the possible spread of disease through improper drug use. Exchange workers actually demonstrate how to inject properly, as opposed to the little slips of paper inserted with the newly convenient syringes. How many users will really stop and read the fine print before they inject their next high?
I stopped reading the fine print on my packs of cigarettes a long time ago.
San Diego, California
A belated thank you for Lenora Todaro's coverage of the Washington, D.C., demonstrations against the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank ["Portrait of a Protest," April 25]. The Village Voice is one of the few publications that have grasped the significance of what appears to be a growing movement that has focused on the root of so many problems in the modern world: plutocracy. The movement cut its teeth in Seattle, learned to walk in D.C., and will reach adolescence in time for the Republican and Democratic national conventions. By this time next year, the authorities may have a big, brawny protest movement on their hands.
To say that Indiana University coach Bobby Knight's basketball teams "haven't truly been successful in 13 years" [Jockbeat, May 23] is to also condemn as a failure every other team in the country that hasn't won a national banner.
Although Indiana hasn't won an NCAA championship since 1987, it won more games in the 1990s than any other team in the Big Ten. IU last went to the Final Four in 1992, and may well have gone back the following year if forward Alan Henderson hadn't hurt his knee. IU has been to the NCAA tournament 15 consecutive years. It hasn't won a Big Ten title outright in 10 years, but guess what? Illinois hasn't won a conference title outright in 48 years; the drought is 30 years at Iowa. The last five years admittedly have not been up to the high standards Knight's earlier teams established, but it's worth noting that IU beat three of this year's Final Four teams in the regular season, spent much of the year ranked in the top 20, and was the last team to beat eventual champion Michigan State. I am not necessarily saying success justifies Knight's bad behavior, but the record is more complicated than Jockbeat admits.
Re "Yo' Mama" [May 23] by Andrew Hsiao, about the Mother's Day protests by Asian and Latina garment workers in New York City: Thank you for the interesting and informative overview. Glad to see a mass medium acknowledging the efforts of small grassroots organizations.
Re Lorne Behrman's review of Primal Scream's Xtrmntr ["Punk Is Not Sexual," May 23]: I realize that this is the oh-so-"artistic" Village Voice, and we readers should expect a fair amount of self-indulgence in your reviews. But make like a bowling ball and spare us the sort of tripe that tried to pass for a review of Primal Scream's latest album. I regret to inform Behrman that the purpose of a review is to discuss the relative merits of works, not to revel in subpar sexual fantasies. Material notwithstanding, I entreat Voice reviewers to keep to the subject at hand (as it were) and save the verbal wankery for their unpublished novels.
Now that I know that by combining the faces of Clinton and Giuliani one gets Harvey Keitel ["Imitation of Bill," May 16], I can only wonder what we might get by mixing Hillary and Donna Hanover . . . Lorraine Bracco?
Tell Me, Mama
Do deceptive movie trailers constitute false advertising ["Sneaky Peeks," Michael Atkinson, May 16]? Of course they do! In my opinion, all advertising is false advertising. As I noticed a growing trend toward targeting tots with multimillion-dollar ads, I puzzled over how to explain the complicated process of media deception to my six-year-old son. I decided to simply tell him that all commercials are lies. Now whenever he sees a commercial making claims, he says, "That's a lie, isn't it, Mama?" I respond, "Of course it's a lie. It's a commercial."
In Donna Ladd's article "Living in Terror" (May 23) the action taken against a right-wing extremist who allegedly was harassing Sara Salzman, a critic of Holocaust revisionism, was incorrectly stated. A cease-and-desist letter was sent to the man in Arkansas.
A meeting of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's District Advisory Council to assess policies and procedures will be held Thursday, May 25, at 1 p.m. at 26 Federal Plaza, room 537, in Manhattan. The meeting is open to the public, but there is limited seating. Those wishing to attend should call 212-264-0736.