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Clifton Wellman
Elmhurst, New York


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Re James Ridgeway's "Bad Seeds" [Mondo Washington, February 5-11]:

It appears that vegans (and all obsessively health-conscious individuals for that matter) may now be profiled as "agro-terrorists," or food saboteur suspects.

Ridgeway states that FBI special agent Jerry Lyons warned farmers at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation convention to "keep an eye out for guys who adamantly oppose the drinking of milk or object to genetically modified food."

So if you're a vegan or raw-foodist, the FBI probably has a file on you for their weapons of mass destruction counter-measures unit.

Good luck if you also happen to look Middle Eastern.

Bill W. Mejia
Rego Park


PERFECT SOUND FOREVER

Re "Top 10 Plus" [2002 Pazz & Jop Poll, February 12-18]:

Sorry Wilco and Beck are just too uncool for your ultrahip sensibilities: Two records that don't have the manufactured "roughness" of the Strokes, the Hives, and company, but rather a real emotional roughness that is a little too uncommon these days in popular music.

Keith Harris commented that "maybe [Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Beck's Sea Change] wouldn't be so boring if they were a little less perfect." Yeah, I really hate it when records are perfect. Fortunately, most of the other critics disagree.

Ben Waters
Prospect Heights

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