Mac Brachman
Evanston, Illinois

I have written in before to criticize Richard Goldstein, but I must give credit where credit is due. It's about time someone in the media paid attention to the blatant inconsistencies in the Jackson and Kelly cases. Guilt and innocence aside, the way people have demonized Jackson and given Kelly a free pass says a lot about homosexual anxieties in our culture.

It also tells us something that millions of sexually abused women already know: that sexual mistreatment of women and girls is often overlooked, if not congratulated.

Lavelle Porter
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn


I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Michael Gecan's article, "Getting Better All the Time" [January 7-13]. My husband, son, and I visited your excellent city last summer, and I can vouch that we tourists, too, appreciate the improvements which have been made. We are from Iowa, and when we told our friends that we were going to NYC for our vacation, they were afraid for our safety! Well, we rode the subways and buses the whole week we were here, and not once did we ever feel afraid to ride them, even at 11:30 p.m. They were clean, new, and safe.

Congratulations to all of you for the tremendous improvements you have made in the last 20 years! I hope other American cities follow your example.

Norma J. Eiler-Bounk
Tipton, Iowa


In his Anita Mui obituary, Grady Hendrix wrote that the actress's last film was House of Flying Daggers. Her last completed film is Ann Hui's July Rhapsody (2002).

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