Greg Carr
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Shades of colonialism

Re Naomi Pabst's "Black and White and Read All Over" [February 1–7]: Here's my take on why that nice flight attendant thought Pabst was Italian: I'll bet Pabst was dressed more fashionably than the usual American tourists. Was she wearing no-wrinkle slacks, preferably pastel, and generic running shoes? A fanny pack? Was she moving in a herd of similarly attired folk? Probably not. This will come as no surprise to Pabst, but it might be worth reminding U.S. readers that Italy had a brief bout of colonialism: Ethiopia. So, there are some very elegant Italian ladies walking around with distinctly Ethiopian features.

Mary O'Keefe Kellogg
Prévessin-Mo France

Art works

I would like to thank Jennifer Gonnerman for her outstanding article on the Bridge arts program ["Tuesdays With Judy," January 4–10], which I founded and continue to run. Gonnerman's own value of unhampered creativity has enabled her to understand the people in my group who are facing their demons and valuing themselves as contributors to society through art. Sensational journalism has always concerned me, but Gonnerman has always respected our privacy, has never sugarcoated anything, and has addressed the artists' growth and development. Her accurate and human portrayal of the group and the Bridge is what is needed today to clarify the value and beauty of art and art therapy in a creative environment like the Bridge.

Judith Raskin-Rosenthal

Conversion therapy

Re Mark Holcomb's review of End of the Spear [Tracking Shots, January18–24]: I think Holcomb missed the point of this film. It isn't a story about how "undeveloped cultures continue to require prophylactic doses of Yank benevolence in order to survive and thrive." The film is about five men who died trying to share their faith with the Waodani. It is also about five women who risked their lives to bring the same message to the people who killed their husbands. I think that Holcomb's assumption that the Waodani's conversion is a story of American ethnocentrism is a slander against these people's ability to make their own choices. What right does Holcomb have to doubt their ability to accept the message brought by these women? Who is Holcomb to tell the Waodani that their religion is only fit for white people and they should doubt it, because it wasn't their native belief?

Steve Kafkas
Wheaton, Illinois

Ungrateful liberals

Mark Fiore's animation "Welcome to Greater Georgelandia!" [January 19, villagevoice.com] is not funny and the accusations made against President Bush certainly are not true. Every point made in Fiore's animation is taken out of context. I suppose his intended audience is narrow-minded and does not think very clearly about these matters. You should be very thankful that President Bush is taking care of you extreme liberals.

Carlos Caldwell
Palm Bay, Florida

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