Mario Mazzoni

Jarrett Murphy replies: Neither the importance of area residents or businesses nor the sentiments of community members go unacknowledged in my article. The piece describes the uncertainty facing area tenants. It discusses at length the importance of manufacturing to the neighborhood and the city, mentioning more than a dozen businesses in the project footprint. And it gives the final word to a Columbia opponent. Mazzoni's problem ought to be with Columbia's proposal, not the Voice story on it.

Quit bitching

In Rob Nelson's "Fahrenheit 2050" [May 24–30] the Voice seems to be embarking on a mission to belittle An Inconvenient Truth. This mission, however, seems largely a sad, deplorable attempt to excuse its own role in creating the huge problem by its unwillingness to confront those advertisers whose lousy products caused these problems in the first place. How about, just once, rather than finding a reason to shrink from a problem, the Voice actually provides assistance to dealing with the problem: Global warming is not "their" problem, it's ours. Hell, the ground under the Voice's office will be underwater if we can't do something to reduce warming. Stop whining that Gore didn't leave himself out and start celebrating that he's the only one with the balls and focus to produce a well-documented discussion of the world's biggest potential horror. The Voice should be encouraging readers to see Inconvenient Truth for the information that it conveys not turning them off to it just because Al Gore isn't the male equivalent of Katie Couric.

Andrew Mark

No laughing matter

Re Michael Atkinson's review of The Da Vinci Code ["Louvre Story," May 24–30]: I take strong issue with Atkinson's referral to Christian belief as "risible." That is inappropriate, intolerant, and unacceptable. You don't refer to people's religious beliefs as being laughable, no matter how little you share their faith. The fact that Atkinson is paid to give his critical opinion is no excuse.

Elaine Baker
Citrus Heights, California


In Ed Halter's "Festival Excess," Dave Ratzlow was incorrectly identified as the director of the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Ratzlow is the festival's director of programming. Marco Ursino is its executive director.

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