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The bloom is off Bloomber
Re Wayne Barrett's 'The Transformation of Mike Bloomberg' [November 19–25]: I must disagree with Barrett's ideas that Emperor Bloomberg's trashing term limits and violating democracy are a bad thing. I think it finally exposed our sleazy mayor's heretofore-secret mild-mannered fascism.
This may be Bloomberg's "Brooklyn Museum" moment, when millions of his supporters finally realize the mayor is a fraud and not the noble hero our media sold us.
Please, Mike, keep up the good work! Your hubris may eventually land you in prison like thousands of previous City Hall crooks who also thought they were untouchable.
Four more years! (Added to your prison sentence!) You begged Kerik to work with you in 2001, so maybe he can be your BFF in Sing Sing?
I think what offends me the most about his bid for a third term is his arrogance.
He has done a lot of good, yes. But how many times must the people say "term limit"? How many times must they vote and say, "No"?
Bloomberg may have helped himself and a few businesses in New York City, but I believe he's been terrible for the city. We're overrun by franchises, and nothing has been done to retain New York's creative population.
I feel like I live at the World's Fair after the party is over. We need more Bloomberg like we need more sorority girls who drink Starbucks, say "Like, oh my God!" and laugh at homeless people.
Bloomberg is an elitist jerk, and I can't wait to have a new mayor—one who likes sex more than money.
Re Tom Robbins's 'Sweet Soul Music: Make Obama's inauguration a people's celebration' [November 19–25]: I am just not buying into the consensus that this country has fundamentally changed overnight.
Gun sales surging to unprecedented levels, hate crimes way up—this is the same country that elected Bush twice. But what changed is the economy and the quality of the Democratic candidate. Also, 9/11 is now four more years in our past. This country has plenty of racism but is not fundamentally racist.
This election in many ways mirrored the one in 1980. The incumbent was unpopular for both his foreign policy and his economic stewardship. The challenger was a great communicator. I think if you left everything exactly the same in 1980 but changed Reagan to black, he would have won by 6 percent—not the 9 percent he did.
The euphoria about Obama bothers me because it is hard to imagine the letdown and what that might entail if the man is assassinated. While most everybody in this part of the country is still on a post-election high, my heart will stay in my throat at least until the inauguration is over.
Plaster of Paris
Re Michael Musto's 'Me and Paris Hilton: The Q&A' [November 12–18]: I've read the Voice on and off for decades, rarely skipping anything therein, but this week, I bypassed Musto's interview with Paris Hilton.
Why not an interview with Howdy Doody or even a sock puppet? Either is better-looking than (the inappropriately named) Paris and certainly would have more intelligent things to say!
Arthur D. Aptowitz
Let George do it
Regarding Robert Wilonsky's unusually kind words about George Lazenby as James Bond [Film, November 12–18]: Sadly, most film critics see Lazenby as a joke and unworthy of the Bond name. Yet this does not explain why On Her Majesty's Secret Service not only remains among the top five films, as rated by Bond aficionados, but also the most-rented of the Bond films.
In this regard, Mr. Wilonsky echoes the words spoken to me by actress Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in the first 14 films and who considered OHMSS to be the best of them: "I love it because George brought out the human side of James Bond."