Letters 6.11.08

Bronx jeer

Re Tom Robbins's 'Catch Me If You Can' [June 4–10]: Kudos to Robbins's exposé of Bronx councilman Larry Seabrook's shenanigans and current criminal investigation. Seabrook gives new meaning to playing the race card when he says: "Somebody [read: white establishment] has criminalized all black elected officials."

That this scoundrel Seabrook, who has betrayed blacks and his constituents, floats this malarkey is proof that he's a self-centered reprobate. However, Bronxites keep re-electing him and, therefore, are getting what they deserve. Unfortunately—and not just in New York, but countrywide—collective blacks call it "black progress" to replace a corrupt white official with a corrupt black official. Weep not for them, Malcolm X.

Clyde Lenny Dinkins

Irvington, New Jersey

Picture framing

Re Maria Luisa Tucker's 'Doing Right, Keeping Quiet' [June 4–10]: Low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth of color face hostility, violence, and mistreatment everywhere—at home, at school, on the street, and in juvenile-detention facilities. What a tragedy to see our kids victimized and sensationalized yet again by the Voice.

The illustration you printed—depicting a detained transgender youth as an angry half-male/half-female monster—pandered to every vicious stereotype out there. The state's Office of Children and Family Services is finally taking the needs of vulnerable children seriously; it's a shame the Voice couldn't do the same.

Susan Hazeldean

Project Director

Peter Cicchino Youth Project

Urban Justice Center


Burma save

Re Nat Hentoff's 'Sovereign Evil' [June 4–10]: Thank you, Nat Hentoff. Your impassioned plea for intervention to prevent the military junta in Burma from causing the deaths of countless thousands more is a welcome alternative to the weak-kneed response of those for whom "responsibility to protect" has a narrow enough meaning to leave mass-murdering maniacs untouched.

Burma's illegal government of cynical, self-serving rulers abandons its long- suffering people to a living nightmare. The brave uprising of monks and citizens last fall failed when the military simply ran them over, sometimes literally. It was a haunting repetition of a similar failed uprising decades ago, in 1988. We are all collaborators in the sorry tragedy that is contemporary Burma when we sit idly by and do nothing but wring our hands.

Janice Williamson

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Git it straight!

Re Marc Ferris's 'The Grand Ole Opries of Brooklyn' [May 28–June 3], quick fact-check: We've been playing country at Hank's Saloon for over seven years, not four. I know I was the first person to ever play there, as Leon Chase and many others will attest. And WTF is all the real- estate crap about? Write about the bands! There's a lot out there you missed: the Defibulators, the Newton Gang, the Dixons, etc.

Sean Kershaw


Our misstake

Two mistakes in the May 28–June 3 Voice: First, in Michael Musto's 'Revival of the Fittest,' Shuler Hensley does not play the title role in Young Frankenstein; he plays the monster. (It's a common error: A lot of people think that Boris Karloff played the title role in the movie Frankenstein, when, of course, it was Colin Clive.) Second: Lynn Yaeger misspelled the name "Bowery Lane Theater." As every true New Yorker should know, it's the Bouwerie Lane Theatre—or it was.

By the way, I loved Yaeger's comical put-down of Sex and the City ['Death in the City,' May 14–20], but I still plan to see the movie anyway!

Richard Fried


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