LETTER OF THE WEEK
Re "Gipper Gore: Responses to the Voice's Coverage of Ronald Reagan's Death" [June 16-22]: It was amusing to read the letters attacking Tom Carson's piece on Ronald Reagan's death for two reasons:
1. Who would have guessed that so many right-wing nuts read The Village Voice?
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2. The 24-hour-a-day hagiography for America's second-worst president on every channel wasn't enough for them. They still had to attack one of the few negative articles that I've seen. It's typical of the right to go insane whenever anyone dissents from the official party line.
Huntington, New York
In reading the responses to Carson's "Death of a Salesman," I noticed that most of the people who agreed with Carson gave reasons why they did not like Reagan's politics, yet those who were not in agreement with his opinion merely insulted him. Could this be because these conservatives actually have no reason to like Reagan other than the fact that he funneled even more money into their already heavy pockets while leaving millions of others out in the cold?
I was glad you gave space to those upset by your criticism of President Reagan. None of the writers dealt with specifics. Let them answer these questions:
1. Were you pleased that Reagan ran up a $4 billion national debt?
2. Did you approve of his miningagainst international lawNicaragua's harbors?
3. When hundreds of marines were killed by the bombing in Beirut, and he withdrew, did you like that response? (These days, they call it "cut and run.")
4. Are you pleased with his support of the Afghan rebels, including Osama bin Laden?
5. Are you familiar with the arguments of those who think that Reagan prolonged the existence of the Soviet Union, rather than helping to end it?
Those who supported President Reagan need to think with care about these and other matters.
Single and Voting it
Re Sharon Lerner's "Awkward Kerry, Hopeless Bush" [June 16-22]:
I wish there were more articles like Lerner's on single women and the course of the presidential election.
The problem is that married folk are still the focal point for both candidates. It seems as if their efforts to entice single women into the voting booth in November are too little, too late.
However, as a single woman, it's difficult to vote for someone like Bush, who is focusing so much on marriage bonuses and amendments.
Merion Station, Pennsylvania
Just a Thought
Re "Awkward Kerry, Hopeless Bush" [June 16-22] and Cathy Hong's "A New Voting Age for Women: 26" [June 15, villagevoice.com]:
I'm continually astounded by the willful ignorance, resigned apathy, and "What's in it for me?" attitude that pervades so much of today's nonvoting population. This attitude is not just held by young, single women but by many Americans, and these two articles should have expressed that. Men and women gripe about the guy in the White House while insisting they can't do anything about it, but then they admit they haven't really examined the alternatives. You would think that after the last presidential election it would be clear to these people that everyone's vote counts.
Why do we expect candidates to make a specific public pitch to our own demographic niches before we agree to support one of them? If we all love to complain about how "special interests" have taken over politics, then we should get out of the habit of acting like them ourselves. If you generally gravitate to one candidate's big-picture vision over the other's, then that's the candidate you go with. You may not get everything you want, but representatives are there to take care of individual needs. It's ridiculous for Lerner and Hong to make these women out to be the victims to sympathize with when it is their apathy that's the culprit.
Clamoring For Clout
Re "A New Voting Age for Women: 26":
Although Cathy Hong came up with several possibilities as to why young women do not vote, she did not say anything about the fact that women are still the small minority in positions of political power. Perhaps young women do not vote because they do not see the effects of the votes of older women. So why should they get involved in the political process in the first place?
I am proud to be a young, single woman who votes, but it took me a long time to realize that I have a say in the political process. However, I do not think women my age will be voting in large numbers until they see proof that more women can hold positions of power and affect public policy.
Remembering Jonathan Kramer
Re Kyle Gann's "Felling the Wall" [June 16-22]:
Thanks for the moving portrait of Jonathan Kramer and his important contributions, both in compositions and in texts, to how we listen to and experience music of all kinds. He will be deeply missed by many.
Solana Beach, California
Playing the Piper
Re Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Doing It With R. Kelly" [June 15, villagevoice.com]:
Thank you for the great commentary on R. Kelly, one of the biggest con artists the African American community has ever been seduced by.
My hubby and I cannot believe that many of our people continue to step blindly in the name of love with this (allegedly) pedophilic pied piper. And what makes it even more disgusting is that Kelly has tried to mask what I believe to be his guilt with this servile, Baptist-church "You Saved Me" string of songs with which he tries to gain sympathy.
The community forgives, while ignoring the dignity of its allegedly violated daughters. If black people upheld the beauty and innocence of their daughters, maybe they wouldn't be so eager to take off all of their clothes in degrading videos, or worse yet, for someone like R. Kelly. Your article was right on!
Ayesha J. Gallion
East Orange, New Jersey
Re Robert Sietsema's "100 Best Italian Restaurants" [June 9-15]:
After reviewing the list, I was surprised to not see Pinch (Pizza by the Inch) included. It's a new restaurant and pizzeria on Park Avenue South. I have eaten there several times since its opening last fall, and the meals always use the freshest of ingredients, have terrific flavor, and come in generous portions. Everyone I know who has eaten there loves it.
I was then stunned to see Piadina included on the list. Mediocre on a good day, inedible on a bad one, this has to be one of the most disappointing Italian restaurants I've ever eaten at in New York, and I've given it a few chances. Maybe it's great for cash-strapped NYU students or seniors from the Village, but certainly your writer can come up with more accurate selections next year.
This sometime (over the past four decades or so) Voice enthusiast has just read your review of the Kid Rock show by Kandia Crazy Horse ["Baadasssss," The Sound of the City, June 23-29]. Having been fortunate enough to attend a show from this tour, this 56-year-old "kid" was pleasantly surprised at the way Ms. Crazy Horse seems to have captured the spirit of Kid Rock's current reinvention of himself in a way few reviewers are able to these days.
One tires of the cookie-cutter bimbettes, boybandsand criticswho seem to be the order of the day. Legitimate or not, our self-proclaimed "Rock & Roll Son of Detroit" at least pays homage to a time I remember well, when blatant corporate self-aggrandizement would not have been tolerated by artists or fans. This mostly unreconstructed old hippie living in the heartland doubts we would have flocked to shows at Bill Graham's "Eli Lilly & Co Fillmore East." Thanks to the Voice for giving voice to reviews that show both insight and integrity.
Marissa Pareles's "Close-Up on Prospect-Lefferts" [March 26, villagevoice.com] mentions the Maple Street School. Curiously, it didn't mention other quality child care programs in this same community, most of which were present long before Maple Street. Maple Street is not truly representative of the ethnic makeup of the families in this community.
Pareles mentions that Prospect-Lefferts Gardens is a predominantly Caribbean American enclave. Maple Street School children are not part of this enclave.
The article targets only a small part of the neighborhoodthe gentrified part. I hope that in the future your articles will be more inclusive and equitable.
Owner and director, Almond
Tree Group Family Daycare
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