I have always admired Tom Tomorrow, but his strip on Alan Greenspan [September 26–October 2] is truly brilliant—so much so that I think the Voice should nominate him for a Pulitzer Prize. In six squares, he pinned down (almost) every flaw, every distortion, every self-serving statement that the "Great Man" ever made. Please nominate him, and let me know if I can do anything to start this process. Also, let's evacuate our troops from Iraq now!

Polly Feingold


Wayne Barrett's cover story 'North by Northwest to Albany' [October 3–9] uses a cute double-meaning title. However, if I'm not mistaken, Albany is further east than New York City, according to a few websites I consulted. I believe your idea was that Eliot Spitzer was running from New York City to Albany. What's your opinion on this point?

Brook Whitman


Re Gustavo Arellano's 'Special Half-Breed Edition' [September 19–25]: Ask a Mexican!? Come on! No native speaker of Spanish would ever say "muchos many responses," since muchos already means "many."

Bruce Shaffer
Pikesville, Maryland


Rob Harvilla, "presumably" from his article 'Why Can't This Be Love?' [September 26–October 2] on Van Halen, is nothing more than a pompous, self-absorbed windbag. He has no business trying to figure out why thousands of people want to go and see Van Halen, any more than I'm going to waste more of my time trying to read what he thinks is an amusing and clever (not) take on what he thinks he saw and can interpret at the concert. Blah, blah, blah—get over yourself!


Harvilla's article on Van Halen was dead on the money. It's an accurate description of the history of the group that hones in on the feelings of Van Halen fans since losing Roth in '85. Harvilla pretty much summed it all up in one short, terrific article.

Doug Potvin
Via E-mail


Rob Harvilla's 'Jovial Metalheads on the Open Sea' [September 5–11 ] on Clutch is badass—it hit the nail right on the head. I'm interviewing Neil Fallon for a Worcester publication this week, and I've been doing all the research I can. Being a ginormous Clutch fan myself, this particular writer really caught the essence and energy of Clutch—from writer to writer, I extend my praises on a job well done.

Jillian Locke
Via E-mail


I read Chloé A. Hilliard's story 'Xenu Goes Uptown' [September 12–18] about Scientology in Harlem and I don't think there are many stories that come close to being as unprofessional as this one when it comes to fact-finding and reporting objectively. It is obvious that this is yet another attempt by the drive-by media to try to discredit what is otherwise a very contributive and valuable member of our society—especially to try to turn one belief against another by writing how L. Ron Hubbard spoke of Christ in a bad manner, which is also not factual. If you want to sell newspapers or increase circulation, research why the Church of Scientology is so often attacked and by whom. When you discover whom the church is hurting by helping people, then you will find out where the attacks originate from. Until then, stop contributing to that which hurts our communities and start helping those who are actually trying to help create a better future for everyone.

Rodney Troncoso
Hollywood, Florida


Thank you for Nat Hentoff's story on the NYPD 'Protecting Police Against Complaints,' [October 3–9]. I am very familiar with Nat's writing on national and international issues, but it is impressive to see that he is current on local matters as well. And no, I am not his mother.

Frances Lynch
Duxbury, Massachusetts


Re Christian Viveros-Fauné's 'Kid's Nation' [September 26–October 2]: I wanted to make a minor correction to Viveros-Fauné's mention of my work. Most of the paintings were executed on custom-made wooden supports, though a few were done on store-bought stretchers. This would appear a minor point, but when one's work is scrutinized and written about, as mine was, it does tend to bring into question one's competence in making critical judgments when the particulars regarding works of art do not seem to be very carefully appraised.

Dana Frankfort


It's high time I paid my compliments to Voice contributor Alexis Soloski, whose witty summaries of current Broadway and Off-Broadway offerings have become one of my favorite features in your paper. Maybe Soloski should try writing a play. I bet she could write a better one than most of the ones that she writes about.

Richard Fried


Re Louisa Tucker's 'You Don't Know Jack: The Stunning Comeback of Electroshock and Other Harrowing Treatments for the Mentally Ill' [September 10-17]: I'm a little bit dismayed by Colleen Kelly's belief that there exists some kind of biogenetic cure for the elimination of depression. What I find even more troubling are the so-called experts who have convinced her that such a thing is possible so they can have a willing guinea pig to experiment on. As long as there is poverty, homelessness, unemployment, war, racism, etc., there will always be depression. We may be able to enhance our capacity to cope with depression, which is a good thing—but I think it both foolish and dangerous to propose that we can eliminate and abolish depression. Is there a biogenetic cure for the elimination of hatred, racism, lying, stealing, and killing? I wonder how many willing guinea pigs the experts would need?

David Gonzalez

Thank you for putting out the truth about psychiatry's exploitation of sad cases. Dr. Lisanby's comment on the failure of VNS ("It's a mystery—we simply don't know") and Dr. deLotbiniere's comment on DBS ("It is not understood how DBS works") sum it up.

Gloria Gervais
Unity, Maine

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