Letters: March 25, 2009

Run and gun

Re Graham Rayman's 'Power Ball' [March 18–24]: Great story. More parents, coaches, and recreation people should read this story to see how out of control the world of amateur basketball has become.


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Rod and reality

Re Wayne Barrett's story about Bradley Tusk, 'Bloomberg's Dark Night' [March 11–17]: The one thing that makes me suspicious is that everyone in Illinois seemed to know how corrupt the governor was. I don't know what to make of people who were actually working for him this closely. After reading this article, I, who am a Bloomberg supporter, really question his judgment.


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One and the same

Re J. Hoberman's review of Michel Auder's The Feature [Film, March 18–24]: You say that "Auder's life is more interesting than his art." Mr. Auder's life is his art—and his art is his life. This is a concept that seems hard for the critic to understand.

Clayton Patterson

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Seeing red

Re James Lieber's 'What Cooked the World's Economy?' [January 28–February 3]: Apologies for the lateness of this comment, but being a Brit living in Britland, I do not normally read the Voice. I have just had this article sent to me, and I have to say it is one of the best explanations I have read.

It was quite difficult to read because of the constant rising of red mist and the voices in my head saying things like, "firing squad," "walls," "revolution," and "systemic failure." I would like James L.'s take on where he sees this all ending up.

Harry Campbell

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Oh, dear. It really is quite discouraging, isn't it? In Canada, over the past 15 years, we have experienced great pressure from the banks to "de-regulate" them so they may take advantage of the rapidly growing world market. Luckily, our prime ministers (liberal, not conservative) rejected these pressures. Thus, no bank failures or bailouts in Canada.

Bill J.

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Well, what can I say? Thanks, America, for screwing over the world once more. Is America still the beacon that Europe should follow? Think not!


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Guilted Lily

Re Rob Harvilla's 'On the Bad-Sex Revenge Fantasies of Lily Allen' [February 18–24]: Rob, you are so cute! And such a man at that, to assume that a woman can go through life without continuously having bad experiences in bed. I'm all "you're responsible for your own orgasm" and everything, but not everyone is at the same place.


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Liver and let liver

Re Sarah DiGregorio's 'The Right Stuff' [February 18–24]: Bravo. I have to admit I cringed a little to see the Voice doing an article on foie gras. But what a pleasant surprise to find that the reporting actually cut through the sanctimonious nonsense that we're usually force-fed with respect to this topic. One hopes that whoever else is bringing trivial lawsuits would be smacked with penalties and forced to compensate the farmers' legal expenses.


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Hooray for Gitmo

Re Tim Elfrink and Jesse Hyde's 'Guantánamo's Final Days' [February 25–March 3]: Why are the terrorists and the detainees who were arrested because of war crimes now the victims? The soldiers at Guantánamo are professional and doing a job that most of us could not do. My husband and I were privileged to meet them when we went to the trials in late November 2008.

These terrorists are proud to have harmed America. They have vowed that, if given the opportunity, they will strike again. What is wrong with the public and the press that their intentions are not clearly understood? We must make every attempt to protect ourselves. If that means incarceration for the many detainees, then so be it.

Maureen Santora

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