Remember the Alamo story
Re Maria Luisa Tucker’s ‘Barely Legal’ article about evangelist Tony Alamo [May 14-20]: You have done a spectacular job with this report of a true modern-day monster. Thank you.
No-no in Soho
Re Chloé A. Hilliard’s ‘Deep South of Houston’ [Runnin’ Scared, May 7-13]: The Soho Alliance is absolutely making its argument based on race. The idea that Gayle is not an African-American because she was born in Barbados is absurd. Every African-American in this country, born here or elsewhere, faces the same prejudices. Bigotry still continues and we as a society have a lot to do to eliminate future acts of discrimination like this.
The fact that the Soho Alliance could prevent this couple from adding a culturally diverse restaurant to Soho is a disgrace. The fact that our local and state officials have allowed this to go on for three years is even more sad.
A throwaway line
Re Rob Harvilla’s ‘The Gospel According to Dolly Parton’ [May 7-13]: You love her so much. But no one is trash. Really. Stop calling her that.
Searching for answers
Re Sean Gardiner’s ‘Missing in Action’ [May 7-13]: This is a brilliant article—so well-written, gripping, and tragic. It makes me want to become a private detective. In the end, though, is it racism or is it the fact that she fits into the runaway category? Did the police search harder for the other woman because not every day does the wife of a doctor disappear? I think a heinous crime was committed, and racial bias is a good way to look into the issue, but it’s not going to hold up in court.
What will it take for the city government and our mayor to stand up and recognize that there is a major racial problem in the police department? This city’s magic comes from diversity across racial, class, and ethnic lines.
I’m particularly appalled at the response of the NYPD to the case of the white woman, the sociopathic response of the friend who saw Romona Moore in the basement, and Detective Carey. Do these people not have consciences?
Man‘s search for meaning
Re Scott Foundas’s ‘Iron Man, Mighty Avenger’ [April 30–May 6]: Quoting from your review: “More than once in Iron Man, you get the feeling the actor may have seen, in Tony Stark, a serio-comic surrogate for his own very public rehabilitation.” This is the kind of ridiculous, overly academic snobbery that makes me rarely read movie reviews from the Voice anymore.
It’s a movie based on a comic book. There’s nothing so profoundly deep here.
Copping an attitude
I agree with every line of Voicer Marc Wontorek’s letter to the editor [May 14-20] concerning the irony about the Romona Moore case. The only thing that you left out was that the story [‘Missing in Action,’ May 7–13] was written by notorious police hater and rabble-rouser Sean Gardiner. I have written several letters to the Voice, most published, about his insensitivity and hate for the NYPD. What if Sean Gardiner writes something positive about those who put their lives on the line for us? Would the Voice publish it? Probably not, because there’s no controversy involved.
Also, the part in Wontorek’s letter about Al Sharpton was perfect! They should have thrown away the key when they locked him up at the Sean Bell protest.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 20, 2008