Letters for May 9, 2002

Watching Norman's back

David Maxwell
Pembroke Pines

Don't Cast the First StoneAfter reading about Space Hippie's experience with the police in his April 18 letter, I think it is a shame that all people of the world don't remember the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you want others to do unto you.

I hope that someone cares enough to pass this on: Don't drink, drug, or smoke; save sex for marriage; be the sex you were born; turn in the guns and sharp weapons to the local authorities; be responsible and nice. If you can't stop, go to AA, NA, etc. Let's be good Americans and make our homes, streets, schools, and the world safe as it was before WWII. Let's all get honest and learn to respect, care, and help one another and live in harmony as humans should.

This should be passed on to our president and his wife, Laura.

Rita Duggan
Deerfield Beach

He's written before, and he'll write again: In reference to Chuck Strouse's April 11 column: I could have told you the "water taxi" was a rip-off of the poor Broward County taxpayer.... Before I retired, I worked for local governments as a city planner and city manager, and I've learned one thing: Government can "piss it away" faster than anyone could imagine!

Fred Bluestone
via the Internet

New Times Broward-Palm Beach cleaned up in the 52nd Annual Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards, which were presented April 20 in Atlanta. The paper took five awards, including four first places in the weekly print category. The contest includes newspapers from 11 Southeastern states.

Columnist Bob Norman was the big winner, taking home two firsts and a third. His five-part series "Admitting Terror," which documented negligence at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, topped the non-deadline-reporting category. "Backyard Bloodbath," a two-parter on kids who hurt themselves while imitating professional wrestlers, was named best in the feature category.

Norman placed third in business reporting for a story about Delta Airlines' problems in dealing with a bomb threat. Staff writer Wyatt Olson won that category with his story about R. Donohue Peebles, which described the black developer's tendentious past.

Finally, New Times editor Chuck Strouse placed first in serious commentary for a column about anti-Cuban sentiment within the INS during the Elián Gonzalez dispute.

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