Letters for May 22, 2003

A classic polemic

Calandra Cobb

Fort Lauderdale

A gutsy dispatch: Trevor Aaronson's article questioning the facts surrounding the death of Charlie Osborne was an excellent piece of journalism. It has always been of interest to me that the bigger papers (guess who!) always seem to let things slide when it comes to hard-news reporting re: this "Law Enforcement Agency." Thanks for having the guts.

Ed Summers

Dania Beach

Off the Mark: I am an 18-year-old high school student in Fort Lauderdale and a long-time reader of New Times. Unfortunately, I am very disappointed in Bob Norman's piece on Congressman Mark Foley ("Out with the Truth," May 8). I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Foley several years ago, and he is an articulate and genuine politician -- a rarity these days. The article, instead of reporting facts about Foley, describes rumors and hearsay. Adults often wonder why youth are turned off by the political process; it is because of articles like this. There is already enough cynicism in Florida politics without these allegations. Broward County has serious problems, and we need serious solutions, not more of the same old politics. Why pick on a man who, whether the allegations are true or not, has not broken any laws and has served his district well? We have plenty of politicians in Broward County who have been indicted, arrested, accused of embezzling, and the like. I'm not sure about you, but I want to elect the best candidate who will work to better Florida. Why pick on Mark Foley?

Fritz Brogan

Fort Lauderdale

On the Mark: Congratulations to New Times for the article on Mark Foley. At last, someone has had the guts and integrity to talk the truth. The next thing is for Congressman Foley to show the same courage and integrity.

How are future generations of gay men and women ever to learn about self-acceptance until they have examples before them? Mr. Foley may not see himself as a Rosa Parks figure, but the impact of an out gay man running for (and maybe winning) a U.S. Senate seat would say once and for all that being gay is OK. It is just a tiny part of who a person is, and it does not mean that one cannot serve one's country and state with integrity. Mr. Foley, we are waiting. Don't let Florida down.

Paul Harris

Fort Lauderdale

In a column published May 8, Bob Norman reported that Congressman Mark Foley and his boyfriend visited Tracy Thorne's home in the Florida Keys during the early 1990s. In fact, their respective vacation properties bordered each other, and though Foley and Thorne knew each other, they met in the Keys by chance. In addition, Foley escorted Matthew Shepard's parents in Washington, D.C., not West Palm Beach.

Foundation Shakin'

Truth tellin': Excellent article about Over the Counter Intelligence ("Shakin' tha Foundation," April 24)! Thanks for getting the type of story rarely seen in South Florida. The band sounds interesting -- and hopefully we'll hear more about them. Great article.

Kristina Klein

Miami Lakes

Not previously worn: First, I want to thank New Times for the support it has given to the arts. Numerous features about events at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts have appeared, which is why I was puzzled to read Ronald Mangravite refer to the Broward Center as an "underused" art space in his April 17 article, "Pulitzer Surprise."

In actuality, the Broward Center presents more than 700 performances annually, an increase of more than 300 percent from five years ago. Recent years have also seen an increase in the number of midsized and emerging local arts groups that appear on our stages, including the International Hispanic Theatre Festival, the Acting Studio, City Theatre, the International Piano Festival of Miami, Ashanti Dance, and the upcoming Reggae Soca Awards.

We look forward to welcoming Mr. Mangravite back to the Broward Center at a future performance. Again, thank you for your continued support of the arts.

Linda Potenza, Director of Marketing

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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