Letters for May 17-23, 2007

While Others Died

Give him a Purple Finger: I just read your article on the deserter ("Is He a Coward or a Hero?" by Frank Alvarado, May 3). What a pussy that guy is. I mean, seriously, who joins the Army and doesn't know there is a possibility of going to war? That has to be the lamest excuse I have ever heard. What a load of shit. This guy should not be in the same sentence as hero. He is the furthest thing from a hero. He is a coward and deserves to spend a lot more time in jail. It's people like him who are ruining this country.

Biff Zwier

Miami Lakes

Up-and-Coming Who?

Your news about Muse ain't news:Muse already has a loyal fan base that recognizes its incredible talent ("My Chemical Romance and Muse Rock Sunrise," Arielle Castillo, April 26). Lead singer/guitarist Bellamy is a modern-day Jimmy Page, with insane distortions and charismatic stage presence. I attended the concert just to see them, and it was obvious which other concertgoers were Muse fans as well — basically, anyone who wasn't a teenaged girl with black fingernails, excessive eyeliner, etc. We stayed to check out MCR, and the show was laughably cheesy... all about the gimmicks. We left after four songs, but it was worth it just to see Muse — they sounded as good, if not better, than their albums.

Name withheld by request

Via the Internet

Dam That River

It's way expensive, and it jams up Weston: Thanks for being one of the few local journalists to shed some light on this travesty that is taking place with the School Board in the process of squandering taxpayer money to overpay for raw land and fatten an already fat cat ("River of Greed," Bob Norman, April 19).

I live in Weston. My children go to school in Weston. And, yes, I firmly believe that a new high school absolutely must be built. But I cannot, for any reason, make sense of why it must be done at a cost of almost $50 million before the first shovel of dirt is moved. Especially when there are other, more viable sites available.

Mayor Hersh says that they have been "working" on this for the past three years. Is it because of lack of planning that nothing was discussed prior to three years ago? And if it has been in discussions for more than three years, then why was nothing started back then to make one of the other sites more viable?

You mention that "what Weston wants, Weston usually gets," but the fact of the matter is that there are many, many residents of Weston who are opposed to placing this high school on the Bergeron site. It makes absolutely no sense to build another high school almost next door to an existing high school.

From a personal point of view, I am adamantly opposed to this site not only because of the cost but because of the fact that I live in a community called Isles at Weston. If this school is built on the Bergeron site, it will border my community to the west, which is already surrounded by three large schools, athletic fields, and a library. This would make four schools and a library within a quarter-mile radius of our home. Between the "Friday Night Lights" of competing football stadiums and marching bands and the increase in already-impossible traffic entering and exiting our community, it would make our lives miserable.

This whole thing stinks like fish — and the residents of Broward County need to be made aware of what is happening.

Joseph Sloboda

Weston

Thai Her Down

A lot of wok-fried nothin':As I finished reading the recent review of Four Rivers Thai restaurant ("Water, Water Everywhere," Gail Shepherd, March 1), I couldn't wait to gather my friends and plan a dinner. Ultimately, we ate there. There were six of us; not a single one thought the food was anything but average. In fact, a few actually didn't like their food at all. The descriptions on the menu were amazing, but once the food arrived, it all went downhill. Now, we are talking about six people who know Thai food, with a few of us having actually been to Thailand. In a heartbeat, I would refer friends across the street to Sukho Thai, if they are looking for good Thai food, or any of the other standard Thai restaurants that litter Federal Highway. The experience was a far cry from the exceptional review you recently gave. This place puts itself in the category of most of the Las Olas restaurants, where you take very average food, small portions, decorate the plate with a few imported veggies, call it some exotic name, and sell it for three times the price it should be.

During our post-dinner poll, not a single person said he would return.

Name withheld by request

Fort Lauderdale

Kudos

New Times writer Kelly Cramer has won a Green Eyeshade Award for her investigative article "Daddy's Girl," about a wealthy hedge-fund manager who engaged in a romantic relationship with his daughter. Former New Times writer Trevor Aaronson was honored with second place for business writing for his cover story "Buy My Rock." The Green Eyeshades are sponsored by the Society for Professional Journalists for news-gathering organizations in the 11 Southern states.

 
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