Letters for July 5-11, 2007

Two-Way Corruption

Is briber cleaner than bribee?: When is this lawyer Chris Roberts being brought up on federal charges (¨In the Bag,¨ Bob Norman, June 28)? Bribing a judge to get court-appointed cases sounds illegal to me. How much did he make from his bribery of the judge? You have to be kidding me. This guy should be arrested. Is he still an attorney?

Name withheld by request

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Heavy Petting

A hot time in the old town:The Heavy Pets are my new favorite band (¨Groove Junkies,¨ Lee Zimmerman, June 28). Out with the old, in with the new! Who is the redhead? I would love some red in the bed. C U Guys at the next show!

Name withheld by request

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Borsht Belting

The Russian idea of having fun: I´m trying to figure out why Marya Summers was vilifying all the people in her article about Java Moon Cafe (¨Soviet Block Party,¨ June 21). Her innuendos were both untrue and hurtful. When she implied these women were ¨Russian hookers,¨ we have a real problem, one that borders on slander. For your information, the brunette in the curve-hugging dress happens to be an engineer. The Paris Hilton ice skater is a doctor. The Mr. Clean/Daddy Warbucks look-alike is not a crime boss but happens to own a butcher shop in town. They don´t need to earn a living hooking, as was implied. The others here I could go on and on about, but let´s just say they are housewives, professionals, mothers, and, much to Ms. Summers´ displeasure, beautiful. They can´t help that, and they also love to dress up and look nice. It´s a Euro thing and nothing to be ashamed of. I can see why Ms. Summers wanted to trash these woman and try to bring them down to her level. They are bright, accomplished, gorgeous; they love life and live it to the fullest. Some have left everything they ever knew in the world and came here for a better life. Does she have a problem with that? They don´t hurt anybody. The don´t use drugs as she implied. They just love to dance. Why? Because in their former country, it doesn´t cost anything to dance, and when you have no money, it´s hard to do anything else. They barely drink and can sip one drink for the entire evening; they learned that too in Russia, because they could barely afford to purchase one drink. So where is it written that it´s a crime to look good, dress well, and enjoy yourself?

James Viscio

Palm Beach Gardens

I love Paris in the summer:It is very unfair to call all Russian women ¨hookers,¨ based solely on the way some of them dress and dance. And then run around the place trying to interview everyone, hoping to get some advocates of their own opinion or make themselves feel better. Comparing one of the girls to Paris Hilton means she looks beautiful and it´s just that. There is some jealousy, I sense. Try to be more positive about life and everyone in it, relax, and perhaps enjoy something different.

Name withheld by request

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Answering your own questions:Why do American men marry Russian women? The writer asked that question of one girl´s husband. This is why. We don´t waste our time badmouthing or writing articles about American women or any other women, trying to prove the point. We perfectly blend in, learn the language, respect and love the country we are in, and love our husbands. We have jobs, pay taxes, and manage to look hot. Perhaps she should take a trip to Russia for her own ¨attitude adjustment.¨

Name withheld by request

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Nyet to all of that:The fact that the Russian girls dress nice and sexy is a part of their culture. Having been to Russia and the Ukraine, one would be amazed at the quality of the classy women. Walking down the street in a small village, one can view a woman who should be strutting her stuff on the Champs élysées. I spoke directly with the writer of this article, and she misquoted our conversation. RAP? My wife is a beautiful Russian, a beautiful American (citizen), and a Princess. Why was this comment presented to be derogatory? Where do you get off saying you extend your sympathies for my bad luck? Get yourself some new clothes, streak your hair, and get some curves, girl!

Name withheld by request

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Now observe tongue in cheek:I can´t for the life of me figure out why people are criticizing this article. I can´t find anywhere in the article where the author seems to be criticizing anything other than her own naiveté about the culture. Certainly she does it satirically, but I can´t imagine that all Eastern European immigrants have absolutely no idea what sarcasm is. In any case, I think you´ll find that Marya Summers is not your enemy. In fact, you probably have no enemies. Don´t go around creating them. You´ll find it makes life a lot easier. I actually really enjoyed the piece. Keep it up!

Trevor Fraser

Orlando

 
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