Letters for June 17-23, 2004
Baked or Fried?
Stop the drunks! Chuck Strouse's June 10 column, "Half Baked," is one-sided, piece-of-shit journalism. What should emergency room employees do with people out of their mind on drugs and alcohol? Release them? This woman pulled her catheter out. Do you know what a catheter is? Would a sane person pull one out? This woman took four times the recommended dose of a medication, then followed that with seven or eight different kinds of liquor, and you want us to be mad at the hospital?
Let's put the blame where it belongs. She drank far more than she could handle. Go to the emergency room any weekend; there will be patients there who are out of control from taking too much drugs and booze. Ask any E.R. nurse, any police officer, or any nightclub bouncer. Nice person plus too much drugs and alcohol equals lunatic. The lesson to be learned here isn't that the Baker Act law is a bad law. The lesson here is: Don't get shitfaced and act all crazy. The hospital doesn't care about her money (she doesn't pay her bills anyway); the hospital cares about protecting its workers from combative drunks.
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Save the sane: I found Chuck Strouse's June 10 column on the Baker Act very compelling. Clearly, there was a gross injustice done here to a young woman who, in my opinion, didn't need to be in a psychiatric ward.
Perhaps I can write to my congressman or to Tallahassee to put an end to the abuse of that piece of legislation called the Baker Act.
Carol A. Mittleman
Screw the Gaffer's Tape Too
Miracle meat: Regarding your marvelous June 10 article on hurricane preparation ("New Times' Hurricane Guide"), I would like to offer the following suggestion that could save a countless number of lives -- Intercourse the Spam!
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A Dozen Deceits
By free weekly: It's a good cult: In Eric Alan Barton's June 3 story "Protect the Abuser," the writer hides his conscience behind quoted and unconfirmed sources. I don't have a problem with his reporting what probably is a huge problem in the Twelve Tribes. But I see that he falls for every piece of bull about the Tribe. All that does is discredit his article even if there are things he did get right. It's because of people like Barton that reporters have the reputation they deserve -- they are considered a bunch of liars and twisters of facts. No wonder the world is so screwed up. Too bad Barton couldn't get things straight; it might have really exposed the truth. I guess that's what two-bit, third-rate reporters are all about. Too bad.
Your quote: "Yoneq's whereabouts are known only to church elders, though there have been reports that he lives a lavish lifestyle in the Mediterranean."
Well, this quote is laughable. Anyone who would like to know where he is can simply call and ask. Currently, he resides in Vista, California, and has been there for a few years. As for the idea that he lives in luxury anywhere is just as silly. The Mediterranean? There isn't even a community there. He lives with those in the community and is about as humble as they get.
This claim is also about as bad as it gets. The community makes a point of buying homes that are in the heart of villages and cities. People can come visit anytime they want and stay as short as they wish or as long as they wish.
These kinds of things have been said by many for many years. So have many other things in the story. No one is "forced" into any servitude or does any kind of servitude. If Barton were to talk to anyone who lives in the tribes, he'd have a better understanding of their lives.
If there is a real problem with child molesters being covered up, it rightfully needs to be exposed. But when a writer gets even the simple things wrong, it casts doubt on the whole issue.
Save $700 million: I found Eric Alan Barton's article about Gov. Jeb Bush's enticing Scripps to locate in Florida ("The Great Slurp," June 3) to be interesting and enlightening. I was filled with enthusiasm when first hearing about this major "coup," but now I have my reservations. Thanks for opening my mind. I hope you've reached others.
And pay the teachers: In regards to "The Great Slurp": First of all, my wife teaches in Broward County. Six hundred million dollars would go a long way for all of the teachers in Florida. Jeb should know that zero teachers will vote for him or his brother. Both of their education policies stink. I wonder just how many Florida students will be able to work at Scripps (I mean public school students) other than in lawn service. All state employees should protest. After all, 3 percent doesn't cut it.
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