Letters May 27-June 2, 2004
But Hollywood is just dumb: Thanks for being on top of what is happening in Hollywood ("Justice Revisited," Bob Norman, May 20). Unfortunately, it seems most residents are wearing blinders and don't know what is going on. Maybe we should distribute Norman's article door-to-door and wake up the city's residents.
Via the Internet
Not throats: Nice article on Johnny Mitchell ("The Comeback Kid," Eric Alan Barton, May 13). I didn't realize the NFL was so cut-throat.
I was very surprised to learn that a guy who had already spent some time in the NFL was barely given the time of day for a tryout. I would understand if it was someone they had never heard of, but this was someone who had played in the NFL and had a pretty decent but short career.
I was impressed with Mitchell's determination to get back to something that he loves and obviously missed. But at least he knows now that he gave a great effort to get back to the big show. It just wasn't meant to be. I'm glad that he still had his family to go back to. Thanks -- I look forward to reading another one of Eric's stories.
Why not, when you live there? As I read Bob Norman's April 15 article, "Ooh, That Smell," I was distressed to see the level of corruption in the Hollywood sewage-bidding process. My company put in a bid, and our team members believe that the city advertised specifically for a process that is considered by most people technically in the know to be outmoded.
Both the Florida-N-Viro and Schwing Bioset technologies feature a process that is typically referred to as "lime stabilization," wherein lime is introduced into the sludge material to reduce the Ph factor and stabilize the biosolid material. This end product meets neither state nor federal guidelines. It is not acceptable for use as a fertilizer on food crops and does not meet Class AA standards for land application. It is, therefore, quite surprising that the Seminole Indian Tribe would ostensibly get behind this process, which will cause additional leaching of harmful runoff into the Everglades. Frankly speaking, that is the last place in Florida where you would want to dump lime-stabilized sludge.
Jeff H. Auslander
Why not? When the Chabad is polluting Hollywood? First, I would like to say "job well done" on Bob Norman's April 15 article.
But I am writing because there have been new developments at the Hollywood Community Synagogue-Chabad Lubavitch (see Undercurrents, September 6, 2001), including growing traffic and a neighborhood paying the price.
When we call the police department, they either do not show or just say there is nothing they can do. Last night, an officer came out when a car was parked in the middle of Thomas Street. The officer said there was nothing he could do because the car was not a road hazard. I kid you not -- the car was parked in a lane of traffic.
For your perusal: Regarding Eric Alan Barton's long-ago article "Shipped Off" [October 23, but still posted on our website]: Fabulous writing. I kept hanging on, waiting for the "and they lived happily ever after."
I wonder where Joe is at this moment. I wonder if he has any inkling that someone in Kentucky is concerned. I wonder if he is still holding out hope that things will get better. I wonder, I wonder, I wonder. Thanks for the story.
Dr. Charles E. Gray
Cold Spring, Kentucky
In a Personal Best entry in the "Best of 2004" issue (May 13), Carl Pacillo's name was misspelled, and the location of his club, Alligator Alley, should have been noted as Commercial Boulevard. New Times regrets the errors.
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