My congratulations to New Times for "The Sheriff's Criminal Association," by Bob Norman (October 15). The best guarantee against corrupt public officials is for the press to shine the spotlight on them. This is a serious matter that needs more investigation.
Robert M. Andrews
You Say "Bard," We Say "Blunder"
Regarding Jen Karetnick's review of Aztec World Cafe ("An Aztec Ruin," October 8), she states there was a typographical error in the restaurant's menu. The use of the word "barded" as it appears is correct -- the filet described is not larded: "The filet mignon should be larded, not 'barded,' with bacon, and the focaccia clubhouse sandwich should be layered with vine-ripened, not 'wine ripened,' tomatoes."
To lard a piece of meat means to insert strips of fat into the meat by using a larding needle. This is often done to venison or other very lean meat. The process of barding means to simply wrap a piece of fat or bacon around the meat. This is often secured with a piece of butcher's twine. This is done to game birds and tenderloin steaks, among other foods.
It's the Economics, Dumbo!
I'd like to add my two-cents' worth to the ongoing banter regarding Preston Henn and the Swap Shop circus ("The Sultan of Swap," Sean Rowe, October 1). I went to circuses as a kid like everyone else. Before I knew about the dreary lives and abuse circus animals are routinely subjected to, I thought the animal acts were dumb. They were an insult to my intelligence, and I was only ten!
I must agree with the letter writer who said not to waste time trying to condemn Henn for his misdeeds. Instead, I urge New Times readers to boycott the vendors at the Swap Shop. When they start complaining to Henn that his obstinacy is costing them sales, he'll listen with ears the size of his elephants'.
In a feature article entitled "A Dream Deferred" (October 8), staff writer Jay Cheshes wrote that George Myles still owed the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) $15,000 for an educational video he'd been contracted to produce in 1995 but never did.
Because of reporter error, that statement was incorrect. According to the BSO's public information office, a video was produced and delivered to the BSO, which claimed that the video did not meet its expectations. The project was thus shelved, and the BSO did not attempt to recover the $15,000 paid. We regret the error.