Letters for December 29, 2005-January 4, 2006

Twice Victimized

Sometimes buyers can't be choosers: You are right! We cancer patients are looking for a wonder pill, and I bought the CancerCure line ("Far From Benign," Jeff Stratton, December 22). So far, I've been charged for only one shipment, but the supposed $150 turns out to be $172.50 per my card company. I really don't know what to do next. I can dispute the charge, but what about all the other people who are going to be conned by this FDA-approval advertising? Any suggestions for us gullible ones?

Jane Joy

Via the Internet

Vanishing Fish

Why we can't love the Marlins: You dig far deeper and with much greater clarity and insight than the staid dailies ("Fish Bait," December 8, Bob Norman). The article was right on the "money" — unfortunately Wayne's! Anyone reading it would now understand the real machinations that have gone on — and why, in unprecedented fashion, the Marlins have twice wiped clean their entire starting lineups over a span of just eight years.

One would think that if the current ownership were upset over the lack of funding for a new stadium, why wouldn't they hold onto their present, established lineup before looking for a suitor from other cities? Do they think that a bunch of minor leaguers is going to get them the same price? They can offer only a triple-A minor league team at best rather than a legitimate major league franchise.

On the other hand, if they were only $80 million away from achieving an accord somewhere, why did they have to act in such haste — depriving South Florida of a solid team that took years to build? And what about Joe Girardi who was expecting to inherit a solid nucleus of a team from which he would have instilled fresh energy? Besides, if the media and ultimately, the irate citizens would have rallied in mass protest, surely they would have exhorted the governor, the state Legislature, even the laid-back mayor of Miami with vehemence and rallying to get them to supply the additional funding.

You have exposed H. Wayne Huizenga not only for his callous disregard of the fans' best interests but also for keeping his grubby hands in the pie with his cunning lease deals and obscene residuals. And you make a compelling case for the Marlins to leave town because maybe, just maybe, we don't deserve a major league franchise, at least in its present incarnation. Not until Huizenga and his cronies are run out of town — or at least kept as far away from baseball as possible.

Originally, I and others were fooled by Loria, as he had repeated time and time again that he loved the sport, was 100 percent intent on seeing the Marlins prosper, etc. How many times we saw him in his box, on TV, rooting ardently for the team — he seemed "just like one of us." But how does he bode now that, within a heartbeat, the core of the entire team has been dealt away? He and Samson might as well deal Willis and anyone else who played more than ten innings last year. Why stop with 90 percent of the team?

Sid Sussman

Hallandale Beach

BCC Preachgate

How do you spell w-h-i-n-e? This all started when James Johnson lost his full-time job and the bamboo business did not work out for him ("Proselytizing 101," Trevor Aaronson, December 1). The gentleman cannot teach. He gets into arguments with his students, and they in return threaten him.

Have you guys checked out the ratemyprofessor.com website? Students do not like him. If you had a professor whom students do not like and who cannot teach, would you keep him? He was an adjunct professor; therefore, he was not entitled to have a permanent job no matter how long he was on the job — it is not guaranteed. He is just trying to get money out of this whole thing.

Name withheld by request


Up a Tree

Save your own ficus: With humble apologies for not having seen your July 14 Tailpipe item, "Tree Tales," until now, I'd just like to offer the following. I am a member of the Townhomes at Pineapple Ridge LLC, owners of the land on which sits the alleged "champion" Ficus altissima tree.

The "champion tree ordinance" was introduced and passed after our group had concluded its purchase of this land. The whole concept of a municipality's trying to "preserve" an identified exotic-invasive tree on someone's private property while offering no compensation for having effectively condemned the land around the tree, almost half our property, is almost bizarre.

We continue to attempt quite earnestly to negotiate with the city, trying to find a viable way to build around this tree. Doing so is proving extremely time-consuming and, above all, costly.

While it was a nominally fair and unbiased story, you joined others in apparently making no effort to contact and interview the owners of the tree. We have had city officials posing for the press while sitting in the tree. We have had state officials apparently invited onto private property to inspect the tree. We have had a volunteer "Tree Board" at the city conducting meetings on the subject of our tree. Never once did anyone at the city contact us to advise us of their planned efforts to pass an ordinance, thereby preventing us from building on land under and around our tree.

Robert Goldsmith

Lake Worth

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