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Letters for the issue of Sept 09, 2004

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Sandra Heins

St. Petersburg

Reining in the King

Felonies with a backslap and a smile: Good job on the boxing article ("King's Tarnished Crown," Trevor Aaronson, June 17). Don King is a good story, but Bob Arum deserved more scrutiny.

A federal boxing commission must be created. I hate big government, but in this case (maybe the only sports case), I see no other option. Too much money and too many idiots. The boxers are being raped, and the private boxing organizations are stealing with both hands... Thanks for a great read.

Patrick McCoy

Farmers Branch, Texas

Just the Facts

The Aryan Brotherhood ain't that tough: I have been meaning to write to you since I read Bill Gallo's review of Carandiru in the June 3 New Times ("The Unlikely Lambs"). Unfortunately, I hadn't been able to get to Boca the weekend it played there. I am eagerly waiting for it to circulate again or for it to come out on video.

I enjoyed your review, but I want to correct a misconception you expressed that probably came from the New Yorker magazine this past February. The Aryan Brotherhood does not "control" any aspect of the U.S. prison system. Neither does any other nonuniformed group, gang, or band. The Department of Corrections perpetrates this phony illusion of gang power solely to keep the prisoners at one another's throats. Every prisoner in the entire U.S. prison system is under surveillance at all times. Guards give the go-ahead for rapes and murders as favors or punishment. Murders usually originate at the top -- or at least with the consent of those in charge.

The New Yorker mentioned Tommy Silverstein. He is one of the DOC/BOP's poster boys to justify "cruel and unusual punishment." Silverstein has been in total isolation in the basement of Leavenworth prison for more than 20 years. His murder of a guard named Klutts took authorities by surprise. For three years, Klutts had been taunting Silverstein and ripping up his artwork. The prison should have moved Silverstein from that tier.

I am glad that you chose to review Carandiru. Hector Babenco is a giant in the world of film. Thank you.

Carol Strick

West Palm Beach

You'll be hearing a lot more about this: I wish there were more reporters like you. Please continue to dig a little deeper on things with the Scripps project ("The Great Slurp," Eric Alan Barton, June 3). I think there is more to it than meets the eye.

It seems Palm Beach County is in for some projects that don't follow logic. Natural gas pipelines, ARS wells, and Scripps are all tied to the Bushes in some interesting ways is all I get from the county. And agencies such as Army Corps of Engineers, SFWMD, etc. That's a good question? Well, guess what? I want some really good answers, and all I hear is stuttering or evasive lies. Please look further. I hope you continue on this story; it's not quite finished.

Alex Larson


Remember That Sewage Deal?

And while we're talkin' about politics...: Congrats to Bob Norman for coming up with the line that "even when the [Hollywood] commission is dealing with raw sewage, it still reeks more than anything else in town." Obviously, Commissioner Keith Wasserstrom, who got his uncle, Arnold Goldman, a sales job at Schwing Bioset, the company that was awarded the city's sewage treatment deal -- even though it charged Hollywood almost $15 million more than Florida-N-Viro (who should have gotten the contract) -- has a big conflict of interest ("Justice Revised," May 20, and "Ooh, That Smell," April 15).

And so it goes in Hollywood, the "Diamond on the Coast," where the taxpayers get screwed again by a "gem" of a City Commission -- the same group of cafones who all were reelected! And Mayor Mara? What would you expect but her stinking hands all over this screw job... er, ah, "deal." Her son is Wasserstrom's law partner (how cozy!) and, as Wasserstrom said, "Her son is involved. The problem is that anything that inures to my benefit also inures to his benefit. So since they [Mayor Mara and his law partner] are family, she has the same conflict."

In closing, as not all the commissioners voted for this rancid deal that screws their constituents. I must applaud Commissioners Peter Bober and Fran Russo for not getting sucked into this Hollywood cesspool! To those who "recused" themselves -- but argued for Schwing Bioset -- and to those who voted for them -- you stink!

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