Letters From the Issue of April 30, 2009

Detective Wants Help

As the parent of a teenaged daughter, I can say that this incident was a tragedy ("Adrianna's Fall," Deirdra Funcheon, April 16). I've been assigned to revisit this case for Adrianna's parents in the hope of bringing some closure and accountability to their daughter's death. Only two persons can tell me what occurred in that room, the two men who were there, and both have become ghosts. If either is so upset about what happened to Adrianna, why have they not come forward to talk with me? Or is their guilt so great that it prevents them from doing so? I hope they're reading this — it's never too late to do the right thing.

William Dejesus

Detective, Fort Lauderdale Police Department

Fort Lauderdale

Merci From Saint Tropez

Thank you so much for your visit to Saint Tropez Bistro on Las Olas and for your long, wonderful article "French Reconnection" (Eric Barton, April 2). I am very happy that you like the French food and the ambiance — the decoration. Every day, we try to improve the quality and the service. We hope to see you again in Saint Tropez Bistro. I like the drawing with the article — it's very funny and representative. Thanks, and have a nice evening.

Christine Kiss

Fort Lauderdale

Editor's note: An item last week on The Daily Pulp: Bob Norman's Blog about federal marshals seizing activist Fane Lozman's houseboat, elicited some heated responses. Among them:

Robert Hinton says:

Fane Lozman got just what he deserved for not following the rules. If the city did not have legal grounds to do what it did, I'm sure it would not have done it. Lozman is not an activist; he is a distraction to the board and residents and has been for some time. He could have followed the rules and then complained and went too court.

Anonymous says:

Riviera Beach is the capital of corruption in Florida. The city has a persecution complex. It cannot tolerate "outsiders" with different opinions and ironically has no understanding of the meaning of civil rights. It's all about egocentric clueless wannabes with chips on their shoulders. Like the city doesn't have better things to concentrate on than running dissenting voices out of town. Look around, people. The proof is in the pudding.

Post Postie says:

Bob, good posting. I don't know where these anti-Lozman comments come from, but the fact is, the city wants to turn the public marina over to developers for years, and Lozman, like you said, has single-handedly stood in their way.

Gunther says:

Fane Lozman. I have spent hours reading articles on this guy. He's a superhero. He fights corrupt government and spends his own money doing it. The City of Riviera files a false statement to a federal judge, and the feds take his home. And how can anyone leave a negative statement unless he has ties to city government? I have nothing in common with people who own yachts!

Editor's note: Norman's blog also turned up tons of comments on an item about recent Miami Herald layoffs. A sample:

Jack O'Brien says:

You don't stay a great newspaper by tearing out your heart. How sad!

Bruno says:

Now I finally understand what David Landsberg was trying to say. The Herald is not going away, just its brilliant staff.

J.P. Zenger says:

Amid a horrible situation, it is heartening to see journalists treating their colleagues with respect and taking proper, appreciative note of their life's work.

In fact, look at this method of firing (giving people a few days or weeks to say goodbye to their colleagues, to pack up their things, to take time to thank them and recognize them for their accomplishments and sacrifices) and compare it to the method used by the newspaper to the north: little or no warning, a tap on the shoulder like the next French aristocrat to the guillotine, not being allowed to go back to your desk to pick up your things or say goodbye to people you've spent your lives with.


In our article "Hybrid Hell" (Paul Knight, April 23), we wrote that Toyota responded to claims of an acceleration problem in Priuses by recalling faulty floor mats. In fact, it didn't. During a recall of floor mats used in other Toyota models, Prius owners were cautioned to make sure their floor mats were properly installed.

Also, the article "King Meatball" (April 16, 2009) misidentified the founder of Prime Line Distributors. His name is Gianni Landi.

New Times regrets the errors.

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