LETTERS 


;Crime is No. 1

;I was very surprised to see the quotes attributed to me in the Orlando Weekly that suggested that I did not want a full investigation of the shooting New Year's Eve on Austin Road ["Unhappy New Year's," March 15].

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;I said that I wanted the matter fully investigated, but I felt that black people should not be perceived as not having legitimate business on the street because of their skin color.

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; I started volunteering with the city as a Neighborhood Watch captain and, as a public servant, I take crime very seriously. It is, quite frankly, my No. 1 priority. I would never advocate on behalf of criminals, nor condone criminal behavior in our neighborhoods.

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; Usually, I am thrilled if the media gets something 50 percent correct. In this instance, the misquote does not convey my feelings at all. I thoroughly support the Orlando Police Department, and I have informed them of this in the aftermath of this unfortunate and sensational article. I am confident that this case will be solved.

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; Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Commissioner

;;Editor's reply: The writer of the story in question, Billy Manes, taped his interview with commissioner Sheehan. A transcript of the tape shows that the quote she references, the last one from her in the story, is accurate. After this was pointed out to Sheehan, she said she actually objected to the context of the quote.

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;The little guy

;Hey, give the guy a break ["A hornet's nest," March 1]. This hornet's nest may be the only thing that Mr. Kwasnik's father had to leave to his son.

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;How would you feel if you donated an exhibit to honor your father and then one day you dropped by to put up a commemorative plaque and it was gone? You ask where it is and the Orlando Science Center says they lost it. You try all the proper channels, but you get stiffed by the corporate stiffs. You try to get a lawyer to stand for your rights, but the lawyer can't smell any blood or money so he keeps on circling. Now you're frustrated and demand $10,000, knowing you probably won't get it.

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;Hey, Mr. Kwasnik is just a little guy like the rest of us. Wouldn't we be doing the same thing for something that we really cared about?

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;It's kind of a shame that most stories like this fly under the radar because the little guy can't get himself heard and finally gives up. It's kind of a shame that there are other little guys who degrade the one man who won't let the suits and their cronies shut him up or shut him down.

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;Anonymous, via orlandoweekly.com

;;Horny women unite!

I am a very typical straight, white 48-year-old female in most ways. I met my ex-husband when I was 15. Until we had kids, we did it two to three times a day. I love sex [Savage Love, March 15]! When our marriage fell apart after a total of 28 years together (14 years pre-marriage, 14 years post) one of the symptoms was that he would not have sex with me anymore.

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;Now I'm involved with a guy who is as horny as I am. We can't get enough of each other. If we lived closer we'd do it every day, a few times a day even.

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;So yes, there are horny women, they're just few and far between.

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;Maybe I have too much testosterone. I don't care. Just give it to me. And I do have a life aside from sex in the bedroom/ ;motel/back seat of my van/public rest room, etc. Doritos and pizza are better than sex? Chocolate is better than sex? I feel sorry for you.

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;Anonymous, via orlandoweekly.com

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