;I must say your newspaper seems to have a lot of very strange writers ["Cheap Shots," Dec. 21]. This constant attack on Nancy Grace is pathetic and boring, and the only thing I can say is that you seem to be part of the crowd who probably cries when any child murderer or rapist is put away and, God forbid, executed. Or were you in the pathetic group that wept when Tookie Williams (that pillar of integrity) was executed a year ago?;
;For some reason your crowd seems to be on the side of these people and any hint of someone (especially a strong woman) wanting to get the bad guys appalls you.;
;Asking pointed questions of a woman who "lost" her son and trying to help find him by those questions I guess annoys you also. Instead of being astounded at the obvious way Melinda Duckett did not want to help by even saying what store she was in. ; I hope none of your children go missing. I'm deeply concerned you kind of thinking is very misguided. I shall say a special prayer for you this holiday season.;
;Linda Mervar, via the Internet
;;When was the election?
Billy Manes: I know you hate Duran Duran [Blister, Nov. 23], but what did you think of the two Duran Duran spinoffs: Power Station and Arcadia? Power Station got my vote for best Duran Duran spinoff with the video for their hit single "Some Like It Hot," in which ex-Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor shaves Tula, the transsexual model from Britain!;
;;Wes Pierce, Orlando
;;The city heartless
;Recently the plight of the homeless in Orlando has been covered in the media ["Cheap Shots," Dec. 21], although the city commissioned a study on the issue as far back as February 2003. The report can be accessed on the city's website.;
;I don't know how far the city got on the many positive suggestions given, but they certainly went gung-ho over a few final remarks in the study which encouraged negative reinforcement, making life as difficult as possible for the homeless. (As if they ;hadn't already required a permit to panhandle, limited panhandlers to small blue boxes and made it illegal to sit or lie on the sidewalk — which apparently doesn't apply to ticketholders waiting in line for downtown events!);
;So many images and phrases come to mind after learning about the city's behavior: First, the slogan "Orlando: The City Beautiful." In this case, beauty truly is only skin-deep, and Orlando is the gorgeous woman in a horror film who peels off her flesh to reveal the monster underneath. Or perhaps the city is more like the Ghost of Christmas Present, outwardly jolly but with the homeless hidden beneath its robes.;
; Should we remove the miniature Statue of Liberty near downtown I-4, as Orlando has made it clear the city doesn't want "… your tired, your poor …"? Sadly, even at this time of year there is "no room at the inn" for 80 percent of the area's homeless population.;
; I daydream of making city leaders watch Pleasantville until they remember that life isn't meant to be "nice" only. Sometimes it's exciting or sad or scary, but that's what makes it alive. You can't chase human beings away with no more concern than if you were dealing with Apopka's rat infestation.;
;So, instead of supplying enough shelter beds, soup kitchens, funding or affordable housing, the city chose to deny the right to feed the homeless, to destroy their belongings (including blankets, IDs and medications) and to chase them from one area to another. Perhaps the strategy of forcing them out is working; last week a homeless couple stood at an intersection holding signs asking for help; the first time I have seen this in Longwood.;
;Julia Langston, Lake Mary
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