No Funbalaya

No thank you, for the feature article dealing with Funbalaya incest ["Love your neighbors," Dec. 1]. Nicole [Prezioso], have you no time in the day to actually write meaningful observations about leaves falling rather than spend any amount of time with the jambalaya crew?

The idea of a collective is cultish to say the least (more organic coffee please!) and immature to say the most. No band worth their weight in bitch salt needs any help from a band in their own city. If you want to help the "scene," help it by supporting acts that can actually help art, music and relationships, rather then hipster hairdos, hippie stores and vegan fast food.

Brad Fabian, Orlando

The real threat

Your article ["Ghosts in the machine," Nov. 24] was forwarded to me from the Texas representative of SOHopeful International. I want to thank you so very much for your fairness and bravery. This is a very controversial subject.

I have a small, very simple and factual website that would be of interest to you. It hits hard and sinks in fast: www.geocities.com/sosentexas. My son is sitting in prison for 25 years for a "sex crime" he committed when he was 17 with a 13-year-old girl who misrepresented her age as 17. When she could not emotionally blackmail him into a relationship with her, then it was rape and she ruined his life. To add insult to injury, she sat in the courtroom at age 15 with her new husband as they sentenced my son with aggravated sexual assault of a minor. I wonder what she did to that young man who married her?

Makes you wonder who the real threat to society is, doesn't it?

Rosemary Poole, via the Internet

Can't we all get along?

Normally I really enjoy reading Orlando Weekly, but I found Bob Whitby's "Prince of peace" article [Nov. 17] to be offensive.

In this time of true peace because of our savior who came at Christmastime, the article didn't entertain; instead it left me with a sad feeling that someone has such internal anger toward a group of people (in this case Republicans).

It also left me with a sick feeling as the writer praised organizations that many believe encourage the moral degradation of society.

I think you are mistaken in thinking that most Orlando Weekly readers are of the "leftist" persuasion. I am a proud Republican and enjoy reading your magazine.

Please be careful in printing such polarizing articles. Let's try to be one happy community, if only for Christmas.

Michele McCarty, Longwood

Fightin' words

Despite all the problems within the Bush administration, there is no greater crime than lying our country into war. Some have led attacks of terror, while others have led attacks of error. As far as this proud American veteran is concerned, they can both burn in hell.

Donald R. Brusen, Altamonte Springs

Bad trip

This article leaves you feeling like you actually went on a trip to D.C. and experienced the injustice firsthand ["You say you want a revolution," Oct. 6]. The author seems to not only refuse to pull punches, but instead aims to knock people out of their haze. He remains riveting while balancing between jovial and elaborate expressions. Thank you for offering more of an open forum than a closed mind.

Bryan Smathers, via the Internet

Pastors, heal thyselves

I have recently moved to Florida and I am amazed at the large number of churches and the large number of people who actually go to church. I have contacted many churches to ask their help in protecting the unborn. They generally respond with silence.

Florida has a very high abortion rate and many busy abortion mills. Pro-choice pastors want to be popular rather than honorable, so they excuse abortion.

Thomas Messe, via the Internet


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