How on earth does a tattoo shop bring down the social grace of any city? Especially one with an integrated art gallery and photography studio `“No ink for you,” Feb. 28`? The place lives and breathes art, and last I checked art in any form is the very basis of civilization. It is what separates us from any other species on this planet. Our ability to create, not for survival or need, but simply for the pleasure of creating. To express ourselves.

If the issue is the alcohol, where is the broken law? I personally have been to Black Chapel and had drinks and did not spend a dime on the alcohol I consumed.

If you don’t like art, don’t look. If you don’t like alcohol, don’t drink. If you don’t like music, don’t listen. And if you don’t like the thought of people enjoying the time they’ve been given on this earth, shove it up your ass. Sit in your house, stare at the wall, beat your meat, whatever, but until people truly affect your path in life, don’t interfere in theirs. Eli and Black Chapel have done nothing wrong.


I read with interest the cover story on contamination in downtown Sanford `“What lies below,”` Feb. 21 only to find that it is a story that I – and anyone else who knows anything vaguely about the dry cleaning industry – have known for years.

What is of interest is that Lighthouse did not take on this fight until it itself owned the property (through its community service arm). So this war of words being waged against the city of Sanford is being waged by a company who – while recognizing the true dangers and health risks involved with this contamination – is also the same company who took on the property knowing in advance this situation and who will benefit from the cleanup.

 Should the city of Sanford do all it can to help, possibly more than it is doing now? Absolutely. Should they carry the burden of this problem? No they should not. Lighthouse states it took on the property “because we can and because it’s the right thing to do,” yet it is turning the blame on the city. The blame rests not with Sanford but with the former owners of the dry cleaning establishment. The blame rests with years of industry-wide ignorance as to the dangers of dry cleaning chemicals.  And the responsibility now finally rests with Lighthouse, who knew that going in and willingly took it on.

John DiDonna, Sanford

Upon reading the introduction to your “Hot!” article `Feb. 28` I was in full agreement with the take on mainstream notions of beauty; however, the description of Ann Bancroft as a MILF seemed to validate the very form of hyper-bland mediocrity the boner rags described in the introduction embrace. Also, the lack of direction in grabbing females from all over the history of cinema put me at a loss. What exactly was the point?

There is no revelation in the common knowledge that Sports Illustrated and other pedestrian forms of mass media perpetuate an unrealistic and unhealthy image of the modern female; however, to draw from such a vast pool of supposed examples of counter-culture female icons left me a bit bored. I
find Traci Lords a perfect example. Her rap sheet of one John Waters film left me wondering what else is so alluring about this
otherwise dull “actress”? Melrose Place? Gilmore Girls? Besides being in pornography before the legal age, what else makes her noteworthy?

Perhaps if there was a bit more focus in the article (such as women of 2007 that matter, for example) I wouldn’t have felt at the end of the piece like I had just been suckered into watching an episode of Charmed or some other network attempt at soft-core porn. Good luck next time!

Nathan Wheeler, Orlando

Due to an editor’s error, we wrongly reported that tattoo shop owner Eli Tobias sold beer during his parties `“No ink for you,” Feb. 28`. Tobias gave away beer. We regret the error.

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