A columnist's job

My name is Brian Parker, and I am writing to you in response to a recent article written by Bao Le-Huu detailing his apparent satisfaction with the departure of Cori Yarckin from Orlando to Los Angeles `This Little Underground, Feb. 5`. Although his opinion is his own, his lack of tact and outright distasteful wordage has left me with no choice but to completely disregard your publication as a legitimate source of information.

It is a columnist's responsibility to write news, perhaps add their opinions when necessary (in the case of a review, for instance). It is not responsible to bash local talent, completely disregarding the thought of "constructive criticism," out of some sort of self-righteous notion that they are doing the public a service.

How can you now claim to support the local music scene? Support does not mean you always like someone; it means you are respectful and helpful to everyone, through positive reviews or constructive criticism.

Brian Parker, via the Internet

A critic's job

I don't live in Orlando (considering it though) nor have I heard the band in question, but I feel the need to stick up for this reviewer `This Little Underground, Feb. 5`. He's a critic; he is supposed to have a strong opinion! Obviously this Cori Yarckin person is very popular and doesn't care what `Bao Le-Huu` has to say, so why do all you fans care so much? Get a life.

I am glad there is someone like Bao who can be critical of local bands, something every scene needs to improve. If you can't take criticism, you will never be good. And I'm frightened by the number of racist, idiotic commenters `on this story`. Wake up, morons! A critic's job is not to shut up if you don't have anything nice to say. Being polite is for little farm towns, not cities that want to be something.

If that's the way you choose to live your life, don't read the Orlando Weekly! It's an alternative, progressive paper, not the ass-kissing, down-talking conservative "news" you seem to want.


Watch your back

It is really amazing that both the Weekly and the Sentinel have given the city a pass on approving $6 million for finishing the Plaza movie theater for downtown.

It is well known that Cameron Kuhn was shopping this project to every movie management company in the country for two years with no takers. These companies all knew the project was a dog and that it would not generate any money. The leasing agent for the Plaza now finds a movie management company who creates a subcompany to suddenly make the project happen. This looks a lot like a way to pay off some political debts.

Nobody is going to a movie theater with no special features where you get to pay for parking, battle through street people and always watch your back. It is time for our local government to realize that the city of Orlando is not the center of the universe and that people have other options for entertainment much closer to their homes.

This is a dog project and it needs to be stopped. This money could be used to improve police, community programs for children or even be redirected to the art center venue, which is the only project we should be developing.

Fran LaVallette, via the Internet

Less dreckful, please

When you are crunched for space, please eliminate Blister instead of the horoscope. Billy Manes is a brilliant writer and reporter, as he demonstrates in his articles. However, Blister is dreck. Please replace it with something less dreckful.

Jean Evans, via the Internet

Corrections Department

The Feb. 5 edition of Police Beat incorrectly identified Universal Studios Orlando as the place where a robbery took place Jan. 19. That incident actually occurred at Club Destiny, a nightclub on Universal Boulevard. We regret the error.

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