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Put up or shut up

`Jason Ferguson`: This is just a little heads-up regarding my Lollapalooza blog that you mentioned in last week's Notable Noise gossip column `Aug. 10`. I'm sure you did not intend to, but you seem to have quoted me out of context. Though it hardly merits comment, I'm afraid you might come off as a snide elitist if we don't set the record straight. That being said, I invite you to print the entire blog I posted on Orlando Sentinel's CityBeat website. I think your readers will get what you seem to have missed. It's called sarcasm.

Of course I don't expect you to advertise your competitor, any more than I expect you to recant your little jab at me. It's just a shame that you couldn't have used your powers of observation on some of the 235 shows I played last year, the release of Hindu Cowboys' live album, or my radio shows on WPRK and Real Radio. If you had attended Lollapalooza, you would have done a better job giving a concise appraisal of each of the 130 bands on eight stages stretched out over three-quarters of a mile.

Maybe next year the Weekly will send you to Lollapalooza so you can write about the bands and their music rather than scribble about someone who actually attended.

Joseph Martens, Orlando

Nothing fair about it

I'm amazed the writer can state that businesses will move back to the United States if the FairTax becomes law `"FairTax, or foul?, Aug. 3`. The current federal tax system is a mess and the main reason is "good buddy" exemptions have been added to the original law so that today most people can't even physically lift the bound volumes of the law, much less understand them.

No tax is "fair"; someone's ox always gets gored and some people benefit. What can be done is to create a system that is straightforward, brief and has only exemptions that reflect the minimum costs to allow people to exist and impose a tax on the remaining income to cover the actual revenue needed by the government (indexed to inflation, of course) to carry on its legitimate functions. This idea is simplistic and has no more chance than a snowball in hell of even being considered because most people want something for nothing.

Mike Deebel, via the Internet

The kids love us

I am a fairly new (and young) reader of Orlando Weekly and I just want to comment about the hilariously zany stuff you put in your magazine. You put out the best free paper I've read.

The cartoons are great and really show points of view that you may not see in other newspapers and magazines. I like the movie reviews, they help me choose the movies I should see right away and those I can rent on DVD later or not see at all (like when I'm dead), though I disagree about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

The restaurant reviews are good. I don't go out often but it's nice to know when I do I can look to your magazine to find information and make a suggestion or two. The best part is all the clubs, movies, restaurant listings and music listings. This will be more useful as I go out more often.

And though it may inappropriate to say, I especially liked the article titled "Führer balls" `Aug. 3`. Although some people find it offensive, to me it sounds like an outrageously funny site I need to check out.

Thanks for having an awesome paper!

Daniel Richards (13), Orlando

Department of Corrections

Last week's story regarding Orlando Food Not Bombs incorrectly reported that a member of the group had met with Orlando commissioner Patty Sheehan. While a person claiming to represent FNB did speak with Sheehan, that person was not a member of the group.


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