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Fancy footwork

What a great article `"Who leads?", March 30`. I've been reading reporters covering ballroom dance for over a decade and inevitably their treatment of the subject is insulting and inaccurate. Bravo for writing something that is thoughtful, engaging, a tiny bit provocative and fun.

Juliet McMains, Orlando

Poison pen

Jason Ferguson: While `we` don't normally read your "column" `Notable Noise, March 30` I thought it best to respond to your amazing talent of not letting irony escape you. It's quite clear that you have a tremendous grasp on the scene in what you described as a "shithole." Plain Jane Automobile is not trying to reinvent the wheel, but we do take our music seriously.

It takes balls to write and perform your own music and hope it translates into something people can relate to. It does not, however, take any talent to vomit from the pen and take a shot at bands trying to create something they work at tirelessly to perfect.

Everyone draws their influences from somewhere. In fact, to quote your article, "Sunday saw a bizarre bill at House of Blues, with Hard-Fi spitting out their wound-up, 21st-century take on The Clash." I guess it's fine for Hard-Fi to wear their influences on their sleeve because they are the biggest band in Britain at the moment.

Good job that your opinion of the band won't really affect us; nobody reads newspapers anymore.

For every one "musical genius" such as yourself, there are hundreds of other people who like what we are creating, even if it is "bloodless Britpop `we` so unashamedly and uninspiringly mimic."

Plain Jane Automobile, Orlando

It's ‘Humpy,' dammit

This letter is to Mr. Hump Free (I Love Television). Yo Humps. Friend. Schmucky-face man, and whatnot: Do you really watch the caca that you post in your gray little diary that takes up advertising space? Dude, really … you're rockin' the UPN, Sci-Fi and WB (three times, mind you, MR. man!). I know, I know, it's super "uncool" to print anything regarding sports. Trust me. I feel your pain from back in the day. Hey buckaroo. I would have put you in my kickball lineup any day of the week (except Fridays, that's when I would braid the Williams sisters' hair). Anyway, let's get in the game. Wake up. Take an extra peek around. Like "Dog" the bounty hunter says, "This is the second-chance business, and we are good at it because we are second-chance people." As am I, Humps, as am I.

Matthew Allen, Orlando

Save Billman!

I was reading a letter in this week's Orlando Weekly `March 30` and became quite worried about `Jeffrey C.` Billman's being relieved of his duties as restaurant critic.

As one of the multitudes out there who has a plant-killing family member, it's very hard to decide on which restaurant to go to with her. I mean, we all need to eat our food with faces and whatever shall she order, a salad? I am willing to step up to the plate and join Mr. Billman in his duties. I can speak for those reasonable folks who follow the food chain's obvious order and eschew eating that which is kind enough to give us the air we breathe (green stuff).

I hereby solemnly vow not to rib Mr. Billman about how 70 percent of the readers will be more interested in my restaurant review; something that they can really sink their teeth into, by the way. Let Mr. Billman, the vegetarian, join with me, the meat eater, to go out and review restaurants together, giving both the 30 percent and the 70 percent the reviews they need to make Orlando safe for diners of every variety.

Meridith Carsella, Orlando

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