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I have not often agreed with the content and tone of your column, but the Sept. 15 article on local music was hilarious [Notable Noise]. Sure! Go please everybody! It's the first time I have ever heard you just give up, even if it was just a joke.

Nothing against any of the bands mentioned, I have never heard them and therefore have no opinion, but the article was funny as hell.

Musicians and other artists are always going to do whatever they feel they have to, whether they have critical approval or not. It has been my experience that some of the most creative bands have been the ones that have just done what they damn well pleased and let whatever was going to happen, happen. The article was funny, but in the final analysis, and you know this is true, it won't make a damn bit of difference; we will all continue to do what it is we do.

Susanne Greenman, via the Internet


I hate America because it has a high standard of living. People from every class have opportunities to better themselves. We can't keep anyone down because we don't like the way they talk or the color of their skin. America elects its leaders and then when someone else wins an election, the transfer of power is peaceful (no fighting whatsoever!). America allows women the right to vote, and minorities! Even Indians can vote! America gives away more money to other countries in aid than all other countries combined (but not enough, according to the booty bandits at the United Nations). Americans themselves give their own money to the less fortunate at unheard-of rates, despite being taxed at higher rates than when King George III taxed them into a revolution.

I hate America because it allows people to publish their opinions as facts that criticize America, and the government won't do anything about this (like roll out some tanks and run over people – like China!). I hate America because even when people publish articles that claim to be the whole truth they're not, and the government does nothing (like when we saw a Chinese tank stop for one person in what was a crowded Tiananmen Square). America requires the police to get a warrant to search houses (not China, Russia, France, Venezuela, Columbia, etc.).

I hate America because it is the most powerful country in the world militarily but it won't threaten other countries to submit to its authority (let's point some guns at Mexico and make them give us oil for free!).

I hate America because it stands up for such things as freedom and liberty and most Americans don't even know what that means. I hate America because jackholes at the Orlando Weekly really believe that gray socialism is better than colorful opportunism.

Eric J. Dirga, Orlando


All (and there may be many) PETA problems aside, the two people willing to stand in the heat and protest for the noble cause of anti-abuse definitely deserve more credit [Happytown™, Sept. 15]. I'm sure the long drive, PETA's bullshit promises, heat and no more than two in attendance played a huge part in the stance of your article, but if Covance is abusing animals, then the information still stands as a benefit, weakly represented or not.

I think that if more people in Orlando (and the United States) realized how directly affected they are by the choices of such large corporations and catered hobnobbing get-togethers, the turnout, the result, and the article would have supported the sharing of useful information, instead of berating the people who may be under-qualified to present it.

Alexandrah Sarton, Orlando


Our Aug. 25 cover story, "Not in my city," made reference to a map published by Rand McNally, implying that it was used to create images for that issue. In fact, the cover and inside illustrations were based on a map published by Universal Map.

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