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Not snubbing salsa 

I would like to comment on the Latin backlash letter `Oct. 17` written by Cesar Andrades.

Although I agree that Pura Plena cannot really be considered a Latin-music band, I was happy to see someone other than Cuco Reyes win the category. Pura Plena plays more of a folklore-style music, whereas the other nominees play salsa/merengue.

Let me also mention that I heard bands at the reception prior to the OMA show discuss how they were cheating. Members of several different bands (including Latin bands) stated that they looked in the phone book for names and phone numbers under which they sent in votes, or went to a public place (the library or airport) with a list of names and e-mail addresses and proceeded to vote. So if any funny business went on, it wasn't Orlando Weekly's fault.

On behalf of La Sonora de Orlando (a nominee) I would like to thank Orlando Weekly for the experience. It was a pleasure being a part of OMA 2002, and we hope to be included in the future.

Frances Lebron, Orlando

Transcontinental con

I read your article about Lou Pearlman and Transcontinental Talent `Lou's next move, Oct. 17`, and I wanted to let you know that I loved it. You nailed it. I used to work at Options Talent, and the place is a rip-off and a joke.

The quotes you got and the flavor of the piece were accurate. I started as a scout there, then was "promoted" to talent executive, then promoted again. I can't wait till the company gets shut down, and I hope that happens soon. They are so unethical.

The reason you could not hear the "talent executives" is because they bullshit their way through calls. The calls are not monitored and people are not trained. They are thrown on the phones. It's sink or swim.

Identity withheld by request

Behind bars

I have to respond to the article "Up in arms for inmates" `Sept. 6, 2001`. I was formerly a corrections officer at one of the major institutions mentioned by an inmate who said in the article that they were abused by officers.

I worked in Florida as a corrections officer for more than 10 years, and also have five years experience in another state. I will say that there are some staff members that have a slight ego problem, but never have I seen an inmate receive anything -- be it good or bad -- that he did not bring on himself. I worked for an organization where we understood clearly that we were not there to punish inmates because they were already being punished by being in prison. How come we never see a story when an officer is abused by inmates?

M. Ray, via the Internet

Hotter than Hell

We want more of this type of humor: "Chance to infuriate Bible-thumping fruit loops who display inferior penmanship skills -- Priceless." `Damned journalists, Oct. 17`

That was way funny. I laughed out loud (at work). Good job. See you in Heck.

Bruce, via the Internet

Southern sourpuss

You complain about Sweet Home Alabama being a cheap shot against New Yorkers, but how is your review `online at` anything other than a cheap shot against the South? (Read your own review again, especially the "lynching" bit.)

It boggles the mind how you media liberals can justify your own blatant hypocrisy without even batting an eye.

And then you wonder why you're so unpopular.

Andy Nowicki, via the Internet

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