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Pieces of a man

I would like to thank you so much for the article you published about Gil Scott Heron (“Paid in Full,” June 23). He was one of the world’s greatest poets, writers and performers. I saw him perform twice while I was serving in the armed forces, once in Baltimore and also in Washington, D.C., at Kenilworth Park.

I met him after his performance at Kenilworth Park, and it was like a breath of fresh air. I have every album that he recorded, including his first major recording First Minute Of A New Day. You can never forget his soulful, piercing words, along with his sidekick Brian Jackson. I often used his words in my many speeches during Black History Month celebrations. I believe the words go something like this: “Black man come down and sit beside up (us), you are welcome to our table, we have prepared a feast for you.”

I will truly miss his presence. I would like to thank you once again for your article. God Speed.

Joe Bellamy


Going liberal for Billy

Although I have often thought of your paper as nothing more than a left-wing rant, I must congratulate you on a brilliant, well-researched and well-documented story by Billy Manes (“Groundbreak Day,” June 23). Manes’ story is testimony to the three disasters in the making that the Orlando City government is pursuing, despite more sobering appeals from the business leaders in our community that such an undertaking will ultimately cause dire financial hardship to the city/county. Fortunately, due to the last election of Teresa Jacobs, we have someone leading the county government who does not want to follow the other lemmings over the cliff. Her refusal to fund these boondoggles has only delayed, but has not caused anyone to rethink or stop, this impending financial trainwreck. Harris Rosen warned us of the risk of undertaking such projects; now that we are in an economic downturn we can much less afford them.

As Manes clearly pointed out in his article, almost all of the other city/county government-sponsored arts centers have ultimately met with financial disaster, most notably Miami-Dade Performing Arts Center. Einstein stated: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Only those in our government can afford to repeat their mistakes since they are paying for them with our money, not theirs. To date the only thing pre-groundbreaking that the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has accomplished is the payment of more than $1.2 million in salary and benefits to its director, Kathy Ramsberger.

Again, kudos to the journalists on your staff. You even made this right-wing former Republican take notice and approval.

Brett Kingstone

CEO, Max King Realty Holdings


A love letter

Why I Love the Orlando Weekly:

1. It’s free!

2. Displays a great commitment to the growth of massage in our fair community.

3. Makes the Daily Worker read like Time.

4. Rolls nicely into a tight cudgel with which to smack bugs.

5. The only American weekly that I know of that openly advocates the breaking of all 10 commandments, plus five more that the average Joe on the street hasn’t even heard of yet.

6. Efficient cage lining for bird-owning Tea Partiers.

7. That dear man, Billy Manes.

8. On a personal note, a great conversation starter for the bi-monthly meetings between me and my P.O.

9. The very mention of its name causes Orlando capitalists to tinkle their Depends.

10. It is a liberal oasis in the middle of a Sahara of selfishness.

Larry Limbaugh


Feeding frenzy

Mayor Dyer has been trying to make homeless people invisible by limiting their options for quite some time (“Food Not Bombs files for injunction against city from detaining activists,” Bloggytown, June 24). I remember when they instituted an ordinance that panhandlers would have to be in a boxed area in order to avoid hassles with law enforcement. There is also a proposal for an ordinance for camping. Guess that is when they start making mass arrests of homeless people. I support Orlando Food Not Bombs for the unselfish efforts to help the homeless. Hopefully OFNB will be able to mitigate damages for Dyer’s unlawful arrest of caring volunteers.

Orlando Tipster


I really wish people would stop referring to the food sharings as feedings. We’re not feeding livestock or squirrels or ducks. The people with whom we share are fellow human beings.

Also, there’s a fallacy that all are homeless and unemployed. Many live in homes and most work. It’s tough to make ends meet in this economic atmosphere.



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