ARFF for no meat
I applaud the Weekly for running "The meat of the matter" in last week's edition `July 31, by Deanna Morey`. I encourage your readers who found themselves disturbed by the article to consider a vegetarian diet and to get involved. Locally the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida is very active in the Central Florida community, spreading the word about the benefits of a vegetarian (and vegan) diet. Through public outreach, education, legislative efforts and social events (including a recent July Fourth vegan picnic that was awesome!), ARFF works to spread the message to the masses. Whether you are a meat-eater or a vegetarian, they will help you to get on the right path in making change. Remember, think globally, act locally. For more information, you can visit our website, www.arff.org, for our upcoming vegetarian outreach or visit www.goveg.com for tips on a vegetarian lifestyle.
Bryan Wilson, Maitland
Mears survival story
Nice story on Mears `"Cab fight," May 8, by Deanna Morey`. They know how to make money and mistreat people. I currently drive for Mears but will be canceling my contract with them soon. It is virtually impossible to work part time with them and make money when you pay $106 per day for the cab and $40-$50 for gas. With all of the deadheading, the competition within Mears for fares and the dwindling number of customers, I have averaged approximately $6 per hour. Maybe one can survive by working 90 to 100 hours per week, but even that is doubtful. Several Mears Yellow Cabs, the only ones allowed to pick up at the airport, are going unleased. We are bombarded constantly with messages on our dispatch system that these cabs are available on a first-come, first-served basis; they have been available for four weeks now. There used to be a waiting list for them.
Many drivers are now living in their cabs. It's the only way they can survive.
William Williams, via the Internet
DNA and Dvorak
Thank you for the excellent coverage of the James Dvorak murder/William Dillon DNA testing case `"Whodunit," July 3, by Deanna Morey`. As my colleague and I predicted, Dillon's DNA was not found on the bloody T-shirt tested in conjunction with Dvorak's murder, but Dvorak's DNA and unknown DNA samples were discovered on the T-shirt.
Please allow me to re-suggest a possible alternative solution that might discover the truth regarding Dvorak's murder, while simultaneously sparing the taxpayers of Brevard County the expense of a retrial.
My colleague and I believe that it's possible that Dvorak was murdered by a confessed and convicted serial killer, the late Ottis Elwood Toole. I cannot help but believe that some agency is in possession of Toole's DNA profile, and I would like to see it compared to the unknown DNA profiles from the bloody T-shirt.
If the DNA comparison is positive, then it would appear that Toole was at the scene of the murder of Dvorak, which could possibly lead to an outright exoneration of Dillon without the need for a retrial. If the DNA comparison is negative, then the case would be exactly where it currently is, but it would eliminate Toole as a possible suspect.
My colleague and I are the only individuals currently suggesting Toole as a possible suspect, but we have invested a tremendous amount of time in investigating Toole and, specifically, his trek along the east coast of Florida at the time of Dvorak's murder.
According to accounts, in May 1981, Toole's mother died. Toole then hitchhiked his way north from South Florida toward his hometown of Jacksonville. Upon being captured by authorities in 1983, Toole claimed to have murdered numerous individuals during his travels. Toole also confessed to killing Adam Walsh on Oct. 21, 1983. Toole was investigated for the crime and authorities stated that Toole mentioned unreleased "grisly" details, but the authorities lost evidence, including DNA. Although Toole confessed several times, he always recanted. However, Toole's niece told John Walsh that her uncle made a deathbed confession to the murder of Adam. Please look at the timeline and the associated locations.
Michael Beltz, FCI, via the Internetletters@orlandoweekly.com