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Dominic Umile: You've dazzled me with your more-than-competent grasp of the English language in your review of the Klaxons' Myth of the Near Future album `CD Reviews, March 29`.

The polysyllabic-adjective-to-noun ratio is off the charts. You even toss in the word "bullshit" so the reader is reminded that yes, this is alternative press. My only question is: Did you like the damn album? I still don't know. But I do feel awfully talked-down to.

Jeff Rubenstein, Orlando

Not everybody hates Fred

I usually enjoy reading the Weekly, as you are the lone voice against the tripe the Sentinel reports, which seems to be controlled. However, I would like to correct a topic in this article `"Everybody hates Fred," March 29`.

In reference to the Wekiva basin initiative: Fred `Brummer` supported the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act. He found out later that a part of it would empower the Florida Department of Health to promulgate rules affecting over 60,000 homes and businesses which had septic tanks. These rules were based upon completely false information about the effects of septic tanks infusing nitrogen into the river.

Yes, there is a small group of us who have fought this. We are fighting not only for ourselves, but also on behalf of the other 60,000 septic tank owners who do not have a clue that these rules would require them to replace a failed tank with an on-site treatment system costing at least $15,000 or more, and requiring annual operating costs of $1,000 or more. As in any situation like this, unless one's ox is gored, one does not get involved. When their oxen are gored, it would be too late to change the rules.

Having realized the idiocy of these proposed rules and the financial catastrophe this would cause the citizens, he set about working for the truth. Thanks to his efforts, a detailed, relevant study is under way to see how these tanks actually do or do not affect the river. In addition, there has come to light alternative and much cheaper methods to remove nitrogen.

Fred is rare among politicians in that he admits his mistake and sets about working to correct it. We need more like him. Oh that the city of Orlando would be so lucky as to have him as their mayor! But then the Magic would have something to say about that!

Henry Morgan, Ocoee

This land is OurLando

`National Geographic`: I want to thank you for covering my hometown of Orlando `Happytown™, March 8`, which I thought was very accurate with the exception of the glaring omission of the vibrant and progressive independent spirit that exists in and near the downtown area, including College Park and Winter Park.

The New York Times recently called us "America's most misunderstood city" and I couldn't agree more. I think your article did a great job of covering the outskirts of Orlando, but the heart and soul of it was blatantly missing.

OurLando, as we like to think of it, has one of the best emerging indie scenes in the country and is home to great cafes and shops, talented and eclectic local music, a vibrant bohemian art scene and a grounded awareness by the friendly, hip and enlightened souls that happily bike around town supporting local, organic and fair trade movements.

Orlando has a long way to go in terms of urban planning to keep the loyalties of our "drive-by citizens," but if you look a little bit closer, you will see some of us putting our roots down and proudly calling this place OurLando, locally made.

Julie Norris, Orlando


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