Thanks for the positive review of the movie Superman Returns `Film, June 29`. You are absolutely correct in stating that many of the critics were going to pan the movie and pick out its bad qualities. Superman, with Christopher Reeves, was a masterpiece and great fun to watch, near perfection in casting, humor and quick-witted repartee. It's hard to follow a great act like that, but at least someone tried. The audience in the theater guffawed when it was appropriate (and plenty of times). I wish the other critics would just hang up their know-it-all attitudes and just sit to watch an entertaining film once in a while.
Pam Sommers, via the Internet
Lay off Jasper, mister
I read your story on Hamilton County `"I'm going to Jasper," June 8`. I thought some of the things you said were kind of harsh. I have other friends who agree with me as well. Although Hamilton County is one of the poorest counties in Florida, that doesn't give you the right to degrade and trash the people that live here. I have family members who have done very well with their lives and have became a great success, to others as well as themselves, by having occupations like teachers, principals, lawyers, judges, school board administrators and other very important occupations. I myself do very well for a 13-year-old by having outstanding academic accomplishments, meeting the governor and writing for my town's weekly newspaper.
Your facts may have been degrading to the most successful people in Hamilton County, but your facts are true. There are many people in Hamilton County who choose to help others and be successful in life; then there are others who decide to waste their lives and do other things. Growing up in Hamilton County is rough without the other restaurants and movies and stuff, but a lot of things come out of this county and it is growing. I'd like you to consider next time making your words more respectful and honoring to the people in Hamilton County, because most people here in our county help people like you get to where they are now.
Jonathan Banks, via the Internet
Hi. I was reading up on Yip-Yip for a profile I'm writing and came across Nicole Prezioso's Funbalaya story `"Love your neighbors," Dec. 1, 2005`. Not only does she have the coolest last name ever, but she's evocative, concise and entertaining to read. What a great illustration of how local music is getting more interesting these days.
Julie Garisto, via the Internet
I was looking for information on Takeshi's Castle and came across your column on the show `"Storming the castle," June 19, 2003`. I had the same reaction after stumbling across the excerpts from the show on Spike TV. I have watched the show overseas, with translations from the Japanese in another language that I couldn't understand. Lack of narration detracts from the show not one whit. The inane comments and stupid editing decreases my enjoyment, but I still find it one of the funniest things broadcast. The original show can compete with the best of American television, and I am old enough to have seen Jackie Gleason, I Love Lucy and Your Show of Shows live.
I just wish the morons at Spike TV had read your column. I do miss seeing the complete contests with one contestant after another encountering the same obstacles, and usually being devastated by them. They could save time and resources spent "editing" the show and just show the thing complete from end-to-end. I would pay to see that. Wonder what we would have to do to get it all on DVD?
Max Padon, via the Internet