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Visited Jasper, eh?

Hi, my name is Jennifer Herring. I read your article on how you visited Jasper `"I'm going to Jasper," June 8`. One of my Jasper friends was posting bulletins and when I read it I was like "Helllll naw!!" Yeah, so your article was a big deal to all of us Jasper MySpacers. I must say it was a very well-written article. I think it's hilarious that you chose Jasper as a place to visit and write about. I have lived in Hamilton County since I was 2 and pretty much the mentality of everyone here is that you hate the town you live in, but you love it just the same.

I honestly wanted forever to get out of here, but now that I am at that point that I need to start picking a university, I only wish that there was Jasper State Univers … ha ha, just kidding! No, but really. I just wanted to tell you that I liked your article. You'll learn next time that if you are in Jasper you are 30 minutes from anywhere you need to be. Thirty minutes to Live Oak, to Madison and to Valdosta. And if you know any better, you will go to Valdosta, Ga., for night life, restaurants and a decent place to stay, ha ha. I do love Hamilton … kinda like the blind, three-legged dog on the street corner that you can't help but love.

Jennifer Herring


More from Jasper

I just saw your article about Jasper, Fla. I was raised there from 7th to 12th grade. My father was the one and only chiropractor. I did two years of college in Valdosta, graduated from University of Georgia, then took off for Washington, D.C., for the next 20 years. The article was informative, funny, and dead on. Thanks.

Susan Clay

Washington, D.C.

Not cool with Cars

Wow. Steve Schneider panned the movie Cars. What a surprise. No, wait, it isn't. After all, it seems like he came to the conclusion that he would refuse to enjoy the movie way back in your May 18 issue, when he reviewed Over the Hedge.

If I may quote his opening line, "Just in case Pixar has forgotten (and all signs indicate that they may have), this is how to make an animated movie .…" You know what? If you had watched it with a somewhat open mind and then hated it, I wouldn't bother writing. But I can't imagine what Pixar possibly could have done that made you feel like you had to condemn their movie a full three weeks before even seeing it.

It takes a special kinda guy to write off four years of work from one of the most talented studios in the world without seeing a finished product. Perhaps this should be a lesson as to how I look at your reviews from now on (assuming that I ever do): Judge first, read second.

Brendan Sullivan

Winter Springs

Steve Schneider responds: The reference to Pixar potentially losing its way was written before I saw Cars, but was based on a general concept and trailer that hadn't impressed me in the slightest. The second, more definite dismissal was written after I saw the finished film but before I had the chance to review it in print. I gave Cars the fairest of shakes and I wouldn't retract a word I wrote about it.


Late take on Waters

A recent interview published in Orlando Weekly with cult director John Waters said the pedophile in L.I.E. was a nice pedophile, but he wasn't `"Career criminal," March 23`.

The pedophile in L.I.E. dumps the boy he's got living with him for another boy. If he
were a nice pedophile, he would have kept both boys. The pedophile in L.I.E. wasn't a nice pedophile, if you can ever call a pedophile nice.

Wes Pierce



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