Leave the kid alone
I have been an avid reader of your publication for quite some time. I consider myself to be a fair and open-minded individual. I have enjoyed your commentaries through the years and satire that has been intelligent on most occasions. But I felt it necessary to write to you after seeing the latest issue ["Orlando's scariest people," Oct. 27].
I am definitely not a fan of the local car dealer Bob Dance and his obnoxious commercials. I have seen them for too many years and have become immune. But your attack using his granddaughter is completely unacceptable and disgusting. I am quite aware that Mr. Dance made his own choice to place his granddaughter on television, and thus she is open to criticism. But what you have done here will affect this child in a way that you obviously did not concern yourself with. I could care less about Bob Dance and his commercials, but as a father and grandfather I am sickened by your decision to write such horrific satire focusing upon a baby.
If you wanted to attack Bob Dance, then attack Bob Dance. I am ashamed and embarrassed for this child and I will make it my personal duty to implore everyone within my ranks to discontinue support and readership of your publication.
You cannot retract what you have done. The damage this child will experience is obviously none of your concern. I would ask you to review the definition of "responsibility."
David and Donna G., Metro West
Savannah here. I just wanted to write and say thank you soooo much for the mask and the wonderful write-up in this week's issue ["Orlando's scariest people," Oct. 27].
I am a big fan of the Weekly and I am honored to be a part of it. Little-known secret: I love to write and have since I was very young. I have the most respect in the world for all you do every week. It is an amazing accomplishment. The pool of writers you have on staff are all wonderfully creative and cutting. A long time ago I had a conversation with Billy Manes and I remember commenting to him that one mention of a person's name in the Weekly holds more clout in this town than several paragraphs in the Sentinel, and I meant that!
You have put together an incredible team and the end result is a credit to your dedication and devotion to this city.
The Sexy Savannah, Orlando
I think what's scary is that The "Sexy" Savannah regularly name-drops one of your columnists on-air and gets her ass kissed in print while the other scariest people got a well-deserved pounding.
Shawn R. Conroy, Winter Park
Not scary enough
Nice job on the "Scariest People" piece [Oct. 27]. Especially when you pick a 4-year-old child for your rant. I normally enjoy your fish wrap, but come on. You want to pick on gramps or the dog, fine. He's been on TV in this town for 30 years. You must be pissed he doesn't advertise with you.
There are so many more scary people around this godforsaken burg! Think Mayor Buddy Dyer, [attorney] John Morgan, the entire Magic front office, David Maus. I know your staff is dimwitted, but closet pedophiles?
Jim O'Neill, Orlando
Separated at birth?
I always thought Kevin Beary looks a lot like Sgt. Schultz from Hogan's Heroes ["Orlando's scariest people," Oct. 27].
Joe Japes, Orlando
This is absurd ["Gore? OK. Sex? No way," Oct. 13]. Is there anything that can be done to facilitate [Chris Wilson's] release from jail? Are there any protests scheduled against the Polk County sheriff's office? Please keep your faithful readers informed on what we can do to help this guy and what happens with the proceedings of this decimation of civil rights.
Ron Albright Jr.firstname.lastname@example.org