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Pissed-off vets, part I

Sixty-three years ago, Feb. 23, 1945, five Marines and one Navy corpsman heroically raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Now you have used that sacred image to your perverted liking and made a total mockery of the most famous photograph to immerge from the second World War [“Victory!,” March 6].

Most importantly, by doing so, you have diminished the bravery of every veteran that set foot on that island (including Japanese).  The battle lasted 36 days. There were 25,851 casualties, of which 6,825 were killed. Twenty-two thousand killed were Japanese.  Twenty-two Medals of Honor emerged from this one battle. In following months, about 2,400 distressed B-29 bombers, carrying 27,000 crewmen, would make emergency lifesaving landings on this small island.

That American flag raised on Iwo Jima symbolizes American patriotism and valor at its best. The Marine Corps Memorial Monument in Washington, D.C., is one of the most visited in the city.  To deface, make commercial or ridicule it in any way is disgraceful and disrespectful to all veteran families, especially the survivors.

I do not wish bad things to your publication. As matter of fact this retired Marine of 22 years wishes you the best. Just now I have another fish wrapper to use, occasionally.

Russell W. Kauffman, via the Internet

Pissed-off vets, part II

As a Marine of 27 years service I, too, take exception – in fact extreme exception – to your manipulation of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C. [“Victory!,” March 6]. Were your creative director to ever visit the memorial, I strongly doubt that he/she would ever diminish the sacrifices of both sides who fought for a cause they believed in. In fact, while stationed in Washington, I routinely visited the memorial to pay my respects.

Ironically, there were countless Japanese visitors who were intrigued by the intricate bravery the memorial evokes. Many, many of them wanted to have their picture taken with me in my
Marine Corps uniform. One family later took me to a Kobe steak house and bought me a very expensive meal and apologized for their nation. How humbling! How dare you defame a memorial that belongs to the entire free world.

Fred Carr, via the Internet

Pissed-off vets, part III

I find your use of the Iwo Jima memorial to advertise your paper’s victory in a legal proceeding insulting [“Victory!,” March 6]. I would hope that you have enough talent on your staff to present your point of view without desecrating a national monument that means so much to us veterans.

Roland Johnson, via the Internet

Nude, but tame

I wish to congratulate Seth Kubersky for giving Orlando the much-needed reviews we have been needing in the visual arts community [“Live Active Cultures”]. Welcome!

This was my second year as a participant in Nude Nite and for those of us involved, we feel that Kelly Stevens is doing a superb job. But imagine my surprise when I read about my piece in the article in the Feb. 21 issue. I wish to thank Mr. Kubersky for recognizing the satirical intent in the title of my  “Homage to the Bauhaus,” the Bauhaus being the movement in Germany from 1919-1933 (until the Nazi occupation) which fused form with function through furniture, architecture and design.

The quality of the artworks at Nude Nite has been improving each year, and even if it is true that a lot of it may purely be about sensationalism, it remains quite tame.

Judith Segall, Altamonte Springs

The return of Steve

Please keep this as a regular feature. Let’s face it, we’ve all been aching for the return of Steve Schneider to the pages of the Weekly, and this column would be reason enough to actually start picking it up again.

Will Goss, via the Internet

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