Letters from the week of December 8, 2005

Bossa Nova 

Letters from the week of December 8, 2005

Bossa Nova
Diamonds in the rough: I have been a faithful reader and follower of the Pitch for more than three years. I recently stumbled upon your pathetic new column "Ask the Boss Bitch."

Priceless Diamonds is a waste of the urban experience. She is degrading to black women all over the world, especially those here truly repping KCMO (south side, by the way!). I think she is a further exploitation of black life and, sometimes, the hardships of it! Why on Earth would you tell anyone you have turned tricks, boosted clothing and ESPECIALLY that you were down with Fat Tone? What is this chicken's problem?

If you ask me, her column should be called "Ask the lost BITCH"!

Thanks.

Name withheld by request

Comic Strip
Love Jones: Could Charles Ferruzza be any more out there? His KC Strip on Spider-Man and the Jones Store (November 17) had me laughing so hard at a couple of points that I was crying. A hilarious piece! Keep up the good work, Charles.

Jim Gwinn
Independence

Crude Awakening
Lock, stock and barrels: David Martin's article on the production of "oil" from turkey-processing waste ("Fowl & Crude," November 24) reminds me of those "space pens" you can buy in novelty shops. The pens were designed for the Apollo program at great cost. The Soviets, faced with the same need to write things down in space, came up with an elegant, simple and much less expensive solution: They used a pencil!

You see, people have been producing energy from waste for centuries. In some less-developed regions, waste, in the form of dung, provides the primary source of energy for many people. In China, manure and other waste have been used to produce methane gas for decades. While it may not be "oil," it certainly qualifies as an energy source. There would seem to be little reason turkey parts couldn't be handled the same way, other than the lack of government incentives.

The bottom line is, we don't have an energy crisis in this country. We have a lack of political will to make the changes that are needed. I think a recent Chevron advertisement says it best. It reads, in part, "You use 25 barrels of oil a year. So are you ready to do something about it?"

Dave Baldwin
Jacksonville, Florida

Word Up
Reach out: Regarding Nadia Pflaum's "Mr. Brightside" (December 1): Hey, thanks for this write-up. I knew "Reach" way back when, and it was so encouraging to see him doing his thing at the Hurricane.

Very positive. Very uplifting. Very worthy of representing KC. I was reached. It's good seeing the nice guy win.

Candis Crain
Kansas City, Missouri

Hip-Hop Hurtin'
Quest for glory: As a local hip-hop artist who lives in the Lawrence area, I was hesitant to send this, not wanting to jeopardize any future reviews I might receive from the Pitch. But I couldn't not do it.

Regarding the Johnny Quest "Just John" review (Listen Here, November 24): You have to understand Quest isn't trying to be some ultra-poetic, abstract experimental lyricist, though he could be if he wanted. This album is pure, raw hip-hop from the soul. The rhymes represent your average, everyday hungry hip-hop head who doesn't want to hear raps that sound more like spoken word or have 38 syllables per bar. And, for your reviewer to completely dismiss the production on this record is absolutely ridiculous. The beats are the type any true head bred in the golden age loves and craves to hear. Anyone who doesn't realize that obviously doesn't know hip-hop, plain and simple. This critic further shows his ignorance by failing to mention the guest spot by one of the best emcees to ever exist in KC, Taha of the Basement Chemists crew.

Over and over again, the Pitch keeps giving local hip-hop releases halfhearted, nondescriptive and uninformed reviews, from C.E.S. Cru and Reach to Human Cropcircles and Nezbeat. If you're going to review hip-hop, please at least have someone who has knowledge and a true love for hip-hop music and culture do it. For real, you're affecting people's livelihoods here.

Drew Roufa
Lawrence

Correction: Our November 24 SeeSaw column ("White Punk's Burden") misidentified Laszlo Toth's bands. He plays in the Get Wild Five and Anxiety Attack.

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