Letters from the week of August 9, 2001

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Letters from the week of August 9, 2001

Trailer Trashed
The kids aren't all right: Regarding C.J. Janovy's "crazy/pitiful" (July 26): I hope the AMC theaters feel ashamed and useless for not responding to the cries of our younger generations! May the guilt and fear lie on their shoulders, along with all the other adults turning their backs on our children. Instead, we should all be asking, "Where can I sign up to help?"
Libby Shores
Kansas City, Missouri
Drive Right
Float like a butterfly: After reading Greg Hall's article on the neglect of Kansas City's important role in the history of the Negro Leagues ("White Tide," June 21), I thought of a rather inexpensive way in which the Royals could pay tribute to the city's historic baseball past: Rename Stadium Drive "Monarchs Drive." Perhaps a monument explaining the meaning of the name could be placed at the entrance to the parking lot.

Let's hope they do something like this while baseball's number one spokesman, Buck O'Neil, is around to enjoy it.
S.A. Lewis
Prairie Village


The Big Picture
Remembrance of things slashed: Kendrick Blackwood's "Bad Impressions" (June 28) was a great relief to many of the Kansas City Art Institute teachers, students and alumni who suffer under the Collins/Carlson strategy of "curriculum, not teachers." Not that those two are great at coming up with a good curriculum, as shown by the unfortunate student who was denied any real instruction in illustration in favor of fashionable computer skills. As if it matters if you know how to use [Adobe] Illustrator if you do not have excellent drawing skills to begin with.

I was particularly saddened by the comment from Carlson regarding his goal of interchangeable teachers. This is wholly at odds with the essence of higher education. Students seeking an education take courses from faculty members whom they understand to be excellent teachers.

There is great oppression at the KCAI that no one should say anything bad about the school because it won't make things better, or one might be blacklisted and never work again. President Collins sent out a letter telling faculty they should speak well of the school and condemning that questions had been raised in the first place. Did she think that no one would care that faculty are in tears at meetings? Did she think no one would hear or care that the school was given three years to shape up or lose accreditation? Though the faculty refuse to stand up for themselves, did she think that no one outside the school would love the faculty, or at least the ideal of education, enough to stand up for them and for the students whose education is in the balance?
Weber Reeff
Kansas City, Missouri


Scars and Bars
Let them eat fake: Regarding Charles Ferruzza's
"The Mystery Café" (July 12): Thomas Fox Averill has chosen the 39th Street neighborhood in his first novel since he has a personal connection to the neighborhood. His friend Steve Cole owns Café Allegro in this former "rough and tumble neighborhood."

Mr. Averill isn't the only one who has a personal connection to this neighborhood. I lived in the Roanoke and Volker District between 39th Street and Valentine Road since childhood and am aware of my surroundings. If biker bars were better known than eating establishments, just where were they? Enough is enough.
William S. Eastberg
Kansas City, Missouri


A Stink About Blink
I blink, therefore I am: I have never been so ticked off about an article as I was about Scott Wilson's bashing of Blink-182 (Up & Coming, July 12). If he knew anything about Blink, he would know that what he wrote was crap.

Blink-182 writes about what they have experienced. I can relate and dance to what they sing about teenagers, as I am one. Some of their music is just fun, too. Not every song has to mean something; sometimes songs can just be fun. What a concept, huh? They're out doing what they love, and despite Wilson's low opinion of them and their music, they kick ass at what they do. He should try not to put music into categories and analyze music so much -- he may find he likes more than he thought.

Blink-182 has their own signature and their own sound, and they also have devoted fans to keep them going strong. They don't need to persuade audiences they don't stink, but Wilson may need to persuade readers to believe that he knows something about music.
Sarah Johnson
Kansas City, Kansas

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