Letters from the week of October 11, 2001

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Letters from the week of October 11, 2001

Battle Cry
Patriot shames: Regarding C.J. Janovy's "Red, White and Blues" (September 27): What swill! What mindless inflammatory rubbish! "Futile" blood banks. Flying a flag indicating support of every breath every politician takes -- "unequivocally endorses all of the United States ...." People "blindly wearing" patriotic T-shirts. Some high school student believing that s/he should be able to dictate whether or not her/his friends are enlisted. (If s/he is so anti-military, why are they her/his friends?) And, hmmm, soldiers being sent to fight. How novel. Just like a journalist quoting a rock star.

If Janovy really believes her doomsday Springsteen closing, I imagine she is out riding a bicycle (so as not to contribute to the "massive consumption of oil ... [that] might be one reason terrorists have attacked us") and buying gas masks. Or, better yet, she is shopping for a country that SHE can believe in and support. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Melony McCoy
Manhattan, Kansas


One Phelps Swoop
Running down a dream: Just like Desert Storm, the guy in Topeka who "almost" hit Fred Phelps didn't finish the job (Mark Kind's "Kansas City Strip," September 20). Phelps has terrorized people for years, and like bin Laden, we can't seem to do anything about it.

Something tells me the citizens of New York might not be as tolerant of his hateful message. Maybe we'll get lucky and he won't come back.
G. Doyens
Kansas City, Kansas


Teacher's Pests
Board games: Excellent job by Joe Miller about the shameful behind-the-scenes politicking at the Kansas City school district ("Taylor Made," October 4). He's thrown the covers off and revealed the diseased flesh of a patient that is about to die of its own self-destructive impulses.

Unfortunately, along with that patient, the educational and professional futures of thousands of children will die, too. Why is it that administrators in this town are so often power-hungry, egotistical, limelight-seeking people with nothing but their own best interests in mind? Have they no shame? The school district was corrupt when I graduated in 1978. It pains me so much to see that it's only gotten worse.
Don Charles
Kansas City, Missouri


Bum Appetit
Salad daze: I was seated in the courtyard of Baja 600 when I opened my new Pitch and found Charles Ferruzza's review of said establishment ("Washed Out," September 27). His experiences were much more pleasant than mine.

When I arrived with five out-of-town guests, we requested a table outside. The mâitre d' huffed that the tables outside were strictly four-tops. I succeeded in having our party placed at two four-tops, three persons to each table. We were assured we would be treated as one group.

Our waitress took the drink order and immediately got everything turned around. When it came time to order our meal, our waitress told us she did not like hot food so she hadn't tried most of the dishes. Tasted or not, wouldn't you think the staff could converse about the fare?

My guests at table number two were completely finished with their lunch before we were even served.

I had ordered a Cobb salad. A Cobb salad always includes bacon, cheese, eggs, tomato, black olives and usually avocado. The menu said this salad did not include the avocado so I requested some. My salad had no egg, bacon or olives and one lone sliver of thinly grated yellow cheese and an equally thin sliver of avocado, which I was charged extra for. When I asked the waitress if I could simply order something else, a manager was summoned to debate the issue with me. She informed my waitress that was what a Cobb salad was supposed to look like. I then ordered a cheese enchilada. After another considerable wait, the enchilada was so tough I could barely cut into it with my knife. I could not chew it.

I had a drink, the leather enchilada and the guacamole. My bill was $20, the food barely edible and the service lousy. I applaud Mr. Ferruzza for not being taken in by the bronzed body and Plaza chic of this establishment.
Name Withheld Upon Request
Kansas City, Missouri

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