Letters to the Editor

Naomi Doesn't Get It

To the Editor:

Your environmental activist turned Civil War expert Naomi Van Tol (Viewpoint, November 21st issue) and others like her just don't get it. Fifty thousand Southern civilians and 280,000 Southern soldiers were killed, maimed, and mutilated in the war. Southern cities were burned to the ground by the federal government of the U.S.A. in warfare that today would have landed Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman in the Hague tribunal for crimes against their own people -- like Slobodan Milosevic.

And Van Tol wants to put a statue of Grant in Memphis as a hero?

We are sending troops halfway around the world to condemn a man in Iraq for killing his own people. We have never so much as apologized to the Southern people for doing far worse to them. Southern people deserve to have their heroes remain intact.

Gary Daniel


What Comes Next?

To the Editor:

Jackson Baker is to be commended for "What Comes Next?" (Politics, November 28th issue). Putting things first is paramount. There should be no indecision in the ordering of our lives. Life is a gift from God, to which we must commit ourselves and which we must carry through one way or another.

We must be ourselves and be true to ourselves, come what may. We must have love and serve an ideal, even though it might come to naught or to grief. We must right wrongs and be, if necessary, considered crazy by the rest of humanity in doing so.

Arthur Prince


Fan Mail?

To the Editor:

I suppose I should try and get my 12 dollars for forming the band the Dillingers (Sound Advice, November 28th issue). Instead, I merely suggest that any Dillingers fans, or all four, listen to and appreciate the music instead of believing any rumors circulated by the band. Some, perhaps most, of the music is very good, but derelict stories and my name should not be included with any attempt to capture the original music.

All the best to the band, but please remove my name from the roster, for I now live in New York and have no plans for a reunion, unless I get my 12 dollars for the sale of the live CDs.

Josh Acosta (former drummer)

New York, New York

Reaching Nirvana

To the Editor:

I enjoyed the article "Reaching Nirvana" by Stephen Deusner (November 28th issue). However, I have one correction to make in regards to the song "You Know You're Right." Deusner refers to the chorus as "hey hey hey." Even the most devoted of Kurt's fans had trouble deciphering his lyrics from time to time, but Kurt is really singing "pain" in the chorus. I don't know if the lyrics are written on the inside of the new album or not, but if it says "hey," it is wrong.

As for Kurt's journals and the new CD: As a loyal and devoted Nirvana fan, I will buy neither. My reasoning is two-fold. First, I believe that Kurt would not have wanted his privacy invaded. His pain and his experiences are his and his alone. Second, I refuse to give money to the people who released this book. It was in very poor taste and it was poor taste on Courtney Love's part to sell them. Perhaps this proves what a low-life, money-grubbing scumbag she is. She is the polar opposite of what Kurt stood for, and I won't support her perverted self agenda. I think anyone can tell exactly how Kurt felt about Courtney when they listen to the lyrics in "You Know You're Right."

If you own all of Nirvana's CDs, you have every song except "You Know You're Right." Why support a worthless music industry that isn't interested in true art anymore, when you can just download the song off the Internet? I think Kurt would be very proud of us if we all ripped it off of the Internet. Nirvana wasn't about Kurt, it wasn't about money, it was about the music.

Anthony Chiozza


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