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Screenwriting by Committee

I just wanted to state to [Jonathan Rosenbaum] that in his review for Children of Men [“Thinking Inside the Box,” January 5] he dismissively suggests that the film’s script is the result of “creation by committee” given the number of writers credited. However, Cuaron has stated absolutely that only himself and Sexton wrote the movie […]

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In Defense of Layoffs

If I’m understanding the numbers right, the Trib is cutting 28 newsroom jobs while creating 13 new online jobs, so a net reduction of 15 journalists from an editorial staff of 540 [Hot Type, December 9]. A 3 percent change? Corporate payrolls fluctuate by more than that every year just by accident–what’s the big deal […]

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Let’s Not Go There

The NYT story only works because of the words protesting moms and boycott. Those words give credence to Dan McCauley’s claims we have a sense of entitlement. “He should let us in and let our kids do whatever they want” seems to be how the parents (mommies) are portrayed. Even your story calls it a […]

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Don’t Hold Back

Hello Bert Stabler, I just read your article on Chris Uphues’s MCA exhibit [“Cutting-Edge Without the Edge,” September 9] and wanted to thank you for your sensitive writing and candor. Of course, the conceptual scope of the 12 by 12 curation is pretty narrow. If one were to judge Chicago artists by what is presented […]

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A Second Look

Dear editor: If Sarah Downey wrote this same story for the Tribune in 1998 (as she points out in her article), why is she rehashing this “old news” today (five years later), and why is the Reader running it on page one like it was some hushed-up crime, only recently discovered? This incident received a […]

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Trapped With Her Own Petard

Mr. Hayes: Joy wasn’t “trapped” [December 13]. And “the system” didn’t let her down. Damien had been arrested numerous times and had several convictions for domestic-related batteries and assaults. He served his time and was released when that time was up, as required by law. And yet every time he was released Joy accepted this […]

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Scientology to Blame

Dear Reader, Thank you for the very powerful and well-documented account of Greg Bashaw’s tragic end [“Death of a Scientologist,” August 16]. I knew him in advertising some years ago, which was also when he first appeared in the news in relation to the CAN suit. It would have been impossible to believe such a […]

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Profiteering in the Park

In Ben Joravsky’s article about the loss of the art class at Warren Park [“Where Has All the Money Gone?,” March 16], he mentions in passing something that seems to be part of the trend to decrease programming in the parks. That is the increase in nontax revenues. Warren Park, for instance, receives rent from […]

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Beauty and Happiness

Dear editor: I was delighted to read the excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum’s upcoming book [November 17]. I couldn’t agree more with what he had to say about the state of film criticism. Much the same could be said about the state of filmmaking. What prompted me to write this letter was the letter written by […]

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Shame of Oak Park

“The Gatekeeper” from the October 27 Reader was quite educational. I thought that steering people away from your neighborhood because they don’t suit your needs was wrong. Now I understand that it’s OK as long as the people don’t complain. “If you had not suggested this, I never would have known that I could live […]

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Ghost Bus

To the editors: I’d like to add a suggestion to Dan Johnson-Weinberger’s April 7 letter about improvements that the CTA ought to make. The transit agency should correct an error that has existed in its bus-schedule database at least since the beginning of this year. The #146 bus begins at Berwyn and Broadway and travels […]

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Pagans Have Feelings Too

Sometimes the difference between causing offense and speaking directly can lie in the timing. Cecil has complained of the massive amount of hate mail he has received from Wiccans after questioning the antiquity of their faith and their claims of maintaining continuity with the original Pagan traditions [November 12]. Late in the article he acknowledges […]

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The View From the Chair

The View From the Chair This is in response to the Neighborhood News story “Lake of Ire” [August 13] and the two subsequent letters that followed [August 20]. As a former lifeguard for the Chicago Park District, I have dealt with the frustrations of beach patrons firsthand. I hope this letter provides a simplified answer […]

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See the Signs

To the editor, The article “History of Abuse” by William K. [May 21] touched on a topic usually overlooked or misunderstood by the public, especially the media. I was impressed with the honesty of the author and also the Reader for placing such an important issue on the front page. Current statistics suggest that one […]