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Blue Man Poop

certa.qxd The Petty Crime section of your July 17 Reader has an interesting story about the Blue Man Group. It was interesting because I was working at the theater that night and the story you received from the police is a little WRONG! The man that was talking during the performance was more than a […]

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Reader to Reader

Ten days after the shooting of Christopher Sercye outside Ravenswood Hospital, the Beat 1911 meeting at Welles Park was filled to overflowing. The cops began by handing out crime statistics for the past year. An attendee said, “I don’t see ‘murder’ listed.” A cop replied, “That’s because we didn’t have any.” The crowd protested, and […]

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Radio for Dummies

name.qxd Dear Sir or Madam: Sitting here on a Friday morning listening to Eight Forty-Eight on WBEZ and a truly idiotic discussion by representatives of the Forest Preserve District about how restoring some acreage to “presettlement prairie” conditions has more ecological significance than preserving South American rain forests (!), it struck me your discussion of […]

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Sheriff’s Shenanigans

name2.qxd Dear Chicago Reader: In response to your article by Tori Marlan, “Strip Search,” dated March 6, 1998, I have the following comments: In defense of assistant state’s attorneys Mike Jacobs and Dave Meyerson, who I knew when I worked for the Cook County state’s attorney, and from my own experience representing this sheriff’s office […]

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Furthur Explanation

I was thoroughly disappointed by Shane DuBow’s recent presentation of the rave scene and of Mr. David Prince [“Mud, Drugs, and Speaker Hugs,” June 21]. Being an attendee of the first two Furthurs, I too know firsthand some of the surrealities of this scene called rave. I’ve seen the blow pops held puckered tight by […]

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Gay Matters

Dear Reader, Justin Hayford’s complimentary final paragraph in his April 19 review of Anita Loomis’s Female Deviations: Autobiographies of Desire assumes she is performing “gay” performance art as a “gay” performer. Has Justin asked Anita if she is indeed gay? Would the reviewer still see the piece as “refreshing” if it turns out that it […]

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Truth or Consequences

It is unfortunate that David Futrelle’s reporting on the reporting of child abuse is so limited by his own blatant biases [March 15]. He describes the “ritual abuse” scare as “a kind of collective delusion,” brought on by “unscrupulous (or simply overzealous) therapists,” and attributes this to “a strange confluence of fundamentalist Christianity and a […]

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Tell It to the Homophobes

For Dan Savage: Word of your crusade to diffuse the power of the “faggot” epithet [Letters, January 12] apparently failed to reach the two ignorant homophobes who were busy “reappropriating” my face while simultaneously “reappropriating” said moniker. It is naive of you to assume that the casual overusage of “faggot” will somehow diminish its hatred. […]

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Drug Abuse

Re the Prozac story in Our Town [July 7]: What is it you people have against depression and antidepressive drugs? Ms. [Ada] Henderson goes to the doctor and asks to be put on Prozac, the doctor says it isn’t indicated, but she manages to get a prescription anyway–and she has a horrible time. Is this […]

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A Case for the Closet

Thanks for the article on Marc Foster, nee Steve Friess [Our Town, May 12]. The frenzied reaction of radical gays to Foster’s column is one more example (as if another were needed) of how the Left continues to portray itself as the champion of acceptance and diversity while demanding dogmatic conformity from all who may […]

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Blowing Smoke

To the editor: The article on the Mannino and McKinlay studies linking smoking and impotence (Health, “Bad for the Bone,” 24 March) never promises that impotent smokers who quit will immediately be able to perform like teenagers, but I can foresee a high rate of recidivism among ex-smokers in the 30- to 50-year-old group when […]

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Pass on the CTA

Dear Mr. Joravsky, A point worth noticing, which has so far escaped the attention of the media: at the time the CTA eliminated passes [Neighborhood News, February 3], it did in effect raise the fares. What had formerly been the higher “rush hour” cash fare became the fare for the entire day, so if you […]

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Can’t Stop Reading Him

Dear Editors: Ed Gold is my new best friend for writing Bobwatch [January 27]. It has instantly become my favorite part of the Reader. As I’m sure Gold understands, Greene’s simpering whine is so repugnant to me I have a masochistic compulsion to read the column every time I pick up a Tribune. I just […]

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Sex for Sale

To the editors: It seems that every week there are more and more bared tits being shoved in my face in Section Three of the Reader. Is there a new and blossoming market in “Porn clubs” which you feel the need to promote? I was pleased when the Reader stopped using photos and illusatrtions and […]

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Lawyer Joke

To the editors: Your article “Legally Screwed” [October 1] illustrates something not explicitly mentioned: why attorney discipline and the Illinois state court system are a joke. I have engaged in a litigation practice for twenty years in Chicago and I can totally agree with the sobriquet some lawyers have given to the Circuit Court of […]