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Bad Press

To the editors: In the words of Ronald Reagan, “Saddam Hussein is a shit.” The sooner this murderous tyrant is swept from power, the better off the world will be. The fact that good will come of the Persian Gulf war does not make the correspondent you mentioned in the February 22 edition of the […]

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Miner Transgression

To the editors: In reply to Michael Miner’s February 22 Hot Type column: I am the cited “correspondent” who had written privately to Mr. Miner, asking why his usually-so-muckraking column had yet to address the dismaying censorship of antiwar views in the local media, especially at the Tribune and Sun-Times. It seemed to me that […]

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Away Alone

AWAY ALONE Erin-Go-Bragh! Irish-American Theatre Company at the Edgewater Theatre Center Away Alone is a play that feels remarkably dated–though it received its world premiere in New York just last season. It could have been written in the 30s or 40s, when Clifford Odets and Eugene O’Neill set the standards for American realism. And while […]

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Who’s a Misogynist

To the editors: Have we come to the point where any attempt to portray and denounce misogyny is in turn denounced as misogynistic? I am referring specifically to Jonathan Rosenbaum’s review of The Silence of the Lambs [February 22]. In Mr. Rosenbaum’s overzealous attempt at sensitive (politically correct = new fascism?) liberalism, he shot himself […]

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Strunz & Farah

The ads describe them as flamenco guitarists, but that tells only part of the story. While the music of Spain is a strong component of their sound, so are rhythms and harmonies from Peru and Mexico, the sensibilities of Cuba and the Caribbean (Jorge Strunz is from Costa Rica), and reedy melodies born (as was […]

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Gary Burton Quintet

The most important vibes-playing jazzman since Milt Jackson makes one of his semiannual visits with a vibrant quintet. Burton’s career reveals a knack for finding dynamic, even prescient guitarists: Larry Coryell, the lesser-known Mick Goodrick, and Pat Metheny all achieved their first fame with Burton’s groups. But throughout the 80s Burton’s band remained guitarless, until […]

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Poland Guilty

To the editors: I am a witness to the Holocaust and I strongly resent the letter to the Reader of September 21, by Miss Eva Jastrzebski of the Polish American Congress, in her attempt to whitewash the complicity of most of the Polish People in turning into a mountain of ashes of over one million […]

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American Women Composers–Midwest

Only two decades ago a program such as this one, which showcases works by noteworthy women composers through the ages, would not have been likely; a century and a half ago, it would’ve been well-nigh impossible. One telling indication is that the two 19th-century women represented here are usually granted attention largely because of the […]

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Poland Innocent

To the editors: I strongly object to references in the July 6, 1990 article “Children of the Holocaust” which not only inferred but accused the Polish people as a whole of “eager collaboration” with the Nazis which resulted in the atrocities which occurred during WW II. To insinuate that the Poles were a party to […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve been trying a high-fiber diet for three weeks and have experienced stomach irritation, cramps, and the sudden need to use the bathroom at inconvenient moments. Can you have too much fiber? Is there proof fiber really prevents cancer? Is long-term consumption of substances the body can’t properly digest itself a health hazard? –Jennifer Nadell, […]

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Environmental Statements

DIANE COX at North River Community Gallery Each of Diane Cox’s five new environmental sculptures provides rich and complex layers of rhetoric–even if at first glance each seems to make an obvious statement, there are subplots. The more you demand of this work, the more answers it provides. All of these pieces–with the exception of […]

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Jay’s OK, Let Him Stay

To the editors: Poor Mr. Heydendahl [Letters, February 15] and all the other “thousands of aggrieved listeners (repeat: listeners).” He doesn’t want his exclusive little club joined by any of those who enjoy Mr. Andres’s style. (Are they the right kind to be listeners to WFMT?) There are thousands and thousands of us who have […]

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The City File

Gee, if we can’t get the farmers to rotate their crops, maybe we can get them to rotate their chemicals. The Illinois Natural History Survey Reports (February 1991) notes that entomologists have long advised farmers that the best way to control corn rootworms is not to plant corn on the same land year after year, […]