Taste Tested

Taste tested
I realize that film reviews are mostly just a matter of opinion — one person’s perspective of a subject. However, I (and a few of my friends) have noticed lately that quite a large number of the movies that are reviewed in PitchWeekly have received moderate to poor reviews. A movie I saw and thought was outstanding had earned only a 4 in the ratings scale. When I did take the reviewer’s advice and saw a movie that was lucky enough to be rated a 7 (a number that most of the movies reviewed fail to climb to), I was horribly disappointed.

My point is this: Difference of opinion is a good thing. However, I will no longer take the advice of any of the Pitch‘s reviewers to heart because I realize that they really have no taste when it comes to cinema. And that is just another opinion. — Sharrol Garland

Kansas City, Mo.

Dangerous liaisons
I would like to commend PitchWeekly for publishing Allie Johnson’s article, “On Dangerous Grounds” (May 4-10). The lack of concern by the state of Kansas in the Dr. Cynthia Turnbull incident is inconceivable. The state should have to answer for its negligence.

When recommendations and requests for additional employee security and safety training from a dedicated professional like Dr. Turnbull are ignored, an explanation should be demanded from responsible persons and remedies implemented immediately.

What a blessing it is that Dr. Turnbull and others have dedicated their lives to helping others. Hopefully, as a result of Dr. Turnbull’s assault and subsequent lawsuit, the state of Kansas is now aware that there are employees who will come forward to reveal negligence and the “don’t care” attitude of employers.

Dr. Turnbull is to be applauded for facing the humiliation and taking the steps she did. I wish her the utmost success in her endeavors to make the medical field in the state of Kansas a better and safer place to work.— B. Elliott

Kansas City, Mo.

Sex and the city
In regard to the sexual harassment story (“Server Abuse,” May 18-24):

Men and women alike have been doing that very thing for many years and have been getting away with it. It just seems that recently, they’re speaking up about it. I have been there, and I know how people who have been sexually harassed feel. They feel as if it’s their fault that it happened and that they did something to bring it on. Well, men who treat women like they are the scum of the earth and those who act like they are God’s gift to women should be treated like that for one month straight and see if it doesn’t change their tune. It probably wouldn’t, but it would feel good to give them a dose of their own medicine.

As far as that goes, women could have that done to them too. I know that men are not the only ones who can act as if their shit don’t stink.

But we can’t blame that all on the people who are like that. The people who cry wolf just to start trouble are bad too. The workplace has changed so much now you can’t even have a good time anymore. You have to go in, do your job, watch who you talk to, and go home. It used to be that you could go into work, make jokes, make friends, and not have to worry too much about what you said or did. But now you can’t do this and you can’t say that. People are too uptight nowadays. I know even I am at times.

Sometimes you just have to let your hair down and be yourself. If you can’t do that at work, then it makes the work environment stressful, and then people wonder why blood pressure is going up and people are having more heart attacks.

I say: CHILL OUT! CALM DOWN! And stop and smell the roses. Jeez, people, get a life, get a boyfriend/girlfriend who can keep your life interesting, and keep sex at home. Don’t bring it to work. Bring yourself, your REAL self, to work and try to have a good time.— Name Withheld on Request

Merriam, Kan.

Heart of darkness
My son and I had just returned from his BMX race in Blue Springs, Mo., when I saw the Pitch article about a proposed BMX track in Louisburg, Kan. (“A Question of Darkness,” April 13-19). The article shed fresh light on the controversy, differing from what we had heard at the track.

One aspect not mentioned in the Pitch article is the substantial crowd that these BMX races draw into the park area. Our direct observation/guesstimate is between 300 and 450 riders and observers on a good weeknight race night (and some very “colorful” and very loud young men). Most of the BMX racers are great boys, but frankly, as a concerned father, on race nights I would keep my kids inside the house if we lived anywhere near the BMX track.

Although we travel from our Independence home to the Blue Springs BMX track three days a week for either practice or races, we have not spent a cent in Blue Springs. (Who’s got the time?!)

This may be his first (and last) year in BMX due to having seen many racing injuries (two serious injuries requiring hospitalization) and the growing doubt as to whether the influences there are healthy. Or indeed, that perhaps stargazing is simply more fun.— Jake Greetwood

Independence, Mo.

Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell has done it again. In her recent article, “A Question of Darkness,” she gives a balanced and complete story about the recent controversy surrounding the placing of a dirt bike track next to the Powell Observatory in Louisberg.

Her “dig-in-and-get-all-the-facts” approach to this story is even more amazing when you consider the speed with which she gathered all the details and explained them so lucidly.

With reporting like this, people need to pitch The Star and start reading the Pitch to get the TRUTH.— Larry Robinson

Olathe, Kan.

War — what is it good for?
In response to Mary Chakhtoura’s comments about the ROTC (Mail, May 18-24):

1. Yes, this is America, Ms. Chakhtoura, and you do have the right to be and say ideas no matter how “stupid.” That right, as with all other rights, has been and is still is being paid for with the blood and lives (yes, lives) of American citizens who wear the uniforms of the United States armed forces. In case you didn’t know, they swear an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America.

2. Ms. Chakhtoura, you may be aware that one school shooting was associated with the ROTC and the other shooting was an “enthusiast” of ROTC. You are not aware that in both cases, those students had been dismissed from the JROTC programs for misconduct. Here, your data is flawed .

3. I agree that Mr. Emiliano Huet-Vaughn is not antisocial. However, he is misguided by his mother. It is unfortunate that he is being raised by a U.S. Army deserter who failed the duties and her responsibilities she swore to uphold when she failed to report for duty during the Gulf War. It is comforting to know that her license to practice medicine was revoked (which, by the way, was obtained with an ROTC scholarship and military assistance).

4. This country was started by taxation without representation and other acts of tyranny from Great Britain. When our country’s forefathers declared our independence from Great Britain, the result was a war to secure our independence. Yes, the founding of this country was started by an act of war. And the freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted from this act of war has been and still is paid for in blood and lives by people willing to protect our freedom.

5. It is wrong to criticize that small group for having an opinion. It is also wrong for that group to actively deny students who want to be in JROTC — which is voluntary, by the way — and want a chance at a military career or to give themselves discipline to become better students.

JROTC has a purpose, Ms. Chakhtoura: to create honorable students and future soldiers who want to defend our freedom and our republic. You should do more research; you may actually surprise and enlighten yourself in the process and open your mind to the real world, where freedom has a cost.— Evan E. Kerr

Kansas City, Mo

The feminine critique
Robert Wilonsky’s article, “Fatal Femmes” (Stuff, on www.pitch.com, May 18), is one of the best articles about sexism within the comics industry that I have read in a long time.

As a fan of female superheroes, I too am disappointed by the limited roles women are allowed to play within comics — both as characters and as writers/illustrators. Especially within the last few years, female superheroes and comic book characters have become nothing more than cartoon porn. I appreciate Wilonsky’s effort to bring up an issue that desperately needs to be addressed. Thank you!— Erin Wilkins

Kansas City, Mo.

The ads of wrath
Because I read the Pitch just a few times a year, it’s easy to note changes in the newspaper. The most dramatic change is the increase in sex advertising and related classifieds.

It’s your right to alter the tone of your publication, yet by leaning toward sex, the ever-shrinking articles on government, book reviews, etc. are now a wasted effort. After all, if the majority of your readers go directly to the sex resources, then very few appreciate your journalists’ work.

Once upon a time, Cosmopolitan was a literary magazine, featuring such writers as John Steinbeck. Of course, now we think of it as a sex manual. Is the evolution of the Pitch destined for the same debasement?— S.B. Walton

Kansas City, Mo.

Ban the box!
Your new boxes in downtown Lawrence are a disgrace. We have worked hard for many years to maintain and enhance a very special environment and personality that has made our downtown the envy of the Midwest. Your distasteful boxes are in stark contrast to everything that is special about our downtown. You should be ashamed of yourselves.— David Longhurst

Lawrence, Kan.

Only the ‘big boys’ win

AWG (Associated Wholesale Grocers) is a co-op with both big and small members. The Kansas City Star says that some mom-and-pop stores are hurting from a lack of fresh food. Price Chopper’s few big stores are easier to ship to than are many small stores. Price Chopper has far deeper pockets to weather the lockout (of Teamster employees) and is said to be its biggest proponent. So if smaller stores are driven under, where would (their) customers go? To Price Chopper? Sounds like a win-win for the big boys no matter what happens.

Dan Brown

Independence, Mo.

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