Don't just vote no--vote hell no.
Tony Burg

Notes From the Portugese
I would like to clear up a few things I read about Portugal in Robin Chotzinoff's "Mouth of the Border," in the July 17 issue. First of all, I would like to say that Portuguese food is one of the finer foods of Europe. Bacalhau is prepared over 365 ways, and each way is a mouth-watering and wonderful sight to see. We have a wide selection of seafood that is prepared in many different ways. This is our country's pride, since we have always been know as Lovers of the Seas. To go with our fine foods, we have a rich selection of fine wines, some of the finer wines of the world.

We are traditional people. Our country is full of history museums, churches and landmarks; we have buildings over 500 years old. And if you listen very closely, you can hear the stories of the people who came to know the discoveries of the seas.

Now I'd like to introduce you to another side of Portugal: fashion. Portugal is one of three countries in Europe that paves the way for new fashions and new trends. Our stores are always full of the newest attire for both men and women and, of course, the brash young teenagers. France and Italy are our two rivals, with which we enjoy creating and exploring new ideas for the next best sellers.

In closing, I would like to say, if you have a chance to go to this wonderful country, don't pass it up--you'll enjoy every second you're there.

P.S.: Robin Chotzinoff, you wouldn't know a good time if it slept with you.
Maria Rivers

I Think I Keanu
I would like to make a serious comment in regards to the "work" of one Susan Dunlap. It is apparent from the presentation of her piece on Keanu Reeves ("Star Power," July 24) that there was a little bit of hostility on her side. Who knows what went on during the interview? Maybe she didn't make him swoon over her like she admits to swooning over him. Sometimes bitterness can affect a person's talent--assuming talent existed originally.

It is really amazing to me the lengths a person will go to these days to make an impression. In my opinion, and it is not a fact per se, this Susan Dunlap lacks the ability to capture her readers' attention with a more creative use of the English language, even though her subject draws attention without writing skills. Therefore, Dunlap saw the necessity to "crap" all over the personality of Keanu Reeves. I have never met Reeves, but from the evidence of the text written by Dunlap, and despite her intentions, I have the impression that he is a really down-to-earth guy. He responded to her questions with the ease and language that quite a few people use every day; he was very quaint, relaxed and straightforward. It is very unfortunate for someone--anyone--to be so "trashed" by a journalist out of intense bitterness. Dunlap's point was made, and it is thus: She is an untalented writer with the tendency to become bitter when her fantasies about certain things don't come true.

Her "work" lacked the literary skill that I would expect to find in an article in a high-school journal (and to speak of Reeves's mode of honest expression!). I am ashamed to be a member of the same sex as such a person, and I can only wish that Reeves and the other members of Dogstar toss her comments to the side like a used paper bag--a bag so used that it's not even fit to be recycled.

Plain and simply--Susan Dunlap sucks.
Felicia Griffin
via the Internet

Keanu Reeves is the most polite and understanding person I have ever come across, so I don't know where Susan Dunlap's interview was coming from. Do you really need to get attention in such an evil way?

I admire Keanu Reeves more and more. And what a gracious person he is to put up with an ignorant, ill-mannered, self-absorbed person like radio host Caroline Corley (Feedback, July 31). In this case, Keanu is the host and she is the parasite wanting to do harm to her guest while living off of him. Best that she start applying the other meaning of "host."

Shirley Overton
via the Internet

Ms. Corley's treatment of the band Dogstar and, in particular, Keanu Reeves, was reprehensible. It seems as though Ms. Corley had a private agenda going into the interview and displayed an amazing lack of professionalism in the way she approached her subjects. If all she wanted to do was publicly bash the band and its members, an interview wasn't necessary. Why not just launch into a rant?

She's right, though: The Constitution does protect her right to abuse public figures over public airwaves. It also protects neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan and other groups and individuals whose values and morals fester on the rim of public decency, waiting to infect the vacant air space between the ears of morons. It is of no import who her victims were this time, and I respect the members of Dogstar, who do not need to be defended here...It was the public's dignity, sensibility and trust that Ms. Corley dragged through her own personal slime pond.

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