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From the week of July 12, 2001

I worry about the daughter of this letter writer. By indicating that she is wrong in wanting to see this type of musical act with her friends, he has made her more deeply curious about why the music is so dangerous. He is taking away her outlet for the healthy questioning of values that comes with growing into adulthood. I have never heard Vox Demonna, but I am sure its lyrics are not as convincing and philosophically engaging as the works of Aleister Crowley, Rimbaud, Nietzsche or the Marquis de Sade -- all of which she could easily pick up at the local library and read without his knowing.

If he wants to protect her from ideas and cultures he doesn't approve of, he should sit down and have a discussion with her about his values and why he believes the path he has chosen has led him through a fulfilled and happy life.

Then let her go and see for herself.

Or he could follow his instincts and make sure she is never exposed to anything that makes her uncomfortable. For the summer, he could see if it isn't too late to get her into a Christian girls' camp run by some husky woman with a mullet. That will surely keep her away from the dangerous all-ages shows of the big, bad city.

Troy Puls
Aurora

Not in my backyard:The letter about Vox Demonna grabbed my attention. I have seen the name in the music listings for a couple of years and never thought of the meaning or intent until now. Vox Demonna -- Voice of the Demon -- how much more direct could they be? When I hear the name Marilyn Manson, it makes me think of two people: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. I just thought it a twisted play on beauty and the beast and never gave it a second thought. Other people have their own interpretation of what it means. But Vox Demonna has no other implications that could be associated with it. The name is pretty cut-and-dried.

On July 14, this band will be playing at the Bluebird to an all-ages group. I would not be concerned about this if it were a 21-and-over show, because I think adults can make their own decision. But when it comes to children, it is our responsibility to make decisions for them. We hear a lot of information that we, as parents, as a community, should be aware of what our children are listening to. I know this is a free country, with constitutional rights and all, but I don't think people should be able to do whatever they feel like doing -- especially if it influences our youth. It is my right to say "I believe this is wrong."

Obviously, the protest against Marilyn Manson was not strong enough. There is strength in numbers, but where were the numbers? I read about only thirty people. I was shocked. With all the controversy, I thought it would be more. If I had known that, I would have been there myself. But I looked at Marilyn Manson as a one-time thing. As Robert Avery says in his letter, this is "our own backyard." This can affect me and my family. I could be overreacting, but it seems I am not the only one.

Sylvia Rosenburg
via the Internet

The parent trap: Let's blame everything on Manson and every other "evil" band out there so that parents don't have to take any responsibility for their children's actions. I am a parent and I work with children, and each day, most of the kids I see with problems have one thing in common, and it isn't the music they listen to. It's their parents. Parents are constantly blaming everything from the school system to musicians to video games to Hollywood for their kids' actions. Get real!

And you, Robert Avery, with all your high morals, are you teaching your daughter personal responsibility? I am glad that you at least went to the show and checked it out to see what your daughter was doing. That's more than most parents do, and you have every right not to want her to go. But please, don't start blaming music for all that is going on today. I think it goes much deeper than that, and I think you know that, too. So let's not jump on the bandwagon -- no pun intended.

Kathy Golgart
Westminster

Bully club:In the wake of these Marilyn Manson protests, has anyone considered plucking out the true root of evil music? The social zealots are attacking the inane and talentless Marilyn Manson while they let someone like (truly evil) Britney Spears slip by undetected. She does nothing but flaunt her "virginity" by doing pole dances that prostitute her career.

She is the perfect symbol of what we don't want our children to become. She exemplifies the stereotype of the barefoot pregnant wife that men have been taught to seek out. By tempting the public's desires, she is ruining the concept of decency for all of us.

Since it is so fashionable to blame high-schoolers for mirroring the problems they will confront in adult life, we should tyrannize them with censorship. Why do they think theyare so special? They complain about their bullies? Well, we have the IRS and a bunch of politicians to whom we pay our hard-earned lunch monies, and we get nothing in return.

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