Wow, I guess that Lisa Chamberlain really told you guys what for, huh ["Letter From the Editor," October 25; Chamberlain's letter was in response to The Edge, September 27]? I kinda get the feeling that Lisa is one of those women who might need . . . um . . . a man. A lovin' man at that. Hey, I'd be happy to help her out. No, really, I would do that, because I'm that kinda guy. Maybe you can give her my number or e-mail address if you see her at one of those press-type functions where you guys hang out and get those free sang'wiches and shit.
55 million albums later, Diamond still gets no respect:
What was the point of Andrew Marcus's preview of the Neil Diamond concert at Gund Arena [Nightwatch, October 11]? Stating that Neil Diamond was never free from ridicule, then adding to it, is more obnoxious than the fans Marcus accused of being just that. These types of cheap shots need to be put to rest.
Why don't we really compare Diamond to the artists that Marcus suggested. Bob Dylan is without question a brilliant songwriter, but he doesn't possess the charm, charisma, or warmth of Diamond. Can you imagine how dreadful a duet with Dylan and Barbra Streisand would sound? Bruce Springsteen has certainly earned his reputation, but he also doesn't have a fabulous baritone voice, either. It's extremely immature of Marcus to claim that performers have to bring their fans to orgasms, then say that bringing them to tears is a lame step down from that. There are all sorts of ways for artists to move an audience. Elvis was the king of rock and roll, but he rarely wrote the songs he sang. Diamond should never be shortchanged as a songwriter. Jonathan Livingston Seagull alone stands up to any modern composer's work.
Paul Simon was praised awhile back for his groundbreaking work with African music, but Diamond covered it much earlier with Tap Root Manuscript. He all but invented the modern-day radio duet and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Diamond has sold more than 55 million albums during the past 35 years. What is so funny about that?
When he performs, 16,000 fans rise and clap their hands. With the recent world events, and Diamond's "America" dedicated to the heroes of New York, it's hard to believe that anybody has a bad word to say about him. He really needs to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to silence the nonbelievers.
Derf plays into bin Laden's hands:
So, Derf wants to blame God for not stopping the terrorist attacks ["The City," October 18]. Please.
The "god" who was named as the responsible party in the cartoon is not the God represented by the steel cross. There's a big difference between the Christian God and the Islamic "god," but even their deity doesn't condone such acts of violence. There were survivors of this destruction. While this doesn't ease the hearts of the victims' families, it could be viewed that we haven't been completely forsaken, as you imply.
So, God has to do more for you to have faith? You make it sound as if, in order to be worthy of you, nothing horrible should ever happen. If not, then it's His fault, and He abandoned everyone. That's not the case. God doesn't prevent evil from happening -- He never said He would. He can offer help in recovery by providing hope and strength through faith, and for many this has taken form through the steel cross.
During this time of recovery, people need something to give them hope -- anything to help the healing begin. If that happens to be a big chunk of steel shaped like a religious symbol, so what? You would take away the consolation it has provided? Your attitude is of one of the already defeated. You have already claimed God as your scapegoat. Others have not given up the fight. Others have chosen to continue by any means possible, using any symbols that offer comfort and solace. This is exactly what the terrorists want: for Americans to feel defeated. Please try not to feel that way, because it only gives the enemy a sense of victory.
Jeanny L. Dillon
The world can't get enough Michelle Stys:
It's always great to hear about someone with the balls to take on the ancient establishment that is traditional government ["Drama in Parma," October 25]. True innovation and progress can never make headway without those who simply take the seasoned hordes by the throat and force evolution upon them. In short, I think Michelle [Stys] should be cloned a few times; that'll learn 'em. You go girl!