ZINC'S DASHED POTENTIAL
I had two experiences at Zinc: We went there one night at 5:45 and had tickets for the Cleveland Gladiators game at 7 ["Zinc Deficiency," September 15, 2010]. The restaurant was empty, but they would not seat us because we did not have reservations. I'm not sure where the manager was, but I am certain they could have served us and we would have been gone before the later reservations arrived. So we went elsewhere.
We did go back and had a good meal, although we ordered Mojitos to drink and they were extremely poor. When we mentioned this to the waiter, he shrugged and more or less said he knew that. My entrée (risotto with lobster) was good but skimpy. I was actually hungry when I left.
THE ART OF NOTHINGNESS
It might take an outsider's insight to see clearly what SPACES gallery is going through ["Where Did All the Art Go?", September 1, 2010]. I am such an outsider: I do not create physical art, and I'm not sure I even understand "conceptual art."
It seems to me that conceptualizing is not art; it is what the mind does when not kept busy by real work. The article seems a timid attempt to spell out the real definition of "conceptual art." It is spelled B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T.
I nearly fell off my chair when I got to the part where SPACES director Christopher Lynn proposes he sell the building they're in. That makes sense if you deal in ideas as art. It proposes the art world of SPACES goes up in smoke, like the ethereal fart of a newborn baby. This guy Lynn is a comedian and doesn't even know it. He's a mime without a body. He raises it all to fine mist that blows away in the slightest breeze.
If Lynn wants nothing, then let him quit and go sit with the mystics who have truly raised the mind to a high art.
SET YOUR OWN LIMITS
The reason voters choose the same people over and over again is the same reason corporations continually keep the same people in their leadership positions: It is a serious job that requires talented professionals ["Good Government Gone Bad?", August 18, 2010]. And just like corporations, the longer someone is in that position, the better he understands the environment he is working in and the better job he will do. If he doesn't work out, we can always fire him by voting him out of office.
The values this country center on have to do more with choice in a democracy than term limits. If all politicians are corrupt and selfish, it is because we are failing as voters. But that is a problem that should be addressed through voter education or sane public discourse — not mandatory term limits. Supporters of term limits don't seem to trust the voters or the democratic process. They want to take away the choice of keeping someone in office. I can decide when it's time to replace a politician for myself — in the voting booth.