What a piece of trash NUVO is Where do I start? I realize my response to your article is fruitless (Hammer, “Yard Signs and Vandals,” Oct. 13-20).

You think you’re funny with “My Bitch Mitch” comments but I think you’re crude. That comment is something I’d expect in a high school locker room.

You talk about the idiocy of putting yard signs in your yard, but you pontificate your liberal, biased views in your article. What’s the difference?

For the record, I agree with you on one thing. Joe Kernan is a gentleman. I think he’s a fine man. But no one can argue that the last several years, the O’Bannon/Kernan Administration was fraught with scandal, and more importantly, lack of accountability. Everything from the “Build Indiana Fund” to the pension manager with a criminal record. Millions of state funds have been lost. And someone has to take the blame.

And where’s your criticism of Kernan’s negative campaigning? Oh how convenient it is to scream “Negative Campaigning!” when the target is a Democrat like Julia Carson. But when the horse dung is thrown the other way, it’s “taking the high road” as you put it. You’re a hypocrite.

If you are going to blame Bush for our current economic situation, who do you blame for the condition of Indiana’s economy? Let’s see, we’re ranked in the 40s in many economic categories. Comparable to Mississippi and Arkansas (the home of your previous ethically-handicapped president). That’s a proud record for O’Bannon and Kernan, isn’t it? Probably has something to do with why Kernan wasn’t going to run originally.

You and I both know that Mitch Daniels has run a better campaign. That’s a fact. IPALCO is a sticky issue. No doubt. But who was the governor/lieutenant governor that approved the sale of the company? Hmmm. Oh yeah. O’Bannon/Kernan.

It’s articles like yours that remind me what a piece of trash NUVO is. I would’ve put my comments in a yard sign, but I’d hate to have one of your vandal friends arrested for trashing it.

P.S. I also think it’s ironic that you have a cigarette in your mouth on the same page that NUVO is running an ad for www.whitelies.tv regarding the dangers of smoking.

Christopher C. Hirschfeld

Indianapolis

Soapbox I have just finished reading your piece in NUVO and am absolutely aghast at the vehemence of your diatribe (Hammer, “Life or Death,” Oct. 27-Nov. 3). I hope and pray your predictions are as substantive as the paper they are written on. I am wondering if your commentary is done “tongue in cheek” or you have marbles for brains. No matter who I vote for on Tuesday, I still cherish the right of free speech you so grandly take advantage of to bash another human being. And I am quite certain just about every other American, including George W. Bush, will defend your right to stand on a soapbox and rant.

Michael D. Cise

Indianapolis

Unbiased manner? Your political briefs of Oct. 20 (Dispatch, Oct. 20-27) brought a real smile. Your first report discussed and gave a negative spin on a pro-Bush and negative Kerry interview by Van Odell. This was followed by a positive review of anti-Bush film Hijacking Catastrophe 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire and gave one location of obtaining information as the Butler College Democrats. This was followed by the announcement of the free screening of the anti-Bush film Fahrenheit 9/11. This was then followed by a column on people protesting the pro-Bush, anti-Kerry broadcast, Stolen Honor, where you gave the Web site so that readers could log on to find out how they could help to censor Sinclair’s presentation. If your editors maintain that they try to present information to its readers in an unbiased manner this political briefs page certainly lends itself to the opposite.

Kenny Stall

Greenwood

Brain washed I would just like you to know that I agree with you and I too will be voting for Mr. Kerry and Mr. Edwards and I have encouraged everyone that I know to vote for them as well (Hammer, “Life or Death,” Oct. 27-Nov. 3).

You see, my husband is in Iraq and if they let him vote he is voting for Bush, I can’t believe it. When I talk to him he sounds like he’s brain washed — oh, you know, only one tone in his voice, never gets excited about anything, never will answer anything straight forward, always repeating I believe we are here to provide a stronger America, blah blah. I don’t even know this person anymore.

It’s very sad and I feel sorry for him.

Posted by Mary Ann Beuke

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Crowd participation When people pay their hard earned money to see a local band perform, more often than not, they go to see the headlining act. Seeing as how the headlining act was Blackberry Jam, most of the audience was NOT there to see the opening act, the Shivers, who happen to be finalists of the Battle of the Bands (Music, “Shivers Perform Bravely,” Oct. 27-Nov. 3).

The Shivers’ music does not particularly lend itself to crowd participation, especially since the lyrics are very repetitive, and the beats are too similar to even know when one song begins and another ends. How is it that a Battle of the Bands finalist is only able to perform songs that “almost demand audience participation.” If the band is as good as Angela Smith-Johnson believes they are, no matter what audience they play for should not be “hanging back.”

Any onlooker at the Patio that night would see that Blackberry Jam did more than demand crowd participation ... they expected it ... where as the Shivers offered little to participate in. Smith-Johnson says that the Shivers “maintained ... a lively stage presence, for a crowd not reciprocating as much as they could have.” I strongly disagree. Although the Shivers certainly did pummel through their music loudly, perhaps it was to make up for their lack of creative lyrics and exciting stage presence. The Shivers did NOT try to elicit audience participation, nor did they really look like they were enjoying themselves on stage. How is an audience supposed to be excited about a band when the band doesn’t even look like they are into their performance?

In order for the day to come that the Shivers “play for audiences who show up just to see them, not somebody else,” they need to take a few cues from the HEADLINING band, Blackberry Jam; such as having creative, meaningful lyrics, expecting and initiating crowd participation and actually moving on the stage other than strumming a guitar or beating on a drum.

Posted by Jen

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