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May 20, 2009

Inbox — May 20, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Varying Views

I found Stephen George’s weekly column on the incident involving J.D. Sparks and the Jefferson County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner (LEO Weekly, May 13) an interesting and lively reading about what appears to be very strange and somewhat violent behavior by some little-known conservative zealot. I am not sure it was interesting or important enough to occupy the editor’s column (slow week?), but the conclusions offered at the end are just ridiculous fodder to attempt to stoke the emotions of the liberal versions of Sparks among the LEO readership.

To conclude the “there is something wrong in America when a guy like Sparks feels like he can physically assault a credentialed, working reporter” implies that there should be some sort of government agency to monitor and prevent people from feeling like they can commit an illegal act. How about “there must be something wrong with J.D. Sparks because of the way he expressed his viewpoint” and leave it at that? And somehow, this guy’s behavior is tied to the Bush administration by George. Maybe this leap of logic will be a topic of a future column.

Keep up the usually good work, LEO.

Larry Schaefer, Wolf Creek

Guns Go Round

Based on the J.D. Sparks incident (LEO Weekly, May 13) and the panic buying of guns since Barack Obama’s election, I would say the gun lobby has become borderline psychotic in its fears that a major anti-gun shift is imminent.

To them, I ask: What in the name of Annie Oakley are you worried about? Last fall, your side won the most decisive U.S. Supreme Court anti-gun control decision ever, and the five who voted to strike down a D.C. gun ban are nowhere near leaving the court (unless they all decide to go hunting with Dick Cheney).

Meanwhile, candidate Obama’s reaction to the ruling was neutral and lethargic, and gun control remains about issue No. 4,768 on the Democratic priority list.

I’ve always regarded one-issue thinking as a wasteland, but now I see it can be downright warping of one’s grasp of reality.

George Morrison, Original Highlands

Conventional Spinning

Last week’s feature story “Turning the Tables” was truly eccentric and well researched. I gather the gist of the article indicates these lady DJs are using their spinning talents as techno calling cards for their niche-market socializing, arguably diversifying Louisville’s nightlife, although anybody can join the fun. Good for them.

The suggestion of DJs (in general) as working musicians begs the question if the hardware, turntables, iPod mixers and the like would fit the conventional definition of a musical instrument, which they don’t, as opposed to the application of turntableism, in a skilled “operator’s” hand, providing an opportunity to re-create a solo music mix, or interacting with conventional musicians, like at a hip-hop show, to create new music.

Personally, I would rather play the piano or a Hammond B-3 organ at a gig.

Lance Crady, East End

Iroquois Eyesore

I have a bone to pick with you, Louisville. Much ado has been made about the state of disrepair of the Pavilion at Big Rock, but what about an entire Olmsted Park that has become an Eyesore? I’m referring to the much-neglected Iroquois Park in the South End. Next time you’re eating at Vietnam Kitchen, head on up the road to Iroquois to see what I mean. Why not feature the falling-down, graffiti-covered City Overlook as the Eyesore? Or any one of the derelict, litter-strewn picnic pavilions scattered throughout the park? Iroquois is a gem, and we in Louisville are letting it fall apart. And why? Where else can you get the view from the top of that overlook? Where else can you go horseback riding within city limits AND catch an outdoor performance at an amphitheater?

The park has by far one of the best playgrounds/splash parks in the city, and yet I’m too afraid to take my young son hiking on the many overgrown and neglected trails for fear of all the broken glass and drug-related activity that goes on there. Every few years, the city takes notice of Iroquois’s downfall, and money is spent on building trails or restoring the overlook; but then, no money is allocated to maintain them and they quickly fall into ruin. Iroquois Park has only become this way because we in Louisville have let it. The cash-strapped Metro Parks has already had to close our beloved Otter Creek Park due to neglect and lack of attendance; don’t let this South End gem be next.

Katherine Johnson, Clifton

Props to Asiatique

Emily Bonden’s restaurant piece on Asiatique left me with my jaw on the floor (LEO Weekly, Nightlife Guide, April 29). I dine out frequently and find that Asiatique is one of my perennial faves in Louisville. I was surprised by her dislike of the ambiance. The entire place is chic and upscale and, yes, a bit mysterious. However, if she had bothered to even do a minimal amount of exploring, she would have found a lounge downstairs that is both comfortable and friendly. The restaurant’s main dining facility is downright awesome. It allows for privacy while still not being alone. As for the cuisine, I consider it not to be Asian but Asian fusion with a nice hint of American and French. I am always delighted with the dishes I get there. Their originality in creating interesting blends of flavors and textures as well as visually appealing plates are what keep me coming back. Asiatique may not be for everyone. However, for those who do like something unique, it can’t be beat.

Stepheni Wilson, Highlands