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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Louisville is CheapCary Stemle said Forecastle was “not bad, not bad at all” (LEO, Aug. 1). Also, he said “tickets were CHEAP.” Either someone told him to say these things (LEO sponsored the event) or he is a totally uninformed LEO editor not living in reality. Ask anyone who went to the overpriced flop — Forecastle was essentially a total bust. Nobody went! Most of the people there worked there in some way or another. And the reason? No, not the clouds, or even the rain Friday. It was too dang expensive! I feel terrible for him, but J.K. should have had better “foresight.” Everyone is poor these days, especially young people, the targeted attendees. Even the people with money were complaining of the price. Every single person I spoke to who went and paid to get in said, “This price is like wtf!” As I recall, the over-inflated price was the main topic of conversation there. Some of my friends who went and paid the blasphemous $15 to get in said that while they were at the entrance emptying their pockets, many people walked up planning to go in, but on seeing the price, walked away — scores of them. If the event was to be successful, it should have been free or maybe $5. This is really how the public felt about it.Dave Mancini, Louisville, bass player for The Glasspack

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Smoked Compromise Love it or hate it, it’s the law! Chubby Ray’s has been open 15 years, and this has got to be the biggest NEGATIVE impact on our business that I have ever seen. Even 9/11 was nothing like this. Approximately 60 percent or more of our regular guests smoke, and even though they have not given up on us completely, this first week of non-smoking has been a disaster.Our budget is based on “X” number of dollars coming in and out. We were accomplishing that before the smoking ban with steady growth. The first week of the smoking ban, our sales were off 30 percent. I can’t absorb a 30-percent reduction in sales for any sustained period. I can lay people off, but that’s only part of my overhead. Insurance, mortgage payments, utilities, etc., stay the same regardless of how much we sell.The compromise of separate dining rooms with separate ventilation would have worked for everyone, but they couldn’t see that. I think within the next year, approximately 25-30 percent of the dine-in restaurants will close. The good thing is that even though it is a smaller customer base, it won’t be divided up as much. I just hope I will be one of the few that makes it until then. I am very bitter about the whole issue. This is how I feed my family.Even the tobacco farmers got a federal buy-out when they reduced their price support system. Where’s the love for people like me?It’s really unfortunate that King Jerry and his royal court (the Metro Council) find it necessary to decide what’s best for everyone, with no room for compromise. I hope everyone will keep that in mind in the next election and vote for change.“Chubby Ray” Perkins, Louisville (www.chubbyrays.com)Apologies By ProxyRecently, a 4-year-old child went missing in a nearby neighborhood. The gender and race of this child are immaterial. When a child goes missing or is killed in a community, each of us should consider that child as our own child. We should all behave as if this tragedy is happening to our own families. Instead, many of us run to the posting sites beneath news service updates and condemn the mother for neglecting to be omniscient. I am dismayed to read statements such as: “She should have kept a better eye on the child,” or “That’s what she gets for being distracted.” Shame on all of you who post things like this. I pity you, because as a former member of the holier-than-thou club, I happen to know that there is one quote that is truer than any other I have ever heard: “Pride goeth before the fall.”I am sad to think of the karmic retribution in store for you and yours. Good mothers also empathize. So we should also pity you people who lash out with your ugly self-righteousness at a woman who is trapped in a hellish horror story. We should feel sorry that you don’t have enough love and true righteousness inside to realize that this mother is you. This child is your child. This crime affects us all. It is our problem. This is our community, and it is utterly unsafe.To the parents of the child in question, I am truly sorry for the agony you are experiencing. I am sorry that some “people” out there would rather condemn you than help you. It is NOT your fault that there are monsters in the world. It is NOT your fault that children can’t play safely in your own backyard for less than 10 minutes in this country. It is NOT your fault. And I am sorry for the additional atrocities strangers are heaping on you, instead of either tending their own gardens or truly giving care to the community one.To you others, there will come a day when you will go to look for your own child, and he or she will not be where you expect them to be. You may have only turned for a moment, but your heart will leap. You will feel all the blood rush through you as you experience a most terrifying panic. If you are lucky, your son or daughter will appear in seconds and fail to notice your terror, as he or she skips past you on the way to the next activity. You will probably fail to notice how grateful and lucky you are.Ende Myers, Louisville

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Erosia Xtra‘A trembling’ still echoesLEO received a number of responses to “A trembling in the universe,” Scott Robinson’s June 27 cover story, which detailed his firsthand experience on the night that 15-year-old Tyler Dumstorf shot two Indiana sheriff’s deputies, killing one before fatally wounding himself. Read that piece here: http://leoweekly.com/?q=node/4962.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Outside the FireI have been impressed with the objectivity LEO has demonstrated in recent coverage of the Metro Council’s smoking ban, especially after an editorial last year referred to it as “bullshit.” The long-awaited Freedom to Breathe Act is good for the economic viability of the community and will allow Louisville to move into the 21st century. My work has put me in the company of both college students and conventioneers visiting Louisville who have expressed shock and dismay that Louisville does not already have a smoking ban. During a recent conversation, a Lexington resident asked: “You mean they let people smoke in bars? Ugh, I would never go out.” To which a Bloomington resident responded: “Yeah, going to clubs in Louisville is like going back in time.”The argument has been made that the government shouldn’t infringe on the rights of business owners to make their own policies regarding legal products. But there are numerous laws to protect the public in privately owned businesses such as fire safety regulations, child labor laws, electrical codes, lead and asbestos contamination, liquor licenses, health inspections and so on. Fireworks and motorcycles are legal products, but they are not allowed to emit smoke and gas indoors either.While I agree in principle with the position of the Metro Louisville Hospitality Coalition that exempting Churchill Downs is unfair, the racetrack is already exempt from the state’s anti-gambling laws and no one is suing over that exception to the rule. Obviously the members of the MLHC were playing the discrimination card as a smokescreen to stop the ban. Sadly, these business owners missed out on a great opportunity. All the non-smokers in Louisville who have wine parties at home, play billiards in the basement and listen to “live music” on TV will now venture out to clubs. Every other city in the country that has passed a smoking ban has seen an increase in revenue, employment, liquor license applications and attendance.Bars and club owners who wasted time and money opposing the ban now have the opportunity to turn a “Corner” and rise like a “Phoenix” out of the ashtray to open the “Door” to new customers who have been avoiding their polluted establishments for years. Or as Elmo of Elmo’s Martini Lounge said: “Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a lawsuit, I spent a thousand dollars building a patio.”Jacob Zimmer, Louisville

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.