Re: "The God and the Infidel" by Don Hazen (CL, August 28), I really enjoyed the article and I couldn't agree more with the writer. We need both Springsteen and Earle in these times, they're two sides of the same coin. Bruce's new CD isn't as great as the hype, but who cares, I'll always love him. Earle's CDs are always among the year's best. I'm glad someone wrote something good about Earle's courage, not like the country music dork at the Observer who told Earle to "get a clue." Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! -- Ray Perfage, Charlotte
A BlessingGod Bless Steve Earle!
-- Wiley Strafer, Charlotte
Super-DisgustedI was completely disgusted by the letter from Dennis J. DeBalso ("Disgusted," August 28). Like anybody else, I feel for the family of Officer Futrell. His death was a tragedy, but just as Ms. Servatius said in her article, it was "a needless tragedy." It's not an invasion of Mrs. Futrell's privacy to write an article about someone who perished while in public service, especially if his demise was the result of an idiotic public policy such as the criminalization of marijuana. Keep up the good work! -- Sarah Cornwall
Nutty Kiss Fan
Re: "Scene and Herd" by Tim Davis (CL, August 28), I could say all the angry things I'm feeling, but I really take offense at your comments. Kiss helped me through mental illness and you're trying to steal the magic. Their music is well-played, catchy and stupid. That's why I love it. When I want to think I read Horace or Ovid; I don't listen to pseudo-intellectual rock stars like REM, Sting or Bono; they are all sanctimonious fools. Kiss' music is foolish, but at least they admit it. Kiss kept me entertained while suffering from bipolar disorder. How many albums of theirs have you heard? Your answer will be "too many." Why try to ruin a good party? -- Unsigned
Impervious To Satire
Gene Simmons is 53, not 81 like you said in your very hasty article. If you're gonna be rude at least be correct in what you say!
-- An Angry Kiss Fan
Nerdy and Proud
After reading your little blurb on the Kiss expo, I was pissed. Maybe it stings because I like Kiss and they are the reason I play today, but damn -- if you hate Kiss, why would you cover a Kiss expo? How many bands could have an expo and have hundreds of people show up -- and the band not even be there? Don't you think there might be some people who read CL that might like Kiss, or even if they don't like them might want to know what a Kiss expo is and what goes on? You shed no light on this at all. I was impressed just by the fact that so many people were there. The picture beside the article was of Kiss fans having the time of their life, but when placed beside your text it paints them as total losers. That's not fair. And now here I am defending their honor, writing a letter of complaint (which I never do) and realizing that I am a Kiss nerd, and proud of it. -- Barry Hannibal, Charlotte
Let me get one thing out of the way in a hurry. As a music critic, You suck. I'm sure you would rather be at the George Michael expo than a Kiss expo. Kiss may not have been Queen musically, but you don't get by on makeup/lightshow/codpiece and the breathing fire element for 30 years! As for Gene Simmons having a "cow-tongue" and being "81," it just goes to show that you are not informed, nor are you a witty writer. You are a bitter litter man (sic) who only see the bad in (sic) Why not attend a Kiss expo in north Jersey and read your article to the crowd? I'm sure they would love to hear what you think. And afterwards I could drive you to the hospital to have that dragon boot pulled out of your bloody ass. -- J.F.S.
It's Not Just Women
Elizabeth Chapel's Sex & the Queen City is the first thing I read every week in Creative Loafing. Her articles have enlightened me of the woman's point of view; yet at the same time, a lot of the things she mentions are the same type of issues men go through, too. For example, in this week's article, "Survival of the Fetish," she writes, "We relish the thought of dating someone who has no issues with children, or child support, or alimony payments that come with ex-wives." I can say that a lot of men feel the same way. Although it's not entirely the only reason why men may want someone younger. Keep up the great work.
-- Jack Foy, Charlotte