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Repression in Miami

Thank you for printing the article on police repression at the FTAA protests in Miami ("Police State" by Steve Fennessy, Dec. 3). As activists who were in Miami, we can personally attest to the incredible police violence and trampling of fundamental constitutional rights. We strongly encourage everyone outraged by this article to contact the Miami city government and police and let them know what you think. The analysis of the adverse effects the FTAA will have on workers and the environment was likewise appreciated (a welcome break from the usual media focus on "tattooed and pierced protestors"). Despite reports to the contrary, the movement against corporate globalization and exploitation is growing, making new connections with grassroots groups and local organizing, even in Charlotte. We encourage all you pissed off people to stand up for human dignity and empowerment in the face of repression and capitalist greed.

-- Jason Bailey, Leanne Finnigan, Sophie Nguyen, David Phillips, Ben Webster, Charlotte (barakti_collective@hotmail.com)

Poor Quinn

Jesus, get over it, Quinn! It doesn't take much to make you feel "queasy and confined," does it ("Surreal Security, Part 1," Dec. 3)? I'm not sure if it's sympathy you're after, or whether you're just trying to sound clever but I really don't consider having to show your ID and boarding pass a couple times to be anywhere near mistreatment. Here's some advice: take a deep breath, have your ID and boarding pass in hand so you don't have to get all dramatic by "digging them out" (oh the humanity!), and realize that in the whole scheme of things the treatment you received is hardly cruel or unusual. Oh, and perhaps you can spare us Part 2?

-- Sean Mandell, Statesville

Editor's Note: See Part 2 in this week's issue.

Bra Supporter

Regarding your cover story, "No Support" (by Jessica Seigel, Nov.26): That was an attractive subject and I read the article. As a man, I realized that I take many things for granted. Thanks for the enlightening and creative article.

-- Boris B. DeLaine

Focus on Good Parenting

We are writing in response to "Adopting an Attitude" (by Tara Servatius, Nov. 26) regarding the adoption of twins by a gay couple. The prevailing opinion by professionals who deal with child and family issues is that a parent's sexual orientation is unrelated to his/her ability to be a good parent. The following major organizations support gay men and lesbians as parents: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association, Child Welfare League of America, American Bar Association, American Psychiatric Association, North American Council on Adoptable Children, and others.

In addition, North Carolina law clearly allows foster parenting and adoption without any limitation based on one's sexual orientation. The focus is on good parenting, as it should be.

MeckPAC supports foster parenting and adoption by qualified parents, gay and straight. We encourage the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services and Youth & Family Services to continue to seek out and select gay men and lesbians as foster parents and adoptive parents.

-- Connie J. Vetter and Phil Wells, Mecklenburg Gay & Lesbian Political Action Committee

We Need the Rep

Thank you for your coverage of the recent challenges faced by Charlotte Repertory Theatre ("Rep Gives Up Their Porsche," by Perry Tannenbaum, Dec. 10). There is no question that these are troubled times at Charlotte Rep, one of the most respected theatre companies in North Carolina. Those of us who work to support and advocate for theatre in this state have great hope for the Rep's future success. That success, however, will not happen by itself.

Few who know the history of Charlotte Rep need be reminded of the fiscal crisis that faced the company in the early 1990's, or the political challenges surrounding Angels in America. Three strengths got Charlotte Rep through those years: sensible board and staff leadership, a strong foundation of support from the people of Charlotte, and long-standing relationships with members of the arts community there and statewide. I believe that the ability of Charlotte Rep to emerge in good health from its current situation is dependent on whether those strengths are still present.

I am confident that Debbie Fitts and her staff understand what is needed to bring the Rep through these times. I know many theatre professionals in Charlotte who are ready to lend a hand, and the statewide theatre community stands ready to help in any way we can. We want the people of Charlotte to know that North Carolina needs Charlotte Rep.

Right now, I venture to say, they need us as well.

-- Terry Milner, Exec. Director, NC Theatre Conference, Raleigh

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