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Hair Do Indeed

To the Editor

It’s Thanksgiving morning. I just finished reading “Hair Man Don’t” [Letters, Dec. 2]. I don’t get it! Why the ugly towards Hair Man? I started listening to Hair Man on WRPI a year or so ago. I am amazed at what he spins on the radio, the music! The other day he played, back to back, a killer Pink Floyd cover song sung by a female vocalist and a Neil Young cover by Roy Buchanan. He’s spinning music that nobody else is spinning, not here, not Wakovia, not New York City. Sure, he rants on and on and he loses himself sometimes, but he gets me laughing and he’s far better than the monotony you get everywhere else on the radio.

He’s not the leech Don Drewecki says he is; he’s not the blathering egregious embarrassment Robert Henrickson says he is. Hair Man is different for sure, but he’s not harming anyone. Why the animosity? I sense a bias here. He’s different guys! He’s not what you want him to be. He is he, and he is doing no harm to anyone as far as I can see. And O the music he spins! A leech sucks blood from the body. Hair Man offers nutriment to the soul.

Don says “He says nothing intelligent or illuminating about the vinyl he plays.” What matters, Don, is that he is putting the music out at all. He is educating an audience, moving an audience. It’s the music that moves, not the biography of the musician.

Robert says Hair Man is a vacuous blowhard. Ouch! I am a good judge of character, and I say Hair Man is more an intellectual object who may not be pro at imparting the totality of his communication, but an A for effort he gets for trying, for being who hi is, simple he.

The artistic vision that Don mentions is to know to look for the little bits and pieces that come from the whole, those are where the genius lies, the wisdom. Hair Man is better than what the duo claim to be.

Hair Man said the other day, “Us humans are like tiny specks of dust floating in the air.” I admire his philosophy, his individuality, his skill at wittiness. He’s simple, he’s not complicated. He’s not a Mozart, but I bet he’s close to a Schweitzer spiritually. A Thoreau Hair Man is. That would make him a rare breed, which does not imply “a bad thing.”

Hair Man is but one dose of my global, local, astronomical, spiritual, conservative, liberal, creative, zany, humorous, open pursuits. He is a large dose, as I get much out of what he does on radio. After that first experience with Hair Man I’ve been stuck like shavings of steel stick to a magnet. RPI and the community at large ought be thankful for having him around. I sure am! I appreciate the music he puts out, the diversity. I think he deserves better than what the two letter writters dished out to him last week in your rag.

Charlie Stehlin

Troy

 

Client Nein

To the Editor:

Due to I what understand was essentially a typo, David King’s column “The More Things Change” [State Bulletin, Dec. 2] incorrectly stated that New York Sate Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver “opposes requiring legislators’ lawyers to reveal their clients.” What the article meant to say was that the change sought by reformists was that legislators who are lawyers, rather than attorneys of those legislators, reveal their client lists. The pros and cons of this issue raise some interesting points.

The reason for this proposal is clear—lawmakers who are attorneys may have clients with business before the state and therefore may, under the present cover of secrecy, seek to benefit them through kickbacks. However, the under the rules of the New York State Bar Association, the identities of an attorney’s clients are often privileged, and therefore attorney- lawmakers complain they are being unfairly singled out. They also cite hypothetical cases where, for example, a battered wife seeking a divorce without her husband’s knowledge could be exposed by the proposed requirement if she were the client of a legislator who was a matrimonial attorney.

Moreover, when Gov. David Paterson tried to get ethics reform enacted earlier this year, the Legislature offered to require its members who are lawyers with clients having business before the state to reveal the names of those clients, but the that compromise failed when he vetoed the Legislature’s version of the ethics measure as being insufficient.

Glenn Weiser

Albany

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