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Wash Over

To the Editor:

It’ll be a sad day in America when the water runs out. I wondered when that would happen after reading Rick Marshall’s insightful article on the subject [“To the Last Drop,” Dec. 2]. I imagined myself walking three miles one way to obtain fresh water, just to walk back carrying it in a water jug on my head. That sure would make me later for work in the morning, not to mention late for everything else in the day.

I sincerely appreciate being made aware of such findings as I, just like any Northeastern American, have taken the daily use of water for my shower, my coffee and many such like things for granted, assuming there will always be enough. Never once did I stop to think that one day when I turn on the faucet, no water will make an appearance. This country has always been able to supply its citizens with the basic necessities such as water. It’s an amazing thing that something as natural as water can become a political monster being debated from one government official to another. I’m sure without the red tape involved we would all just simply run out of water without warning. At least the constant talking and planning by these officials awaken those who do not pay attention to the ever approaching threat of a water shortage so we’re not taken by surprise.

For a certainty I am now going to join the thousands of conscientious Americans who conserve water by taking shorter showers and by turning the water off when I brush my teeth. I hope many others will join me in this endeavor after being made aware of the water shortage that may be coming.

Rhondine Shine


You’re No Fun

To the Editor:

Somewhere during the first act of Finding Neverland, Charles Frohman (Dustin Hoffman) consoles J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) by telling him that the critics have ruined everything. The word “play” no longer stands for its original meaning; the critics, you see, have taken the fun out of theater.

Congratulations to Laura Leon [“Who Killed Tinkerbell?” Cinema, Dec. 2] for following in the footsteps of early 20th-century critics by blasting a movie she clear missed the meaning of.

While Ms. Leon focuses on inane aspects of the movie such as Sylvia Llewellyn Davies’ healthy appearance prior to her death (because we all know people who look healthy never die from undisclosed illnesses), to her history lesson about the real-life death of Peter (this relates to the movie how?), the beautiful aspects of the storytelling offered to the audience fly over her head like Pan on a cloudy London evening.

Certainly the energy and silliness Depp brought to Pirates of the Caribbean is not prevalent in his performance as Barrie. Of course he is no longer playing Captain Jack Sparrow, Ms. Leon, but a conflicted playwright bemused with the notion that the love of his life provides little inspiration compared to a strange woman and four children he found wandering through a park.

And what should we make of Ms. Leon’s disgust for the lack of physicality between Barrie and Sylvia the widow? Certainly no reasonable person would assume they had such an amazing relationship without consummating it in a truly unPan-like moment. However, we come back to the base of Finding Neverland, which is, of course, the innocence of children. The untainted happiness that sometimes clashes with moments of pain adults cannot comprehend.

In the end, the movie may have been nothing more than a story of staying young, and finding the stress-free bliss that accompanies childhood. Or it may have been about the incessant anxiety that brilliance often creates inside of those who carry its heavy burden. Or it may have simply told the story of unquestioned love—free of attraction, guilt, and conclusion. In reality though, it was the story of all three.

Unfortunately, Ms. Leon portrays the old, stuffy elitists that Barrie struggles to please in the premiere of his masterpiece.

Jay Allen



For all those who were concerned when they read in “Conservatively Optimistic” (Newsfront, Dec. 2), that Joe Sullivan was “pleased that George W. Bush had carried the city’s southwestern zip code 12208,” there’s good news: Though Sullivan believed so, Bush did not carry 12208, nor in fact any ward or election district in the city of Albany. We sheepishly apologize for not catching the mistake. Sullivan also regrets the error, which was due to a misunderstanding on his part of an election-results Web site.

Also, we neglected to make clear that there is a dispute over the city Republican leadership. Joe Sullivan is not considered to be the chair by the Albany County Republicans, and he does not represent their viewpoints or the viewpoints of city Republicans who work with the county.

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