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Sign language: In regard to Josh Ziegler's strip of May 12 (Backwash), I can't tell you how amazed and impressed I was to finally see someone, anyone, draw attention to one of the most humorous but perplexing trends in local business: burned-out sign letters. Ziegler's clever idea to juxtapose the phenomenon with Wheel of Fortune rhetoric was absolute genius.

I, too, have noticed the trend, and it is rather peculiar, when you think about it, that there would be such an epidemic of burned-out sign letters all across town. If you would like another example -- and I'm not making this up -- consider one I saw a few months back. The buffet restaurant "Golden Corral" in Blue Springs became "Golden _orral," which wouldn't be incredibly funny by itself, except for the fact that there is a brightly lit Priscilla's Novelty & Gift shop right across the street to help one put this new version of the restaurant's sign in a very unappetizing context.

Richard Dalton

City seen: I have been meaning to write you a long time now about how much I appreciate the Derf's The City comics. The artwork is very stylistic, the content is very topical and current, the true stories are hilarious, and the strip is not afraid to kick some political-socioeconomic rear end when it is called for.

In this age of fearmongering and the press being afraid of Dick Cheney's shadow, it is refreshing to have some kind of incisive commentary, even if it has to be in the guise of a comic.

Bryant Miller Olathe

Tony the Tiger
Safe at home: Thank you for having the cojones (as Tony Peña would say) to report on his activities off the field (KC Strip, "Royally Screwed," May 19). Good riddance to that slimeball.

John Minnick
Kansas City, Missouri

We feel your Peña: You know, Monica Locke has children whose welfare and feelings are also at stake here. Is it truly in their best interest to have their mother dragged through the mud? Nice of their father to consider this. Whether or not Monica had an affair with anyone is really irrelevant to this case. Kelly Locke and Dave Sexton are showboating and trying to make names for themselves.

Name Withheld by Request

Tony was a playa: Certainly this story is newsworthy, as the manager bailed on his team just because of some personal problems he had to work through. But for goodness sakes, all Peña did was get a little pussy from the girl next door. Is Kelly Locke so upset that he has to bring this into the public? Seems to me he is looking for a little more than just half-custody of the kids. As for his wife, I had respect for her getting a little on the side, but she's going to fuck up her kids if they don't get to spend some time with their dad. It's time for them both to move on, share in the responsibility for the kids, stay away from each other and just keep on getting laid elsewhere. As for Tony Peña, he was a great player and did great things for the Royals as manager.

Name Withheld by Request

Shelf Life
Someone beer this bookworm: Loved the article on the new Young Friends of the Library group (Night Ranger, May 12). I'm just writing in response to footnote No. 1. (Kudos on finding a way to use footnotes, by the way!) That water noise was the fountain in the greenery area. Do you remember something that looked like a 20-foot-tall Plexiglas tube? That was actually a fountain. Not a really grand one, but the noise was nice. At least until it broke in the early '90s. Bummer. So where's my drink?

Sheryl Nance-Durst
Oakview, Missouri

Measure for Measure
Monitor feedback: While I've enjoyed reading Jason Harper's writing since he took over the music editor spot, his recent piece regarding monitor speakers is positive proof that he's seldom, if ever, been on the other side of the footlights (Wayward Son, May 12).

I've been performing for audiences longer than most patrons of El Torreon have been alive. A good monitor mix can help make a musical performance a transcendent experience. A lousy monitor feed can be worse than a bad day in hell. If it's too quiet or out of balance, a singer can blow out his voice in one or two songs. If it's too loud, permanent hearing damage can result in no time.

I agree that walking out on a performance is a drastic and unprofessional thing to do. But those of us who try to do this as an avocation really want to sound as good as conditions will allow when we are in front of people. It's a shame that others in this business can have such a casual attitude toward such an important part of playing music.

Darrell Lea

Parse snatching: And the award for the worst sentence in music journalism for 2005 is ... "Behind the titular smirk and sarcastic band name, you won't find derisive piss takes on the genres so evoked." This is the lead sentence of a CD review in the May 12 issue of the Pitch. The reviewer is Ray Cummings, the album is the Punks' Thank You for the Alternative Rock. But the question is: What does it mean? If you can parse this sentence for me or any of your dear readers, I would be much obliged.

Ben Embry

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