Thursday, May 17, 2001
Bring Back ResortWhat was all the hype ("Desolation Rows," April 26)? Visiting the newly "renovated" Galaxy 6 Theater was more than a disappointment. New carpet and fancy uniforms would not be my description of "renovated." I simply asked for butter on my popcorn and the employee literally rolled her eyes at me. That was a warming welcome to Century Theaters.
They have not released a new movie since they opened. The seats are still uncomfortable, with broken arm rests and missing cup holders. The air conditioning remains unnoticeable, hot and stuffy as usual. The bathroom reeked the same stench. No one there seems to know what they were doing and management looked like a high school work experience class.
So Century was supposed to be a God to the city's moviegoing experience? Maybe someone forgot to tell them this is Monterey, not Salinas. Thankfully, Resort Theaters did not hand over all their theaters in the area. Personally, I think service is far more important than carpet. I have always received excellent customer service from a friendly and professional staff at Resort.
One last thing--Pepsi is better than Coke.
--ROSEANNA RADER, SEASIDE
Just a SuggestionI was delighted to see the piece by Catherine Coburn in the Weekly ("Counter Intuitive," May 3). I have missed her knowledgeable reports on Monterey County chefs and cuisine. It would be marvelous if she could resume writing weekly for the paper so that you could retire Ray Napolitano, who knows virtually nothing about cuisine or cooking.
--CHARLES HIGGINS, CARMEL VALLEY
Be Very AfraidMichael Dionne's opinion (April 5) is one to be wary of. He says "the state of our military... is weak." Compared to what? I wonder. No one is suggesting that we dismantle our Armed Forces, but the U.S. military is stronger than the next 10 combined, most of which are our allies. There's a catch-22 in Dionne's words, "America needs to keep itself ready"--which is, those responsible for keeping it "ready" have the most to loose if the world became a safer place. So, we must fear war "even on our own soil," as he says?
Does anyone believe that China could sustain a war on our turf if we couldn't on China's? If we want "a fruitful and productive relationship" between China and ourselves, as President Bush said, then why are we flying spy planes along their coast? Wouldn't satellites do? How would we react if they did the same to us?
This is another example of why we need to get money out of politics. We can't allow the Pentagon or politicians bought by military contractors to be the ones theoretically seeking peace. There is an obvious conflict of interest. Yet Mr. Dionne thinks that to defy the plans of our military is to "consider yourself non-American." These are dangerous words indeed. Pay attention.
--PHILIP SCHAFER, MONTEREY