April 4, 2005

Sticker Shock
One hundred thousand dollars and up for a summer rental? I had to pick myself up off the floor after reading S. Jhoanna Robledo’s “The Everything Guide to: Summer Rentals” [March 28]. For $25,000, I have two waterfalls on ten private acres, a trout stream, rose and raspberry bushes, not to mention a beautiful country house, in Lakeville, Connecticut, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Ms. Robledo is welcome to come for tea. I enjoyed her article even though it made me turn green.
—Joanne Kuskin, Cornwall Bridge, Conn.

Was it really necessary to include two foie gras dishes at two of the most expensive restaurants in the city [“Best of New York: Eating,” March 14–21] ? Do all your readers make seven-figure salaries?
—Eden Packer, Manhattan

The Great Wrong Way
Regarding the story on Spamalot [“King Mike and the Quest for the Broadway Grail,” by Bill Zehme, March 14–21]: Broadway is grasping at straws. Just as all the arts have been dumbed down to negative levels, theater has transformed itself into high-priced fodder for the rich and the dim, and the fat and the lazy (thank you, Mr. Lloyd Webber).
—Leo Grinhauz, Maplewood, N.J.

Blind Justice
If martin tankleff’s evidentiary hearing to determine whether he deserved a new trial for killing his parents in 1988 was decided based on the facts, Tankleff would already have a shot at freedom [“The Reinvestigator,” by Greg Sargent, March 14–21]. But with all the pressure from Suffolk County politicos to keep this story buried, it is very unlikely that Judge Braslow will grant him a retrial. Unfortunately, Tankleff’s case will have to be decided in the court of public opinion. At least we have guys like Jay Salpeter and Greg Sargent to thank for putting the truth out there.
—Bob Olson, Westhampton Beach, N.Y.

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April 4, 2005