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Movie Won't Be Heard

I wish to commend Thomas Peyser on his review of the film "Brokeback Mountain" (Arts & Culture, Jan. 11), which he went on to describe as a film that seemed to capture the hearts of audiences despite the fact that the love story focuses on two men.

Naturally, I wanted to check the film at Regal Westhampton Theater, only to remember that the facility at Westhampton does not provide open captions and/or rear window captions for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons to enjoy at all.

In fact, the only movie theater in the area that provides the open captioning is at Regal Short Pump Stadium 14, but they do not feature this particular film — in fact, they tend to provide a-bit-out-of-date films (like four weeks after the release) that show at certain times, mostly in mornings.

I really wanted to see this on a big screen. I'm not taking anything from Peyser's review, but I feel it is necessary for me as a deaf person to let others know that I'm being denied something that you are going to enjoy, this film at Regal Westhampton Theater.

Ricky Taylor



Statement Needs Backup

What is the basis in fact of Style Weekly and Melissa Scott Sinclair's opening statement that "for many young people, the streets of Baghdad seem to hold more promise — and less danger — than the streets of their own neighborhoods" ("Peace Center Fights Back With 'Counter-Recruiting,'" Street Talk, Jan. 11)?

Are the statements of Adria Scharf, director of the Richmond Peace Education Center, based on first-hand knowledge, word of mouth, published research or guidelines, or just assumed? She stated that military recruiters promise adventure, job training and education, but leave out important details. Then she elaborates on what seems like more speculative assumptions.

Are there any hard facts to back up either of the above assertions, or was I reading an editorial?

Max Maizels



Bald Outrage

What's with the lumpy-headed bald guy in Ed Harrington's cartoon ("The HR Department," Classifieds, Dec. 28)?

I generally look forward to Ed's corporate humor. No more. I cannot believe he is catering to the hairless crowd. Can he honestly say that he knows anyone in a corporate position of power who is bald, let alone a stalker? Any self-respecting bald corporate type would certainly wear a toupee out of respect for the rest of us.

What does Ed have to say for himself?

Mark Fleckenstein



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