No more bribing the boneheads
In his article regarding the Old Town Centre ["Old Town Notes: A car-free Korzo still a distant dream", By Milan Vajda, Vol.6 No. 29, July 31 - Aug 13], Mr Vajda brings up some very logical points about the more or less undesirable individuals with diplomatic passports and guns gaining access to the Old Town centre by car.
Yes, Korzo is and always should be a pedestrian zone, but I personally have drawn the line with what has been happening to me recently. I do not have a diplomatic passport or a pistol for that matter, but I am one of those people who need legitimate access to the Old Town centre by car.
I am one of those musicians who actually tries to promote the place as a viable venue for live music. This does not seem to hold with the security guys who refuse to let any band into the town centre to unload the tons of equipment they need to entertain the general public. Until this stupidity is addressed, I shall not be playing the centre.
I know that my problems are trivial compared to those that have real problems with their deliveries. I also know that every bar or business should have a permit, and some places don't because they have not paid a financial incentive, as they say, for their pass. How is a humble musician supposed to do his or her job in the face of such stupidity?
I'm not after promotion by saying that I'm lucky to play with a band that plays in the centre. What I am looking for is some basic logic from the Old Town administrators. Be reasonable, compromise with the people that are here to promote the Old Town as a real alternative to brain-dead trendy discos. Let us do our job without having to bribe the boneheads.
No more cliché and slander
This is to congratulate The Slovak Spectator for at last providing some balanced coverage on Slovak politics ["Fugitive spy boss Lexa stalls case," by Zuzana Habšudová, Vol. 6 No. 28, July 17 - 30]. The wire services churn out unbelievably biased anti-HZDS propaganda. You guys look at both sides. I appreciate that, since it's obvious that Schuster et al are hardly a bunch of angels.
I feel no real affinity for either side in Slovak politics, but, as someone with a deep interest in the region (I lived in the Czech Republic for 3 years in the early 90s), it's great to have found a publication that doesn't resort to cliché and slander. Keep up the good work; you're streets ahead of the competition, especially the West's media organisations.
New York, NY
14. Aug 2000 at 0:00