Pre-empt this

Letters to the Boston editor: March 24, 2006
By EDITORIAL  |  March 22, 2006

I’m surprised by how little your recent coverage of the war in Iraq encompasses the broken strategy of Bush’s pre-emptive war policy. America is far less safe and respected in the world than it was before the war. If only Bush would put as much focus on an exit strategy and a time line as he puts on his PR campaigns. In fact, just having a presence in Iraq fuels the insurgency. Stability can only happen after we’re out. What we need, in order to effect positive change, is for our Republican Congress to step up and confront Bush, and extract from him an exit strategy. Until then, we’ll only create more suffering for all, including American families.

Mark Adorney

Hairy Larry
I was looking forward to good journalism when I opened the most recent issue of the Phoenix to an article about the backlash surrounding Larry Summers’s resignation (see “Summers Putsch Goes Awry,” March 17). Instead, I found Harvey Silverglate, Cambridge’s favorite libertarian, bashing University of Miami president Donna Shalala and Princeton president Shirley Tilghman just because they might be in the running for Larry’s replacement. I don’t get it. While everyone else in their right minds is giving Larry Summers a gleeful good-bye wave, Mr. Silverglate is recklessly attacking other university presidents instead. He even childishly slaps the dean of Radcliffe, Drew Gilpin Faust, for being “academically unexciting.” Does Silverglate want to be in the running for president of Harvard? If so, I think we would have to get out our Playmobil guns, because he fights like an eight-year-old.

Beccah Watson
Harvard College ’04

Know what you eat
I read your review of Zócalo Cocina Mexicana (March 17) and was very disappointed. I think it would do both your readers and the owners justice to get your facts straight.

The restaurant is actually owned by a Mexican. Zócalo is owned by my husband and I, as well as our business partner. For your information, I am Mexican! In addition, my husband lived and studied in Veracruz for three years. Second, the corn tortilla chips are yellow, not white. Third, the mole is Oaxacan. Every state in Mexico has variation in the taste and ingredients. Oaxacan mole is not supposed to taste bitter. Fourth, there are no seraglio lamps in the restaurant. I’m not sure which lamps you are referring to, but every light fixture in the restaurant is new and imported from Mexico. Lastly, our hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday, 5 to 10 pm, and Thursday through Saturday, 5 pm to 12 am, not daily from 5 to 11pm.

I would like to suggest that you do some research on cuisine from Veracruz and Oaxaca. If you were well educated on the cuisine, you would not be comparing it to cuisines from Guadalajara and the Yucatán. I feel that people probably should not be questioning the authenticity of something that they obviously don’t know much about.

Last but not least, your comment that “Mexicans don’t know how to make rice at all” is offensive and unnecessary. If you were not satisfied with the rice you were served, fine, but you don’t need to offend the entire culture.

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