To the Editor:

Was it a slow news day in the Hamptons last Monday? What else could have possessed The Observer to see fit to print—not to mention dispatch three journalists to report—the excruciatingly long, content-free “The Blue-Eyed Predators” feature [Sheelah Kolhatkar and Anna Schneider-Mayerson, Aug. 22]?

When I got to the quote from trader “Cliff Dank” (can that possibly be a real name?) about the incompatibility of poverty and blue eyes, I had to glance up at the top of the page to make sure I wasn’t reading The Onion.

Stop wasting your readers’ time with fiction passed off as sociological observation and get back to reporting on those $6 million Upper East Side townhouses for sale.

Sara Welch

Senior Editor

Successful Meetings



To the Editor:

Regarding the article entitled “The Blue-Eyed Predators”: As the father of Jacob—a 1-year-old with a full head of dark hair and steel-blue eyes—I can attest to the magnetism of the color.

He gets cooed over by every lady he meets and photographed surreptitiously on the street all the time.

As a control to this experiment, I can tell you that anything I have accomplished in my life has been in spite of my shit-brown eyes.

Lewis Schiff


Fear Factor

To the Editor:

“Interns Tell CBS Brass How They’d Fix News” is a very scary column [Michael Grynbaum, NYTV, Aug. 22]. CBS News should be ashamed of themselves.

Since when are inexperienced college interns considered expert consultants on the future of network news by CBS News executives, especially whenthey refer to Bob Schieffer as a “grandfather figure,” even though he is one of the best reporters and anchors in the history of CBS News? If I ever made a comment like that almost 20 years ago, when I was a broadcast intern—about, say, Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley—I might have lost my job as an intern.

These young, inexperienced college interns need to pay their dues first, just like I did and many others before them, instead of giving their inexperienced personal opinions to broadcast executives who were working in the business before they were even born.

Andy Cook

Waltham, Mass.

Roberta Flak

To the Editor:

Thank you to Hilton Kramer for his compelling and insightful article on Jean Hélion [“Backing Jean Hélion: Why Did Roberta Smith Attack the Painter?”, Aug. 22]. I feel that I’m indebted to Mr. Kramer for shedding some light on Mr. Hélion and especially for his very powerful rebuttal of Roberta Smith, since Mr. Hélion is not alive to defend himself. I am planning a trip to the National Academy Museum on my next day off.

Alex Paozols


Gurley Fan

To the Editor:

Just a quick note: I’ve lived in Columbus, Ohio, all of my life (I’m 40 years old). I ran across The New York Observer on the Internet not too long ago and just this morning found George Gurley’s column [“But Should We Get Married?”, Aug. 15]. I don’t know where to begin with my comments. Let’s just start with: Thank you! Mr. Gurley made me laugh, as well as helped me to learn that other people deal with issues similar to the ones that I struggle with. You rarely hear those inside details of a person’s childhood or how they are feeling now. Some of Mr. Gurley’s childhood comments made me squirm at first, and then I realized that I had my own “interesting” thoughts and situations back then. I also realized that we all have them. To Mr. Gurley: Best of luck with Hilly.

Dan Sensenbrenner

Columbus, Ohio

Beautiful Prose

To the Editor:

Francine Prose’s “What Is Depression?” is a very, very fine piece of writing [“American Stasis,” Aug. 15]. If I knew how to express myself through words, I’d certainly choose to be someone like Ms. Prose with her talent for thought and, well, prose. I thank her so much for expressing so succinctly what I and most of my close friends have been feeling for quite some time. My heartfelt thanks.

Nancy Harris


Peter Jennings Remembered

To the Editor:

“Jennings’ Finest 60 Hours, As We Watched Them” [Rebecca Dana, NYTV, Aug. 15] reminded me that the passing of ABC World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings represents the end of an era. Previous generations grew up around the television set, learning about the events of the day. Everyone had their favorite: Walter Cronkite, Roger Mudd, Dan Rather or Bob Schieffer (CBS); Chet Huntley and David Brinkley or Tom Brokaw (NBC); and Frank Reynolds, Max Robinson, Howard K. Smith, Harry Reasoner or Barbara Walters (ABC).

Today’s generation has many more alternatives to select from: news radio, cable news stations—such as CNBC, CNN and FOX, PBS, BBC—the Internet and bloggers.

Our view of the world has changed over time. This may be due to the Big Three networks no longer having a monopoly on the news. But we are fortunate to live in a free society with a wealth of information and news sources to select from.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y. Letters