A Funky Conversation With The Pimps Of Joytime On Music, Brooklyn & More

first_imgThe Pimps of Joytime have found an audience thirsty for their brand of New Orleans-infused funk well beyond the bounds of their Brooklyn roots.They’ve already been busy on the festival circuit. This spring, they’ve taken their tunes to JazzFest down south and Lightning in a Bottle and BottleRock out West. Later this summer, you’ll find the Pimps promoting their new album, Jukestone Paradise, at the Deaf Camp Benefit in Snowmass Village, Colorado on July 16 and FloydFest in Floyd, Virginia on July 27, in addition to a slew of other dates in Washington, D.C., Colorado, New Jersey and Pennsylvania along the way.Live For Live Music had a chance to catch up with three of the pimps—lead singer and guitarist Brian J, percussionist and vocalist Mayteana Morales and vocalist Kim Dawson — before their set at BottleRock in Napa, California to talk about the band’s origins, how they fuse different styles together, the challenges of making money in music today and more!L4LM: Where did the name “Pimps of Joytime” come from?Brian J: When I was making my first record, I hit up a friend of mine to write a little piece, a little spoken-word piece, for this track. On some of the stuff they wrote was “Pimp of Joytime”. When I saw it, I just figured “That’s the name of the band.”L4LM: That was how long ago?Brian J: Ten years ago.L4LM: In those 10 years, do you feel the name has adapted well to you or that you have adapted well to the name? Does it fit? Has it fit you well?Brian: Well, I think we all have a different answer. My answer is yes, for the most part. People see the name and they’re like “Ooh, that sounds fun.” Here and there, some people can be offended about it, or if it’s some type of government-sponsored gig, it could potentially rub certain people the wrong way with that. But I’ve enjoyed it.L4LM: How did you all come together?Brian: Well, it’s an evolving…it’s evolved. It started as one thing and, over the years…I started working with May within the first year of the band. And then Dave [David Bailis, on the bass, keys and sampler], maybe six years, five years ago. Dave, maybe even six years. Then John [Staten, the drummer], maybe four years and Kim…Kim Dawson: This is my one-year anniversary this weekend.L4LM: Congratulations!Kim: My first gig with the band was Memorial Day weekend last year. Let’s get some more wine!L4LM: I guess that’s sort of the industry, to have to bring in new members.Kim: It’s very common for bands that have been around for 10 years, 10-plus years, to have evolutions, different rotations of members. Sometimes, people come back. Sometimes…you know. Everybody’s trying to do what’s best for the band. Everybody’s trying to do what’s best for themselves as individual musicians. But I feel like everybody right now in Pimps of Joytime is pretty happy with what we have. The sound is good, we get along.L4LM: Good chemistry.Kim: Yeah, it’s good chemistry, for sure. And especially because we all come from kind of different backgrounds as far as our musical education and professional experiences in music, whether it’s gospel for some of us or it’s like Afrobeat for some of us, whether it’s rock for some. I think that contributes to the sound because we all bring a little bit of that.Mayteana: Well, the music itself, it already started as a really diverse sound, so for us to come from those different backgrounds, we all found a place. I love all kinds of music and I think everyone in the band does. It works for all of us in terms of taste, too. I think we do find joy in being able to play such diverse kinds of music.L4LM: Do you feel like it’s more common nowadays for bands to be more eclectic in the way they bring together all different types of music? Or is it almost less genre-defined now than it used to be?Mayteana: I think it depends on what kind of scene you’re in. I think in the jam band scene there definitely is more variety in one set, you know, just because everybody has different influences.Kim: I think the industry, too, has changed. There is more acceptance in the mainstream if you have…it’d be like, “Okay, this is rock and this is what our definition of rock is and that’s all we play.” But I don’t think it’s ever been true that musicians have only been interested in or been influenced by one style of music. I don’t care who you are, whether you’re the Rolling Stones or whoever. I think everybody always has lots of things they listen to, and now I think in the industry, change is more common to be allowing all of these different sounds into your overall sound.L4LM: How do you guys go about incorporating so many different musical elements into one cohesive whole? What I’m asking about the songwriting process more than anything, more than anything.Brian: It happens really naturally and organically. I even have to try to be disciplined to make it a little…it can be too crazy sometimes. You’ve got to keep it focused. That’s always been a challenge for me is, it’s great to have a lot of influences, but you always want it to be cohesive. So that’s sort of been the challenge.Mayteana: Yeah, I remember when you wanted to incorporate polka and it just got vetoed.Kim: Everyone’s like, “Nope!”Brian: It was too much, that waltz base.Mayteana: Little polka dots.L4LM: What’s the genre of music that you were able to incorporate that most surprised you by the extent to which it worked?Brian: Well, I think in putting the original, first record together, I was experimenting like wildly with different styles. The funk groove, the foundation being groove sort of rose to the top as like, “This seems fun” when I was thinking about what kind of show do I really want to play? I decided to make it fun.L4LM: And you guys have ridden that since then, more or less?Brian: Yeah, yeah. I mean, it’s gone a little more rock, a little more blues. But certainly the heavy, rhythmic influence, like the really groove foundation thing, has really stayed.Mayteana: I don’t think there’s ever been a genre you’ve drawn from that has been so left field and it ended up working. I think everything that you’ve pulled from, it just naturally fit in, you know what I mean?Brian: That sounds good.L4LM: How do you feel you guys fit into the festival atmosphere? Because this is a pretty eclectic environment to be in, with so many different artists coming through. Do you feel at home in an atmosphere like this?Brian: I do, yeah. It’s just, you’re getting people where they’re really receptive. They want to have fun, and it’s like, “Oh, this is our perfect audience person.” They’re like out, they’re like “I want to have fun!” And we’re like, “WE want to have fun!” It’s a perfect combination.L4LM: I’m sure you guys have had some gigs where the crowd hasn’t been all that receptive, maybe the mood has been more tense.Brian: We’re familiar with it, yeah.Kim: I think most musicians have that, I don’t care what level you’re at even. Sometimes, you’re like, “Okay cool. Here’s where we are. I see. Cool.” It’s just part of the job.L4LM: What do you take away from experiences like that?Brian: Well, you have to work harder. That’s when it’s like, you keep working, you don’t give up. I’m really into comedy. It’s like these comedians. They have to keep working and finding a way to loosen up the crowd and get them laughing. That’s essentially what we do, but on a musical dance level.L4LM: It’s almost like finding your voice as a band, like you have to find something you can connect with audience on a certain level. They can get you, they can feel you.Brian: Well, we have a lot of built-in devices in our set, like things that’s like, “Okay, this works on people.” Sometimes, it works better than others.L4LM: Any examples of what those are?Brian: Arrangement things, vocal…just pretty much what we do. We construct a moment, like “Okay, we’re going to build this up and then we’re going to break it down.” When it works, people get really excited.Mayteana: It can be really challenging to play for an audience that’s very mellow. So, in those situaitons, it can be easy to not give as much energy back, as a show where an audience is going nuts. So I think the important, at least personally, I try to refmember to connect to the music and go from there, because that’s first and foremost. You can’t go off of someone sitting there watching you with a serious face, you know? It’s just like, “Hey [clap], I’m going to do this anyway!”Brian: That’s a good answer.Kim: You can’t get psyched out by whatever their mood is, if you’re feeling ready to party and they’re like “I’m chilling.”L4LM: You’ve got to hope they come along with you.Kim: Well, you just do what you do regardless.Mayteana: 100 percent.Kim: You have to do what you have to do and mean it and be authentic, authentically yourself. And eventually, people respond to that. People respond to when you are authentic. I think that, like you said, we connect to the music and we connect with each other and we’re just ourselves.Brian: But that’s a real challenge. Like, if you’re there and the audience, they’re just like dull. Sometimes we have gigs like that where like, for me, I’ll really connect to the music and I just completely don’t give a fuck. I’m having a great time, my eyes are closed, I’m just going for it. But then, when you don’t connect, you’re really having trouble connecting musically for the sound or your mood or whatever, those are the most challenging nights.Kim: Like you said, it’s work. You’re working harder. Not that we don’t ever, you know, put ourselves out there. It’s just like, there’s definitely a different energy level when you’re having to be like, “Okay! I’m going to make you dance!”L4LM: You have to give them more energy for them to then reciprocate.Kim: Yeah, and that’s always the balance that you’re working with on stage, reciprocating energy and then your own energy. It’s like this dance that you’re doing the whole time with the audience. But…Brian: I hope you’re not going to write this whole answer, the longest fucking answer to one question ever.Kim: It’s like 20 minutes.L4LM: It’s interesting to me! I don’t care.Brian: “This article is about what happens when the crowd isn’t feeling it and you’ve got to try to make it happen.”L4LM: I think it’s interesting, though, because jam music is so crowd-oriented.Brian: Well, we’re not actually a jam band.Kim: Yeah.L4LM: But you do jam sometimes.Brian: We do some jamming, but we write songs and we sing and we have harmonies and structure.Mayteana: It’s pretty structured. We have cues and a lot of sections.Kim: I would say…you mean like when we’re with crowds that are more of the jam orientation, festivals that are more jam-oriented.L4LM: Is it important at some level to read a crowd? Do you try to read a crowd?Brian: I think there’s a combination. You read them. Dave makes the set lists. That does structure the energy flow of the set. You read them, but I think regardless, you’re just going to put a lot of energy out there.Mayteana: I think it can go too far either way. You can’t go by just what the audience is feeling because we also have this thing we do. There’s a balance.L4LM: You guys are Brooklyn-based. Are any of you from Brooklyn? Did you meet in Brooklyn?Brian: Well, I met May in Brooklyn during the genesis, the early genesis of the band. And Dave also is from Brooklyn. And then I imported Kim and John from out of state.Kim: We were the imports, yes.L4LM: Where were you imported from?Kim: I’m imported from Denver. John is imported from San Diego.L4LM: Do any of you live in Brooklyn?Kim: May, Brian and Dave do.L4LM: A lot of our fans have noticed a rise in the live music culture of Brooklyn. Can you speak to that at all?Brian: I think May’s more qualified because she actually gigs in Brooklyn. The Pimps only play about three or four shows a year there because we’ve graduated to a certain level. You have an experience with it.Mayteana: I was just talking about this with my husband the other day and we were talking about how, for a while—you can attest to this too—is that the live music scene was dying for a short time. And now I’m walking around and I see live music here, live music there. It’s kind of resurging a bit, which is really nice to see because it was like, “What is happening to this culture?” It was kind of disappearing. These great music venues are shutting down with high rents or whatever. And now, so, me and my man, we play these restaurants and we’re playing 1920s, 30s music. So people are connecting to some rootsy music. I think there is the desire for live music and for music that’s not only popular, but all kinds of music. I think it’s an important part of the city. But there’s always a venue—Rockwood, for instance, Lower East Side—there’s always something interesting to see, so I think you just have to find different pockets. I don’t know. I think it’s always, it’s ever changing and the styles are ever changing, you know? There’s modern, there’s old, there’s people that are going to music school, there’s crazy…I don’t know if you know Cory Henry, Funk Apostles and Snarky Puppy, that school, that are playing some crazy new shit. It’s interesting. I think there is an evolution.L4LM: That seems to be the case with live music in general. Last year was a banner year in the business. It’s harder to make money just by recording music so you have to go out and play. Have you guys experienced that first-hand?Brian: Oh yeah. You can barely make anything making albums anymore. But the one thing there’s always going to be a value for is live music. So think as music just becomes so available, and I think in some ways people fall in love with albums less than they used to because it used to be, you got the vinyl or the tape and you just look at the picture on it and put this in. Where now, it’s just like, “Oh, what do I want to listen to now?” You can access anything. Maybe that means less and maybe that has some type of effect on making live music.L4LM: Along those lines, where do you guys fall as far as streaming is concerned? I was listening to you guys through Spotify…Brian: Yeah, Spotify is a real problem for artists. It’s a problem that they need to figure out. It’s not fair for artists. It’s incredibly…it’s not really moral. I use Spotify too, but they just need to figure out a way that they are not taking advantage of artists, that they can compensate the artists. Making records is really expensive and time consuming and it’s like your life’s work and then people just…the company…I think you saw the thing that was going around on Facebook. You need to get like, what, 200 million plays to equal the average salary. They just need to figure something out.Mayteana: And I think, at this point, they have like membership fees that will cover a little bit more for artists.Brian: Or you get 10 plays and then you have to buy the record or something like that.Kim: Something. There’s got to be a way. And the thing is, artists will start getting fed up enough that they have to find a way. I understand on the other side, the consumer side. We all use it, I’m sure, Spotify. It’s great to have the access, but we’re also, this is our living. We’ve put so much into it.L4LM: Well thanks so much for talking to us!Note: Parts of this interview were edited for clarity and length. Photo taken by Stuart Levine at BottleRock.last_img read more

13 Georgia Gold Medals

first_imgFor a dozen years now, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee,Inc., has been recommending each year a new, short list ofbeautiful, proven landscape plants.The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers,landscapers, landscape designers, garden center managers andUniversity of Georgia horticulturists.It was organized in 1994 to break up a vicious cycle in whichdeserving plants remained relatively unknown because no nurseriespropagated them, because no customers asked for them, becausethey were relatively unknown. …Each year the committee selects an annual, perennial, shrub andtree and sometimes a flowering vine from a long list of nomineesand awards them Georgia Gold Medals. They announce the winnersfirst to growers so they can have them available when the publicpromotions begin.The committee decides the winners based on seasonal interest,outstanding or unusual qualities, ease of propagation, hardiness,adaptability, durability, pest tolerance and lack of invasiveness.The winnersThe 2005 Georgia Gold Medal Winners are:Dragon Wing isn’t a typicalbegonia when it comes to heattolerance. It’s more like a begonia on steroids. This sensationalsummer annual produces nonstop red or pink flowers from springuntil fall frost. It adapts well to hanging baskets, largecontainers and landscape beds.Georgia Blue veronica is aherbaceous perennial that grows like aground cover, 4 to 6 inches and 2 feet wide. It’s not a nativebut hails from the Republic of Georgia (formerly part of theSoviet Union). But it’s hardy in zones 5 to 8 and bearsbeautiful, sky-blue flowers from February to April.Rose Creek and Canyon Creek abelias are seedlingselections ofChinese abelia. The former was selected for its low, moundingform (2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide), crimson stems,fragrant white flowers and May-to-frost blooming. Canyon Creek isbigger (4 to 6 feet tall and wide), a terrific hedging plant. Itsleaves emerge coppery pink and mellows to a soft yellow, thengreen and finally rosy bronze in winter.Glowing Embers isn’t just anotherJapanese maple. It’s a stunningtree with vigorous growth rate and brilliant fall color. And itadapts to a range of landscape conditions, thriving in full sunand tolerating drought better than most trees in its class. It’snamed for the kaleidoscope of color its fall leaves provide asthey fade from green to purple, flourescent orange or yellow.Creeping raspberry is a hardy,extraordinary ground cover. Itthrives in difficult sites like hot, dry, erodible slopes orditches where soil moisture goes from soggy to arid. Afast-growing evergreen from Taiwan, it grows 3 to 6 inches highand spreads 3 to 6 feet in all directions.To learn more about on the Georgia Gold Medal Winners program,visit the Web at www.georgiagoldmedal.com. The site shows theplants the GPSC has chosen since 1994.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXNumber 1Page 13 By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone looking for new landscape plants should definitely checkout the Georgia Gold Medal winners.last_img read more

Kings Park Man Convicted in Son’s Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Suffolk County jury convicted a 32-year-old Kings Park man Friday of manslaughter in the beating death of his 43-day-old son nearly four years ago. Christopher Foster was acquitted of the most serious charge of second-degree murder. Foster faces up to 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced Sept. 8, prosecutors said. Foster’s conviction stems from his son’s death on Oct.11, 2011. Prosecutors said an autopsy revealed that the infant, Jonathan Hertzler, suffered a fractured skull, four broken ribs and bruises to his face. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner testified during trial that there was evidence the boy suffered bruises inflicted before the night of his death, prosecutors said. The fatal injuries were the result of multiple blows, according to the medical examiner’s testimony. The infant’s mother testified that Jonathan was a “source of constant aggravation” and that Foster often became angry when the infant cried, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Prosecutors told the jury that Foster was the last person to hold his son and that the father called his boss to report that Jonathan wasn’t breathing instead of 911. Foster was also found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child.last_img read more

Reps to CFPB: Higher HMDA exemption level, less ‘adverse impact’

first_imgNineteen members of the U.S. Congress–all members of the House Financial Services Committee–wrote to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray this week expressing numerous concerns about the impact on consumers of recently finalized requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).The CFPB finalized new reporting requirements in October, which CUNA believes will add to the already heavy reporting burden faced by credit unions.“In light of the potential of the new rule to reduce consumer access to mortgage credit, we write to request that the CFPB provide analysis on the effects of applying higher exemption thresholds based on an institution’s annual mortgage origination volume,” the letter reads. “Higher thresholds would help alleviate the potential adverse impact of the final rule.”The CFPB’s rule exempts institutions originating less than 25 closed-end mortgages and fewer than 100 open-end lines of credit in each of the two preceding years, which covers roughly 1,400 estimates, according to the CFPB. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chelsea stand firm over Salah

first_img The Blues were not expecting to do any major business in January but are prepared to sell Salah, who is yet to start in the Barclays Premier League this season. Roma had hoped to take Salah on loan but Chelsea have told the Italian giants they would have to make the switch permanent at the end of the campaign. Press Association Sport understands Chelsea are demanding 1m euros (£760,000) for an initial six-month loan spell, with an obligation to pay another 14m euros (£10.6m) in the summer. The deal would see the Blues recuperate the fee they paid Basel to sign Salah just 12 months ago. It is understood, however, Roma view that package as too expensive for a player who has managed only two goals in almost 14 months. Roma are also in negotiations with Dnipro for Yevhen Konoplyanka and will turn their attention to the Ukraine playmaker if Chelsea refuse to soften their stance. Andre Schurrle has also been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with both Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg reportedly keen. Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs, however, insists they hold no interest in signing Schurrle and told Press Association Sport: “There is nothing in it whatsoever.” Jose Mourinho would be happy to end the January transfer window with his current squad, despite being linked with a big-money move for Fiorentina’s Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado. Chelsea have made contact with the Italian club about Cuadrado’s availability but it is believed a formal offer will only materialise if Salah or Schurrle are sold. Fiorentina, who are sixth in Serie A and chasing Champions League qualification, do not want Cuadrado to leave mid-season but would be helpless should Chelsea trigger the player’s £26.8m release clause. Chelsea have told Roma they will only allow winger Mohamed Salah to leave this month as part of a permanent deal worth over £11million.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Romeu wraps up Saints switch

first_imgSouthampton have announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu from Chelsea on a three-year contract. He joins Jordy Clasie, Juanmi, Cedric Soares, Steven Caulker, Cuco Martina and Maarten Stekelenburg as a new arrival at St Mary’s this summer. Romeu said: “It’s very good to be a part of this club. I was looking for a good club and for something new in my career. “After spending two years on loan, I needed something permanent and a club with a future – and I think I chose the right one. “Southampton are doing the right things in the last few years and, once they came to me and asked me to come here, from the first day I was hoping to come. “Now I just want to keep going and to keep developing as a player, and I’m looking forward to start playing as soon as possible.” Press Association Executive director of football Les Reed told saintsfc.co.uk: “We are extremely happy to be able to bring Oriol to the club on a permanent basis. “Once again, we are demonstrating our commitment to compete seriously on all fronts this season by continuing to build a squad with depth and quality.” The former Barcelona player was, along with Saints left-back Ryan Bertrand, part of the Chelsea squad which won the Champions League in 2012. Reed added: “Oriol is a player we have had on the radar for some time – he was a prominent figure in the Chelsea team of 2011-12, when he made 24 appearances as a 20-year-old. “Like Ryan Bertrand, we believe we have recruited another Chelsea player with an excellent pedigree but also with lots of potential to develop. “He is another player who matches the Southampton profile – he is young and hungry, has been developed at a top academy and has already played at the highest level with plenty more to come. “He will complement the qualities we already have among our squad and provide another level of competition for selection.” Romeu is yet to represent Spain at a senior level but has featured in the Under-23 team, playing at the 2012 Olympic Games. The 23-year-old joined the Blues in August 2011 but made only 22 Barclays Premier League appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge. He spent season-long loan spells with Valencia and then Stuttgart before opting to join the Saints for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday night. last_img read more

Gangs back in school

first_imgSimi Valley Democrats’ fault Re: “L.A. exports gang terror” (Feb. 7): I have lived in L.A. County for 36 years and have watched the gang-terror problems escalate with nothing being done to stop it. Then it dawned on me that the city and county have been run by Democrats over that entire time. This shows the complete incompetence of the Democrats to solve serious problems. How many people do we have to have killed in L.A. so that we won’t offend someone? We don’t need a “three-day summit” to tell us what is wrong. We want the City Council and county supervisors to get off their liberal butts and get some guts and start fighting the problem. Congress has not solved the problem in its own backyard so why does it think it can solve Iraq? Re: “Mayor, police chief vow to crack down on gangs” (Feb. 4): Dying isn’t worth it. Last Friday two police officers were involved in a shooting that injured a 21-year-old gang member. As stated in the article, according to Bratton and Villaraigosa, “The rise of gang violence was partly to blame on school dropouts.” There will always be gangs. Instead of worrying about getting rid of gangs, I think a goal should be getting these gang members to start taking seats in the classroom instead of seats in a car in pursuit of a drive-by. There are teachers that want to teach. Let’s find a way to get these individuals taught instead of killed. – LaMese Smith – Allan L. Griffith Stevenson Ranch `Pobody’s nerfect’ Re: “A life of reaching for the stars crashed back down to earth” (Feb. 7): Even the most pristine glamorous agency the world’s ever seen has its blemishes. A celebrated space traveler has fallen from the stars to the point of serving time for a human behavior that’s anathema to the status we place on astronauts. They’re just as frail and as human as the rest of us, and, it seems, just as nuts as everyone of us. See, NASA? “Pobody’s nerfect.” Not even you. – John C. Weaver Palmdale True compassion Re: “Animal killing on way out” (Feb. 4): If we count those dogs whose immune systems break down from the stress of overextended hold periods in L.A. city shelters and those that die from injuries from dogfights caused by overcrowding, would “no kill” statistics be so admirable? A survey at a city shelter this week disclosed that merely keeping animals alive seems more important than the quality of their lives. Dogs – especially pit bulls – are held in small kennels up to six months, while insanity causes them to spin for hours from boredom and throw themselves against the sides of their cages in self-mutilation. Eventually they are euthanized anyway because they become (if they were not originally) so dangerous they cannot be adopted. If we did what is best for obviously unadoptable animals within a humane time frame, would we not have more space and money for adoptable pets, provide a more pleasant shelter atmosphere, and truly be acting with compassion? – Phyllis M. Daugherty, director Animal Issues Movement Los Angeles White boxer pup Re: “Fighting chance sought for white boxer pup” (McCarthy column, Feb. 1): I have a beautiful white boxer and the lady who was going to put him down because it was white is absolutely ridiculous. My white boxer just celebrated her 13th birthday. I feel all puppies should be given a chance to have a loving home. Don’t put them down just because of their color. – Joyce Scanlin Granada Hills `Dinette Set’ cartoon “Dinette Set” cartoon (Feb. 1): Usually “Dinette Set” will make me shake my head in agreement with whatever Julie Larson is poking fun at with the characters in her strip. But the Feb. 1 cartoon made me sad and upset. Let her use her people characters to do and say stupid things, but never, ever show them mistreating an animal. I find her cartoon showing an animal locked in a cage, unable to get to its food and water anything but amusing. If she is running out of silly stuff for her characters to say and do, let her find another way to get her point across. Using a helpless animal for others’ enjoyment is too cruel. Not funny, Julie, no way, no how. – Nina Mintzer Reseda It all makes sense now Re: “Unfixable Earth,” “Political hysteria” (Your Opinions, Feb. 8): The writers ask us to believe that global warming is a creation of a “certain political agenda” whose only proof is bad computer climate models for an untold purpose of mass panic. Their na ve scientific arguments are so compelling that I’m sure Dominick Odorizzi and Tom Snyder can also prove that the Universe revolves around the flat Earth. Mankind never landed on the moon, as it’s actually made of cheese and that the dodo bird is alive and well in a time-share condo in Santa Monica with Elvis. – Howard Barr Burbank Driving in diapers I’m envious of the astronaut who drove 900 miles without having to stop to use the bathroom or for gas. Please let me know the make and model of the car and the brand of diapers. – Phil Leslie Tarzana City Council dictates Re: “United front defeats council” (Feb. 4): According to Marshall Abernathy, the airport hotels are denying “living wages” to airport hotel workers, and “continue to underpay and steal tips from poverty-level employees.” If these hotel workers are at poverty level, which I assume is minimum-wage level, they are in that position because they have little or nothing to offer in the way of marketable job skills. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. The L.A. City Council should not attempt to dictate terms of wages and benefits to private enterprises that are not doing business directly with the city. – Charles Robinson Saugus All-night barking The Feb. 6 letter from reader Lisa Freedman underscored a problem that has vexed my entire neighborhood for years. I have the misfortune of living next door to a woman who, by letting her six captive dogs bark and howl for all hours of the day and night, has completely destroyed the charm of this neighborhood. After enduring hours of incessant all-night barking and howling, I feel like I’m living in some inner-city slum – and not Sherman Oaks. I understand that Orange County has recently passed a law that provides criminal penalties for pet owners who fail to regulate the noise pollution created by their animals. This sort of legislation is sorely needed in the San Fernando Valley. – Thomas R. Atkins Sherman Oaks 34-year-old slaying Re: “Bittersweet end to 34-year-old Valley slaying” (Feb. 6): It is good to know that justice is still being served. The real hero in this story of the stamp-collecting killer is Detective Rick Jackson. With leads dried up and evidence scarce, this detective could have just chosen to give up and leave this homicide case alone with the other 9,000 backlogged cold cases. But thanks to this agent’s diligence and patience over this two-year investigation, society has one less person to worry about. Though the known killer, Francis J. Fico, is now deceased and can’t pay for what he did to the Akopian family, they can now rest, knowing that this killer will not be hurting any more families. – Chey Ban Northridge 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img