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Regarding "Choking Over Some Photos in Newark" by Jordan Doronila

I am an Italian-American born and raised in Chicago, living in Paris for 7+ years, fluent in French & Italian, well traveled, and understanding of both the Latin and European cultures. I am quite familiar with the neighborhood where Bello's is located. I must say that I was surprised and disappointed by Jordan's behavior. If I were to go into a neighborhood bar such as Bello's in order to take pictures, I wouldn't think twice about it. I would have assertively and confidently asked to speak to the owner. I would have introduced myself, promoted the paper, promoted myself, and maybe I would have even made some positive comments about the evolution of the neighborhood and its residents. And I would have asked permission to take some photos-- not just two anonymous quickies and "scram"--but as many photos as I wanted, taking my time to get the best pictures possible.

I don't give a "you know what" that the First Amendment says that Jordan didn't have to ask permission.

Maybe I would have been offered a free drink on the house, or the chance to strike up a conversation to get an insider's view. Instead I've got Jordan - with what seem to be elementary and naïve communication skills - forgetting about politeness and respect as core principles and values. He seems to lack confidence in his ability to influence and persuade, and seems a bit clumsy in certain types of social situations. In any country in Europe, any "cultivated" or sufficiently "evolved" person—which Jordan may be in other aspects of his life—would always ask permission. If the owner refused, there would have been a small negotiation - a completely normal thing - with more than likely a positive outcome, maybe even a win-win situation.

Maybe Jordan is really a great guy, but for me, reading about his handling of the situation and his ensuing commentary on the matter was the equivalent of listening to really awful out of tune music.

I wish that Jordan would grow up, have some courage, and return to Bello's and write a positive article. But I wish Jordan the best of luck anyway.

Best regards,

Christopher Di Piazza

Paris, France

Re "Savoring the Past and Present" by Fatima de Jesus.

I have read the subject essay and I find it very informative and reflects a typical feeling of a Filipino who had been away from the Philippines.

By the way, I am Bong Bernales, a Filipino, who is presently here in New York as an expatriate managing a business owned by a Filipino orporation.

Re "Homeless for a Day in Newark" By Omid Farzanehpour.

Keep up the good work the web site is very informative

and professional. The articles give insight, not only to Rutgers Newark,

but to the world around that the student are not seeing.

The Lord has blessed you to show a kinder world. Fact not fiction is what great minds base their opinions on.

Your Christian Brother Alan Goldberg

Re "Choking Over Some Photos in Newark" by Jordan M. Dornila

As a photographer, I have taken many pictures in Newark, including the inside of such bars as McGovern’s. I always explained to the owner what I was doing and why and asked permission. I was never refused.

It is common practice to ask permission from the owner to take photographs inside his establishment and abide by any rules he sets down. You have no intrinsic right to photograph in a business unless, of course, there is a newsworthy item like a criminal action of some sort. You have a right to photograph anything that can be seen from a public area, like a sidewalk or street or the outside of a business.

If you would like to see some great pictures of Newark, go to the Newark library and ask to see the photos from a project called “Newark, A Day in the City.” I was one of the photographers in the project. --Eugene Guerra ,


Re "Homeless for a Day" by Omid Farzanehpour:

Great Essay. The guy who wrote this must be a GENIUS! Keep up the good work, and fine reporting!--Benjamin T. Arntz

Re "Galahad" by Jessica Wilson:

I would like to thank you for your beautiful poem. I'm thinking this fellow is a veteran of some war in our most recent past and as a veteran your poem struck a chord.

How quickly we forget the sacrifices of our protectors of freedom and the suffering that ensues. War is most definitely a tough road for mostly 18 to 25 year-olds to enter without first hand knowledge of the fear, carnage, heartbreak and mental as well as physical stress.

Hopefully your poem will strike a nerve with all of the people who walk by this fellow on the corner of 6th and 9th. If one person stops to help this man, just a little, then your poem will have served a noble purpose.

Thank You.