Volume 93, Issue 17

Tuesday, September 28, 1999


Letter on racism lacks guidance

No truth or spelling in advertising

Racism or sexism can't be reversed

Peace and love ignored

Freedom tank

Costly mistakes

Smiling on the beauty pageants

Police report should have been dropped

USC needs to get their finances in order

Justice Mercer-Style?

To drink or not to drink

Editorial Cartoon

Peace and love ignored

Re: "After the flames: Woodstock in review" Sept. 21

To the Editor:

I can't begin to understand how this article qualifies as a review of Woodstock '99 when all it covered was the final hour of a 72 hour festival.

Unlike the authors, I attended the event and enjoyed peace, love and happiness for the first 71 hours that I spent on the grounds. In fact, during those three days I did not see any acts of violence or even a single argument.

The article lost any possible credibility when the authors chose to quote Kim Hughes, whom most people familiar with the Toronto music scene consider to be whiny. She obviously never made it out of the press tent because concert-goers were armed with coolers and anything else they could carry into the park.

Huge fountains could be found all over the grounds. In fact, the real problem with water was the insufficient drainage that caused minor flooding from all of the fountains and taps that were pumping out water around the clock.

The next time a review is printed, you may want to find someone who actually attended the event to write it.

I don't deny that there was violence in the final hour of the festival.

Unfortunately, a couple of hundred people went looting and managed to tarnish the memory of a spectacular weekend for the other couple of hundred thousand people who attended the event.

Let us remember, however, that this festival was in celebration of the 30th anniversary of a festival where thousands crashed a gate and broke into a concert. Why did that happen 30 years ago? It may have something to do with the ticket price of $24 US, which the authors pointed out but failed to realize is the equivalent of $94 US today after inflation.

Maybe the gate was crashed because the people who arrived at the farm thought the promoters were charging ridiculous sums of money.

So before we see another article in The Gazette damning Woodstock '99 and judging today's youth, we might want to ask ourselves if this is a new social problem or just history repeating.

Dylan Doran
Administrative and
Commercial Studies III

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