Letters to the Editor - Nov. 19, 2009

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By The Staff

City has done well without restaurant’s help

Dear Editor,

Having read "Restaurant wants Cedar Key on the map",  I thought I might make a few comments of my own. I am not a prude, and I do understand the meaning of your restaurant name and the reference at the end of the Nov.12 Letter to the Editor.   Believe it or not, I have friends here who asked what was meant by both. This is an area, Ms. Soldatos, where a lot of people have not been exposed to those particular  crudities. I find it not credible, however, that you did not know. I'm not all that excited about the subject, since I would venture to guess that before long your restaurant will go away, along with it's sign. This is a tough place to run a restaurant, and I doubt if "Any publicity is good publicity" applies in this case. I doubt greatly that your restaurant will "Put Cedar Key on the map." The city has done pretty well over the years without your help, and hopefully will manage without it. Sorry to say, you will not "feed me" as you say in your letter, or for that matter the people who come to visit me, although I would very much welcome another good restaurant in Cedar Key. I am a little picky when it comes to restaurants I will patronize, and I can see from your sign and especially the attitude and demeanor displayed in your letters to the editor that I want nothing to do with your restaurant. Robert Geers Cedar Key     The kids deserve better Dear Editor,  Because I love Cedar Key as it is, I feel I must say something about the new restaurant and the growing pains CK is experiencing.  When old places slowly evolve into the 21st century, changes do not take place all at once. It's a gradual erosion process that goes mostly unnoticed. It's like the movies, our language itself, and everything around us.  Trying to keep things old like we've always known is impossible. Just like the tide, it advances and we begin to lose our beaches and our old customs and the way we live. I think the best that Cedar Key, or any other small town, can do is choose the things we value most and try to keep them as long as we can.  With you as a mom to six kids and taker of fabulous nature pictures and a respected friend of mine, I was deeply hurt with this new restaurant naming business. I doubt neither you nor I know all the latest off color terms and phrases, so I was prompted to look in Google.  I worked for many years in the commercial fisheries industry along with hundreds of young men whose language was pretty salty, and I'm sure you’ve heard the term “drunken sailors.”  What I found in Google is totally insulting to every lady, young or old, and especially to the beautiful young high school girls I saw on the float during the recent parade, so proud of their school and themselves and rightfully so.  They deserve better than seeing this filth written and advertised and promoted and talked about with such blatant sarcasm in the special little town they love. These kids are the raw material that Cedar Key should be built on and not a new business in town for the sake of making money. A friend,  Joe Salisbury Mt. Dora