Send a letter attention Editor, 1310 E. Ninth Ave., Tampa 33605, or to [email protected]. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and grammar. Letters must be signed and include phone number. RHONDA FETISH

Thankfully, for the Planet's faithful readers, RhondaK's interests are varied to say the least, and hopefully will go on ad infinitum. It's time to give her a weekly column. She always makes us laugh while providing thought-provoking stories. Whether she be RhondaK, Max Fly, stripper cum laude, religious mythologist or one of her many other guises, she truly is an original who keeps readers highly entertained. You go girl, uh, guy, uh, whatever!

— Diana Browning, TampaYour Publication should be called Weekly Democrat Planet.


Your "Voting Booth Companion" indicated the Planet is a very Democrat publication with 17 Democrat votes to two Republican votes. I am not surprised though, after the scathing article on Jeb Bush by Rochelle Renford (Oct 23-29).

— M.I. Harrison, Via e-mail


I have just read the article "Slicks and the City" in your fine news weekly. Curiously our publication, duPont REGISTRY Tampa Bay, was not mentioned.

Over the past 17 years the duPont REGISTRY family of worldwide "marketplace magazines" has successfully carved out a niche in the publishing world that provides results for our advertisers and interesting material for our readers. We have done this without any boring editorial. In fact, we have done this with almost no editorial at all.

Right here in Tampa Bay we have observed the ever-changing city-magazine landscape from an analytical, not emotional, viewpoint. So far we have published six issues of duPont RESGISTRY Tampa Bay in the last two years and have experienced significant growth in advertising and circulation. And we've accomplished this without conflicts with the law, the IRS or editorial/advertising ethics. Hence, we probably don't make good "copy" for the news media. But we do make good sense for our advertisers and readers.

— Thomas L. duPont, St. PetersburgRe: "Sex Sells" by Trevor Aaronson (Nov. 13-19)


Well, well, well. Finally an article that I can sink my teeth and many a dollar bill into. As always, I am confused by the public outrage. Maybe looking at the newspaper would help. One second while I grab it off the bottom of my bird cage. Kind of icky.

Where was I? Oh yeah. The advertising for adult entertainment is bad, really bad, but the ad for Byblos Mediterranean Cafe — you know — the one showing only a woman's practically bare midriff is OK.

Straight up, I don't have a problem with the ads for adult entertainment. I have a bigger issue with Botox, plastic surgery, hair restoration and the like. At least the ads are not lying to you; they are not making you feel inferior just because you don't look like some fashion designer's whim of the moment.

Let's be honest; those of us who live in Tampa Bay rely on the smut lords to fill our pockets, whether it's the valet at Bern's or the Manicurist at Posh.

So as a reluctant citizen of Tampa Bay, all I can say is let the porn ads continue. (Veggie Burgers don't grow on trees) — Jerry "Porn Pays My Bills" Nixon, Tampa

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