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Dear Mr. Violanti:

Your review of how Ms. Streisand talks too much or how her use of clips from movies makes the CD a poor choice is without merit. As far as I know, Ms. Streisand is the only singer who can take a live concert, put it on a CD and make the listener feel as though he or she is right there in the audience. How do I know? Well, I bought that same CD you reviewed and have listened to it at least three times through and will do so for many more times. Ms. Streisand's music is the only one that I can listen to the same songs and still enjoy it as if it was my first time listening. And before you draw any assumptions, I am a 32-year-old young lady. So, as my mother would say, if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all. Granted, in a review you are allowed to give your opinion, but also be fair and give mine. I'm sure there are many more who love Ms. Streisand's music.

- LuAnne Malouf, Rochester

Dear Arts Editor:

I would like to commend you on your recent piece regarding the rave scene in Buffalo. As a former resident, I was involved with the rave scene from the time of its conception. With all of the press and sensationalist hype dedicated to us, this is some of the most positive journalism I've seen on the subject of raves in the six years that I have been attending electronic music events. The media in the Baltimore/Washington area could learn a lesson or two from the non-partisan perspective presented in this piece.

- Jeffrey Morrison, Baltimore, Md.

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