The Passing of Peter Jennings
You mentioned Sara Caldwell as an earlier example -- and a good one at that. I know of another conductor -- right now -- who has received acclaim for her recordings. JoAnn Falletta is Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, an orchestra with a background and reputation that is arguably equal or superior to Baltimore’s (Michael Tilson Thomas was once Music Director there). Maestra Falletta was named to the BPO post several years ago. I find it quite interesting that the BSO (and Ms. Alsop’s?) PR flaks went to great lengths to characterize her appointment as a “first” for a major U.S. orchestra. Not only is that claim indefensible in light of the facts, it also betrays an emphasis on “gender” rather than musicianship as a key reason for the appointment -- despite claims of BSO orchestra management to the contrary.
Thanks for the opportunity to comment.
--Phillip Nones, with Mullin/Ashley Associates, Inc.
In response to “Why Politicians Don’t Get No Respect,” which was published on August 2, 2005:
What is the average wage for a Pennsylvanian with a 4-year college degree and at least 20 years experience … we should compare apples to apples. Our legislators are educated, and experienced.
--Joan Bodenheimer (Borowsky), ALS
There is no guarantee our politicans will be more productive if we pay them more. Instead, let’s build them a dormitory and a low-cost 24-hour cafeteria (whoops, I think they already have the cafeteria).
Sorry, can’t join you on this one.
While reading today’s column, I kept waiting for “the other shoe to drop.” I thought this was some sort of “tongue in cheek” piece, and you would eventually get around to what is the common sense of it all. But you didn’t, and frankly I’m quite surprised.
Do you really think we should feel sorry for legislators who cannot budget six figure incomes when the average citizen has to get by on less than half?!!! How do you expect the average family to save for retirement and send a couple of kids off to college? Are they to be considered somehow less deserving simply because they aren’t lawmakers?