LETTERS

    LETTERS

    Basic education in Brazil is in chaos. A little more
    than 30% of students ever finish elementary school. Teachers’ salaries
    are a joke with some receiving as little as $1.30 (that is one dollar and
    thirty cents) per 45-minute class. Nobody is happy. There are islands of
    excellence in some private schools, and higher education is reasonable.
    But that is too little for the eighth largest economy in the world if it
    wants to make any difference in the next millennium.
    By Brazzil Magazine

    Mr. Bosque’s article ("Looking Back at Collor"
    – Brazzil Sep. and Oct. ’96) is a very good copy of all the articles
    that came out on magazines like Veja and Isto É during
    the period of President Collor’s impeachment. I am a student of Latin American
    history myself, and therefore I was expecting much more of Mr. Bosque’s
    article. I was expecting something new.

    President Collor was never convicted of any crime.
    He was judged and sentenced guilty by the Congress. It was a political
    trial. I would also like to ask Mr. Bosque if he knows where most of President
    Collor’s political adversaries are today? Since he is an expert in this
    subject, does he know where Ibsen Pinheiro is? I can give you 1001 reasons
    why Mr. Collor was the most important and reformist President Brazil has
    ever had.

    Arnon de Mello

    Via Internet

    Collor blind

    At times it depresses me to be a Brazilian. The
    infamous Collor couple betrayed, looted and raped the people of Brazil.
    Yet there are those "compatriots" who go out of their way to
    greet them ("The Collor Charm – Brazzil March ’97). Thank God
    our Argentinian neighbors seem to be vested with a better sense of indignation.
    When we choose to overlook corruption in favor of the "glamour"
    of celebrity, we not only sell our souls, but we end up with a country
    that has no choice but to continue declining.

    Yara Morton

    California

    Via Internet

    Data Tracking

    In your February, 1997, issue you refer to a poll
    done by the "Gallup Institute" which compared 46 countries and
    found that Brazilians had the highest optimism rating. I have been trying
    to track down the original source of this clipping. I contacted Maura Strousberg,
    the Research Librarian, at The Gallup Organization, but she says she does
    not know of any such poll, she knows only of a twenty nation poll which
    did not include Brazil.

    Is it possible that it was some source other than
    the Gallup Institute? Or is the Gallup Institute different from The Gallup
    Organization? Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I
    would be particularly interested to find this figure for past years, if
    these polls have been done periodically.

    Ted Goertzel, Prof. of Sociology

    Rutgers University

    Camden, New Jersey

    A Little Help

    I would like to thank Brazzil. I enjoy
    the magazine very much and it was an invaluable source for me to pass my
    very difficult English exam at the University. I think I was able to pass
    only because Brazzil allowed me to combine the pleasure of reading
    news on Brazil with the obligation of learning English!

    Congratulations to all the volunteers who make
    the magazine possible and I would like to assure you that even in the heart
    of the Tuscan region, in Italy, there are people rooting for you.

    Cristiana Martins

    Lucca, Italy

    Information,

    Please

    I am representing my freshmen world geography
    class at the Marlboro academy, and we would greatly appreciate it if you
    could send us some recent information about Brazil, such as the current
    head of state, what kids our age (14-15) enjoy doing there and what they
    are like, as well as maybe the popular sports and activities in the country.

    Do they listen to the same music we do? Do they
    like the same things? How is Brazil different from the United States? What
    is Brazilians’ daily life like? Our school is not very rich and we have
    very little information that is up to date. I would greatly appreciate
    it if you could send me this information as soon as possible. Thank you
    for your time.

    Aziz Ansari

    Via Internet

    aansari714@aol.com

    Worth Every

    Penny

    I started receiving your magazine several months
    ago. It’s the best $3 I’ve spent in a while. I really liked your series
    on visiting Rio. Someday I may be able to make the trip. Keep up the good
    work.

    F. M. Bennett

    Clifton Park, New York

    Via Internet

    Bridging the Gap

    Since my Brazzil subscription expired,
    I found myself even more distanced from Brazil. Then I realized that the
    magazine really brings part of Brazil to the reader. Therefore, thank you
    for shortening the distance that geography places between my beautiful
    country (Brasil) and myself. Muito obrigada mesmo.

    Karin Heines

    Salinas, California

    From the Heart

    and Mind

    Bruce Gilman’s two recent articles on Paulinho
    da Viola and Martinho da Vila were outstanding. His writing reflects both
    an enthusiasm and love for Brazilian popular music and a scholarly understanding
    of the elements of the music.

    Paulinho da Viola is a favorite of mine and I’m
    anxious to get Bebadosamba. Where is it available? I last saw him
    perform in 1987 in Recife. Also, where can I get Martinho’s CD? I look
    forward to Bruce’s next article.

    Fred Dobb, Ph.D.

    California Dept. of Education

    Sacramento, California

    Britain Calling

    I have been living in England for nine months
    as a student. Since I will be marrying this year, I believe I will stay
    here for a long time and that’s why I need information from my country.
    A friend at school gave me your address and I am very interested in subscribing
    to your publication.

    Miss M. M. A. Carmo

    Sutton/Surrey, England

    I Want Back

    Somehow I lost my link and subscription in a recent
    move and I would like to re-subscribe. I’ve really missed reading the magazine
    and will be sending my payment ASAP. Please start my subscription at your
    earliest convenience. Thanks and I won’t let it lapse again. PS: Where
    can I get some farinha and dendê oil? I have all these
    great recipes from friends, but I can’t make them.

    David J. Swiderski

    Shorewood, Wisconsin

    Via Internet

    Thank God

    It’s English

    Please enter my name on your subscription list.
    I like your publication because it’s printed in English. I lived in Brazil
    for five years so I can appreciate the information you print. I speak Portuguese
    well, but I don’t read or write it very well yet. Good luck!

    Stephen Mucia

    Jupiter, Florida

    My Turn

    I totally disagree with those readers who have
    been criticizing your magazine for the daring material you publish. This
    is a product of the American puritanism. Those people should at least be
    aware of the freedom of the press that exists in other countries.

    J. Henry Phillips

    Austin, Texas

    Via Internet

    A Decade More

    Please renew my subscription for ten years. I
    keep forgetting to renew on time. If you can think of any resources on
    the Internet about business opportunities in Brazil or about relocating
    to that country please let me know.

    Deering Kendrick II

    Washington, DC

    And what do you think?

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