Letters to the Editor: November 2008

To the Editor,

As a Chicagoan living in Vienna for the semester, one of the first things I noticed about Vienna was the dead silence on trams, subway cars and buses.  I made the mistake of speaking a bit too loudly on one of my first trips and was quickly silenced by several other passengers.

The article “UBahn Talk Tyranny” [Vienna Review, October 2008] brought this difference to my attention once again.  Back at home, it is nearly impossible to escape the sound of human conversation on public transportation, whether it is occurring between two people or on a cell phone.  Oddly enough, as much as some people may cringe at the sound of conversations between those around them, I find it comforting.  The nearly complete lack of conversation is eerie to me.

Although cell phone use has been banned while driving in Chicago’s city limits, the law passed facing a good deal of resistance. Without the statistics, and common knowledge, linking cell phone use to reckless driving, there is no way Americans would have given up their right to cell phone use, any time and anywhere.  The fact that this has already happened in Graz served as a reminder that as long as I may live here, things will always seem a little strange.

Will Savage


To the Editor,

I don’t usually write e-mails to newspapers but I wanted to comment on the article “Paris in 96 Hours” [Vienna Review, October 2008] that seems quite different from other things in your newspaper, but which I really enjoyed. It’s not that I liked just the weird humor of the author; it was more about the feelings that took me over.

The fact that he misses his girlfriend and Vienna even though he is in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, is exactly how I feel when I am away from the city I fall in love with, and the guy that’s a huge part of my life.

Very personal article that causes that even I thought over: “ Is this what its all about?”

Bette Moravic


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