Moon Over Venice
I just want to thank you for posting Silvia Kohan’s Moon Over Venice song on your website, www.freevenice.org.
I saw/heard her perform this song years ago and it so inspired me. In fact, so much so that I wrote another song, also called Moon Over Venice, in homage to Silvia’s amazing song, inspired by her and my love for Venice. If you would like to hear it you can find it on www.myspace.com/wendyprofit.
I don’t have the pipes Silvia has, but the heart is there. Thanks again, I’ve been hoping to come across her and her song again.
Love, Wendy Profit
On The Homeless
After having received a document concerning a recipe for mending a split in Venice, I wrote:
“Dear . . ., I appreciate your desire to correct what appear to be cracks in the Venice body politic. But what we have here is an issue of national importance. And dissension will bring it to light.
Let me give you a little background. There were no street people such as we have today up to 1950 or so. But in mid-twentieth century the advent of psychotropic drugs and abuses of the systems used to assist and restrain those in need of help brought into being a number of laws to correct the abuses and take advantage of the new medicines. California led the way with other states and the nation following. I lived through that period with personal friends involved on both sides of the issues. It has now come back to bite us. Large U.S. cities currently have growing assemblies of persons who cannot take care of themselves and who are dying on the streets in filth.
So your concern is well received but not conducive to the uprising of personal opinion required to get something done. To that end I have prepared a document which compares eighteenth century (London) street conditions and conditions now found in the streets of Venice. And it does not make our society look good. I want to raise the greatest possible concern and debate. With the elements now in place, it is possible for Venice to lead the way to better understanding and care.