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Jane Juliano has succeeded in teaching the students a lesson they'll remember for a long time: mistrust, prejudice and intolerance. My generation's motto was to question authority--Juliano has taught these kids to ignore it completely.

Nancy Iannuzzi
Phoenix

Right Restaurant, Wrong Time
Howard Seftel goofed in his review of Minervas at Carefree Inn ("A Mother Time, a Mother Place," May 1). I've been there twice for lunch and once for dinner and was pleasantly surprised at the excellence of the meals. Service was enthusiastic and not wanting.

I, too, "collect" restaurants, but only for pleasure, not work. And my taste buds were nurtured in Brooklyn and those other boroughs of New York City. So far, I've agreed with Seftel's reviews, but here I differ.

Seftel should forget about brunch and try Minervas again. I think he'll be pleasantly surprised. I'm always looking for an excellent restaurant up north and there aren't many. Minervas, the new kid on the block, is a real find.

Robert Bear Miller
Scottsdale

We do enjoy Howard Seftel's restaurant reviews. It is a must to pick up each New Times issue and check out his latest touts ("Profiles in Corkage," April 24). We will be trying Coup Des Tartes tonight! We do enjoy BYOBs so we can exercise our wine cellar other than at home.

Tanya and Jim Labrtew
Scottsdale

Well Overdone
The Hopi have a very valid and understandable argument ("Dark Days on Black Mesa," April 24, and "A People Betrayed," May 1, John Dougherty). I agree that it is time for the U.S. government (and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt) to champion Hopi rights and quit kneeling to the deep pockets. I do, however, have some concerns related to this issue.

I have spent a considerable amount of time along Colorado's front range, and I have observed, firsthand, the absolute devastation to the landscape. Strip-mining scars left a hundred years ago are still unsightly reminders of how the dollar reigns supreme. This type of big business has destroyed, and still is destroying, our beautiful country.

Even more disturbing is the method by which the coal is transported. "Slurry" sounds less disgusting than it is. How about corporate diarrhea, or the big-business bowel movement? To take possibly the most pristine water supply in the country and mix it with coal to save a little cash turns my stomach. With all the Superfund sites across the country, one would think something else would be used at any cost.

Daniel Holish
Phoenix

In the article about the Hopi water crisis, the water-rights attorney for the Navajo Nation asserts that Peabody Western Coal Company's mining of water is not causing an adverse impact on groundwater resources of the Hopi and neighboring Navajo.

Stanley Pollack, who is not an expert hydrologist, claims that the diminished flows from springs and washes is because of "improper placement of Hopi municipal wells rather than Peabody's industrial wells." This interesting conclusion is in direct contradiction to the 1984 Navajo Nation Water Resources Department analysis.

The report notes "water levels dropping steadily in all but two of USGS' [U.S. Geological Survey's] observation wells," and recommended that "every effort should be made to encourage Peabody to research and develop alternative water resources of inferior quality than the Premium N-aquifer water presently being pumped in excess of annual recharge." (Writer's emphasis added.)

The many grassroots Navajo living around the Peabody leasehold area share the same observation and concerns regarding diminishing water resources and deteriorating quality of N-aquifer water, as do the Hopi. New Times is to be commended for bringing to the public the serious water problems and blatant environmental injustices occurring in northern Arizona to North America's oldest living civilization.

Vernon Masayesva
Kykotsmovi

Embroiled in Oil
This is in response to David Holthouse's column about the New Times Music Awards Showcase (Coda, April 24). While I can't claim to have been at all the shows that Holthouse obviously did not enjoy, I was at Fat Tuesday for the Oil show. Apparently, Holthouse was too wrapped up in the "look" of Oil to listen to its music.

What he didn't say is that people were having a good time, loving Oil's music. Isn't that what it's all about? Oil was smokin'--who cares what the band members looked like as long as they delivered, and they did. Oil has a great sound which, by the look of the 500 or so people there, is going to take it far.

Susan Johnson
Mesa

Low Visability
I don't understand why former KTVK-TV Channel 3 weather forecaster Jim Howl has set his sights so low as to run for governor of Arizona (Flashes, April 10). He appears to meet the Constitutional requirement for president: sexual-harassment allegations.

Tom Powell
Glendale

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