By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Something is wrong here. The Baptist Foundation of Arizona smells like a bunko operation from top to bottom. Most of Terry Greene Sterling's articles ("The Moneychangers," April 16 and 23; "Shakedown in Show Low," July 2; "I Was Sick . . . and Ye Visited Me Not," August 6; and "Savings Bondage," September 10) seem to indicate the same. So the question is: Why hasn't the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Arizona stepped in with an investigation of its own? Just curious!
Regarding Marilyn Zeitlin's disparaging comments in "Cuba-ism" (Edward Lebow, September 10) about the L.A. artist who came to dinner and discussed his "really and truly trivial--and self-indulgent" art and the marketing of it:
I am a Valley artist, and I find it very narrow-minded and predictable for someone from academia to look down her nose at any American artist who tries to make a living at it. I do, and have worked my ass off for 20 years to get to this point. If I don't worry about the market and whether my work will sell, I'm working at Arby's. If she doesn't worry about the market, she'll still have her taxpayer-paid, government-sponsored university job interpreting other people's work.
Matisse, Cezanne, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Serat--I could go on and on--all worked for money, food, housing, whatever. I'm certain Ms. Zeitlin gets paid nicely for her curatorial services as well. Just because artists wants to make a living at what they love doesn't mean they can't produce beautiful and meaningful art.
And isn't there some mention in the article that "she and her colleagues are trying to work out a strategy for dealing with the dealers" and went to great lengths--even spending $50,000 on artwork--to ensure that the Cuban artists can benefit by selling some of their work? What's that, art for art's sake? Shame on you, Zeitlin.
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Editor's note: The correspondent might be misconstruing the reason that the ASU Museum purchased some of the works in its Cuban show. The article pointed out that the embargo-induced difficulties of "trading with the enemy" made it easier to purchase, rather than borrow and ship works from and to Cuba.
Hats off to Amy Silverman for her expose of those political dirty tricksters Chuck Coughlin and Wes Gullett ("The Devilish Deeds of John Kaites," Wonk, September 10). I support attorney general candidate Janet Napolitano's call for an impartial review of political ads. I, too, think it might rid our campaigns of the terrible mudslinging that tainted the primaries.
I would like to commend Barry Graham for his column titled "Death Camp" (September 3). I have followed the events in the papers after reading of Nicholaus Contreraz's death.
I have some familiarity with private rehabilitation programs like Boys Ranch, and I can tell you the ills of this industry are beyond comprehension. I wanted to say thank you! The reports that have appeared in New Times have been very factual, and it takes a very brave and strong individual to stand before these powers and tell the truth to the public. We, the people who care, must unite and find a way of exposing those who have made their fortunes from the so-called "rehabilitation of youths."
Graham's column is a giant step in the right direction.
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The letter titled "Jail Grouse" on the September 3 Letters page, by "Name withheld by request," sounded so much like the un-educated babble that comprises Sheriff Joe Arpaio's typical banter when confronted by New Times or any other press organization and/or legal aficionado. I wasn't surprised when it was signed "Name withheld."
Name not withheld by request.
Bill Comes Due
Most Americans view this attack on President Clinton as abuse of process with intent to undermine the will of the American people ("Modern Maturity," Barry Graham, August 27). Particularly, to divert from campaign-finance reform. It was the American people who elected this president. The American people reelected the president to carry out his promises. They don't appreciate the Republicans' arrogant abuse of power. Most Americans believe that campaign finance reform is far more important than the Monica Lewinski case.
Republicans work for the super-rich who want to bankrupt the middle class. The rich are getting richer and the middle class is getting poorer. Where will it stop? If the rich have it their way, it will never stop. The rich don't want campaign-finance reform because it keeps them in control.
We would like to comment on the letters in the September 10 issue under the headline "Starr Witnesses." They were written by David Glawe of Glendale and Will Hartje of Phoenix. They hit it right on the nose!
We are thoroughly disgusted how so many people believe Clinton should continue his presidency. He lied--over and over again! According to the American Heritage Dictionary, "perjury" is the same for everyone. There is no different meaning of the word listed for the President of the United States.
Clinton said, "I'm sorry!" Of course! He was caught! He was cornered! He had to say something! However, we hardly believe he was sorry for what he did; he is sorry because he was caught! How can so many people be that naive and gullible as to think he is sincere? We keep seeing him when he pointed his finger and said, "Now you listen to me! I did not have sexual relations. . . ." He tried to make us feel guilty for not believing him! There's an old saying, "Once a liar, always a liar!" Let's face reality!