By Amy Silverman
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By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
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David Holthouse did a great job with a terrible story. I was a friend of Dana's, and reading it was an extremely painful reminder of a difficult time for a lot of us. I am lucky enough to know the Cavalera family and know that their love for all their family and friends runs deep. Dana was also very generous with his love and his friendship. Maybe too generous, sometimes, but as we all know, there are many people who will do anything to feel like they are part of something "cool." I'm sure that there is a lot more to Dana's death than we will ever know.
If any of us who cared about Dana and his family could do anything to bring closure to this tragedy, I'm sure that we would. Unfortunately, the only people who really know what happened do not deserve to breathe the air that they now deny Dana. I miss Dana every day. I miss my friend and I miss sharing this world with him. I feel lucky to have known him, and I'm sure that many others do as well. I just think that we need to let him rest in peace.
I went to Shadow Mountain High School, and although I was not close to Dana, I remember him and some of his friends quite well (we had many mutual friends). He was always very nice to everyone, and I know he will be extremely missed. I want for his family and friends to know how very sorry I am that this has happened. I hope Dana's loving memories will always live in their hearts.
I would like to thank David Holthouse for having the courage and compassion to write on such a tragic and twisted scenario involving the death of Dana Wells. It is my hope that the force generated by this writing will bear upon the conscience of those involved in Dana's death.
Dana was well-liked and respected by me and everyone who knew him. It is a damn shame that it had to happen.
Chris (Zahn) Pekor
I am writing in reference to M. V. Moorhead's film review "The Year of Dying Dangerously," appearing in the February 11 issue. Moorhead makes the claim that one-half million Hungarian Jews perished at the hands of Adolf Hitler. I have read many accounts of World War II, and I know of no reputable scholar who any longer concurs with this claim.
M. V. Moorhead responds: According to The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (Macmillan, 1990), the initial Jewish population of the region then regarded as Hungary was 825,000. Of those, the minimum that died in the Holocaust was actually higher than half a million, more like 550,000. The maximum estimate is 569,000. Aaron Breitbart, senior researcher at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, told me that some of these were Czech or Romanian Jews, so I suppose if a person wished to hair-split, the claim could be made that they weren't culturally Hungarian, though they were regarded as Hungarian citizens at the time. So if you meant that the figure I cited--which I found in the press materials for The Last Days--was a lowballing of the magnitude of the murder, you're arguably correct. If, however, what you're hinting at is the usual revolting fantasy that the Holocaust is some sort of fabrication, then we (and by "we," I mean "sane people") have a different idea about what constitutes a reputable scholar.
After reading Thom Gabaldon's article titled "Radio Daze" (February 11), I am at a bit of a loss for words. Could it be possible that New Times was "talking trash" about KASR, the Arizona State University campus radio station? Gabaldon writes "we all know what a sad nonentity ASU's radio station is." Perhaps there is some other radio station on the ASU campus that I am not aware of, but the one that I know is very much an entity.
KASR-AM 1260 won New Times' Best of Phoenix for radio stations in 1990. Since then, we've increased our broadcast range, increased the number of hours of programming, and just recently began broadcasting on the Internet at www.asu.edu/kasr. It also dismays me that New Times couldn't even be professional enough to print our call letters or our frequency.
Nowhere else on Valley radio will you hear the diversity of music that is available on KASR. We have more than 65 CDs by local artists in rotation. We don't delegate those bands to an hour or two on Sunday night; we actually play them throughout the week. KASR's many specialty shows are also a highlight of our diversity. Monday morning brings you the Valley's only all big-band and swing show called AM-Mayhem. Monday night you can hear more than eight hours of punk, pop-punk and metal music. On Tuesday and Saturday nights, the Example radio show programs live hip-hop DJs and MCs. We have numerous sports talk shows and live play-by-play action of most ASU and some professional sporting events. These are only a few of the many "specialty shows" currently on KASR, but the list does go on.