Letters 04-13-2000

I've seen Victims live and am embarrassed by the unwarranted arrogance generated by these little boys. I love the comment, "It's not like we're 30 and greasy with kids on the side." Time waits for no one. Has Jim Louvau really looked in the mirror lately? The boy has put on some serious weight! I know plenty of 30-year-olds with kids who are in better shape than he is today, including myself. Contrary to the writer's belief, they are not the only local band wearing makeup, or involved in theatrics. Some have been doing it longer and do a lot better job of it (e.g., BLESSEDBETHYNAME, St. Madness, Psycho Gypsies, to name a few).

You and the band spent plenty of space defending how they're not "style over substance," yet their fashion techniques were the main focus of the entire story! The article was 90 percent about how they wax their eyebrows, have piercings, how long it takes to get ready, etc. What about their music? Please, in the future, spare us the hype, and stick to the facts.

John Candlin
Phoenix

Your latest April Fool's hoax was the best yet! The Victims in Ecstacy (quite an apropos play on words, by the way) article had me chortling mightily. Having the Bash on Ash include VIE's upcoming "show" in its weekly advert was a stroke of diabolical genius. Now where can I get a VIE tee shirt?!

Tom Coffeen
Phoenix

Howl We Survive?

How can you sacrifice 4,000 to 10,000 fewer deer and 1,500 to 3,000 fewer elk for 100 wolves ("Pack Mentality," John Dougherty, March 9)? This figure comes directly from the Fish & Wildlife Service. New Mexico does not want the wolf, so don't try to force it down our throats. The vast majority of people who live in the relocation area understand the negative impact this program will have. The people who want the wolf returned do not understand the real impacts this program will have on the wildlife of New Mexico and Arizona. Please get the real facts out and not just the information you get from the pro-wolf FWS. The FWS is trying to change its own recovery plan because it has been a complete failure.

Jack and Kaye Diamond
Winston, New Mexico

Gripes of Wrath

I don't know which I found more revolting, the behavior described in David Holthouse's column ("Slippery Chute," March 16) or the subsequent letters attempting to either justify or excuse such behavior as "a very small minority." It all seems to only make the truth of God's Word on the subject in Romans 1:27-28 even more apropos, i.e., "and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly (sometimes rendered as "shameful" or "indecent"), and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind (i.e., devoid of sound judgment), to do those things which are not convenient" (or improper, not suitable or fitting). Romans 1:31 also includes the phrases "without understanding" and "without natural affection" relative to such behavior, and 1:32 summarizes the whole thing, i.e., "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death (or "might as well be dead" in other translations), not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." No doubt I will be castigated for pointing it out, but all I can say is, if you don't like it, argue with God! (Thankfully, God doesn't seem to put a premium on political correctness!)

T.J. Gibson
Mesa

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