By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Fit As a Fife
A great article on the "Fifester" ("He's Back," John Dougherty, April 20). I hope his back gets better for the next round. Even better, I can only hope this drags out like the national media hype on Darva Conger!
In your April 20 issue, you printed an ad for the Consistency in Compassion Campaign. This organization claims eating animals for food somehow compares to the Nazi Holocaust. It promotes its cause by running ads in newspapers like yours showing pictures of dead cows alongside pictures of dead people. And worse, a large swastika is displayed in the middle of the ad. Does this organization really think killing millions of innocent people just for the heck of it can compare to the need for the human race to eat animals to survive? Or (I can't even believe I'm going to say this) does it think that the Holocaust victims are no different from animals and they should have been eaten? Is it aware that the pope blessed a bunch of animals that were about to be eaten by people the week before Easter?
As we all know, New Times is a paper that will print things that the mainstream papers like the Arizona Republic will not print. And that is why I have enjoyed reading it for so long. But this time I think New Times has gone a little too far. This is one of the most offensive ads I have ever seen, and I wish New Times had exercised its right to refuse to run this ad.
Regarding the flood of illegals swarming over the border ("Phoenix or Busted," David Holthouse and Amanda Scioscia, April 6): I think it's disgusting that the people of Douglas are being left to their own devices to cope. In my opinion, the wetbacks should be kept out of the USA. Even if it means building a Berlin Wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Marc V. Ridenour
I cannot believe your newspaper printed a pro-cockfighting column ("Fowl Play," David Holthouse, April 13) that was so gruesome. It's no wonder kids today are so violent with the crap that some adults come up with.
The person (if you can call him human) who wrote the article is probably (if not already) going to become a world-class serial killer with the level of violence he portrays.
In today's world, we should be trying to put a stop to violence, not encourage it. There is too much already without more encouragement. These roosters have never hurt anyone and do not deserve to be forced to butcher one another. This idiot keeps going on and on about how they have such a better life than hens on farm factories, like that is supposed to make it okay. Well, it doesn't. I don't agree with any form of animal abuse, and neither should anyone else in this world.
This person who loves violence so much should, instead of watching it, be a part of it. Let's see him get into a ring with someone else just as violent and fight to the death! Now there's a show worth watching!!! One less violent person in the world, one step closer to peace!!
It is sad enough that such cruelties continue, that there are so many people who actually can think of such as a sport, entertainment, hobby, or any such thing. But for a community newspaper to print a column condoning such, and giving support to such ideas, I feel is pretty outrageous.
Is this really the kind of sport, or whatever you want to call it, the people of your community want their families reading about? Is this how they want them to spend their Saturday nights?
At least, in fairness, the "other side" should be allowed its free say.
I just wanted to compliment you on your article ("Get a Grip!", Gilbert Garcia, April 13). It really hit home with me, as I'm an independent filmmaker here in the Valley. Ross Corsair actually worked with me on my first feature, a comedy about the celebrity fringe called How to Become Famous.
We're still in postproduction, and although we do have the movie on video, we hope to have a theatrical screening as soon as it's feasible.
Calling Ralph Brekan "breathtakingly pretentious" in the April 13 article "Get a Grip!" is a gross understatement. I've met him on two occasions and have yet to come across a person less deserving of an illustrious career in art. The article came off as an opportunity for him to tell the world about all the famous people he's met while working on various movie sets. I find your assessment of him as the "self-conscious, apprentice bohemian" to be very true. He tries desperately to be something he's not capable of being and feeds the public with nonsense in the process. He would serve the art community better working behind the scenes as a representative or spokesperson than as an artist. He could learn a lesson from his own career as a stagehand. There's a reason he isn't getting any of those starring roles.