For the week of 06-29-2000

Carla Rivera
via Internet

Tainted whine: I agree in part with the "White guilt" letter. I heard an interesting thought brought forward recently. The Jewish people went through the Holocaust. They seem to try to learn and grow and hope others will learn from it so it's never repeated. It might be well if slavery and discrimination were viewed in the same way. Whining doesn't improve anything.

It's a very large job to be a man in today's society, and perhaps that is why we have many women CEOs and ladies have to raise their children alone. Now is the time to stop looking at each other by race and color, as we are all Americans and have very heavy loads. We must pull together as proud Americans.

Beverly Smith
Fountain Hills

Correspond dunce: John Sheehan completely missed the main point of Michael Lacey's column. The most telling point of the column is that an American citizen, like Sheehan himself, can be singled out for being different -- elderly, for example -- and be beaten bloody, and the people responsible will escape punishment simply because their parents are affluent. Of course, Mr. Sheehan has the recourse -- if he survives -- to sue the parents.

Sheehan is so busy spouting venom that he doesn't even notice the abridgement of his own rights -- the rights of middle-middle, or even upper-middle-class people -- in favor of citizens with more money or more notoriety. While Sheehan's attention is directed toward minorities and the abridgement of their rights, his own are being violated. I find this to be amusing in a sad way.

It is pointless to try to reason with such a person as Sheehan. He has carefully overlooked the irony of expecting countries whose resources and economies have been ravaged by Europeans for centuries to build a mini-America out of the ashes on Sheehan's time schedule. Mr. Sheehan doesn't have the brains God gave a grape. His inability to express an opinion without hurling racial epithets only serves to highlight his own mental deficiencies. Our only consolation is that, as a Sun City resident, Sheehan may have only a limited amount of time to spread his stupidity.

Name withheld by request

The Rap on Eminem

Don't listen: Attempting to moralize rap is senseless, and I'd expect to read that kind of shit in the Arizona Republic. But you guys, too? What's up with that? So Eminem hates gays ("'F' Wordsmith," Andrew Miller, June 15), so he beats his wife, so he rhymes about crazy shit. Of course it's wrong! Since when have I looked to music for moral guidance?

I listen to Eminem because he says what he feels to some dope ass beats -- period. I don't agree. I don't beat gays -- or my wife, for that matter. I'll never cut myself. I'll never take a hundred pills before I drive. But I will play the shit loud with my windows down and my middle finger up!

This is the same kind of shit all the religious radicals tried to do to Elvis. The same thing the right wing tried to do to all the gays. Forget it -- this is the U.S. of Fucking A., and we get to say whatever we want. And if you don't like it -- don't listen. That's what I do to you!

Name withheld by request

Fare EnoughCasa wary: Carey Sweet's review of Monti's La Casa Vieja ("Mill Rut," June 15) is right on the money, unfortunately. Forty years ago, Monti's was where we took visitors whom we hoped would move to Arizona. Now it's where we take the ones whom we pray will just keep moving, on to California.

Sheila Dickson

Face of ChangeScary recollection: I admire you for printing a story that many of our "contemporary" newspapers would neither take the time to write, nor have the guts to print ("High Marks," Dewey Webb, June 8). Your story reminded me of a program that I saw at the age of 13 (I am in my late 30s) and how it made me feel. And how I discontinued my destructive pattern. Someone like The Scary Guy can make an impact on people's lives. As I read the article, I realized how I had "slipped" and was using some of the same stereotypes that The Scary Guy brought up.

Oftentimes I do not agree with your slant or opinions pertaining to current events. Thank you for your refreshing views, and the courage to print a positive article like the one on The Scary Guy.

J. Henry

Insuring IllegalsDisregard for law: Senator Joe Eddie Lopez wants us to believe that people who have already violated our immigration laws, and violated laws against driving without a license, would "like to buy car insurance" ("Illegal Turn," Gilbert Garcia, June 8). Besides a pattern of disregard for the law, most illegal aliens would not buy car insurance because it makes no sense. People buy car insurance and other kinds of insurance to protect their assets in case they are sued. Why would anybody who has no assets, and who might very well be using an assumed name, spend hundreds of dollars a year to buy auto insurance?

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