Letters 07-20-2000

White Heat - Balancing Act - Know Comprende - Kelley's Zeroes

There is cold comfort in the irony of Mr. Kelso's ignorance, poetic justice or not. He has no power, and therefore can neither help nor harm me. For that reason, I think he should be able to rant all he wants.

The danger I fear is from all those people who think as he does, not from insecurity and fear, but from a genuine sense of entitlement based on the overwhelming dominance of white social, political and economic influence. I once sat across a table from a brilliant young man who advocated dumping toxic waste in African countries because "there's nothing there." He also believed that the problem of inner cities could be solved if they were just walled off and the people inside were allowed to die. Then all the rich white people could move back in and clean the place up, and oh, what a quick, easy solution! This man is probably somewhere now running a corporation.

That frightens me. Mr. Kelso does not.

Wanja M. Wanja
via Internet

Balancing Act

Check mate: Paul Rubin and New Times should be applauded for persevering in the ongoing investigative reporting on the private fiduciary and her pillaging estates of vulnerable adults and children ("Checks & Imbalances," June 15). It's sad the courts won't look at the timeliness and accuracy of each accounting as it is filed or should have been filed. Rather, the inaccuracies and thefts have to come to light through the efforts of Paul Rubin. The fact that no audits are conducted should be raising red flags.

Also, the overspending, thefts and inaccurate accountings are reasons that the fiduciaries, both private and public, almost always look upon family members of the wards as disruptive. They push them as far away from the incapacitated clients as they possibly can, refuse to let them visit without at least 24 to 48 hours' notice, and make notes of all the conversations that take place on the visits. These notes are reported back to the office of the public fiduciaries. Going to authorities to alert them concerning problems with "financially significant" clients and the way their money is being overspent is an exercise in futility.

Keep up the good work, Paul; this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Carleen Warrack
Lancaster, California

Know Comprende

Nada issue: I work in a trauma hospital and am familiar with the problems of not enough interpreters ("Critical Connection," Amanda Scioscia, June 29). I have taken a Spanish class in the hopes of better assisting my clients. Too bad more non-English speakers haven't made the same effort to learn English.

Call me a "white racist gringo American," but I find it interesting that your writer noted the doctor could only speak seventh-grade Spanish -- in a country that is English-speaking. Why was there no mention of the fact that many people we service have no English-speaking skills, and why is that okay?

For the life of me, I cannot understand moving here and making no attempt to learn the language well enough to get through basic living experiences like going to the hospital. With families that have been here years, there is no excuse for expecting school-age children to do the interpreting for adults who haven't made enough effort to get by.

I agree that everyone deserves the same level of medical care regardless of language, but all individuals have a responsibility for their own well-being (and adults have the responsibility for their children as well), and that includes being able to communicate in the language commonly spoken.

My Spanish is not good enough to write this letter in Spanish and sometimes my spoken efforts have not been as successful as I would have liked. But I do try, and by doing so will get better. My/our Spanish-speaking residents need to make the same effort -- for their own good.

Name withheld by request

Soy what? Wouldn't you want to know the language of the country where you are doing business? At the least, if you are going up against City Hall, you need to know what is being said and written. Can you really believe a translator that is being provided by the other side?

When I move to a non-English-speaking country, I'm going to make learning the local language the first thing I do. Millions of Chinese are learning English and they don't even want to come here. They just want to make a buck trading with us.

David A. Burdecki
Vallejo, California

Kelley's Zeroes

Slash 'n' burn: Brendan Kelley is a kid, relatively, and rock 'n' roll is a kid's world, but the sort of hype in "Slash City Rockers" (June 15) really needs stopping. It's absolute crap. I was at that Daggers show he compares to a halcyon moment and they so much sucked, I bailed after two songs.

Let's get real: They are all faking some glorified version of the blankness of Richard Hell and/or Stiv Bators, but they are too young and stupid to understand that Stiv was just parodying things in the movie Polyester. So now the "garage punk" underground is damned to thousands of Johnny-come-lately retards like the Daggers and the Murder City Devils and the Valentine Killers, while ferocious bands like Teengenerate, the Oblivians and the Mummies have long since ditched this dead end. The party is over.

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