Letters

From the week of August 9, 2001

Culture Schlock

Nix the niche marketing: A few years back, a Southwest Supermarket tried moving into the vacated ABCO at 67th Avenue and Peoria. I don't think it stayed open for even a full year. Of course, I'm sure there was the usual culture clash when a Latino-oriented supermarket opens up in a predominantly white neighborhood ("Meet Market," Edward Lebow, August 2).

I myself only shopped there once, then swore never to frequent the chain again. I don't speak Spanish, and a majority of the signage was in Spanish. I can't buy something if I can't find it.

But the thing that drove it home was that the store had an entire aisle full of tortillas and hot sauces (I'd never known there were so many varieties, let alone that kind of demand), but it didn't even carry Cap'n Crunch cereal. In fact, its entire breakfast cereal selection didn't even take up a quarter of an aisle. Plus the store lacked several other key food items that I either couldn't find or it just didn't carry.

I don't know if Cap'n Crunch is considered a "white food" now, or if only us crazy honkies eat cereal. But any store that doesn't even stock standard non-ethnic products in favor of overstocking a product it already has way too much of in the first place is doomed to failure anywhere outside of its niche marketing.

Name withheld by request

One Side to Every Story

Give cops a break: Leave it up to a newspaper of your caliber to be biased against the men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us ("A Life That Almost Happened," Amanda Scioscia, July 26)! It is all too common when journalists put their inexperienced perceptions or ideas into their stories. What a shock, another one-sided story. The author should be looking more into why an underage kid was in a bar drinking, and yes, witnesses said he was drinking. For someone so smart as the victim is portrayed to be, he was pretty stupid to stick around during a fight with shots being fired from a gun. And even more stupid to pick up a gun and point it at someone, knowing the police are there.

If the victim had shot and killed someone before the sergeant shot and killed him, the families and news media would be all over the police department for not intervening.

Police officers have to make life-and-death decisions in split seconds. Give them a break, and look into the real issue. Alfonso Celaya was in a place he shouldn't have been, and picked up a gun when he should have been running. Those are the questions you should be looking for.

Birdie
via InternetWrong place, wrong time: This story was a very biased story. The author has obviously forgotten everything she learned in journalism school, or never attended.

One, if the young man was so "perfect," then why was he with a guy cheating on his wife and kids, in a dangerous area at a bar that he wasn't old enough to be in?

Two, if his intentions were to be "safe" at the situation, then why didn't he lie on the ground or run when the shots started?

Three, with the knowledge that four cops were on the scene, why did he feel it necessary to grab the gun and hold it in a way that he could easily fire it? Yes, it was pointed at the ground, but he was holding it in a firing position.

Now, everyone put yourself in the position of the officer. Let's say you are in your home, and a fight breaks out and shots are fired, and you come out of your bedroom, and there is a large group of drunken people fighting, who have already fired a gun, and you see someone standing next to your piano holding a gun with his right hand on the handle, finger on the trigger and left hand on the barrel so that it would be easy to fire it at will. Do you a) ask him "excuse me, but could you please put that loaded gun down" with the knowledge that while you are being polite, someone else in the crowd may have a gun and could shoot? Or b) shoot someone who has placed himself in a situation that he should not be in, but has decided to anyway?

The facts in this case:

1. He never should have been there.

2. He never should have touched the gun.

3. He should have lain down on the ground as the police approached.

One last note: If the officer had not shot him, and he had fired the weapon and struck the woman with the 2-year-old child, would you all not be screaming that the police didn't do enough to protect the woman? You can bet you would.

So there is a lesson in all this. Don't put yourself in a position like this, unless you are ready to pay the consequences.

Fralanca
via Internet

 
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