Where there's smoke, there's ire

Letters from the week of July 4, 2002

Once again, Arizona taxpayers are being treated poorly if the $8 million intended for ASU by Proposition 301 is ponied up without restrictions. You won't see any "profits" if I were able to spin off into a private corporation thereby harvesting profitable revenue streams/products.

Ron Rouyer

Pitching Woo

Man of steal: Thanks for a great article on Chuck Kniffin ("Pitcher Perfect," Paul Rubin, June 20). Great story, with information and insight balanced throughout. What a refreshing perspective of one man's love of the game. Here's hoping he has a chance to sleep on the clubhouse couch for many years to come. Your article put the spotlight on a man who worked so hard and so long without ever expecting to be there. Add me to his list of cowbell-ringing fans.

Norm Watkins

Base on balls: Chuck Kniffin's got the best job in baseball. He just pencils in the starting rotation. If there's any problem with relievers, he recommends if they stay or go. He doesn't have to work with them to improve them. There's no coaching at the Triple A or major league level. If you're not good enough, they just move you and bring in somebody else. It's a never-ending stream of wanna-bes and mediocre players looking for a shot. Kniffin will never have to coach, just evaluate.

Ward Hendrix

Tribal Customs

Failure to grasp it: I think you were, at best, unwilling to convey to your readers another way to understand sexuality and what the Deer Tribe stands for: autonomous and free-thinking individuals ("Sacred Orgasm," Susy Buchanan, June 13). This is not surprising considering how our mainstream society and culture loves to vilify anything it does not understand.

To stress a point, suppose the Deer Tribe disappears and all who oppose it are happy. Guess who the politically correct police are going after next? New Times! Look out! There is an astrology section in your paper. You must be pandering to the "New Age sex club" movement. You also have a romance section. You must be encouraging sex out of wedlock and, oh my, teenage sex. Worse yet, you have "Women Seeking Women" and "Men Seeking Men" sections.

Now, if these folks answer one of your adult bookstore or massage ads (we all know what goes on in the massage room), maybe it's New Times that shows "marginal" character and is "awkward" in its attempt to have its own "international empire."

Ridiculous? Yes! So is your portrayal of Swiftdeer and the Deer Tribe!

Dan Fulkerson

Appropriate behavior: I read your article "Sacred Orgasm," and was disappointed that a professional writer such as yourself would allow the opinion of one person, "Lucy," to prompt you to write such a negative article. I have never met Harley Reagan but I can speak on behalf of the Quodoushka workshop. The workshop was run by four very respectful and professional people. One of the greatest emphases of their teachings was to be respectful of others. No one was forced to do anything they felt would be uncomfortable.

I never, at any time, saw anyone touch the private parts of another individual in a sexual way. The leaders were sensitive to each attendee's sexual issues, questions or concerns and allowed them to express themselves without the usual guilt or stigma that one normally grows up with. It was the first time my husband and I could actually be educated about misnomers about sex and female and male orgasm.

Let's get real: Too many women don't even know how to achieve sexual orgasm, and they depend on their mates to know, when, in fact, many men are clueless. Guilt then ensues in otherwise loving relationships because neither one knows what to do. The workshop teaches adults to take responsibility for their own growth, whether it is spiritual, sexual, etc.

"Lucy" seemed to be just a close-minded individual who couldn't even understand that 25 people need to be respectful not to flush a septic tank toilet since it could overload the system. She obviously was not mature enough to handle the very intimate teaching of the gift of orgasm.

It troubles me that other people have to "knock down" a program that offers freedom of thought and immeasurable growth. I guess some people are just not meant to "step out of their box."

My husband and I are both in the medical profession, dental and speech therapy, and praise the work of these dedicated professionals.

Name withheld by request

Healing experience: I read this article and wonder if you really were reporting or getting solitary opinions and expanding on them as general. I know Harley Reagan and, yes, his opinions are expressive, sometimes radical and often inflammatory. The write-up on the Q workshops was completely counter to my experience of them. The thing I most wonder about is that nothing was spoken of the healing that I and others have been empowered to manifest in ourselves.

I must say that it seems you took Harley out of a context of expressing himself and put it forth as the beliefs of Deer Tribe and the people involved. Your reporter did not do a comprehensive or complete job but took the hot issues of guns and sex, which sell papers, and did just that. Want a story that's not so hot but is truth? I am willing to write you one, if indeed you are a newspaper and not just another tabloid looking for exposure and hype.

Les Harwell
Morristown, Arizona

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