Did it ever occur to Mr. Philanthropy [Magahern] that not all white people are rich? That perhaps, just maybe, people gave all they were able to give at this time and that a failure to give more is not an example of racism but of financial expediency? Of course not! Stupid question!

As if that weren't bad enough, Magahern actually had the gall to self-righteously claim that white people generally consider the evacuees from New Orleans to be looters and thugs based on the actions of a few bad apples. And, in the same article, he characterizes Arizonans as gun-toting, redneck racists because of comments made by a few people at a gun show.

Note to Jimmy: If you're going to try to make a case that bigotry and stereotyping is bad, try to at least keep your own bigotry in check until you've finished the article, lest you destroy your own credibility.
Rob Sanders, Phoenix

If the donated shoe fits: A quote by Valley media personality, David Leibowitz, in the recent Jimmy Magahern article "Storm Troopers" was annoying in its inaccuracy.

Of the recent influx of Katrina refugees into Phoenix, Leibowitz professed: "We've had . . . people come out of the woodwork to say we're welcoming criminals. You kind of feel like you kicked over a rock and out comes bigotry."

Not necessarily. Such accurate discussion of the looting and raping hooligans is just descriptive analysis of what happens in society when disaster strikes, order is lost and chaos reigns.
Scott Hume, Phoenix

Lose everything, get famous: What I loved about Jimmy Magahern's article on the Katrina flood victims hitting Phoenix was the concept of the refugee as rock star. Isn't it interesting how, in America, because of the mass-media concentration on certain news (or even gossip) stories, such people can qualify as celebrities?

I remember when guest-house occupant Kato Kaelin was made into a celeb (he even had a spot on an L.A. radio station for a while) after the O.J. Simpson trial. But never before have I seen the victims of a disaster turned into such media icons. I guess we've been moving toward this for some time in this country with people glued to CNN and Fox News during every horrific event.
Lynne Kennedy, Phoenix

Chain Reaction

Lunch for a living: Are you kidding? Did Stephen Lemons actually eat at White Chocolate Grill ("Chain Gang," Cafe, September 15)? I have eaten there several times and have never had a bad meal. I consider myself a regular and have recommended this restaurant to many.

I'm saying this as someone who has more than 20 years of management and operations experience in the food and beverage industry, which includes a three-star restaurant in Chicago. I now independently consult for such restaurants in terms of food and standards.

I wonder if your reviewer even tasted the food at WCG. I have had the filet Cobb almost every time I have dined there and most recently the blue cheese crusted filet. I have also had the banana cream pie. The only pie I could think of that could be better would be one from Pie in the Sky in north Scottsdale.

WGC is on par with some of the not-so-chain restaurants. The food is fresh. The service is very good (the wait staff isn't at all smug or aloof). Is your complaint that it's tucked away in the large strip mall off the 101 and not hidden away somewhere off Camelback, in Old Town, or at some resort?

I find your grouping of people who might frequent WCG offensive: "desperate housewives" or "yuppies." I am neither desperate nor a housewife. I happen to be a young retiree at 37 -- that is, fortunate enough to lunch at these places while you write these ridiculous reviews.
Stephanie Greene, Scottsdale

And they're out: Applause, applause! I want to commend you on your candor in "Chain Gang." Who do they think they are at White Chocolate Grill? A poor imitation (rip-off) of Houston's menu and design with the back bar of Ocean Club?

Imitation is supposed to be flattering, not shattering.

I believe all restaurants deserve the three-strikes-and-you're-out rule. Never before have I gone to any restaurant three times and each time it got worse. WCG has set a new standard. Yuck!
Molly Savolskis, Scottsdale

No way to treat a lady: I pick up New Times almost exclusively to read your reviews of local restaurants. However, the latest one is unbelievable.

I do agree with you about most of the chains. But is it necessary to be so disrespectful of our first ladies? What is that reference to Barbara Bush all about? It was totally unnecessary!

This is supposed to be a restaurant review -- not political commentary. No matter which party you are affiliated with, there is no call for such tripe. Shame on you!
Bev Tall, Phoenix

Rake 'em over the white chocolate coals: Way to bite the head off a baby chain!

Unfortunately, I ate at White Chocolate Grill recently. Wish I had read Stephen Lemons' review first! He's right, it sucks eggs. Actually it sucks something worse.

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