A Mountain by Any Other Name...

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As a Native American, I am personally offended by such attitude which has underlying tones of prejudiced thinking. Heroes come in many different forms, but very few have come from within the power of the pen. Sorry, Mr. Nelson, for your lack of reason and sympathy. If Mr. Nelson considers himself a writer, maybe the former Iraqi news agency would have hired him. Mr. Nelson seems to fit in the same mold as the former Minister of Information of Iraq who is now wearing a target on his back. With a couple more insensitive articles, Mr. Nelson may be wearing a target as well.

Ervin Tsosie
Via e-mail

The ploy's the thing: I haven't lived in the Valley since going off to college in 1968, but I try to keep up with the news there. I would like to believe that your governor is well-intentioned, but in reality this is a political ploy by her that will do more to divide the community than to solve the controversy regarding the name "squaw," which was even simmering when I was a teenager.

As an engineer, I operate by the motto that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," and I think that is the best thing to do regarding Squaw Peak. Just leave the name as it is and has been for as long as even my grandparents could have remembered! Anyway, many thanks for the informative article. I look forward to each edition of New Times on the Internet each week.

Tom Hamlyn
Katy, Texas

Fatal distraction: I read your column and agree with you on this matter. However, I would like to point out that on that day of the infamous ambush, Jessica Lynch was driving. I wonder if Lori Piestewa was sitting next to her, seeing as they were best buds, and at one point Ms. Piestewa told her: Turn left here.

I wonder when they make the movie about rescued POW Ms. Lynch that it would come out. This would not make Ms. Piestewa a hero by any means.

I e-mailed the governor this info and told her to think twice about her actions before it comes back to bite her in the butt.

Rosie Coyote

Lori, we hardly knew ye: The only thing in your column that made any sense at all was saying Joe Arpaio was a politically powerful punk. I say let's name Squaw Peak Piestewa Peak. She was killed in the line of duty. Were you over there fighting? Were you putting your life on the line?

Josette Umbertino
Via e-mail

Government Inaction

Sin city: An excellent story by John Dougherty ("The Wages of Sin," April 10). I read the first one ("Bound by Fear: Polygamy in Arizona," March 13); Dougherty gave the public good information on a huge public rip-off, and it appears the "do-nothing governor" has blessed it. But remember the previous redhead governor? Also one who did not rock the boat, let alone make waves. It is no wonder the state is in the red.

Mac McKeever

Money squanderers: I find it appalling that the Mormon community fails to adhere to the United States Constitution within its close-knit communities. I feel that all involved in this corruptive circle in Colorado City should be barred from public office indefinitely. While other districts in the state are struggling to pay for educational necessities, we have this Mormon community squandering money left and right. They even bought a private plane with state funds, leaving me to wonder how just wasting money in idiotic ways benefits their students.

State educational funds should be spent on public-run schools, not on private schools, school board members, unnecessary school employees, unnecessary school facilities and things of this nature. I find taking money away from these children's education in the critical years where we develop into independent human beings to be completely unjustifiable by any man or any religion. Studies show that the less education one possesses, the more religious one is. If the Mormon Church is as divine as they claim, why don't they educate their followers and not commit human-rights violations? I'm not trying to put down anybody for their personal beliefs, but when these beliefs give fruit to misery, corruption, abuse and reprisal for pursuing knowledge, then I draw the line and say stop! This must come to an end, and I hope the State of Arizona intervenes in this deplorable situation.

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