It's called self-defense!
Roll player: Glad to see the Phoenix cops are keeping up the approach of the Old West. Great column based on a sad incident.
Dishing It Out
War fare: Having just read your latest review, "War Rations" (Carey Sweet, April 3), I must ask, why the diatribe over other countries not having proper food? Frankly, if you are to review a restaurant, then do so. If I wanted to read about starving Iraqis, etc., then I'm sure there is a proper place to do so. Shall we be a little more fair in the discussion of this or any restaurant?
It's Greek to me: Wow! Was Carey Sweet having a bad day ("Big Fat Greek Tragedy," March 27)! I haven't been reading New Times for the past five years, because of some of the content of it. I don't want it in my home and it's not appropriate in my work environment, so therefore I am not familiar with Carey Sweet. An associate brought the article to my attention.
If Carey could give a little and see the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, it's a light comedy and an exaggerated view of Greek families. I don't take it all to heart, I just enjoy a clean comedy that I can watch with my son and my parents and not be embarrassed or uncomfortable.
As far as My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, if they made a mistake by using the name, they can change it. Why would we as a society want to see two guys trying to make a living and bringing life to Tempe "go down the tubes"? If it only lasts a short time, why would Carey care?
Carey went into the restaurant with an apparent chip on her shoulder. The food is outstanding. I work in Phoenix (Biltmore location) and I and my co-workers very much enjoy the restaurant. As a matter of fact, the Greek hospitality is a welcome "face-lift" to downtown Tempe.
Name withheld by request
Greece is the word: This letter is in response to the scathing article written by Carey Sweet (or should I say sour?). My husband and I had the pleasure of dining with friends on April 5 at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant. We found it to be a most enjoyable evening all around. The waiters were very attentive and helpful in making selections, the authentic Greek music was not loud and the food was very good, especially the lamb chops. The only food on the counter was the display of desserts.
It was obvious from the article that, one, the writer has never been to Greece and had the pleasure of eating authentic Greek food, and two, could not be considered a professional food critic. Perhaps she should try getting a job with magazines such as Food & Wine or Gourmet. And three, she is not aware that she is trying to compare an independent family-owned restaurant with a national chain.
We learned of My Big Fat Greek Restaurant from friends who are from Greece and suggested we try it. We are glad we did and will go back again and again and again.
Candid cameral: A unicameral legislature would be a gigantic step in the wrong direction. The Arizona Legislature is about as unrepresentative as one can get ("Tearing Down the House," Robert Nelson, March 27).
Eliminating one chamber can only make that problem worse. At present, there is some chance, albeit a remote one, that a point of view neglected in one chamber may be considered by the other. When there is only one chamber, even that possibility is eliminated.
What is needed for Arizona is a bicameral legislature in which each chamber is selected by an electoral system entirely different from the other. In that way, people who are unrepresented in one chamber will be represented in the other. The current Arizona system is the worst possible since the same districts are used to elect both houses of the legislature. Even if we continued with district representation, using different districts for each chamber would already be an improvement. For example, in one chamber we could guarantee a definite number of seats for minorities by grouping them together, and in the other chamber we could provide as many districts as possible in which the parties were competitive.