Greenes odyssey: Great story on Sam Greene's big adventure ("The Wheel World," Michele Laudig, July 5). The fact that he worked for 20 years with no luck (well, he made $200 from his writing) makes his recent success with American Body Shop so much more appealing. It's not exactly a rags-to-riches story (Greene made big money in Phoenix real estate), but it's got the same feel.
I like the fact that his show's "anti-reality." Like Greene, I hate reality shows, but this one has a different feel from even take-offs on reality shows. It's devilishly funny and wrong!
The best part about Greene's odyssey was how he'd given up on ever making it as a writer, and then he gets the call from Comedy Central. How, at first, he thought somebody was playing a cruel joke on him, given that he'd literally just decided to stop aspiring to Hollywood. He must have had mixed emotions about that call at the time, though now he obviously doesn't.
The story of Greene's triumph gives hope. I can see from it that you should never give up on your dream.
Margaret Miller, Los Angeles
No mo faux: Damn, what a letdown. American Body Shop sucked. It's bad enough that every network on the planet is churning out a new reality series every 10 seconds, but now every network is scrambling to churn out faux reality shows. Good for Sam Greene; he got a development deal for another dumb show.
Name withheld by request
Return to the SS days: I'm sure what The Bird said is very unpopular with the majority of Valley citizens, but he couldn't be more right ("Redneck Touchdown," Stephen Lemons, July 5). The similarities between the so-called leaders of the anti-Mexican-immigration movement and neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members couldn't be more apparent.
And the defeat of the immigration compromise in Washington just played right into these racists' hands. As did Governor Janet Napolitano's save-her-skin political decision to side with the racists who are pushing bigoted measures at the state level.
Hell, Rusty Childress, a financial backbone of the local movement, is routinely hosting bigots and extremists at his weekly hate-gatherings at his Kia dealership, people like J.T. Ready, an avowed white supremacist. Have people forgotten what the Nazis were all about in Germany before and during World War II? Adolf Hitler was not a nice man, you dumb crackers! He literally incinerated much of an entire race of people. Yet there was jack-booted J.T. at the anti-immigrant rally getting large cheers from Childress' crowd.
And let me mention state Representative Russell Pearce; here's a guy who forwarded an e-mail from the neo-Nazi National Alliance, telling his followers to be sure and read its wisdom. Later, he said he didn't realize that the link was to a neo-Nazi group, but he was certainly espousing the very same ideas. And still is.
When racists like Pearce and Ready are the cornerstones of a movement, and that movement gets a big foothold in our state and nation, we are inviting a return to the days of the Nazi SS. If people in this community and state can't see what's going on, they're even dumber rednecks than The Bird says they are.
Francisco Martinez, Phoenix
Wrong again, Doug: I strongly commend Governor Janet Napolitano for her resolve in standing up for her convictions and taking action to seal our southern border. I am a Vietnam Vet who proudly served his country during 1962-66 in another unpopular war. I am completely anti-illegal (all illegals, not just Mexicans), which I guess makes me a racist, right-wing nut. Your label, not mine.
As for me, I do not believe in labeling people or ideas. I took my basic training in Alabama in 1962 and saw the ugly face of segregation first hand; I was even jailed in Montgomery for walking down the street with my best friend, who happened to be an Afro-American.
The time has come for us to recover our country and identity. I am strongly in favor of legal immigration, and I support those who take the trouble and time in line to enter the U.S. legally. I don't expect you to print this, as my views are the direct opposite of yours.
Douglas H. Gorman, via the Internet
Pond scum in ocean of life: As spewed by you: "They're partyin' in the trailer parks. Pass out the free Skoal and Old Milwaukee. The knuckledragger Know Nothings, wing-nut nativists, white supremacists, and toothless beaner-bashers won the day as hopes for a Congressional compromise on comprehensive immigration reform were trounced in the U.S. Senate."
For one, I do not live in a trailer park, I do not dip Skoal, nor do I drink Old Milwaukee or any other alcoholic beverage, for that matter. I do support legal immigration and am very proud of all American citizens for standing up to be counted in the fight to do away with a very bad federal bill. Such a shame that you take your liberties and your freedoms so lightly and all you can come up with is this drivel.