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Safe And Sounding Off

To the Editor,

Conrad L. Gómez's letter "Emergency Response" (June 29) clearly exemplifies his way of dealing with parents and others who do not share his views. He begins by trying to discredit the integrity of writer Chris Limberis, as well as that of The Weekly. He and his friends also question the intelligence of its readers. Conrad asks if he should write to set the record straight. His letter does anything but set the record straight.

Before the incident with the marine's explosives, many parents had been wanting to speak to Gomez about safety concerns at Roskruge. Many times he shrugged them off. Unfortunately, it took this occurrence to finally get Gomez to begin to listen to parents.

He presents a timeline about what he did after the incident. Conveniently, he fails to mention that he admitted there was no emergency plan at Roskruge prior to this incident. Gomez disclosed this at the parent informational meeting on Tuesday after being pressed by parents and TUSD board member Rosalie Lopez.

Gomez also says that it was "one teacher and his wife who were most adamant" about uniforms. Obviously his biases keep him from truthfully stating the facts. Surveys were sent to Roskruge parents and staff. Of those returned almost 70 percent and 72 percent respectively favored uniforms.

Obviously this is more than one teacher and his wife.

--Eduardo Olivas

Artistic License

To the Editor,

Regarding Margaret Regan's "State of the Arts" (June 22): While we at Arte Spazio gallery certainly agree that it is a challenge to combine a sincere concern for the arts with a successful business strategy, we are also profoundly convinced that it is not impossible, even in Tucson!

Arte Spazio ("art space" in Italian) is an international cultural space where visual, literary and performing arts are hosted. It all started as a dream during our first visit to Tucson back in 1997, and we have gone out on a limb to make it happen.

Our philosophy is to establish a two-way cultural bridge between the Old and the New World, and to bring to Tucson a view of art that transcends national borders. The gallery represents both American and foreign contemporary artists; the common denominator is the quality and integrity of their work.

We are extremely keen on showing serious art (as opposed to commercial art). We are concerned with the art community here in Tucson and with works that make lasting contributions to that community. "Trendy" is not exactly what we had in mind; rather, we aim at featuring contemporary art (with a capital A), both by emerging artists and established ones, regardless of their age, nationality or ethnic background.

We made several attempts to gain gallery space downtown (which we simply adore!) but, unfortunately, we encountered many difficulties. When we came across this "room," we were inspired by the potential of such a large, airy space.

We hope that Arte Spazio can become a small cultural oasis that will make us all forget about the chain restaurants next door and the nightmare zone of the Tucson Mall surrounding us.

--Oscar Ernesto Canham
Owner and Director of Arte Spazio

No Sporting Chance

To the Editor,

I was pleased to see the article about Sahuaro High coach Bob Vielledent ("Danehy," June 29), because I have a story to share about that wonderful character so lovingly profiled in last week's paper. Mr. Danehy neglected to mention that among his notable achievements, Mr. Vielledent has also well distinguished himself by being one of the worst teachers imaginable.

I had the pleasant experience of taking an economics course taught by the esteemed Mr. Vielledent when I was a junior. His class was well liked by all the students because it was common knowledge that his utter lack of interest in teaching afforded the kids a certain flexibility in the fulfillment of their assigned schoolwork. I had the particular honor of passing my work to the rest of the kids as the coach read the sports page and sucked on a thirst-buster. And I was understandably honored to find that the U of A-destined, star kicker on the football team, who was really quite accomplished in copying answers verbatim, earned an A for the course. That kicker must really have been good, because my work that he copied only earned me a B.

I suppose one could say I'm a little bitter, and that's probably true. But also I'm tired of the homage paid to grown men who play with balls. I guess it would be boring to read about the accomplishments of really good teachers in the Weekly, but how much more engaging than another story about Mr. Danehy's coaching buddies.

--Buck Mulligan

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