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Claim: Longhorn Was Just Following ID Laws

As someone who worked as a bartender in Arizona for eight years, I wanted to let you know that the Longhorn Restaurant obeyed the law (O'Sullivan, Nov. 16). For a weekly that prides itself on having the facts, this just made you look at best uninformed, at worst like a dumb cunt. Maybe you're the racist, judging everyone white from a small Arizona town who were only doing their jobs and complying with the law.

The fines are hefty, and the liquor board likes to pick on smaller establishments like this one. Who knows how many citations they've had?

Nowhere in your article does it portray any other information that might lead us to believe these people were acting inappropriately. You do insult the waitress' appearance and the manager's shirt. How the hell do you expect people to take your side on issues when you just belittle them?

I know racism is alive and well in Arizona, so let's fight it where it is--we don't need to make it up where it most likely isn't.

Shane Terpstra


Carroll and Staff Deserve Support

Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll is a champ in these dark days of environmentally hostile Bush politics ("Nature Versus Greed," Currents, Nov. 23). Ray and dedicated county staff members are fighting for our quality of life to stop a foreign mining corporation from destroying and polluting the scenic Santa Rita Mountains.

Board Chair Richard Elías and fellow supervisors Ann Day, Sharon Bronson and Ramón Valadez should back Ray and staff now with a strong "no," showing the Coronado National Forest feds that Pima County doesn't want this boondoggle mine.

Daniel R. Patterson
Southwest director, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility


This Letter Slipped in While the Editor Was Off Listening to Showtunes

From Tom Danehy and his bigoted rants to the tabloid junk articles about the border, the Weekly continues its legacy as the lobotomy of Tucson's news ("Going Hoarse," Nov. 16).

The editor is a gay man who thinks homophobic bigotry is amusing. He thinks supporting bigotry and tabloid journalism proves he's open-minded. It's the Fox News School of Journalism, and we all know how popular that has become.

Tom Danehy continues to win awards in journalism, but you have to realize they are Arizona awards. Arizona has the worst education system in the country, a place where most graduates can't read nor write. Someone should spell-check his writing awards.

KXCI FM 91.3 plays banal music in between long stretches of commercials. Oh excuse me, underwriters. They force anything slightly controversial to be preceded with a disclaimer. Occasionally, you get a showcase of artistic music, but that's also injected with long stretches of selling products. Anyone who dares break format at KXCI is quickly shown the door, yet they continually lie about being about freedom of expression.

I stopped reading the articles in the Weekly. I stopped listening to KXCI. I've told them both why more than once in hopes that someone might actually give a damn. But you soon realize no one does, that both are now run by the same people who consider Clear Channel the future of media.

I happened to see the headline of this issue and thought it might be fun to add another comment to the scribblers who work down there. OK, here goes: You're not amusing. You're just bigoted, tabloid journalists with frat-boy mentalities. You parade liberal values as an exotic backdrop to bigoted essays. Anything truly progressive is ignored in favor of one more spew from Danehy or someone of his ilk.

Jim Ru


DiGiovanna Missed Tucson Angle in 'Tideland'

I read the review in the Weekly by James DiGiovanna about the movie Tideland playing at the Loft ("A Doll of a Film," Cinema, Nov. 16).

I can't disagree with the excellent review. However, I was disappointed that the author was not given credit for writing the book. After my wife read the book, she threw it across the room, stating "What trash," or words to that effect. Mitch loved it when I told him.

The author, Mitch Cullin, wrote the book right here in Tucson after his debut novel, Whompyjawed (Permanent Press, 1999). Branches (Permanent Press, 2000) and Tideland (Dufour, 2000) both came out about the same time. Mitch told me I was the only one he signed books for at that time. We would meet at a market, sit at the outdoor tables and sign books. I sold them to various book stores around the country.

If you think Tideland is weird, you need to read Branches.

Mitch has moved on from Tucson, but our loss is California's gain. He has written several more books, won several awards and is a very collectible author.

Mike Walsh
Old Pueblo Books


Larson Was a Brilliant but Flawed Adventurer

I read Keith Rosenblum's article about the death of Lane Larson with great interest (Guest Commentary, Nov. 9). A long time ago, soon after the Santa Barbara disaster, I worked for Lane as a divemaster at his Tucson shop. My opinions of the man have always been conflicted.

On the one hand, Lane loved the sea. And adventure. A more competent trip leader would be tough to find. Lane had a vast base of knowledge. Whether it was how to make camp coffee or where to find a replacement auto part in rural Mexico, Lane could do it. Several times, I watched Lane take charge during a serious "pucker factor" moment and lead us all out of it safely. Even on the road to dissolution, Lane had an aura of indestructibility. It was his greatest strength. And his critical flaw.

While none of us, including Lane, ever thought Lane could die doing something dangerous, Lane never realized that other people could. At the core, that was what Lane lacked: a sympathy for people under and around him who weren't as capable. He led people into situations that were dangerous for them, even if they weren't for him. He surrounded himself with capable, damaged people. He used them like tissues, and discarded them the same way. There wasn't any malice in it. Lane didn't have a malignant bone in his body. But he didn't have an empathic one, either.

I'm sorry for his family. I'm sorrier for the families of those he hurt. Rosenblum was right on the money. Tucson deserved better from its dailies.

Rob Ferrier


A Letter in Support of the Right to Use Foul Language

I am writing in response to Barbara Vaughn's letter regarding the foul language some of your commentators use ("Why Do O'Sullivan and Others Keep Dropping the F-Bomb?" Mailbag, Nov. 16). I'm sure not all the bad language is necessary to get the point across to readers. I'm sure that with the intelligent staff you have, most of the articles would be just as powerful without it.

Regardless, we live in America! Free speech? Freedom of expression? Are these unknown concepts and rights to Ms. Vaughn? All of America is censored--the radio, papers, TV, etc. God forbid there is one publication where you can say what you want!

If she doesn't appreciate your free publication, then she can move to another country, or she can always go f@*k herself! Keep up the great work!

Amy Middleton

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