Claim: Obama Opposes State Immigration Laws Because He Needs Migrant Votes
Regarding Guest Commentary, Oct. 13: It's interesting that Maurice Goldman claims it's only our federal governments' right to enforce immigration laws, yet he uses limited resources as an excuse to not arrest every illegal. If the federal government were really serious about enforcing our immigration laws, then it should be welcoming the help from states; after all, it is no stranger to making other mandates and dumping them on the states to pay for them. Why not immigration enforcement?
The answer is as evident, as President Obama is still smoking like a chimney despite his wife's claim to be getting the rest of the country healthy. To them, every illegal is another Democrat voter, and he hopes they will help him become a second-term president.
Yes, we need a guest-worker program, but not until our federal government is trusted enough that we will know they will send them home after their stay, and that they will force the illegals already here to go home.
As for the rotten tomatoes: Americans like me would support a larger guest-worker program if farmers had not contributed to the problem by hiring them illegally, and to their deaths from trying to sneak across our border.
An Interesting Perspective From a Bisexual Reader
Regarding "The Bi Life," Oct. 13: I find that as a bisexual man, when I am talking to lesbians, I am often treated with contempt—until I tell them that I am bisexual. Then, all of a sudden, they treat me like a human being. It seems being bi makes you a better person than being straight.
Secondly, many bisexual women identify as lesbians, even though they have boyfriends or other sexual relationships with men. These women usually hate men and like using the word "bisexual" to show how much they don't need men in their lives, even though they're having sex with them.
Third, as a white male, I am often the target of "the left" in sexual politics; these people believe that white males (particularly straight ones) are the problem with the world.
I don't think that one's sexual preference, race or gender makes one person better than another, and as a victim of sexism, racism and heterophobia, I suggest that the gay community get its act together.
So ... What Came of Moore's County-Bid Challenge?
Regarding "Where's the Bid?" Mailbag, Oct. 6: Ed Moore has offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who can verify that a legitimate bid by Hunter Properties was submitted for the sale of Posada del Sol Health Care Center.
Did Moore get any takers? It's important that your newspaper follow through on some of these important accusations. I look forward to reading the outcome of Mr. Moore's offer.
Allen J. Pastryk
Best of Tucson® Exposed Highbrows as Lowbrows
Imagine my excitement when upon reading your Best of Tucson® Recap (Oct. 20), I saw my three favorite Tucson bars taking the top three spots in Best Lowbrow Bar Ambiance: The Buffet, The Shelter and Che's Lounge. It reaffirmed my excellent taste in drinking establishments.
It was also interesting to note that one of those also won in the Best Martini category (The Shelter). Would that indicate that some of us lowbrows have a sophisticated side, or more likely, that a lot of so-called "highbrow" people were exposed by the ballot box?!
Food, excuse me, beverage for thought.
Complaint: Keene's Take on Ray's Take on Hemingway Was a Complaint
Jarret Keene's squib on David Ray's Hemingway: A Desperate Life ("Picking on Papa," Books, Oct. 20) is not a review but a disgruntled complaint that Ray's book is not the praise-song Keene apparently wants to have written, but instead a compilation of telling episodes from Hemingway's alcohol-soaked machomanic career.
In his eagerness to stand up for his literary hero, Keene ignores or misreads several of the book's rehearsals of such episodes concerning Hemingway's notoriously bumpy matrimonial history. He says disapprovingly, for instance, that "Ray praises first wife Hadley for a wisecrack response to Hemingway's insistence that their marriage was never valid in the church's eyes" without also noting (as Ray is careful to do) that Hemingway's "insistence" was part of his blustering defense of his adulterous affair with his next wife-to-be, and that Hemingway never gave a hoot about the eyes of any church.
Similarly, Keene says "it's not clear that Ray himself perceives the quarterback sneak Hemingway has pulled on biographers" in regard to the much-examined soft-porn hospital-nurse incident. But to decide did she or didn't she, as Keene does, is to transgress the reportorial standard of objectivity in cases where the evidence is not decisive.
Ray's book is not at all unsympathetic to the troubled human being that is his subject, but his purpose has not been to write the hagiography Keene evidently would prefer.
In "A Peek Into 9/11" (Performing Arts, Oct. 27), we reported that No Exit was written by Albert Camus. It was actually written by Jean-Paul Sartre. We apologize for the error.