Chris Limberis' "Dire Rates" (July 1) was superb. I couldn't be happier with his faithful representation of the views I had stated to him.
The kind of dedication to the truth and to the facts that Limberis shows raises the credibility of The Weekly well beyond that of the other major newspapers of this community.
-- Chuck Josephson
To the Editor,
Regarding "Dire Rates" (July 1): Chris Limberis is the best local reporter covering Tucson today, and for that matter, he's the best I can recall in the 40 years I have followed local political news.
We certainly have a fiscal crisis with our local governments, and I know I can depend on Limberis to get the real facts on the complicated budgets of both the city and Pima County.
By the way, it seems as though we need a local movement or something to force the county to sell Kino Hospital.
Even though I do not agree with you all the time, thanks for your fine publication. The Weekly is the best place to find out what's going on in the local political arena.
-- Don Golos
Regarding Tom Danehy's "By Dawn's Early Light (July 1): Wow -- this article is definite proof that men can be hit by PMS! Who else but someone with a really bad case of PMS would be able to write something so negative?
I am a runner myself (thoroughly enjoying it, by the way), and the runners, pet owners and walkers whom I meet in the mornings (yes, around 5 to 6 a.m.) usually have happy and smiling faces. And traffic is considerably less at this hour. And desert mornings are exceptionally wonderful -- if you don't spend them in your garage! Experiencing the beauty of the desert morning might of course require leaving the closed (and usually ACed) environment of cars, houses or garages and getting yourself out in the desert.
I suggest Danehy hike up Finger Rock trail after dropping off his daughter (if that's too strenous for a former "maniacal athlete," he can always try Pima Canyon). But with his kind of attitude he might of course be one of those people who should have stayed in their urban environment somewhere back East instead of coming here and crowding our beautiful desert landscape without having the least appreciation for it!
-- Charly Van Den Bergh
To the Editor,
In response to Tom Danehy's "By Dawn's Early Light" (July 1): Tom asks, "What possible reason could there be to be in a hurry at 5 a.m.?" Well, one of my jobs here at the Tucson Weekly happens to be hauling The Weekly into town hot off the press. So it is a bit ironic that I "hurried" to work at 5 a.m. that very morning to bring you Tom's words. And no, this job doesn't "blow," Tom. I take pride in getting up early and doing it. The people of Tucson need their Weekly!
-- Dave Olsen
I was twice surprised with this week's edition of The Weekly. The first (delightful) surprise was an article about the UA Community Chorus and Orchestra performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Elija ("Lord Have Mercy," July 8). I was pleased to read it; a mention of any UA chorus performance is a scarce thing in this paper, sadly enough. Of course I was pleased with the article, and I wish that this paper would be able to cover more of these events more frequently, at least in the City Week listings.
The second surprise was one of instant shock, occuring to me about a third of the way into the article. I want to make it clear that I reserve the right to be wrong when I announce that "Here Comes the Bride" (the tune that goes "Daa-de-deDAAA", etc.) was not written by Mendelssohn, but Richard Wagner in his opera Lohengrin. I believe it is also known as the "Bridal Chorus." What Mendelssohn wrote was the "Wedding March," most often heard at the end of weddings as the happy couple walks hand in hand out of the church (most TV shows have it that way, at least). I don't know how many readers caught this, but I dropped my jaw on the bus floor when I read it. For amusement's sake, I have to thank you.
Don't panic, folks. I'm not mad at any of you for this. I still love reading TW and will continue to do so, if for no other reason than for amusing moments like this...and your comics. Thanks for the smile!
-- D. Michael Twineham
I have this thesaurus and I am not afraid to use it. Now, I am as fond of the richness of the English language as anyone, fonder perhaps. Consider, however, the following sentence fragment from James DiGiovanna's review of Summer of Sam ("Summer Sizzler," July 8): "...because of the way they affect all the other cultural triviata that goes into making up the social milieu of the insular Brooklyn community that forms the locus of this story." The editors should sharpen their pencils.
-- Craig Foltz
P.S. I loved the movie.
Bravo to Tom Danehy for his reasoned and funny discussion of gun control, the Second Amendment and the NRA ("My Chat With Charleton," July 8). The column communicates much more effectively than did Jeff Smith's alternate-view diatribe.
-- Bob Beck
As I understand Jeff Smith's recent screed ("Greetings From Big Timber," July 8), Geronimo surrendered in the last of the Indian wars so that white kids can shoot off fireworks on the Fourth of July as God and Thomas Jefferson intended. In other words: the Wild West is about getting rid of the varmints so that white men can celebrate the Fourth of July. We can be grateful for this insight.
-- L.H. Silberman