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A Tale of the Prince and the Radio Station

To the Editor,

Regarding "The Battle Over the List" (Feb. 20): Once upon a time, there was a wonderful organization, created by idealistic and good people. Being of an artistic bent, they perhaps were not so skilled or creative in the area of conforming to rules or budgets, so they looked far and wide (?) for a prince to rescue them from failure.

The dashing Sir Anthony (Ford) appeared at their call and seemed to be the prince they were looking for. Indeed, he single-handedly fixed all the problems (at least that is the impression he gives). Turns out, though, he was a wicked wizard who cast a spell on the royal board, causing them to be deaf, unanimous-voting clones. Sir Tony then proceeded to mold the magical world of KXCI into his version of a successful commercial radio station.

The only problem was that some were immune to his spells and started asking questions and even going so far as to demand accountability of Prince A. Well, the royal zombies did as the wizard commanded, and stalled and ignored the cries of the people. Finally, the people had to look for help from the membership that was heretofore uninformed of the goings-on at the castle.

One night, there was a gathering of the court, the people, Sir Tony and his minions. It was quite a show. A member spoke up for the old ways to much applause, then obviously, to show fairness (!?), a minion would be called upon to shower praise upon the prince. Then another concerned person, then another current programmer--oh, I mean an unbiased witness. One after the other, match for match. Even numbers. Such equality! Such fairness! Such balance! It was magical. Well unbelievable, anyway.

Can the people succeed in removing the spell from the royals? Will the membership ever learn the whole story? Or will the prince succeed in fooling everyone into believing growth is the only way to measure success? Will fascism keep the workers in line? Will a committee made of hand-picked minions ever be able to give a realistic appraisal of Prince Tony or anything he decrees? Stay tuned! Also, check out the Save KXCI Web site and catch up on Yahoo! Groups' KXCI bulletin board.

--Kali Holtschlag


You Missed the 'UN' Inspections Story

To the Editor,

As participant observers with the United Neighborhoods weapon inspection team, we noticed some incomplete reporting by your paper of the Pima County Sheriff's Department interference with the Raytheon plant investigation. We believe it is not your intention to underinform your readers as to the facts or the severity of the situation. We are submitting the following observations.

There is enough evidence now in the public record for reasonable citizens to determine that the Raytheon Missiles Corporation is committing war crimes in violation of international law. The Nuremberg International War Crimes Tribunal convened at the end of World War II convicted executives of the I.G. Farben Co. in Germany of war crimes. That company manufactured the Zyklon-B gas used to kill millions of Jews. The gas wasn't designed for use on people, but the executives were sentenced to prison because they had reason to know the gas was being used in concentration camps.

Raytheon manufactures Tomahawks, Bunker Busters, and Stinger missiles, and supplies governments with these and other weapons used to commit war crimes in attacking and destroying bridges, roads, electric plants, water supplies, hospitals and other objects indispensable to the survival of civilian populations. Depleted uranium from projectiles left in Iraq have caused birth deformities and cancer rates among Iraqi children to soar in the past 12 years.

A complete weapons search must be done at the Raytheon plant, and pertinent files and records must be confiscated before evidence is destroyed, which could determine whether Raytheon executives are now committing war crimes under duress or whether they are committing those crimes under their own aegis.

On Feb. 13, 2003, 50 members of United Neighborhoods (UN) of Tucson attempted to conduct such a search. Pima County Sheriff's Deputies erroneously decided to detain and cite eight of the UN inspectors who entered through the Raytheon security gate.

-- Wayne Sumstine and Libby Hubbard


Technical Foul

To the Editor,

I've enjoyed the writing of Tom Danehy since I first read the Tucson Weekly. I also feel that he is very knowledgeable about sports in general and basketball in particular. However, in his recent article ("The Golden Boy," Feb. 20), Tom makes a comment concerning the 1973 Final Four.

The comment was about how Memphis State "steamrolled the opposition en route to the finals." This is just wrong. The only reason that Memphis State made the finals was because Marvin Barnes of Providence suffered a dislocated knee in the first half of the game. Up to that point, Providence dominated Memphis State. In fact, according to the legendary CCNY coach Nat Holman, PC got off to the best eight-minute start he had ever seen with Barnes dominating inside, Kevin Stacom hitting a couple of long jumpers and Ernie DiGregorio displaying his passing wizardry (one of which was a three-quarter-length behind the back pass to Marvin for a layup. PC had only lost two games that year (one of which was an away loss to the same UCLA team in Westwood).

Had Barnes not gotten injured, I doubt that Walton the elder would have gone 21-22.

--Mike Kearns


The Skinny Imagined Something That Wasn't There

To the Editor,

As Charlie Brown would say, "Good grief." There are many charges that can be leveled at the Neanderthals who ran Amphi School District like their own little fiefdom, but your supposition in The Skinny (Feb. 20) that the location of Ironwood Ridge High School was a developer-directed scheme to get the public to pay for sewers and roads is more than a little far-fetched.

I doubt that the author has ever been deeply involved in the borderline insanity that accompanies the process of trying to site and build a high school in a sprawling, rapidly growing district like Amphi. I was involved in this process in another district. This is not a process for the faint of heart.

Finding a location for a major high school is a nightmare. All the NIMBYs come out along with everyone else who has an ox to gore (developers included), and the school district must balance all this with growth projections (typically lousy) from local government agencies, expected revenues, parents' desires, the locations of existing schools and the available land. It's not unusual for a new school to be built out in the hinterlands where land is (relatively) cheap, where there are fewer NIMBYs, and where growth is expected.

There are lots of things you folks hit right on the head, but this one's a dud. Perhaps the other dailies missed this one 'cause it wasn't there.

--Jim Secan

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