Dodge/Flower Neighborhood Association
I am fed up with neighborhood associations with hidden agendas cloaked as "good for the community" garbage. My street was fine before this eyesore was put in place. Thanks to this device, the crime rate has escalated; we have a number of hit-and-runs and vandalism attributed to just one of these circles.
I live at First Avenue and Grant Road. I, for one, liked, used and wanted to see the reversible lane left the way it was. I have seen several reports about people who were injured or killed on Grant, and they tried to say that the reversible lane played a part in it. BULLSHIT. Two girls playing chicken in the traffic is not the lane's fault. Bicyclists have to follow the rules of the road, just as cars do. Dumb drivers cause accidents, as well as pedestrians who don't want walk a few feet to a crosswalk.
Patrick D. Payton
In his lifetime, he was the victim of bad press of the worst yellow-dog variety. He was consistently lied about by sensation-seeking reporters who make Jayson Blair look like a paragon of integrity. Earp was no saint, but he was certainly not the "frontier drifter" and "gunslinger" who, according to you, "never did much of anything." He was a lawman in a tough town in a tough era, one who had lost several law-enforcement friends to cowboys and their shoot-em-up ways.
You ask, regarding the proposed statue and museum, "Does Wyatt deserve it? What a silly question. Of course he doesn't." Sez you. Wyatt Earp brought order, if not law, to the wilderness of Tombstone, and for this service to the community, he received nothing but harassment and controversy for the rest of his life, fed by news articles like yours.
If you want to read about the REAL Wyatt Earp, not the one you're making up (again) in your article, try Casey Tefertiller's Wyatt Earp: The Man Behind the Legend or Allen Barra's Inventing Wyatt Earp: His Life and Many Legends for a sober and historically respectable assessment of the man's life and impact.
We'd like to add that Wyatt Earp was also a Pima County deputy sheriff, a deputy U.S. marshal in Arizona and a lawman in Alaska, Idaho, Dodge City and Wichita, Kan. However, he was mainly a businessman.
Earp had warrants for the arrests of the desperados who tried to murder his brothers and himself after the O.K. Corral. Pointing guns at lawmen (the Earps) was a threat, which allowed Wyatt and his posse to take care of the murderers. Wyatt helped get rid of "organized crime" in southeast Arizona. Also, Wyatt Earp was never convicted of horse stealing in Arkansas.
We're in northwest Tucson now for the winter. We look forward to visiting the new museum in Tucson in 2005, along with other worldwide visitors who also visit the Wyatt Earp Birthplace Historic House Museum.
Bob and Melba Matson
Wyatt Earp Birthplace Board of Trustees
In the comic, Starbucks is depicted as a deforesting, faceless evil corporation that is ruining foreign coffee plantations and the environment surrounding them. What upset me about this is the falsehood of the accusations. Starbucks is the most recognized coffee brand in the United States. As such, it gets the brunt of the abuse that environmentalists throw at farmers, coffee growers and buyers. This is a totally undeserved accusation.
Starbucks coffee accounts for 3 percent of the world's coffee consumption. In order for a coffee plantation to even be considered by Starbucks, it must meet rigorous control standards far beyond the local government's standards. The coffee plantation must pay workers a fair salary and use environmentally friendly techniques. Starbucks is THE ONLY coffee company that employs such high standards. Other Tucson coffee shops and sellers have no idea where their coffee comes from, or what conditions it is harvested under.
It's a travesty that such a comic was printed without the facts being checked first. I would urge Rand Carlson to inquire from his local coffee shop where the beans come from, and how that plantation is affecting its surrounding environment.
I figured if any student I'd taught in 31 years would make it big in journalism, it would be Jason. Thanks so much for your serendipitous choice. It thrilled the socks off this retired English teacher to see one of her own so boldly and eloquently firing broadsides against the current crop of goons who've taken up residence in the White House and then blithely squandered America's good will by taking us down a most foolhardy path in Iraq.