Thank you for printing "When Readers Write" by Walt Nett (Media Watch, Sept. 29). Mr. Nett has put his finger on an issue of great importance to me and my family. He found a very professional way of uncovering the unbalanced coverage by the Arizona Daily Star on the issue of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
I hope the Star and their editors are able to rise above personal agendas, see the damage that their positions are doing to their paper and reputations, and strive for improved coverage.
I am a native Tucsonan and a sports fan. I was appalled upon seeing Famous Sam's win the Best Sports Bar category. My reasons for opining such a strong statement are rooted in an incident more that two years ago, but my concerns evidently still apply to this bar on certain nights.
On the evening of Jan. 17, 2003, I went to the Famous Sam's on East Pima Street to meet a friend who was driving in from Phoenix. The Lakers were playing the Rockets. This was the first match-up of Shaquille O'Neal versus Yao Ming. As expected, this highly anticipated NBA game was on the big screen. Then they started dismantling the big screen and turning off TVs. I asked the staff, "Why are they turning off the game?" They said it was time for karaoke. I asked, "I thought you guys are a sports bar? This is a huge NBA game. Can you please put the game on the small corner TV with no sound?" The rude staff refused.
Bob Dobbs' would never do this!
Mark D. Hansen
I have to assume that random employee drug testing is not part of the Weekly's employment practices. (Editor's Note: Employees are subject to testing at any time.) The Best of TucsonTM issue is highly anticipated, and to cheapen it by putting in this not-so-thinly veiled reference to drug use just makes it a pathetic attempt to seem "alternative" and "hip." We know the Weekly is alternative and hip already.
I'll give the writer kudos for using the word "rapacious," as it must have been hard to come up with that word through the haze of bong smoke. That being said, don't try so hard next year--the paper does a good enough job on its own.
However, there are a couple of things that I need to rectify. Firstly, we are not all dames. We have two stylists who sport sideburns and, secondly, one of them is the other half of the business. Yes, I draw the ads and am responsible for the creative end, but Carmen does absolutely everything else, and the business would not be here without him. I feel badly that he was not even mentioned.
Our shop is flavored by all of the wonderful, eclectic personalities who work here and who do their part to make the place come together and be what it is. So that being taken care of, yes, I do love dogs and know many great homeless ones.
So come on in, get beautiful and perhaps get in touch with a four-legged soulmate.
Signe Razzi, The Coyote Wore Sideburns
The other assertion is harder to deny, but let's not forget Oscar Wilde's definition of fashion: "a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."
It is certainly not. Cowboy poetry is a venerable American folk form, which tells the stories of the working West. I think you have confused the "real" with the "reel."
Drum Hadley would no doubt agree, having been a participant at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which is now in its 22nd year, hosted by the respected Western Folklife Center.
Here at CowboyPoetry.com, a project of the nonprofit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, we would be glad to show you what cowboy poetry is. There are National Endowment for the Arts fellows who are cowboy poets. Cowboy poets are invited to the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian and the National Folk Festival.
You do your readers, our Western heritage and people of the working West a disservice by dismissing this true folk form as "hokey."
Rita Connelly notes that the wood used is pecan. We apologize for the oversight.