Claim: Boegle, Burns and Other Homosexuals Are Condemned to Hell

Your recent editorial about The Cool Church ("The Bigotry Parade," Editor's Note, July 12) reminded me why I stopped picking up the Tucson Weekly. You committed journalistic suicide when you chose to revert to that old liberal trick of connecting racial discrimination with intolerance of a sick and twisted sin: homosexuality.

Perhaps you went astray when you either stopped believing the word of God, or perhaps you never even gave it a thought. Regardless, you are dead wrong. Unfortunately, you and others who either think the same and/or engage in this evil lifestyle will not realize your mistake until it is too late.

Hell is full of homosexuals. It is not full of Christians like (TCC pastor David McAllister) and members of Bible-believing churches like The Cool Church. Christians have the ability to separate racial discrimination from a lifestyle that is wrong. What's next, the acceptance of pedophiles? Are you including them in your discrimination cause?

You are a sick man, and I do feel sorry for you and where you are headed, as is the case with the writer who wrote the inaccurate story ("Into the Lion's Den," Currents, July 12). Thank God the majority of Americans do not share your view.

Jim McElyea

Claim: Article on The Cool Church Seemed Petty

Hi. I'm a gay man in Tucson. Nothing pisses me off more than hearing some lunatic screeching about the immorality of homosexuality. And it really, really offends me to hear a leader of a congregation spouting off. Men in David McAllister's position have a duty to their followers--especially young people--to put a halt to such bigotry.

However: I became increasingly uncomfortable reading "Into the Lion's Den." It became petty. It became, well, "gay." Picking on a man's hairdo ... suggesting that the offending party--McAllister--might have been gay ... come now. (Editor's note: McAllister himself brought up accusations that he was gay in his sermon; the Weekly did not bring this up.) This was not so much an article as a reactionary piece; it's not going to change anyone's mind.

I really, really, really disagree with McAllister's views. They are wrong, of course. It saddens me to think of the potential damage his words might have on a young boy or man in his church who knows in his heart he is gay. The souls of many damaged or dead (by their own hand) men and women should weigh heavily on such shoulders. But leave McAllister's hair out of the argument.

Kenton Jones

Guest Commentary Writer Responds to Criticisms

Nonviolent civil disobedience (Guest Commentary, June 14) does not resemble Tom Gelsinon's ridiculing caricature of a peace demonstration in front of Hamas headquarters ("For Israel, Peace and Nonviolent Protest Aren't Options," Mailbag, June 28). Peace is a hard and serious business. Martin Luther King Jr. never doubted the will of those who opposed his work, didn't fail to appreciate the strengths and fears of his opposition and didn't expect peaceful actions to immediately yield peaceful responses. He understood that violence is an ineffective tool for the less powerful. Today, the evidence is that it is also ineffective for the more powerful.

Marjorie Ford

Letter Writer Needs to Open His Eyes to Latinos in Our Society

Where does Joseph R. Damron get his information ("Education Is Not a Cultural Value for Latinos," Mailbag, July 5)? I am a first-generation Mexican American/Latino. My father came to the United States in 1934. He worked where he could find work, first in a pool hall in Douglas. When he moved to Tucson with his mother and sisters, he took whatever he could find. He was a trucker driving from Tucson to Douglas for many years. My mother worked as a domestic for 45 years. Their children were instilled with the value of work and its benefits. We all have gone to college and contributed to not only the U.S. economy, but also to public service--as a nurse, a judge, a public-school teacher and a director of a government department. Mr. Damron is unaware of the countless stories of first-generation Americans who are civil engineers, doctors, college professors, etc.

He is generalizing when he states, "The vast majority of unskilled aliens show no sign of ever becoming skilled employees." I know of many first-generation Latinos who are surveyors, welders and small-business owners who contribute to the economic well-being of Tucson and Pima County. Has he ever gone down South Fourth Avenue for dinner?

Who does he think works in the traffic medians of many of Tucson's main thoroughfares? Who does all of the manual labor in the numerous subdivisions that are sprouting up all around Pima County? These people are working to provide for their families, put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Does Mr. Damron think they don't spend their money? Has he been inside of a Circle K or been to a Kmart lately?

We may not have the Statue of Liberty awaiting those who arrive, but we Latinos do know what is to succeed. Mr. Damron should quit listening to conservative talk radio and open his eyes.

Martin Bernal

Claim: Uhlich Has Always Supported a Modest Garbage Fee

In the "No Extensions" article (Currents, June 28), Dave Devine wrote of the "anti-garbage-tax stand" taken by Karin Uhlich during the 2005 City Council campaign.

Uhlich has supported a modest garbage fee since her service on the city's Budget Advisory Committee in the 1990s. I was present when she announced her candidacy for City Council, as was the Weekly's own Jim Nintzel. At that time, a question was raised about the garbage tax, and she clearly indicated she was in favor of a modest fee. During the entire campaign, she maintained that position.

When a fee was adopted by the current City Council, it also instituted a fee waiver for low-income residents. This council also separated Environmental Services from the Water Department to offer better financial transparency and accountability. The present City Council does business fairly and openly for all the residents of Tucson.

Starr Sanders

Kromko Responds to Water-Initiative Criticisms

For the second time, your Skinny column ("Taking Initiative," July 12) has stated, incorrectly, that the Tucson Water Users Bill of Rights initiative would "block the delivery--or even recharge--of treated effluent."

While the initiative definitely prohibits the delivery of treated sewer water for drinking purposes, it requires, rather than prohibits, all treated effluent to be recharged into the Santa Cruz stream bed or reclaimed to sanitary standards and delivered for irrigation. In other words, it requires that we continue to do exactly what we're doing now.

The initiative, which is less than one page long and can be read at NoWaterFees.com, is not "broad-ranging," but deals with only one subject, the rights of Tucson water users.

These rights need to be established because of the duplicity of our own city "leaders," who have decided that water bills are blank checks for garbage fees, road construction fees and God knows what else they have planned. The initiative, which prohibits any and all unrelated fees on water bills, is the only way water users can protect themselves.

John Kromko


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