In a world where the few simple comforts that man has come to rely upon for the safe and seemly maintenance of his sanity and general mental correctness, we find it to be an outrage that your publication continues to prolifically disturb and wholeheartedly destroy one institution that we, and we believe many of your loyal readership, rely on to uphold and assemble some form of mental and social sustainability: the crossword puzzle.
One, the variability of sizes in which this "puzzle" takes shape is a continuous vexation to our otherwise peaceful countenance. Two, the diminutive size of many of the said puzzles has us squinting, perturbed and cursingly reaching for a microscope we do NOT own. We are incensed that our penmanship has suffered innumerable injustices as a result of the necessity of inscribing elongated, yet tiny letters in the "squares" of puzzle number 1109, which appears in your Nov. 15 publication in a rectangular form which goes against all sense of good taste and decency in the crossword and global community. Quite frankly, this affront to decorum propels us to question with great astonishment why you, sirs, are not all in shackles.
Thank you for your kind attention to the pressing social and philosophical matter. For we think you'll agree that if this one sinuous thread that bonds us all together is frazzled, frayed, torn or otherwise destroyed, we threaten the very grease upon which society's gears depend to continue unmolested in their turnings.
R. Stephanie Dickson, James Benjamin Mahoney and John A. O'Halloran
This was just the first campaign in this recent series of war-justification that uses our collective pain and fear of future attacks in order to violently advance pre-determined goals of controlling resources and advancing power in the Middle East. Remember that in the rush to war during the fall of 2001, Bush proudly refused to negotiate with the Taliban to secure the capture of Osama or other terrorists, and to date, there has been little substantive investigation of the attacks or successful pursuit of perpetrators. Perhaps Danehy and others who still think that war was the appropriate response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 should take a critical look at what really motivates this administration and what was actually achieved through invading Afghanistan. Maybe then they would recognize that this latest PR campaign for a new war is only slightly more insane than the previous two.
Answering such questions might bring up some unpleasant truths about our economic system and, more broadly, our society's moral values.
Under 8 U.S.C. § 1325, it is a misdemeanor to enter the United States without inspection. However, there is no law that makes the mere presence in the United States a crime. Therefore, contrary to what Danehy states, "be(ing) here illegally" is not a "criminal act." If people who at one time violated 8 U.S.C. § 1325 are "illegals," then everyone who ever trespassed, disturbed the peace or committed any other misdemeanor is also an "illegal."
Furthermore, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, 45 percent of the people here without documented immigration status actually entered legally on a visa or other entry permit. While overstaying a visa is a violation of civil-immigration law, it is not a crime. Therefore, nearly half of the "illegal immigrants" in the United States are not "criminals."
Danehy has a right to his opinion on immigration; however, Danehy and the Tucson Weekly have a responsibility to make sure that their editorials are based on a correct statement of the law and do not perpetuate harmful or damaging legal misperceptions.
In reality, methamphetamine is more expensive than gold. Even if there really were instructions on how to produce methamphetamine on the Internet, more than likely, an individual who attempts such a task would make several mistakes. Those mistakes could cost him/her their life. Methamphetamine is not addictive.
Tucson Police Captain David Neri states that half of Tucson property crimes are caused by methamphetamine users.
In reality, at least 70 percent of all Tucson crime is methamphetamine-related. If methamphetamine was no longer used in our community, our community crime rate would drop 70 percent.
Catholic Bishop Gerald Kicanas teamed with elected officials, community leaders and concerned citizens to form the Anti-Meth Alliance and study committees. Being a Catholic, it saddens me to see that three major concerns about methamphetamine are never mentioned in the anti-meth campaign: 1) Methamphetamine is a satanic potion, and those who produce it practice a satanic ritual, and those who use it are part of a satanic cult; 2) methamphetamine is terrorism's best secret weapon; 3) methamphetamine is a deception, not an addiction.
Herman G. Flores