I am only one of the many longtime career art workers in Tucson who have the highest respect for the devotion and intellectual honesty paid my industry by the tireless Margaret Regan. Lucky are those who are on the receiving end of one of her reviews, good, bad or ugly.
Davis Dominguez Gallery
Clearly, I shouldn't be commenting on your letter, because I'm a man of Northeastern-European descent. But maybe it's male privilege that causes me to call your implied suggestion that critics should not feel free to criticize the art of other ethnicities nothing other than a big, steaming pile of shit.
Stuart A. Hoenig
Catherine O'Sullivan is a journalist; therefore, your article should be factually correct. That the article is misleading is inexcusable and, moreover, unfair to the 5.7 million American adults who have bipolar disorder, and their families and friends.
You assert that, "Bipolar disorder has arrived." False. It is one of the oldest known illnesses, with records dating back to the second century. "Manic-depressive psychosis" was coined in the late 1800s by Emil Kraepelin, one of the fathers of modern psychiatry. In 1980, the term bipolar disorder replaced manic-depressive disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.
Moreover, you misled your readers by highlighting drugs typically prescribed for depression--Prozac, Celexa and Effexor--in a column about the caché of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder generally is treated with mood stabilizers, including the "gold standard" lithium, and anticonvulsants like Depakote and Zyprexa. You recently may have seen ads for the extended-release versions of some of these drugs in popular magazines, but all three have been approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder or its symptoms since at least 2000 (lithium, 1980; Depakote, 1995; Zyprexa, 2000).
People suffering from mental illness face enough prejudice and discrimination without inaccurately being labeled "stark-raving mad," "crazy," "seriously deranged" and "nuts." Some 25 percent of people with bipolar disorder attempt suicide at some point in their lives. Mental illness is no laughing matter.
The only thing I'd like to add is that none of those text-messagers have insurance. Then maybe, just maybe, the Legislature will fix the joke that they call Arizona's auto-insurance laws.
Peter Van Keuren
In 1960, Kennedy famously assured Protestants that he firmly believed in the constitutional separation of church and state. He won that battle, and for nearly two decades, a presidential candidate's religion (including that of Mitt's daddy in 1968) was a mere factoid on par with his place of birth and favorite color. But then came the rabid religious right, allied with the neoconservative movement, and suddenly every candidate is expected to disgorge all the details of his or her faith, and how it would guide White House policy.
But the winning weapon Kennedy used, Romney disdains. What Romney recently said is: "Freedom requires religion, just as religion requires freedom." Never mind that this is absurd--ever hear of Europe? He is not fighting JFK's battle, but retreating from it. JFK won the battle by politely saying that his religion was not relevant to this discussion. Romney capitulates by saying, in effect, "Yes, my religion as a candidate is relevant, and you should vote for me, because it's really not much different than yours." Romney and the far-right, evangelical neocons want not to separate church and state, but to integrate them, à la the mullahs of Iran.
Her family was driving around Tucson with no liability insurance. She was not being responsible toward the citizens of Arizona. She, like many before her, could get into an accident and cause damage and harm to her family and others, not to mention property damage. If she were at fault, all she would have to do is disappear into the underground culture that protects her, and her victims will have to suffer from her irresponsibility.
I understand that state legislators are enacting a law that does away with the issue of awarding Arizona birth certificates to babies born to undocumented persons. Hoorah! Finally, someone in the Legislature is trying do something.
Maybe someday, we will not have to worry about problems like Miriam Aviles de Reyes and her family.