Gullible's Travails

To the Editor,

I really enjoyed your "Magic Kingdom?" article (April 1).

Mailbag Despite being the most farfetched (Kokopelli County, the endangered Sonoran sandfly?) article I had seen in your rag in recent memory, it wasn't until I began telling a co-worker about it that I realized this may be a very elaborate Lisa Lopfor (apriL fooLs) joke. I called your office and asked if anyone else had broken the Lisa Lopfor code, and to the receptionist's knowledge, I was the first. I applaud your efforts--AZCOT was almost worth believing in. After all, I wouldn't want to be incarcerated for being an anti-social non-conformist!

--Mark Cameron

To the Editor,

Regarding "Magic Kingdom?" (April 1): You guys totally rock it. If I had not reread the article on Disney coming to town I would still be believing that they were. You guys are so cool! A lot of people I know are so pumped up right now, telling everyone what's going to happen in the near future, they forgot about reality. I guess the old saying is true, "The bigger the fib, the more true it must be." Kudos, Tucson Weekly--once again you prove you are the best rag in town.

--Frank Cornett

To the Editor,

I trusted your paper to be my information alternative to the waste of paper publications around town. You robbed me of sleep with Lisa Lopfor's "Magic Kingdom?" exposé (April 1). With all the negative stories I read nowadays, it was just another twist of the knife already in my heart. BooHoo.

I denounced all things Disney and vowed to never again see or buy from them. Not that it was a stretch--Disneyland offends me anyway. But your little joke about the fate of part of the Sonoran Desert was too much to bear. My mind would not stop working with how to organize an end to that possibility.

You're funny, Lisa Lopfor--April Fools. If I had a stick I would beat you with it.You owe me a good night's sleep. Print something positive about life, please. I am about a thought away from abandoning my homeland. All the anti-community, environment and equality is turning Tucson and Arizona into a sewer of inbred political and social decay. Your story was so horrifying, and I believed it. Wizard's first rule: people will believe what they want, even if they know it is not true. What a sucker. Bastards woke me up. --Eric J. Wodraska

Home Front

To the Editor,

The Weekly's story on the manufactured house (aka trailer) ("House of Pain," April 1) accurately covered most of the facts on the issue. However, it stated that a "few disgruntled neighbors" had a personal vendetta against Steve Hebert. We'd like to emphasize that this is truly a much bigger issue.

A large cross section of Palo Verde residents are aware of the situation and are collectively acting through the Palo Verde Neighborhood Association to do something about it. Over 50 neighbors attended the emergency meeting held on March 18 and pledged their willingness to help with the fight.

We are proud of our neighborhood. It has a significant architectural history and a unique cultural flavor. The original Jossler home is approximately 2,000 feet from Mr. Hebert's new place. Residents throughout the neighborhood are reinvesting in their homes and have concerns about property values. We feel the addition of Mr. Hebert' s "Palm Harbor palace" severely detracts from the integrity of the neighborhood and do not want this type of development to set a precedent in our area. For the record, we are outraged, and the fight is far from over. Perhaps if Mr. Hebert had followed the recommended Land Use Code protocol and the Palo Verde residents had been rightfully notified, this situation would not have escalated to the point that we have to spend our hard-earned dollars on an attorney.

Mr. Hebert stated in the article that, "we have a permit--the house isn't going anywhere". We beg to differ. If it can snow in Tucson on Easter, ANYTHING is possible.

--Mark Miller/Connie Brannock/Jeannie Kelley

Palo Verde Neighborhood Association

Un-Fan Fare

To the Editor:

I couldn't resist writing in regard to Jennifer Santiago's blatant attempt at self promotion. Doesn't WB 58 have a publicity department? Or is the station manager letting everyone fend for themselves?

As for the radio station that has started a fan club in her name, I would be skeptical about such an honor. Obviously the idea of a practical joke never occurred to her.

Let Ms. Santiago live through her first summer and monsoon in Tucson before bestowing any titles. My vote would be for the weather bunny most likely charged with the dumb motorist law for attempting to enter a flood zone.

--C. Elizabeth Smith

Just The Facts

To the Editor,

Thanks for publishing Jeff Smith's illuminating U.S. foreign policy admonition ("Off With His Head," April 1). Fortunately, in this case, Mr. Smith's credibility (and by extension the publication's) suffers from a painful lack of knowledge regarding our own country and its government.

Senator Helms may well be the "troglodyte" Mr. Smith claims, but he does not represent the state of South Carolina as Mr. Smith's phrase "South Carolina troglodyte" would suggest. I suspect there are a few good folks in the state of North Carolina, which Senator Helms does represent, who might wish he were relegated to South Carolina, but that's only a guess.When Mr. Smith, and the copy editor at the Tucson Weekly, have mastered the who's who of government here at home, I'll start to seriously consider their views on U.S. foreign policy.

By the way, there are many fine almanacs published now. They provide credible information about which state each senator represents. I use the New York Times Almanac myself.

--Bill Tracy

In The Drink

To the Editor,

I was very happy to read the article regarding the plethora of wine-tasting opportunities that are available in Tucson ("Where the Wines Are," March 25). There has indeed been much demystification of wine culture in the past decade.

Presidio Grill has helped this movement along the past three years with our "Wine in the Real World" series. We named them such because some of the public can be intimidated at wine tastings where they are sitting with a bunch of wine buffs. At our monthly tastings we offer selections from vintners, regions or countries at $42 per person (advance reservations) for six to seven wines paired with a four-course meal. Our next tasting, scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, covers wines of Argentina, featuring two Malbec's, the Argentinian red that has been growing in popularity this past year.

In addition to these monthly tastings, diners can order our tasting menu for dinner any evening. For $54, a four-course meal is specially prepared and paired with wines to compliment the food (tasting menu can be ordered without wine for $34). This affords folks the opportunity to have a personalized wine tasting at their convenience.

I know that space is limited and that it was impossible for Ms. Cook to include every restaurant's wine tasting information. I would like your readers to know that we do, however, have wine tastings scheduled.

--Deborah Gellman

Owner, Presidio Grill

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