Catalina Theater: Please Stay, and Ignore NintzelUrgent memo to Loews Catalina Theater: Disregard Jim Nintzel's delusional ramblings published in the Dec. 16 Weekly ("Get Out of Town!"). The rest of us will continue to patronize your establishment despite your on-screen advertising, because we love your funky, college town atmosphere. (Yes, we love the Loft also, but the Loft was not showing Sideways.)
I Took Regan's 'Get Out' Advice Years AgoI was amused by Margaret Regan's coda to the Tucson Weekly's latest "Get Out of Town," suggesting that everybody should. I did in 1999 (not voluntarily; I got dragged away kicking and screaming to live in my wife's hometown). While I was living in Tucson, I decided that most of Southern Arizona's problems could be solved with two simple pieces of legislation: one to ban the use of refrigerated air conditioning in all buildings except for schools, hospitals and medical offices, and another to outlaw the irrigation of golf courses. (A third law to ban the use of automobile air conditioners, I decided, would be too hard to enforce.) I figured that would cut Pima County's population at least in half--in short order.
'Get Out': Fred Imus Should Stay, but Johnston Should GoContrary to Chris Limberis' item about the Fred Imus show, I found it to be a breath of fresh air on the radio waves, in vast contrast to the right-wing hate bile readily available as "entertainment" on other shows. Fred had access (by virtue of his brother Don) to many interesting personalities in politics and entertainment for interviews (unlike other local political radio hacks). Nicole provided a sharp intellectual foil to Fred's occasional ignorant comments. Fred played very listenable "bumper" music, oftentimes the entire song. This is also in contrast to other local radio hosts, who play extremely tired-ass "bumpers."
General Manager Pat Johnston is truly a coward for censoring Fred's conversation with brother Don, and he truly is an idiot for not trying to make Fred and Nicole a workable show at "The Jilt."
Russ Dove's Boot Shows Vanderpool Is a TraitorI guess that all reporters report, but they certainly don't all investigate. It would be nice if your Tim Vanderpool could do both correctly ("Get Out of Town!").
It is odd how 55.6 percent of the voters went for Proposition 200 and against the wishes of our delegates to Congress, the governor, the attorney general and various and sundry authorities who "know it all."
In the first place, illegal immigrants have no rights. They are not Americans, but people who broke the law to get here. They are not entitled to benefits in welfare, hospitals or anything else. The "anti-immigrant-border hysteria" that Vanderpool writes about comes about because the United States is being invaded, not usually by an army with weapons, but an army nonetheless. They were not invited, at least not by the ordinary citizens, but perhaps by employers who obviously have no regard for law and order.
In California in 2003, Los Angeles County lost hundreds of millions providing health care to indigents. Girls of 14 or 15 have babies, who then become citizens, and the mothers get to stay here to help care for them. It seems that the illegal Mexicans have figured out a way to swindle the United States people, and they do it quite well, while pudding-headed liberals want to give the country away.
Where do you people come from? I know that you generally believe in abortions, so you must be cultivating a crop of you in the back yard, along with your marijuana. Maybe you should read the novel The Camp of the Saints, although I doubt it would make much of an impression.
By the way, I did not vote for either Bush either time. The Bush I vote for is not running for office.
Why don't you come down on the side of the United States for a change, or is that asking the impossible?
Remembering Ian Michael BealThe anniversary of Ian Michael Beal's death is another grave reminder to his family and friends the disappointment and interminable grief of how a young and promising life never reached its potential ("Death on the Mountain," March 4).
On Dec. 19, 2003, Ian became the lone casualty of the Aspen Fire on Mount Lemmon when he was involved in a work-related incident while rebuilding a cabin. He was pinned between a freightliner box truck and a dying tree (which was chopped down shortly thereafter). He'd only been on the job for four days, installing installation, when the unforgivable tragedy occurred.
Ian, 23, talked to me on the phone about his future a few weeks before his death. He desired to own a business after earning degrees at Pima College and the UA. (He had another semester remaining at Pima before he could enroll at the UA.) He was not certain about the type of company that he wanted to own, whether it was a restaurant or a store that sold CDs or sporting goods. He was convinced, however, that he wanted to stay in Tucson. His parents raised him in the small town of Sierra Vista through modest means. He started to think big, but he was never big about himself. He did not want a life in New York City or Los Angeles. His ties to Tucson and his family and friends weighed more significantly. In that sense, the community lost one of its own, someone who could have contributed to its future.
Ian's family wants to thank those who have expressed their prayers, sorrow and support during the past year. Many are people we have never met. Others are people everybody knows, such as Lute Olson and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Ian was Vick's No. 1, fan and he was laid to rest wearing Vick's Virginia Tech jersey. His parents reasoned he was not the type to wear a suit and tie anyway. Vick communicated to us through a Falcons' representative that he would say a prayer for Ian. Olson sent an e-mail to our family offering his condolences.
We will never give up in our search for answers concerning my godson's death. Although we may never resolve the issues involving Ian's death during our lifetime, we will leave Earth knowing we tried everything in our power in his honor.
Rep. Downing: Is It Time for a Billboard Boycott?The Board of Supervisors vote confirms, once more, that Pima County citizens do not welcome the visual clutter of illegal billboards ("Billboard Blather," The Skinny, Dec. 16). Billboards are advertising dinosaurs in the fast-paced world of pop-up computer ads, billboard buses, cable TV and beeping supermarket displays.
Billboard moguls have consistently ignored our local building permit and zoning laws. They do not respect private property rights. Flexing their money and might, they pre-empt local laws in the state legislatures. There, they prefer strike-everything amendments, a legislative rule that lets them avoid public scrutiny and public hearings. And, under the guise of public (tax-deductible) service, they plaster oversize faces of public officials on their boards--a reminder of their power to supposedly influence public opinion. Is it time to send a clear message to the industry and boycott all products that are advertised on illegal billboards? Local advertisers and nonprofits might avoid a public backlash by adding to their contracts a clause that they do not want their ads placed on illegal billboards. Perhaps, at that point, the message will come through the clearest of all channels--the marketplace.
State representative, District 28