Letters for May 11, 2006

Innocent until proven otherwise
Re “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Cover story, May 4):

Three things come to mind reading the very clever cartoon: The Importance of Being Earnest.

· Earnest Green must be examined as a factor in this equation.

· America is a great country—if you have enough money.

· Acquittal comes from raising doubt in one of 12, who all were too stupid to get out of jury duty.

John Fisher

Beat the drum
Re “Give me the Willies” (Musicbeat, April 27):

As sultan of the Kerak Arabians, Reno’s local shriner band, I was proud to see such a fine musician as Dave Newman pictured playing a vintage Kerak drum. The Willies are the best trio out West. They can jam with the Shriners anytime. We’d be honored. It was a great, spot-on article.

Greg Adams
Sultan, Kerak Arabians

Check the figures
Re “White makes right?” (View From the Fray, May 4):

Interesting article. However, are you sure you were pulled over for expired registration? Usually in the state of Nevada, $735 is the magic number that appears on the ticket given to people who are caught driving without insurance.

Jamie Leonard

Call us crazy

Re “Dear Dr. Phil, I need help with my makeup” (Right Hook, April 27):

I would first like to say I enjoy reading your column, as you are the “token” conservative at Reno News & Review. For years, I read only the movie reviews because they are supposed to be subjective. The reviewer’s thoughts about a particular film do influence my decision to see a movie, but sometimes they are wrong. I know this before I read a review.

Most of the other stuff I read in RN&R is conspiracy bullshit, so when I saw your column, I was surprised they let you in the door.

After reading your recent story, “Dear Dr. Phil, I need help with my makeup,” I agreed with almost everything you had to say. The exception was, “Equal doesn’t mean the same.” Yes, it does. I think the point you missed was, everybody is different. There are no two people who are the same. When I was in high school, years ago, I read Animal Farm, and the passage I remember most was, “Some animals are more equal than others.”

I personally believe that those striving for “equality” are actually after superiority. They want to be more equal than everybody else. The only thing everyone on this planet has in common is we are all different! Profound? I rarely venture to the deep end of the thought pool.

Thank you for letting me rant a bit. I will continue to read your spot in RN&R, the movie reviews, and the bat-shit crazy conspiracy stories.

P.J. Stuckart
via e-mail

Re “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Cover story, May 4):

Walter “Eddie” Floyd, the subject of last week’s graphic nonfiction story, requested that the RN&R reiterate that the accusations made in the U.S. Department of Justice indictment are only allegations until proven in court.