Letters for May 29, 2003

Disrespectful headline
Re “Support the Arts” [RN&R, Editor’s Note, May 8]:

Do we have a disconnect here?

D. Brian Burghart, writes, with some pride, of RN&R receiving the Vivaldi Award at the 23rd Annual Business and the Arts Luncheon. Congratulations!

In the same issue, in an all-too-brief article by Kelley Lang about the opening of Stremmel Gallery—a major arts facility here in Northern Nevada—and beside a reproduction of a painting by one of this region’s important painters, Phyllis Shafer, is the headline, “Artsy Fartsy.”

Was the award given for arts coverage of this quality?

Jim McCormick

Question war-mongers
When President George W. Bush began threatening to invade Iraq, I hammered a sign up in front of my house denouncing Bush’s rush to war. The message has changed to remain relevant to events.

Of the messages I’ve had up, the present one—a simple question—seems to have aroused the most passion. It says, “Thousands Dead, Billions Spent, America Hated. For what?”

On May 10, someone came onto my property and ripped the sign down. I’ve filed a police report and replaced the sign.

What motivates someone to do this? I suspect they’re fanatical Bush/Israel supporters who fear Americans questioning Bush’s war-mongering ways. Bush supporters know and approve that his foreign policy is driven by a desire to protect the U.S. colony of Israel, no matter what the cost. They also know most Americans are not willing to fight and die so Israel can occupy more land.

With the justification that Iraq was a real threat to the U.S. looking more ridiculous each day, Americans should wonder if they haven’t been used by Bush/Israel the way a lonely shepherd might use a tired sheep.

Dan Argabright

Ass kisser
Re “The Tao of Steve” [RN&R, Cover, May 15]:

Why are you so enthralled with Steve Foht? The name doesn’t evoke the image of “rock stardom” to me. More like “rock bottom.” To achieve rock stardom, you must attain some level, any level, of success. Make-up, piercings and mesh shirts don’t make a rock star. Sometimes talent does. That is part of Foht’s problem. He’s too busy looking at himself in the mirror he’s sniffing crank off of to do anything worthwhile musically speaking. Why not do an article on December or Fall Silent, both of whom have signed major distribution deals and have gone on international tours. Is humble too boring for you? Do you need some trendy failure to make a spectacle of himself, bragging of the lines he’s sniffed and the hundreds and hundreds of women he’s slept with? Apparently so. I don’t pity Steve Foht, but I do feel sorry for anyone who picked up a Reno News & Review. I also feel sorry for photographer David Robert having to follow Foht around with D. Brian Burghart’s lips firmly planted on Foht’s ass.

Matt Kendig
Sun Valley

What’s in a name?
Re “Redemption” [RN&R, Cover, April 17]:

Deidre Pike’s story intrigued me. Life before, during and after incarceration for these individuals is surely challenging. As people of a civilized nation, everyone should have opportunities to make mistakes, pay for the mistakes and get on with life—hopefully, a productive life. Now, to begin the process of recovery, baggage should be left behind at the big house, not to be transferred to another Casa Grande. The Department [of Correction’s] proposed transitional facility should be about transition, not a reminder of incarceration. [Director] Jackie Crawford, regarding the naming for this facility, states: “People have complained that “Casa Grande” sounds like the big house, but I think it is nice.” Translated from Spanish to English, casa grande means big house. It does not just sound like big house. It is not nice. Crawford should listen to the people and maybe a focus group of the potential users of the facility. For example, Steve Suwe, manager of the Nevada Restitution Center, heard his residents decline the name of the fish tank room due to its relationship with fish being new inmates.

Give redemption a chance. Consider a new name for this transitional housing and service center. School kids may be helpful in this venture. They have fresh, unsoiled minds.

Ronald Miles
Las Vegas