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Vacation instills insight into local developments

EDITOR:

I recently returned from a vacation in Seattle, Wash., where I visited the recently opened Experience Music Project (EMP).

My personal dislike for most of rock-and-roll, its variations and its artists left me disappointed because the museum represented only that genre.

However, the most striking component of the EMP was its architecture by Frank Gehry. The building was a spherical wave that one could describe only as music itself. The EMP building was the artist's precise and successful attempt to imitate reality, which is art's only proper (i.e. justifiable) function.

The so-called "eyesore" Jim Sarti created perhaps represents only an honest mistake. However, the two are related.

America in its original founding principlesheld the individual sacred and sovereign before any group. Individual rights take form in the material realm through private property. These rights exist only because of man's nature as a rational being and are absolutes – they always exist.

Now it's quite different. All mainstream political philosophies in America represent the abrogation of such rights to the group.

Liberals are more consistent. They want the state in full control of the individual's life. Conservatives just want to stave off statism; they have the same moral ideal as liberals, sacrifice. Politicians take just enough time to utter some meaningless patriotic bromide, supposedly defending individual rights, and then proceed to destroy them through countless regulations.

In Prescott, a number of groups are trying to stop progress by advocating a "planned city." Who plans? Society. Who do we destroy in the process? The individual.

A $250 million endowment from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made the museum possible. Jim Sarti shares the same right with Allen via Gehry to do whatever he wishes with his property. It is unfortunate he wishes to plea mea culpa, when his guilt is unearned.

The guilty are those who wish to sacrifice Sarti's rights and the rights of developers in general, because their eyes hurt. Perhaps they are the same people who would recognize no artistic talent in a building like the EMP. Either way, by sanctioning reckless policies such as eminent domain, they have tried to negate the rights of all individuals – even their own.

Craig Foster

Flagstaff

Changing the name of evil doesn't make it proper

EDITOR:

Isn't it strange how just changing the name of anything degrading to something with an innocent name can make that same degrading thing sound acceptable or even appealing?

Such as: Calling filthy pornographic movies "adult films." We now call stores that sell such filth "adult book stores." Someone caught in a bald-faced lie confesses to "having misled you."

The pre-meditated murder of an unborn child is now called "pro-choice" or "a woman's right." Sodomy, an abominable sin, is now called, "a gay lifestyle." The participants of sodomy now are part of "the gay community."

Unmarried couples shacking-up and living in sin now are "domestic partners." And when the president gets caught at it, he declares that "oral sex" is not sex at all.

Shakespeare said it all: "A rose by any other name is still a rose."

David W. King

Dewey

Christine Young misses point about sentencing

EDITOR:

Christine Young doesn't get it, as demonstrated in her response to my previous letter criticizing Judge Howard Hinson's decision to go easy – so far – on four teen-agers who banded together to rob a Wilhoit market, waving a gun in the clerk's face.

Young said, hey, the gun wasn't loaded, therefore, they meant to harm nobody. She should try waving an unloaded gun in a cop's face, if she needs proof that there is no such thing as an unloaded gun.

Using her gift of 20/20 hindsight and a medley of pop psychology, she wrote that the four robbers were merely in a "desperate state of mind" at that time, not bent on a crime spree. The fact that they also stole a gun from the market might lead one to believe that they envisioned more crime. Pop psychology, however, would have us believe that they were going to ping cans with it.

Young quibbled with my calling them gangbangers. Four people who conspire to commit a crime, then do it, constitutes a gang, each a gangbanger. She also referred to me as of the "hang 'em high" crowd. Actually, I believe we have far too many in prison now, many there for crimes far less serious than armed robbery. Fact is, it was not I who devised the slogan: "Use a gun, go to prison."

It was all those judges, district attorneys, prosecutors, sheriffs and police chiefs who deemed that crime so serious that it demands a prison sentence. Stupid me, I believed them, that prestigious crowd.

I'd like the name of one public official who, in recent years, has denounced that slogan, especially when campaigning for office.

Even liberal Democrat Janet Napolitano, state attorney general, has endorsed that measure. Young wrote that many "upstanding" members of the community wrote the judge in support of the robbers. Where was their influence when the heist was being planned, executed, a clerk terrorized? Also, Young failed to address my most salient point, that being, had they stuck a gun in a judge's face, the gun loaded or not, no pop psychology would have saved them from the judge's wrath, and properly so. Young wrote that my comments were "inflammatory." Apparently, the only one burned up over them was her.

Donald Davitt

Prescott

Fish doesn't understand: Orientation isn't sex itself

EDITOR:

Regarding Ms. Fish's second letter on Rainbow Alliance's entry in the Frontier Days parade. Is sexual orientation really equivalent to sex, Ms. Fish? Is putting it in the theme of a float indecent, like walking naked down Gurley Street?

Sexual orientation, whether gay, bisexual, or heterosexual, is about who you love with all your heart, who you want to grow old with, who you want to share your life's dreams with, who you want to raise children with, who you promise to love for life in the presence of your family and friends.

It's about who you want to date, who you think is cute, who you want to hold hands with, who you dance cheek-to-cheek with, who you can't wait to tell your friends about, who you introduce to your parents. It's in the romantic themes of songs and movies, and the ceremonial kings and queens of parades. And yes, Ms. Fish, along with all of the above, it's who you want to be intimate with. If sexual orientation reduces to sex, then heterosexuals have been engaging in a whole lot of public sex for a very long time.

By the way, one of the most wonderful things about the Frontier Days parade was the sheer diversity of the groups participating. They included western-themed groups, community groups, churches, schools, businesses, politicians, and even some rather bawdy heterosexual entries. People representing sharply different views were in the parade, from Barbara Blewster, who has been critical of many minority groups, including gays, to the individuals participating in the Rainbow Alliance entry. What a country! The organizers and all the participants should be proud of themselves.

Arrana May

Prescott

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