By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
By Amber Taufen
By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
By Michael Roberts
By Melanie Asmar
Dress for X-cess
I thought Patricia Calhoun's June 8 column, "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee," kicked butt, to borrow a phrase from Jim Norris. I only hope that he and the workers from Sound Warehouse continue to show the courage of their convictions. As many of us from the baby boomer generation learned the hard way, sometimes you must make sacrifices in order to do what is right.
I'm glad that Generation X is finally waking up, albeit belatedly.
I don't know about you, but I'd rather buy a CD from someone who looks hip than someone who looks like a refugee from Up With People.
What is so terrible about requiring employees to meet a certain standard of appearance? Sound Warehouse is well within its rights to impose a dress code on its workers. If they don't like it, they can go work somewhere else. Westword, perhaps?
When Amendment 2 passed, we should have had a gay business owner fire all of his heterosexual employees simply because they are heterosexual. We'll see how long that stays legal. A company can adopt a dress code requiring males to wear their hair short and go earring-less. What if a company adopted a dress code requiring females to wear long hair and earrings? How long would that fly? You can sue a bartender for serving you too many drinks. Why can't you sue the 7-Eleven clerk for selling you too many cigarettes? Or the grocery clerk for selling you too many eggs? They should know better.
It's a crazy world we live in, man. It's legal to jump out of an airplane or kayak down a raging river or shoot as many of the "enemies" in the head as possible. It's legal to buy a bottle of sleeping pills or drink four bottles of vodka a day or smoke eight packs of cigarettes a day, but don't get caught with a joint, man.
We've got a bunch of posers in charge and enough "Stepford" citizens to keep them there. What can I do, though? I can't run for political office because I do inhale. Besides, that wouldn't do any good. The system is corrupted from the inside, not the outside.
A lot of "Americans" will tell you that this country was founded on the idea of "majority rules." They're either mistaken or stupid (maybe both). This country was founded on the idea of individual liberty. The rights of the individual come first; the wants of the majority come second. That's why those people left that island and started their own country, so that they could escape the tyranny of the "majority." It's too bad that their little experiment failed.
Intolerance should be illegal. So should a lack of a sense of humor. Anybody whines or complains too much, cut out their tongue. We could probably feed a hell of a lot of homeless people that way. I may be a sick, maladjusted, antisocial individual, but I can't be held responsible. I'm a victim. Society is the culprit.
I'm a white heterosexual male, the embodiment of power, so go ahead and rip me a new one.
Regarding Arthur Hodges's "Judgment Day" in the June 8 issue:
Sounds like David Smith is willing to tackle tough cases. I don't know him or know whether he's been treated unfairly. But I do know that if a case is complex or unusual, or if it takes several steps of analytical reasoning to fully understand or application of equitable principles and a little common sense to properly resolve, there's a pretty fair chance the judges aren't going to understand the case--and will condemn it as frivolous. The irony is that the judges may frivolously determine litigation to be frivolous.
Some profound reforms are needed to improve the judicial system. Hopefully, we'll see some within a hundred years.
Pomp and Circumstances
Thank you for Steve Jackson's June 8 story, "A Matter of Principal," about the background behind the Manual High graduation controversy. It's the only media story (on radio, TV or in print) that gave me any idea what the real issues were. And it seems that Manual's principal is better at passing the buck than she is at passing students.
On behalf of Manual High School, a sincere apology is expressed to the Manual High School Class of 1994, their families and friends for the disruption of what had been planned to be a commemorative and memorable event occurring during the centennial year. The events which caused this disruption should not have occurred. It is felt that the participants were deprived of their right to experience an enjoyable event because of a small number of persons who placed their individual needs above the needs of the Class of 1994.
Manual High School is renowned during most of its 100-year history for a tradition of achievement and diversity. Acknowledgement is given to the location of the school, which causes it to serve as a precious monument of prominence and esteem for the immediate neighborhood and for the African-American community. However, it would be an insult to fail to recognize the school's importance to any other segment of the previous and current student bodies.