Letters to the Editor

From the week of 3/22/07

Finally, the construction cost of several billions of dollars will be the least of the true cost of a rapid-transit expansion. The beauty of mountain vistas, the natural places, the wildlife and wildflowers will all be seriously impacted or even lost.
Bill Loessberg

"Let's Do This," Joel Warner, March 8

The Art of Warcraft

I'm a World of Warcraft player, one of the eight million of them. I have to congratulate Joel Warner on "Let's Do This," which was brilliant. I haven't read such a realistic article about WoW from a non-player; usually, the only thing we read in articles about WoW (or any other MMORPG) is a warning about how addictive the game can be, along with some examples where someone died/lost his family -- because that sells well.

I have to thank Joel in the name of all the MMORPG player "geeks" in the world.
Gabor Szepeshazy
Budapest, Hungary

I just wanted to tell you how very much I enjoyed this article. I have played World of Warcraft for a couple of years now with my husband and son, and have wondered if the character of Leeroy was still active or not. It was nice to see the article shed some light on how the fame is affecting the player behind the character. Kudos to the author for a well-written and insightful article.
Anna Herrell
Austin, Texas

In my opinion, the reason the movie is so big is because it encompasses all the aspects of the in-game raiding. Planning, one dude making the decisions, everyone's roles in the fights...and the one guy who never listens!

I enjoyed the article very much! Thanks.
Hemad Razavi
London, England

My wife and I are amateur podcasters (http://theelfanddwarf.podbean.com) and have a show that focuses on World of Warcraft. I read the article about the legend of Leeroy Jenkins with some interest, and found it engaging and fun. I had seen the video some time ago and am as curious now as I was then if it was staged or not.
Rob Osterman
Waterford, Michigan

"Man-on-Man Action," Nathan Lee, March 8

Remember the Spartans

I wonder how Nathan Lee squares his lame review of 300 with the record-breaking box-office receipts for the movie over that weekend? Granted, Americans don't always spend their movie dollars wisely, but this film is similar in some ways to The Passion of the Christ, at least in terms of how out of sync the reviewers are with the movie-going public. What's the deal, Nathan? Is this just stupid America looking for an artistic slasher movie, or are we all latently homosexual, as your review would insinuate?

I think there's a deeper and more profound issue at play here. As a rule, if you went to journalism school or graduated with a degree in art history or some other equally useless major and perhaps work at a newspaper steeped in self-loathing postmodern multiculturalism, then, yes, you'd have a serious problem with 300. You see, the basic premise of the movie -- in fact, its only premise, really -- is that freedom is worth fighting for. Nathan didn't want you to see this movie because it goes against everything the politically correct left is trying to sell you. In this movie, the Spartans take the battle to the enemy in a way that probably keeps Nathan up at night. Not only that, but they rebuff offers of "peace." I mean, sure, there were strings attached -- like having to kneel to a foreign conqueror -- but how hard could it be to kneel if it would save so many lives?

Hollywood just can't bring itself to make a patriotic movie these days. They choke on the very concept because they view themselves as change agents. They're there to mold future thinking. We have people like that in every area where public opinion is formed, primarily in the media and in education. As a result, the media is losing readers and our children come home crying about global warming even as they fail their CSAP tests. No, 300 hits a note with viewers because they are confronted with whether they'd be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve their freedom. Simple concept, not much dialogue needed.
Kevin Kelley

Ask a Mexican, Gustavo Arellano, March 8

Who's Your daddy?

This gabacho insists you keep the logo. The contrast between the image and Gustavo's writing is what caught my eye and made me an immediate fan. As a frequent reader, I think I can speak for other intelligent, knowledge-seeking gabachos when I say, "We get it." Any risk of perpetuating a stereotype is certainly worth it, considering how many readers like myself have been attracted to and enlightened by Ask a Mexican.

P.S.: If it's truly a drawing of Gustavo's papi, I would think it a dishonor to give him any other name.
Chris Rolofson
Highlands Ranch

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