Letters from the week of January 16, 2003

SOFA, So Good 

Letters from the week of January 16, 2003

Score!: I just finished Greg Hall's "SOFA Awards!" (January 2), and it was very entertaining. I'm glad he got an extra page in the Pitch to stretch it out a bit. Good stuff!

I sure hope he doesn't get a migraine transposing Neil Smith's pidgin English. Will KCTV Channel 5 send Neil to a speech pathologist in the off-season?
Jack Goodrich
Prairie Village

Global Warring
Weapons of mass instruction: I would like to commend C.J. Janovy, Derf and Tom Tomorrow for providing a new perspective on war, peace and current affairs. Though this "new" look may often be "liberal" according to some, I believe that the recent article by Janovy on the mock weapons inspection (Kansas City Strip, January 9), and Derf's The City and Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World political cartoons provide our society with significant moral and philosophical questions.

The dilemma is certainly not closed after reading the article or gazing at the cartoon. However, greater insight can be reached, which can lead to wiser decisions in our own humble existence and within the lives of our aristocratic, freedom-loving leaders. In this way, the dualistic Dharma-versus-Greg mentality of "liberal, vegetarian, yoga-exercising, anti-war hippies" against "freedom-loving, money-grubbing, militant, polo-shirt-wearing, rich conservatives" can be overcome. Possibly, neither of the two stereotypes completely applies to the three participants outside Honeywell.

Hopefully, a mutual ground can be achieved by Americans, Iraqis and the United Nations alike. Still, let's not compromise what is right and true. Let's outline the definition of justice and oppression together, and in doing so, let's not forget to point the finger inward, as well. And actually do something about what's wrong with the world, including the U.S.
Mark M. Seeger
Kansas City Missouri

Head Games
Blow by blow: After reading Bruce Rushton's "Head Cases" (January 2), I was left with the unsettling feeling that there is really only one side of the sodomy issue represented in the article.

Denise D. Lieberman and Jeff Wunrow are the advocates for queer rights who oppose, in theory, the position of the moral right, led by Jefferson County Prosecutor Robert G. Wilkins. Queer rights are well and good, Lieberman and Wunrow seem to be saying, as long as you're among the people "who don't set foot in" those "seedy joints" like Award Video or a bathroom at Shawnee Mission Park. "We will take your courage," Lieberman and Wunrow seem to be saying to the defendants, "but you're really not a part of our community."

By adopting this view, Lieberman and Wunrow align themselves with the moral right. They maintain the idea that some people are worth more than others. They are, in essence, casting the first stone. In this way, the homophobia they are supposedly attempting to combat is instead perpetuated. The defendants have been charged with crimes that do not exist for heterosexual sex; consequently, the defendants are made into less-than-American citizens. They are subcitizens, savages, perverts. This travesty is the only aspect of these cases that should be held up for the sake of judgment. This injustice is all that should matter.
Tom Jones
Kansas City, Missouri

Law and reorder: Bruce Rushton did an excellent job detailing the recent challenges to the Kansas and Missouri sodomy laws. I commend both his extensive research and his nonjudgmental tone.

These laws are serious -- at least their effect on gays and lesbians are. President Clinton, who as governor of Arkansas signed into law the act which was repealed in 2000, had the judgment to leave us with two Supreme Court judges. Let's hope that either Breyer or Ginsberg (I could see Souter as well) writes the majority opinion striking down once and for all these ugly laws.
Marianne Seggerman

Shots and Ladders
At close ranger: Thank you very much for Jen Chen's Night Ranger column in the January 2 issue of the Pitch ("A Step Above"). My name is Ryan Maybee. I bartend at Pierpont's, and I invented the Library Ladder drink. I loved the way she described the drink and the fact that she ordered it, regardless of my coworkers' nonslideage.

When we put the drink on the menu, we felt that sending the bartender to the top shelf to mix a tasty, original cocktail was the only incentive necessary for the drink to be ordered. It's what everyone wanted to see. The circus acrobatics are a bonus performed only by me and one other bartender, Tye Wang. The drink has been published in the most recent issue of Bartender magazine with a short summary of the stunts involved. The Library Ladder is our signature house cocktail, but it's only the beginning. We have a number of original drinks that you won't find anywhere else.

Thanks again for her kind words. Cheers!
Ryan Maybee
Kansas City, Missouri


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