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Layton’s Waitin’
I work at Roosters Brewing Co. and was really excited for this City Weekly issue because for the first time, we had signed a contract for advertising. As I was flipping through to see how our ad turned out, I saw Ted Scheffler’s article “Brew-Phoria” about brewpubs [“Summer Guide,” June 7]. Great article!

However, I was disappointed to see we didn’t make the list for a “friendly neighborhood pub” for a “freshly poured pint” on “a smoldering summer day!” I would love to invite you to our new Layton location and try my favorite summer libation, our Heavenly Cream Ale. It is a regular on tap exclusively in the Layton Roosters. In Ogden, our highly acclaimed Devil’s Grip Blackberry Ale is our next seasonal on tap.

I know Scheffler has been to our Ogden location before because he has written some great articles about us in the past, but has he been to our Layton Roosters? Come on out and visit us. We would love to have you.
tulie Kirkland
Roosters Brewing Co. financial manager

Fear the End
Stephen Dark’s “Conman.com” [May 24, City Weekly] was a very chilling story. Looking at Robert Paisola’s conduct and the extent of his sociopathy, I fear how this story may end one day. Excellent and apparently courageous article.
Stefan San Martín
Valrico, Fla.

Mucho Gusto, Gustavo!
I have just become aware of Gustavo Arellano’s column Ask a Mexican and, may I just say, it is brilliant!

I am fascinated and am on my way out to buy Arellano’s book. I love that when he deals with ignorant people like “Angry Gabacho Goes Really Off” [May 17, City Weekly], whom I would have ripped a new one, Arellano is calm and collected.

Thank you for such a wonderful column, and I am looking forward to continue reading it.
Ana Jimenez
Salt Lake City

No Gustavo, Malo
I’m all for diversity, but I find Gustavo Arellano’s column Ask a Mexican offensive. Under the auspices of open dialogue, this column promotes stereotyping, is laced with ethnic slurs and condones racism'all thinly disguised as humor.

Ethnic jokes, as well as gender-based and anti-gay humor, are not funny. They have historically, and frequently, been used to justify hate speech. Arellano’s column promotes ignorance and supports the American racist status quo. Please, don’t waste any more ink on it.
John P. Wilkes
Salt Lake City

Alpine Split, Too
Regarding “Class Dismissed” [May 31, City Weekly], the article failed to mention the movement in Orem to break away from Alpine School District.

Orem has the highest concentration of Hispanics in the district. The movement to split the district originated among Orem parents who feel Alpine School District is too large and unresponsive. Among their concerns are the district’s neglect of the needs of Orem’s unique demographic of Hispanic students.

The organization Friends of Orem School District includes strong Hispanic leadership. The movement is not seeking the type of east-west class divide occurring in Salt Lake County but rather is an attempt by parents to gain greater local control of their schools in order to address particularly local needs.
Laurie Lisonbee

See You at the Games, Frost
Perhaps Bill Frost needs to attend one of our Special Olympics Utah events to better understand what he is making reference to [“Ladies’ Night,” Frost Bytes, May 31, City Weekly].

Check out our schedule on the online calendar at sout.org. Hope to see you at the games.
Lyn Rees
Special Olympics Utah marketing director
Salt Lake City

Focus District Resources
Ted McDonough’s article “Class Dismissed” [May 31, City Weekly] seems to have dug to new levels of journalistic slop in its attempt to make a racial issue out of the current movement to split Granite School District. Perhaps McDonough should consider a career in some other field.

It is quite correct that Granite School District has both a racial and an economic tilt, with a greater number of Hispanic students as well as a greater number of low-income students on the west side. A quick glance at the standardized testing statistics for schools within Granite School District will also reveal that this same tilt applies to academic outcomes within the district as well. The need within Granite to serve both communities creates a conflict in deciding how to parcel resources and what programs to initiate. The result is that neither community is well served.

Dividing Granite into two districts provides an opportunity and means to focus the resources of the resulting districts on the needs of the different populations. It also removes the ability of the current Granite School District to hide behind average results and will force the administration of the west-side district to focus on the needs of its minority and low-income populations.

Beyond this, the statistical evidence indicates that minority students do better in smaller districts and smaller schools than their white counterparts. If this is about academic outcomes for minority and low-income students, then instead of trying to “guilt and shame them into providing equal services,” perhaps Michael Clara should be looking at providing effective services that meet the needs of the population, instead of being merely “equal.”
Tad Wimmer
West Valley

Editor’s note: Wimmer is research director for the interest group Utah Small Districts Coalition.

On the Path
Thanks much for this good and brave and clear article, Holly [“Losing Religion/Keeping the Faith,” May 31, City Weekly]. So happy to be walking this path with you. We have all learned so much in the 20 years since the excommunication of my dear friend Connell O’Donovan. But not enough. Still too much pain, too many suicides, ill-fated marriages, families split in two over issues of religion and homosexuality. My hope is that fewer and fewer men will have to look back with regret. That will take new eyes and more open hearts. But it is possible.
Carol Lynn Pearson
Walnut Creek, Calif

Service to Gays
I want to thank you for Holly Mullen’s column in City Weekly “Losing Religion/Keeping the Faith” [May 31]. I thought it was a great column and definitely moving. I appreciate Mullen taking the time to understand gay and lesbian concerns and also for publishing her thoughts.
Randy Laub
Salt Lake City

No Amnesty, Please
Open-borders advocates point to global movement of communications, transportation, products, and they demand people be as free to move as email through the World Wide Web. However, the movement of products and communication'as opposed to people'doesn’t make demands on recipients. People demand employment, education, medication and incarceration.

Average meatpacking wages were $20 hourly till the flood of illegal immigrants dropped wages to $12. The illegal immigrant claiming many real or fictional dependents pays no income tax. The American worker with few dependents has taxes increased to support illegal immigrants. The average California family pays over $2,000 extra taxes yearly to support state subsidies for illegal immigrants.

Illegal-immigrant supporters point to their great “contributions.” Aliens who work contribute one-tenth of 1 percent to America’s economy. They pay only one half to one-fifteenth of the social services they receive. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, Hispanics increase welfare dependency in second and third generations. Mexicans wire home over $20 billion yearly. More billions go personally and through the drug trade.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, reports illegal immigrants daily murder 12 Americans, kill 13 more by DUI, and molest eight children; 28 percent of convicts are foreigners.

The first six amnesties have made the flood of illegal immigrants worse. This one of 20 million lawbreakers'including 30,000 gangbanging violent criminals'will destroy the U.S. financially and culturally. It is open sesame to terrorists.

Urge Sens. Hatch and Bennett to vote no to amnesty and finally support the United States Constitution.
Vicki Martin

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