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The Readers Spoke Loudly . . . : Isn't AIDS a Costa Mesa Issue?

January 01, 1994

In response to Zan Dubin's article "Costa Mesa Refuses to Issue Proclamation" (Nov. 30), I find it hard to believe that cost alone was the determining factor behind Mayor Sandra L. Genis' decision not to officially proclaim Dec. 1 as A Day Without Art.

The mayor states in the article that "she supports proclamations only for individuals or groups based in Costa Mesa or involved in projects that directly benefit the city and its residents." Are we to understand that there are no HIV-positive or AIDS-infected residents in the fair city of Costa Mesa? Are we to believe that if, through an outpouring of financial and moral support, a cure for AIDS is discovered, it would have no "direct benefit to the city of Costa Mesa and its residents"?

Just in case this terrible scourge is with us at this time next year, I will be sending Ms. Genis a $5 bill in support of next year's Day Without Art. That way, she will not need to worry whether a proclamation would be "a good use of taxpayers' money." With an estimated 1 million Americans already infected with HIV, AIDS research and HIV-infected individuals need all the help we can give.

LUCILLE A. HARRISON, Corona del Mar

Center's Policy 'Elitist'

The Times' editorial of Feb. 14 ("Let Arts Center Be Impresario, Not Czar") gave me further reason to write about an experience with the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

I am a native Southern Californian who recently returned to this area in retirement and immediately joined the Laguna Hills Philharmonic Committee, which entails a contribution to OCPAC.

Now, I am appalled at the center and its designated ticket outlet for refusing to sell any but the higher-priced tickets over the telephone.

Not only was I unable to purchase $20 tickets for "The Marriage of Figaro" over the telephone, despite a plethora of reputable credit cards, but I was forced to drive from Leisure World to the center to buy tickets.

In more than 40 years as both a volunteer and professional employee in the performing-arts field, I have applauded efforts to make the arts less elitist as basic to their survival.

I have been able to charge tickets of any price via telephone at Lyric Opera in Chicago and Portland Opera in Oregon. Why this price discrimination in Orange County?

And now OCPAC refuses to permit the performance of anything other than classical music? My, aren't we elitist!

I wonder what kind of fund raising will have to be undertaken to keep the center afloat!

JOAN FOSTER NUGENT, Laguna Hills

Rap-Show Brawls Rapped

This is an open letter to all the rap fans who feel that a good brawl is the perfect topper to a rap concert. I'm not speaking as a rap fan, but as a veteran of more than 100 rock concerts, dating back almost 20 years. I have attended everything from concerts by Los Lobos to Bob Marley to X, and not once have I had a chair hurled at me.

Granted, at a few of those X concerts, there were objects airborne. But those were bodies, and they were only involved in that unique pagan ritual known as slam dancing. No one was seriously injured, and not once were the riot police called in.

If rap fans wish to have venues such as the Forum and the Sports Arena continue to allow rap shows to be held there, some serious attitude changes will have to be made by those few "rotten apples" who insist on spoiling the fun for everyone else.

JOHN McELLIGOTT JR., Fullerton

Not Scared by 'Jurassic Park'

I'm 12 years old and have just been to see "Jurassic Park," and both my 7-year-old brother, Jesse, and I agree it is not as scary as the newspapers, like yours, and the news shows say. So please stop making such a big deal about it. Let people judge for themselves.

CAITLIN KURVINK, Huntington Beach

Butting Heads Over TV Cartoon

Beavis and Butt-head are not meant to be role models. They are not meant to educate the youth of America. What they are meant to do is be funny, and at that they succeed. They're the two losers we all had in our ninth-grade biology class who did nothing but sit in the back of the class and screw around with the Bunsen burners.

I am willing to admit that the show is for adolescents and adults and that I do not think small children should watch. I also agree with taking the show out of its 7 p.m. time slot, but for parents who say that they have no control over what their kids watch and that the show should be taken off the air, here's an idea: Turn the TV off. Or get rid of the TV and give your kids a book. But I'm not your kid, so stop telling me what to watch.

LUKE MANNIX, Capistrano Beach

Blame Security, Not Bands

The stabbing that occurred Sept. 5 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre may have been the second of its type reported over the last two years, but it is not as uncommon as city officials claim.

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