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February 11, 2001
Re " 'Good Reasons' Shut Out Santa Ana Kids," Feb. 3: After reading Agustin Gurza's column, we must go on record as 11 1/2-year residents of the city of Tustin to say we do not support the blatant discrimination and stealth politics that is going on in regards to the reuse of the former Marine Corps Air Station. These shortsighted politics are mind-boggling. Does anybody realize that education sets people free to realize their human potential? Or is it that these NIMBYs just want to keep the Latino population in its place so they don't run out of gardeners and domestic help?
May 7, 2000
I appreciate Agustin Gurza bringing up an issue that goes beyond the aspirations of two Galaxy soccer players (April 25 column). I hope that readers can see beyond the word "illegal." Very often legality and morality do not line up. In 1860, slavery was legal in Southern states. Let's face it. We cannot keep out illegal immigrants, and we don't want to. In many cases, while speaking out against illegal workers, people have gardeners and house cleaners they pay on the side. As a teacher in Santa Ana, I see thousands of bright and promising students who have lived in Orange County since they were young, often since kindergarten.
September 1, 2001
Agustin Gurza's assertion that "Cubans owe their [musical] chops, at least in part, to the socialist educational system," is so ignorant it's hard to imagine where he got that information ("Uneasy Lies Latin Music's Crown," Aug. 24). Music has been in the fabric of Cuban society since slaves were first brought over from Africa, in the 16th century. Cuba has produced a huge number of great singers and composers and contributed new rhythms and forms of musical expression to the musical heritage of the world, much before the Castro dictatorship.
April 30, 2000
Re "The Only 'Immigration Game' Loser: U.S.," Agustin Gurza's April 25 column: Immigration to the United States is not a game. People from all countries seeking to illegally immigrate to the United States must be made to understand that there are consequences to their actions for which they are responsible, not me or the other guy. There do exist lawful methods to legally immigrate to the United States which are apparently ignored by...
April 3, 2005
Thank YOU so very much for the article on La Trevi ["Coming On Strong Again," March 20]. There are many parallels between what Gloria does as a performer and what the women of the early punk scene were up to: the rebellious attitude, the sexually aggressive front, the stubborn refusal to be a victim. When I discovered her music in the early '90s, I immediately recognized her as a kindred spirit, and I've been a Gloria fan ever since. The fact that her new CD is one of the best I've heard this year is the sweetest revenge of all. Alice Bag Los Angeles Much has been written and reported about Gloria Trevi's musical career and unfortunately imprudent personal life, but it has never been done with such professionalism and objectivity.
September 13, 1999
In "Rediscovering a Common Bond on Immigration" (Sept. 7), Agustin Gurza equates the tragic story of the 1939 denial of entrance to Jews aboard the St. Louis with the current denial of admission of Latino illegal aliens. That is quite a logical stretch. Most illegal aliens flee their countries for economic reasons. Five billion people in the world have lower per capita incomes than Americans and could economically benefit by moving here. We must help true refugees who flee for their lives, such as those aboard the St. Louis.
March 28, 1999
In his divisive diatribe against all things American, Agustin Gurza once again slams the voters of California, this time for their support of Proposition 227 (column, March 9). Despite the initiative's backing from such prominent Hispanics as Rosemarie Avila and Jaime Escalante, Gurza, like so many militant activists, continues to deliberately misrepresent it as an attempt to "eradicate Latino culture and language from the state's institutions." That the state has no business preserving the culture of any group should not even be an issue: That is the domain of churches, organizations and the home.
February 2, 2006
The "Hot Ticket" regarding Wayne Shorter's upcoming concert could certainly have been written entirely on this marvelous artist, but the writer decided to go off-subject and tossed in a dig at John Coltrane ["An Explorer of Sound," Jan. 26]. Besides being mean-spirited, that statement's flat-out ignorance should disqualify this writer from any sort of coverage on the subject of jazz. In a similar vein, August Brown takes a cheap shot at Joan Baez in his article that should have stuck to its subject, Chava Alberstein ["A Still-Fresh Vocal Observer, Jan. 26]
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