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Shorts weather: I read with much pleasure, front to back, the April 20 issue of the Pitch. The KC Strip piece on the Westar Energy fraternal board members was on the money. The "Enron on the Prairie" tag is very fitting. The picture spread on the immigration protests was thoughtful; hopefully you can follow up with an in-depth article about the laws and the racist WASPS (Kris Kobach) and rednecks (the rally last week at the Plaza) calling for stronger laws that would send Hispanic-American people and workers out of the country. Thanks for giving props to underappreciated musicians like; many people in our city get less love here than they do in other parts of the country. The article on Stan Glazer was hilarious and enlightening. (I thought the guy was a joke and would never have a chance; now I really think he's a contender.) My only peeve is that many cover articles can be excessive. Make it concise — cut a thousand words. My short-attention-span, Internet-surfing generation would appreciate it.

Oz McGuire
Kansas City, Kansas

April Fools
Visa bill: The recent anti-illegal-immigration rally on the Plaza demonstrates how totally misguided many are when considering this debate. How does a hard-line, intractable position on this problem accomplish anything but resentment and disenfranchisement among the illegal population? How do we help anything by severely criminalizing 11 million people?

Those who support bills felonizing illegal immigrants need to re-evaluate their views. Making sweeping policy decisions based upon the rhetoric of ideologues only exacerbates problems; it doesn't solve them.

Many at the rally and across the nation routinely proclaim that the bill before the Senate is "amnesty." It isn't. The bill proposes that illegals work for six years on a worker visa, learn English, pay back taxes and fines, and then get in line to get citizenship. That is not amnesty. Amnesty is free citizenship without provision.

It seems to me that the U.S. Senate is doing what good government should do: seeking compromise to a difficult and pressing issue. What the recent rally demonstrated is how easy it is to appeal to the base fears and political expediencies of the masses. "Get tough" policies are not the solution —they are inflammations.

Mike Bannen
Prairie Village

Cup of Christ
Water to whine: Some years back, when they finally decided to allow liquor sales on Sundays, in order to appease churchgoin' folks, they decreed that only restaurants would be allowed to sell booze on Sundays. This was a sop to the Christian folks who wanted everyone to adhere to the Christian notion of Sunday being a religious holiday, y'know, a day of worship. [For more examples of such legislative efforts, see the KC Strip "Warning: Adult Content," March 23.] That way, you wouldn't have folks going out and drinking and carrying on and profaning the Lord's day.

Why in the world hasn't somebody challenged this obviously blatant intrusion of religion into business?

Liquor Control has recently begun a crackdown on many small bars. A number of small, neighborhood-type joints have now had their Sunday licenses revoked.

Last Sunday, in his column, Hearne Christopher (a [Kansas City Star] gossip columnist fr'chrissake) put this question of separation of church and state to Judy Hadley, head of Liquor Control. She said there was no connection. She said, "It is a perk given to restaurant-bars in the city."

Give me a fucking break, OK! So now, it's got nothing to do with religion; it's just a "PERK" fer the big businesses (like they need 'em, eh). Ya can buy booze all over town, but not at yer favorite local neighborhood tavern, cuz they're not "special." Sounds like a load of BULLSHIT to me!

Charley Hutto
Kansas City, Missouri

Correction: "Six-Gun Stan" (April 20) incorrectly identified former Kansas City, Missouri, City Councilman Paul Danaher as a candidate for mayor.

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