The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 21, 1996 · Page 38
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 38

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 21, 1996
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LETTERS Jason Alexander: Not sensitive enough? Seinfeld's Jason Alexander advises men to tap into their "female side," adding that we should be "more sensitive, thoughtful and gentle" ("Straight Talk," Dec. 1-3). While he is correct that men should practice sensitivity, his perpetuation of the idea that this is a female trait is sexist and stupid. All people are potentially good or evil, and it has nothing to do with their sex. There are millions of good men in our country because they are just that: good men. ROBERT KEITH SMITH Follansbee, W.Va. Ellen's life is her business I understand why sitcom star Ellen DeGeneres dances around questions about her sexuality ("Ellen's new twist on TV," Nov. 24-26). Whether an individual is a popular celebrity or an ordinary member of the public, his or her sex life is a private matter. Maybe the day will come when a person's sexual orientation is irrelevant, but that day has not arrived. ALAN L. LIGHT Iowa City, Iowa Divided on 'Divided Sisters' In your book column ("Reading about race," Dec. 1-3), you mentioned that Divided Sisters Homemade. Made easy. HIDDEN VALLEY® SPINACH DIP °" Mix 1 oz. packet Original Ranch® Party Dip with 1 pint sour cream. °f Add one 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed and drained, and one 8 oz. can water chestnuts, chopped. "* Mix together and serve. claims black women are infuriated when successful black men marry whites. I am so tired of hearing this complaint. Why don't black women complain when Whoopi Goldberg, Diana Ross and Tina Turner date or marry white men? RON McZORN New York City The article describes women and race as "a narrow focus." Why? We women make up half the population; our experiences are worth careful consideration. ALICE M. GITCHELL Egg Harbor City, N.J. Rap music gets a bad rap Keith Lockhart, the conductor of the Boston Pops, describes his feelings for rap as a "physical pain" ("Roll over, Beethoven," Dec. 15-17). People out there should understand that rap music isn't made for everybody. Rappers are entertainers, like every other artist in the music business. It seems like a double standard on the part of so-called musicians and critics to attack another art form. I don't know what they have a problem with: the rap itself or the fact that rappers are generally black men making legitimate money. WILLIAM H. JENKINS IV Selma, Ala. Labeling an AIDS victim I felt compelled to write about your commentary on my sister Janice Burns' book, Sarah's Song ("The Week," Nov. 24-26), in which she wrote about her and her husband's fight with AIDS. Although I was thrilled to see the book mentioned in the magazine, I took exception to your labeling my late brother-in-law, Bill, a bisexual. That's like calling someone who got drunk once an alcoholic; Bill had a very brief same-sex encounter, once in his life. Shortly afterward, he embarked on an 11-year monogamous relationship with my sister. My family loved Bill and loves Janice dearly. It never mattered how they became infected. All that mattered is that we were going to lose them to a virus that does not care who its victims are, and a society that still does not understand that nobody deserves this disease. DOLORES M. REZENDES Duxbury, Mass. Writs to "tatters," USA WEEKEND, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 222294012 (fax: 703-276-5518; e-mail: Please provide your name, address and daytime telephone number, with the area code, letters may be edited for clarity and space. C3 • ONLINE: Bring your thougfe about our articles to our message boards on America Online. Look In the Newsstand Of use keyword: USA WEEKEND. Call 1-800-723-2343 for additional recipes. O 1995 The HVR Co. 6 USA WEEKEND • Jan. 19-21,1996

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