As we approach the 51st anniversary month of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a new biography, “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story,” by Barbara Leaming, is released. The subtitle, “The Untold Story,” is appropriate as it reveals intimate details, conversations, and correspondence which I think the American public has not been privy to earlier. As a devoted fan of Jackie’s like so many of us young women were in the ’60s, I continued to admire her through the years and thought I had read everything written about her. Yet in this biography I felt I was getting to know the real person, not the public figure. I think Leaming has captured Jackie’s thought processes and motivations for many of her actions following the assassination. Although not always presented in a flattering light, by the end of the book, I found myself admiring her even more, yet with a deep sorrow for what she endured throughout her life that the public was probably not aware of.
Many thanks to Allison Hurtado and the Ahwatukee Foothill News for the wonderful article featuring our quilt group’s, the Prickly Piecers, 10-year anniversary party (“Local quilting club celebrates 10 years together,” Sept. 26, AFN). We also want to thank 3 Dudes Quilting Shop for hosting our party and for their generous contributions to small business and charity needs in Ahwatukee.
A recent letter from Dean Pyle (“Arizona universities are most affordable in the country,” AFN, Sept. 7) pointed out the benefits of sending our kids to one of the state universities here in Arizona. It is no joke that college is expensive, but during these difficult times, it is certainly an investment that parents and students should perceive as the best guarantee for their financial future.
I read the article on the feasibility study done of the Lakes golf course (“Feasibility study: Lakes is still viable as golf course,” AFN, Sept. 5) and wonder if it ever did 50,000 rounds per year. Also, I don’t know anyone who ever paid $51.50 for a round with a cart. Every time I played it I paid $25 or less.
I rely on the AFN as an important source for local news and services, and I occasionally look at the Opinion page. The statement in a recently published letter by Don Crook that “I know that Obama is a Muslim” is not an opinion, it is an obvious and destructive falsehood. Even political opponents of the President have responded to comments like this by saying that they “take the President at his word” for his Christian faith. The theme of this letter is that President Obama is out “to destroy America.”
Our current government is a Democrat one. The executive branch, so massive now that our founders wouldn’t recognize it, is 98.5 percent of the government measured by number of employees. The senior body of Congress is also run by Democrats. This government spent its first four years telling America the economy is getting better and anything going badly is Bush’s fault in any event. As the Bush shtick stopped selling as well it became time for a new bogeyman: the Tea Party, which is represented by maybe 10 percent of our Congress.
A story like that at the heart of "Runner Runner," about a young American gambler who gets sucked way above his head into the criminal doings of a big-time offshore operator, would have found its ideal life as a tough, punchy, black-and-white programmer back in the 1950s. Today, it would have been most viable as a grandiose character study done on an operatic scale by a filmmaker like Martin Scorsese or Michael Mann. What's actually up onscreen in this vaguely ambitious but tawdry melodrama falls into an in-between no man's land that endows it with no distinction whatsoever, a work lacking both style and insight into the netherworld it seeks to reveal. Despite an intriguing setup and Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake heading the cast, this Fox release holds a losing box-office hand.
The letter (“Local African-American males speak out,” AFN, Sept. 15) written by the four African-American males in response to Linda Turley-Hansen (“Not racism, and not guns; it’s moral absence that’s doing the killing,” AFN, Sept. 16) is replete with even more extreme “assumptions, presumptions, and downright racist stereotypes” than they accuse Turley-Hansen of employing.
Mr. Bryan Brinkley of Arizona People Acting for a Safer Society (AZ PASS) wrote a guest commentary in the AFN on Aug. 30, titled “Should guns be loved more than other people?” in which he seems to be offended that AFN published two rebuttals by a “loud minority in the community” to the stance that he and his organization represent.
Justin Kinkade (“Don’t understand Keogh Parks campaign signs,” AFN, Aug. 9) tells the truth when he states “I don’t get it” in regards to Sal’s political signs that state that lobbyist’s support Sal. Kinkade, reasons, without any proof or facts of unions putting up those signs.
After reading the “Obama the activist” letter to the editor from Don Crook (AFN, Aug. 14), I was just wondering if you printed the letter to show his ignorance or you would seriously print such an anti-American letter in your paper.
The Phoenix Convention Center is getting set to host the first Amazing Women’s Expo this weekend, where local businesses and special guests will join together to give women the chance for relaxation tailored to them.
I’m puzzled over Rick Murray’s lengthy rationalization of the Gang of Eight’s weenie immigrations bill (“Introducing comprehensive immigration reform took courage,” AFN, June 23). It made no sense to me that an American businessman would take such a stance.
When 14 Arizona Republican legislators got out of the goose-step of their party and voted with “We the People” Don Kennedy attacked them for their decision to do what their constituents expected of them (“Will our political beliefs bankrupt us?” AFN, June 30).
Ahwatukee resident Jean Moore and her daughter, Stephanie Siatta, have started a home art party business, and locals are creating favorable buzz about the classes being offered by the mother-daughter team.
In Bryan Brinkley’s letter to the editor (“Richardson’s arguments are absurd,” AFN, May 3) he indicates that he is a man of the law. Then let him try this one on: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”