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Taking on Johnny Depp; don't spare the spare

By: Letters
April 27, 2013

Taking issue with Johnny Depp

The article on Johnny Depp’s new movie in the April 21 edition of The Gazette appalled and offended me.

It was filled with ignorance and prejudice.

Depp and his producer obviously know nothing about Jay Silverheels (Tonto) and didn’t bother to research him. Did any American Indian advise Depp on his role? Where did he get that ridiculous headdress? And real Indians don’t run around every day in face paint. That is only used on certain occasions.

Why am I offended? I happen to be a Mohawk Indian.

Jay was the first real Indian to star in films. (Not an Italian actor, like in the early Westerns.)

He was Clayton Moore’s co-star. Where would the Lone Ranger be without Tonto? Jay played his roles with professional dignity. A quality that Depp sorely lacks.

Jay had a terrific sense of humor and was adept at creating jokes. The name, Tonto, translated as “clown”.

Jay and good friend, Clayton Moore, worked smoothly together. Their performances included many inside jokes. The phrase, “Kemo Sabe”, that Jay used was another inside joke.

Jay founded the Indian Actors Workshop in Hollywood in 1968. In August 1979, Jay became the first Indian to have his star set in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jay died of a stroke in March 1980.

If you want to know more about a real Indian, from a real Indian, I am available.

I also plan to boycott the film. I hope other real Indians will do likewise.

Eugene RedHawk, Colorado Springs

Let only children be

The stereotype of the only child needs to be put to rest. There are people with such a profound belief in this stereotype that they aren’t willing to let it go.

I teach fifth grade, and I’ve had children of every spot in the birth order in their family and I’m here to tell you, you can have a spoiled brat that is an only child and you can just as easily have a spoiled brat that is one of five kids in a family.

Being an only child isn’t the problem. Poor parenting is. Poor parenting happens in all types of families and I’ve had just as many misbehaved, spoiled, egocentric children that are middle children, oldest, youngest, and everywhere else in between.

If a kid is spoiled, misbehaved, coddled... our first question shouldn’t be, “Is she an only child?”

Let only children be. They usually happen to be my favorite students.

There’s something very unique and special about them and that needs to be their new stereotype.

Jill Combs, Colorado Springs

Morse has earned respect, support

I first met John Morse when he ran for his first term as District 11 state senator and found him to be a unique fit for the office. During his tenure, he has been a true champion for the people and not corporate and special interests. He has a proven record of devotion to his constituents. Senate President John Morse has worked to improve school safety and to improve services to our veterans and their families. He has worked to give preference to Colorado contractors, to secure more funding to fight wildfires, and provide tax relief to thousands of families struggling to make ends meet. Sen. John Morse’s selfless concern for the people of Colorado has earned the respect and support of his constituents.

Jerry Unruh, Manitou Springs

Demand a spare tire

 Last evening while watching TV, I saw a Toyota commercial for the RAV 4. Interestingly enough the commercial asked a potential customer what he would like Toyota to change on the RAV 4 so that he might buy one. He said “Lose the spare tire.” I thought this odd until I did some research and discovered that most of the auto manufacturers are starting to sell their new cars without including a spare tire or a jack. Yes this means no donut spare and jack either. Instead, they may include a small DC powered air pump and

or a can of pressurized tire reinflation spray.

This is an extremely devious method for cutting their costs and for deceiving the unwary buyer. I suspect few buyers ever think about checking to see if the car they are considering comes with a spare tire and a jack.

Just imagine, if you will, traveling through some of our cities or the remote rural areas of our country at night or in severe weather and experiencing a flat tire and discovering that you have no spare tire or jack. Perhaps if the flat is a result of a small puncture or leak, then the can of pressurized tire repair spray will meet your need. But, what if you experience a blowout, large puncture, or run over a good-sized sharp object? You, or you wife and children, could well end up stranded in a highly dangerous situation.

Given that vehicles are being designed for ever increased safety each year, it strikes me that the decision to cut costs by potentially endangering drivers is an unacceptable and unscrupulous one on the part of the CEOs and senior leadership at the auto manufacturers. Yes, I did use the plural here as it is not just Toyota who is perpetrating this shifty trick on the buying public.

Before you decide to purchase that new vehicle, please do yourself and those who ride with you a real favor. Demand a spare tire and a jack or decline the purchase.

Please help spread the word and make others aware of this dangerous cost-cutting trick before they or their families end up stranded somewhere unsafe or even dangerous.

Jim Rebeck, Colorado Springs

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