alibi online
Free Will AstrologyAlibi's Personals
 
 V.20 No.41 | October 13 - 19, 2011 

Letters

Central Indigestion

Dear Alibi ,

I just finished reading your "Best of Burque Restaurants" edition [Oct. 6-12]. Judging from the "winners," I believe it’s now time for you to change the title to: "Best of Burque Restaurants—Closest to UNM"

It's apparent that the majority of readers, understandably, reside in the UNM area and therefore do the majority of voting. It's also apparent that the majority of their dining dollars are spent along Central Avenue and, with only a few exceptions, within a small radius of the campus.

The establishments listed are certainly all credible and noteworthy. Yet, to call this edition the "Best of Burque Restaurants" is not only false, but is misleading, and it relegates many eating establishments outside the UNM area to anonymity.

When the majority of "winners" are all within walking distance of the campus, it's time to reevaluate either the title of the survey or the methods you use to entice voters throughout the entire city. Here's hoping the next "Best of Burque Restaurants" edition truly is.

Bill Rodway

Editor’s note: The Alibi’s largest distribution numbers are actually in the Northeast Heights. But there is indeed a concentration of locally owned restaurants along Central—and not as many chains. The prevalence of mom and pops in the International District, Nob Hill, UNM and Downtown areas probably has more to do with Central’s prominence in the poll than the university students who pick us up during the school year. —Laura Marrich

Team Mentality

Dear Alibi,

The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are all winning NFL teams, having won a Super Bowl at least once in last decade. During that time, the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns have all been NFL cellar dwellers. Say that players on those losing teams point out what the Patriots, Packers and Saints do to be winning teams. The coaching staff and management tells those players who simply are illustrating what winners do to "go play for those teams if they are so great." That means the coaches and management, rather than try to bring their teams up and into the winner's circle, want to knock somebody else because their egos are so fragile they cannot tolerate someone pointing out a fact. This is EXACTLY what people do when confronted with the fact that the U.S. in no longer No. 1.

They say "go live in Norway or Germany if they are so great." Or they mention the ageless canard about saving Europe in WWII. They cannot accept that evolution has passed the U.S. by, and that in terms of prosperity, education and science, European and Asian nations have surpassed the U.S. Rather than ask what can be done to bring the nation up to par, they deny the truth. They accuse anyone who dares to point out cold facts of being communist or socialist traitors who should exit the country pronto.

This is like the coaches telling a player—rather than working to make their team as good as the Patriots or Packers—he should just leave and go play for the winning teams. So, do these people who always preach “Love it or leave it” think the U.S. should just remain mired in mediocrity? Should the U.S. be like the Browns or Bengals on a global scale; cellar dwellers? Or, should the nation aspire to be the geopolitical equivalent of the Saints? It is always easier for those of mediocre intelligence to parrot what some spokesperson said and call names. It's less painful than thinking.

Ron McPhee

Letters should be sent with the writer’s name, address and daytime phone number via email to letters@alibi.com. They can also be faxed to (505) 256-9651. Letters may be edited for length and clarity, and may be published in any medium; we regret that owing to the volume of correspondence we cannot reply to every letter. Word count limit for letters is 300 words.
 

Today's Events

Zoo Boo at ABQ BioPark Zoo

Celebrate 26 years of safe Halloween fun with games, haunted habitats, costumes and candy.

Lucky Paws Van on the Move at ABQ Uptown

Hops and Harvest at Marble Brewery

More Recommented Events ››
Join our mailing list for exclusive info, the week's events and free stuff!
 

  • Select sidebar boxes to add below. You can also click and drag to rearrange the boxes; close using the little X icons on each box. To re-add a box you closed, return to this menu.
  • Because you are not logged in, any changes you make to these boxes will vanish as soon as you click to another page. If you log in, the boxes will stick.
  • alibi.com
  • Latest Posts
  • Web Exclusives
  • Recent Rocksquawk Discussions
  • Recent Classifieds
  • Latest User Posts
  • Most Active Users
  • Most Active Stories
  • Calendar Comments
  • Upcoming Alibi Picks
  • Albuquerque
  • Duke City Fix
  • Albuquerque Beer Scene
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?
  • Reddit Albuquerque
  • ABQ Journal Metro
  • ABQrising
  • ABQ Journal Latest News
  • Del.icio.us Albuquerque
  • NM and the West
  • New Mexico FBIHOP
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • Only in New Mexico
  • Mario Burgos
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • High Country News
  • El Grito
  • NM Politics with Joe Monahan
  • Stephen W. Terrell's Web Log
  • The Net Is Vast and Infinite
  • Slashdot
  • Freedom to Tinker
  • Is there a feed that should be on this list? Tell us about it.
    1/2 Marathon/10k Training
    1/2 Marathon/10k Training10.26.2014