Jan. 9 2013 09:16 AM

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Sick of blonde ‘racism'

I read your Dec. 5 "Short List" highlighting Jen Trute's art, with the picture "Sunbathe Barbie at Bombay Beach" highlighting the theme of people's ignorance to ecological degradation by human realities—such as ditzily caring only about self-centered and privileged delights.

I have no knowledge of Trute's legacy, her attitudes in general or her motives for this art, but I'm tired of a latent American prejudice that perennially suggests that blonde people exemplify shallow awareness compared with other people's. This cliché is far too worn, and too many assume that because our society has glorified blonde women as privileged (getting the lion's share of actress / modeling / TV-anchor jobs, tips, dates, etc.), then they, and they especially, are some class of people who don't care about important social and political matters.

Granted, I'm a blond male and seldom do I see blond men getting the same kind of privileges blonde women seem to assume, but we magically also seem to be painted with the same types of racist brush of presumptions. Name me one ethnicity that does not make the same kind of presumptions blonde people make in this economy and ecological realities.

I know some very human and humane blonde women who exemplify something far more than plasticity and shallow growth from not being challenged, including my sisters. It's time for society to find some other stereotype for people who are shallow and not quite human enough to understand deep realities.

Brian Becker, South Park

Understanding the problem

Your Dec. 19 editorial, "Here a gun, there a gun," contained many good points. The statement specifying "the ages of victims shouldn't make a difference" was especially meaningful to me. Why did it take such a horrific incident to get America's attention? Why have we waited so long to address this issue?

To begin with, we need to be more objective regarding laws in this country. The commission headed by Vice President Joe Biden needs to collect relevant data and present it to the American public. This includes per capita statistics by state and nation of the following: number of guns, number of shootings, number of gun-related accidents, number of crimes stopped by non-police individuals with guns and number of gun-related incidents by mentally ill people. Note that I used the word shootings and not killings. We must also be concerned about people who are wounded, as these people can end up paralyzed or psychologically impaired.

We need to compare states and nations with restrictive gun laws with those having less-restrictive laws. We must understand the real problems before we can solve them.

Lastly, the NRA has about 4.5 million members. That represents 1.5 percent of the population. How has less than 2 percent of the U.S. population come to wield so much influence over American politicians? Once again, our politicians seem more concerned about the 2 percent than the 98 percent.

Ron Harris, Scripps Ranch

DeMaio's bus to somewhere

I thought Carl DeMaio was leaving San Diego ["Letters," Dec. 26]. Scary to think he might be staying here. Bob Filner seems like a nice guy, but nice guys are easy to bushwhack! I'm sure that DeMaio and his evil backers are going to try their best to make life hell for Filner.

To think that Carl sucked up so much money from the government when he was back East and shows up in San Diego and beats the heck out of city employees because they receive government money. These people bring so much suffering to others for their own personal gain. Can you start some kind of petition to get the city to put him on a bus to somewhere else?

John Ledingham, La Jolla Shores

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