Letters To The Editor: November 1983

El Paso Herald-Post

November 1, 1983


EDITOR: Recently I have been hearing about Def Leppard and I am really getting sick of it.
I am not a Def Leppard fan. I am just a 16 year-old girl who attends Clint High School. And Clint High School has taught me a lot about forgiving and forgetting. Everyone, including myself, has made mistakes before, and yet people forgave us. Why is it so hard to forgive Def Leppard?
Why doesn’t everyone see how dumb they are acting.

Dory Parada,

El Paso Herald-Post
November 4, 1983


EDITOR: You recently printed a letter from Dory Parada, a student at Clint High School.
I also attend Clint High School, and it is true that Clint is a small school, very traditional in its teachings. We have learned to get along with one another and how to put our differences aside.
I am a Def Leppard fan and in no way whatsoever do I hold Joe Elliott’s comment against them. I have learned to forgive and forget is the American way. I don’t know why others can’t realize the same. They should stop being so closed-minded about things.
If they’d only open up and look at all sides of something, they might learn to understand it better.

Joella Murphy
El Paso

El Paso Herald-Post
November 12, 1983


EDITOR: I could have put differences aside, as far as Def Leppard was concerned, after Joe Elliott, lead singer for the group, called El Paso “that place with all the greasy Mexicans.” But I can’t since Elliott tried to bribe El Pasoans by offering them t-shirts and other memorabilia, as well as a trip for two to one of the group’s European concerts.
I have lived in the El Paso area for 15 years and have not met a single Mexican {greasy or otherwise}. All that I have met is people.

Matthew McHale,
El Paso

El Paso Herald-Post
November 18, 1983


EDITOR:  A national Def Leppard boycott? Will LULAC {the League of United Latin American Citizens} be able to pull it off? I don’t think so.
When it was left up to the city of El Paso to decide whether Def Leppard should be boycotted, 65 percent of the El Pasoans who voted were against the boycott.
If LULAC couldn’t even successfully boycott them here, what makes its leaders think they will be able to do it anywhere else? Perhaps the civic leaders in other cities will agree with LULAC, but it is the city itself that will make the final decision. The majority will rule, as it always seems to do.
Why can’t LULAC leave well enough alone? There are many other important issues in El Paso that demand action.

Joella Murphy,
El Paso

El Paso Herald-Post
November 24, 1983


EDITOR:  I am getting tired of hearing how LULAC {the League of United Latin American Citizens} is going to keep up the boycott of the Def Leppard band. LULAC members might be the only ones because the rest of the residents of El Paso have already lifted it.
The taking of a vote does not make a majority decision among the Hispanic population. One school does not El Paso make.
And just who appointed LULAC “Leader of El Paso”? I thought that according to the Constitution, everyone was supposed to be elected by a vote, especially when representing other people. I don’t remember voting for Joe Loya or any other member of the LULAC council.
This is still America where people have a right to make their own decisions and to not have some self-appointed biased person dictate, not only to El Pasoans but to the rest of the country, a full-scale boycott. Be serious.
When the mayor said Def Leppard would not be welcome to El Paso for a long time, what he meant was for the rest of his own term in office.
What if Def Leppard decides to come to El Paso? What is Joe Loya going to do, send his henchmen to meet Def Leppard at the airport with machine guns?
Joe Loya is not that big. The only thing he is doing is giving Hispanics a bad name. I saw enough is enough, stop beating a dead horse, and leave well enough alone.

Mrs. M. C. Dubitsky,
El Paso

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