DEAR HEIDI: CAN WE TALK?

Ms. Heidi Beirich
C/O

The Intelligence Project


Southern Poverty Law Center

400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Dear Ms. Beirich:

I trust this letter will find you
well.

And I hope that you will forgive my
lengthy delay in corresponding with you. I am rude not
to have written earlier.

You no doubt recall that during the
late summer of 2003, when I was a (Democratic) 

candidate for governor
in the

California recall election,
you told

Modesto Bee reporter
Eric Stern
that it was

"very scary"
that I had aligned myself with the
"true

haters
"
in the immigration reform movement.

During Stern`s

interview with you
, you told him that because of my
associations, I am on the

Southern Poverty Law Center`s
"radar."

I am not at all sure what your
statement means. But it has a decidedly unfriendly tone.

And I have since noted—with
dismay—that, during the intervening year and a half your
organization has taken a keen interest in VDARE.COM,
where my columns appear, as well as some of its

contributors
. (You have also

attacked
The Lord Of The Rings movies for
being “Eurocentric” and patriarchal but I
won`t go there).

All of this is troubling and
bewildering.

Consequently, I write to you with
the hope that we can take steps to improve the strained
relationship between our two organizations.

Since you have indicated an
interest in my activities and knowing that it must be
difficult to keep me on your "radar" since we are
separated by 2000 miles, I herewith offer you a detailed
breakdown of my daily schedule to help you locate me
whenever you may feel the need to do so.

This gesture is made in complete
and total good faith.

  • 7:00 A.M.: Lodi
    Dog Park. I take

    Fido
    and

    Sparkle
    to play with their friends Buster,

    Jack
    , Teddy,

    Kona
    and Ozzie.

  • 12:15 P.M:

    Lodi Dog Park
    —again. In their noon session, Fido and
    Sparkle shift into squirrel chasing and gopher hunting
    mode.

  • 1:00 P.M.—Home.
    I read mail, channel surf, send e-mail, pull weeds, etc.
    I am sorry that I cannot provide more specific detail.
    My midday activities vary according to how much time I
    have and how energetic I feel.

  • 2:30: Lodi Adult
    School—again. Over the years, my afternoon section of
    adult ESL has been made up of mostly

    Southeast Asian refugees.

  • Evenings:

    Anything
    , save attending "hate" rallies, is
    possible. At this time of year, I like to listen to

    baseball
    , grill, or drive in the country to watch
    the magnificent California sunsets.

While I hope this information is
helpful to you, I suspect you anticipated something much
more sinister.

You see, this is where the mystery
surrounding your fixation on VDARE.COM deepens.

VDARE.COM advocates

enforcing immigration law.
That means we take a

tough stand
regarding illegal aliens.

And those of us who write for
VDARE.COM unanimously agree that
legal immigration
and

non-immigrant visas
—both consistently made more
generous over the past four decades—should be tightened
to reflect the nation`s true needs.

In short, we favor

upholding the law.
And we are critical of a

federal policy
that we—and the vast majority of
Americans—think has

run amok.

Oddly, this infuriates you. And you
go to

great lengths
to paint us as racists.

The racist charge is

familiar
to me. But the interesting thing is that it
is only made by people who don`t know me. Those who have

met
and

worked
with me have a very

different viewpoint
, I assure you.

So let me get to the point of my
letter.

Mending fences is difficult through
the mail. I suggest that we meet at a mutually
convenient time to hash out our disagreements face to
face.

Here is my e-mail address:

jguzzardi@vdare.com
Please drop me a line to
let me know what might be doable for you.

If your

Intelligence Report responsibilities
take you to

California
, perhaps I could show you around.

But if you have no plans to visit
the West Coast, then please know that I have a summer
vacation that begins in June.

I will be glad to travel south so
that we can sit down and resolve our differences like

adults
and without rancor.

I await your response.

Yours most hopefully,

Joe Guzzardi
VDARE.COM

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.