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I think you wasted 14 pages of your paper on nothing; no wonder I don't read it.

Mary Weil
Tempe

There is no doubt in my mind that the baseball stadium is a monument to Jerry Colangelo's ego. As an honest taxpayer struggling to make an everyday living, I find it hard to believe that he is a regular guy. I think he lost touch with reality; he is a rich guy using his power to influence self-serving politicians to build his own egocentric world. He says that his relationship with Jesus Christ is number one. His number-one priority should be winning souls for the Kingdom of Heaven, not winning souls for the Kingdom of Jerry.

The Bible says that it is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Can Jerry influence God to let him in? He should try to convince Him that there is a need for a baseball stadium in Heaven and to tax the devil and his angels for it.

Rafael Silva
Phoenix

Jerry Colangelo? A hero? Perhaps saving us from the death and boredom of not having a (yawn) baseball team. He seems to be more of a Phoenix icon, and certainly Valley resident Craig Barrett, Intel's new CEO and former COO, might be a better pick for the front page of New Times. At least he's not using tax dollars to make millions on his processors . . . and, I would imagine, probably provides a much larger number of jobs to the people in this city. Who is the real hero?

Name withheld by request

Deborah Laake says that Jerry Colangelo is a Christian man and a rich man, even though Jesus himself said it was "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." The "needle" was an entrance to Jerusalem, and it was possible but very difficult for a camel to get low enough to pass through it. There are numerous other Biblical passages that should be profoundly troubling to the wealthy if they are primarily concerned with pursuing wealth and have little concern and solidarity with the suffering world around them--especially with the two billion people who live in abject poverty and the 40,000 children who die every day from inadequate food, water and sanitation.

Mr. Colangelo has not given me any reason to believe that he is more in touch with the poor and the needy than he is with himself (salvation is primarily a freeing from self-absorption), his rich fellow owners and his rich ballplayers. He reminds me of the first-class passengers on the Titanic, isolated from the "lower classes" even in their worship services.

Roland James
Phoenix

Assault Shaker
I am writing about the articles written during the past year by Amy Silverman, concerning Kim Boyden and Michael Logan ("Not Victim Enough," March 27, 1997; "Prosecutors Change Their Minds," May 8, 1997; "Personal Justice," February 26, 1998; and "Logan's Shun," April 2, 1998). I feel her articles are grossly slanted against Michael.

Just because a female is the weaker sex physically does not mean that every one of them who yells sex abuse is always telling the truth. There are words to describe women who get trashed and take home men who they just met. In one of Silverman's articles, she stated that Boyden's blood-alcohol level was .024, six hours after the incident. Which means that at the time of the incident she was stuporously drunk. Why isn't Kim Boyden taking responsibility for her own irresponsible behavior?

I know Michael Logan. I dated him for a while a few years ago. Even though he is a large man, he was one of the nicest, most interesting and gentle men I ever dated. He was not rough with me even once. I can imagine almost any man could give you rought sex if that's what you wanted, but I know for a fact that is not Michael's way with a woman. In all of these articles it leaves the reader thinking Logan is a monster that rapes and assaults women. Why don't you tell your readers that this whole scam is because Boyden was furious when a grand jury cleared Logan of rape charges because there was no evidence?

I would guess that Kim had a hard time finding someone to listen to her story because it was all fabricated garbage. But, since she convinced Amy Silverman not only to listen to her but to write all these slanted articles, I'll place bets that Amy Silverman is a man hater!

Elizabeth Swan
Mesa

Amy Silverman responds: Michael Logan never was charged with sexual assault, but was convicted of simple assault against Kim Boyden and was sentenced on March 27 to three years' probation. Each time I wrote about Logan, I asked him to tell his side of the story. He always declined.

Hello, Columbus
A friend of mine sent me the article on Bonnie Johnson ("To Serve and Humiliate," Barry Graham, March 12). Needless to say, I was totally outraged! My heart went out to her.

I don't know if you have direct contact with Ms. Johnson, but if you do, please let her know that I am in her corner 100 percent. I am praying for her complete and total recovery. I wish her much success in her lawsuit. I showed your article to a co-worker; she, too, was outraged at the police officer's behavior. In our opinion, based on their past track records, they should both be fired! Police officers must be made to realize that they are not above the law!

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