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In conclusion, the hordes of people who are just waiting for a bandwagon to hop onto should direct their efforts toward those less fortunate, instead of trying to make political statements and further reduce our legal system to a minor inconvenience in between crime sprees.

Tim Poirier
Peoria

I would like to applaud New Times for its tenacity. I believe it has been obvious for some time that there has been some underlying corruption in the Sheriff's Office. I have seen Sheriff Joe's type before (LAPD Chief Daryl Gates).

It is my opinion that Sheriff Joe is not interested in enforcing the law. This egomaniac is interested in being the law. It's time the Arizona "powers that be" put a leash on that dog before he really hurts the community.

Name withheld by request

Congratulations to New Times and Tony Ortega for reporting what happens to whistle-blowers. It appears that both former Sheriff's Office employees Battilana and Wetherell have enough courage to come forward and preserve ethics in government for all of us.

As for deputy county attorney Lebowitz, his affidavit reeks of cover-your-ass BS. Why is it that Romley cannot investigate Arpaio, but Lebowitz, who works as a deputy county attorney for Romley, can represent the sheriff? Lebowitz should have withdrawn from the case in May! I hope Romley sends him packing!

Name withheld by request

What Dreams May Come Apart
I appreciated Paul Rubin's excellent article "A Killer Sleep Disorder" (November 19), which describes a difficult psychological problem and a more difficult legal problem. As a psychologist, I have worked for many years with people and their troublesome dream experiences, some of them including sleepwalking. I am fortunate that none of my dreamers or sleepwalkers did anything destructive to themselves or others.

The jury in Scott Falater's trial will have the enormously difficult task of determining whether Mr. Falater is lying when he says he does not remember killing his wife, and is actually covering up a murder. There is as yet no completely reliable "lie detector" test.

What will call for almost impossible wisdom from the jury is the fact that in the dream experience it is possible for a person to feel, and sometimes even do, things that would be regarded as inconceivable by the dreamer (or by family and friends) when awake. The way this process works is that a person has thoughts and feelings, for example, anger, that cause him great discomfort; possibly, as in the case of Scott Falater, because he is a very active, devoted member of a church that may disapprove of the expression of such "bad" feelings. Typically, such shameful feelings are pushed "out of mind" so we can get on with the business of making a living and carrying on the family life.

However, what actually happens is that the "bad" feelings get locked away in a secret closet of the mind. It is when this closet gets overloaded that the contents begin pushing out through our dream apparatus. Neurologically speaking, the right hemisphere of the brain, which deals with feelings, brings to our attention through dreams what the left hemisphere (the intellectual part) censors during our waking hours. Ideally, our dreams can be utilized as rich sources of half of our intelligence, half of the functioning capacity of our brains. Sadly, most people do not seek help in learning how to use this 50 percent of their thinking power, and so the upsetting dreams continue to upset their lives (and, in only extreme cases, thank God, result in behavior destructive to self and others).

If anything at all good can be found in reading about an episode such as Scott Falater's killing of his wife, it may be that more people may be moved to learn how to use their dreams in a healthy, creative, beneficial way.

Arnold Thaw, Ph.D.,
clinical psychologist,
Phoenix

Plumb Insulting
I want to thank you for running Amy Silverman's column "Cracking the Code" (Wonk, November 26), addressing the state plumbing code and the entertaining way the process has been handled. The column contains a great deal of information that has not been common public knowledge. The comments and background are excellent. Many of us who attended the commission meetings found the process used by "PIPE's commission" unbelievable. It was, at the very least, a total insult to the people of Arizona and the public process of government.

Ben Stepleton, director
Santa Cruz County Health Department

Allen Wrench
I usually like the film reviews in New Times, but the reviewer really blew it with Celebrity, Woody Allen's latest ("Getting Along Famously," Bill Gallo, November 19). The movie lacked depth and structure. This might be Allen's last.

Carlo Infante
Scottsdale

Rock & Toll
The "Shooting Star" article by David Holthouse (November 12) is awesome and worthy of a major journalism award. He captured the essence of a well-known truth: Money, fame and talent do not make us immune to our personal demons. Keep up the great work, New Times.

Jeffery Tye
via Internet

Bird Brains
Congratulations on your superb pre-election coverage. Your articles helped me make more informed decisions at the ballot box. I was especially moved by David Holthouse's feature on cockfighting ("Out, Out, Damn Sport!" October 8).

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