From the week of May 27, 1999

Alien Nation
Gee, David Holthouse, I just finished reading your column "Border Censors" (House, May 13), and I was wondering: Has Scott Stanley, the illegal-alien advocate you wrote about, requested any photographs of Phoenix police officer Marc Atkinson's body, after he was shot numerous times in the head by a lowlife son-of-a-bitch illegal alien from Mexico, here in Phoenix? Or how about any pictures of other murdered victims in this state who were killed by other illegal aliens?

No one told these lawbreakers to come into this country illegally, and they did so at their own risk. And as for the illegal alien Antonio Martinez mentioned in your column--who was shot while attacking a Border Patrol agent with a rock--how dare he get drunk and attack American citizens inside our country? I guess you don't feel that a rock is a dangerous weapon, Holthouse, because it doesn't go "bang" or something. Let me hit you in the head with one and see how you feel about it then, you moron. Martinez got what he deserved, and he got what anyone would have gotten who attacked the police with a weapon. We don't need people like Martinez in this country in the first place.

Take your pathetic, whining story and drop it on the doorstep of Officer Atkinson's widow. I'm sure she'll cry her eyes out over it.

E.B. Arthur

Flash Wounds
The Flash was right on about the Arizona Republic and the stadium vote. The vote gave me faith in "The People." They obviously saw right through the media blitz and the almost "threats" of the big team leaving "Oh, what will we do without them" logic. I can't believe the Republic wants the city/state to be run by "jockstrap" mentality--pay us more or we'll strike! Move on, Bidwill. Phoenix was here way before you.

Name withheld by request

You better watch out. You might end up really establishing your weekly paper as more credible than the daily rags that grace our driveways each morning with mindless drivel.

Your psychoanalysis of the Republic's corporate neuroses, and compulsive kowtowing to the likes of Colangelo, Bidwill and others holding major purse strings--in my opinion--hits the issue smack on the head.

More such analysis of local issues exposing the elitist bullshit would be most welcome.

Steve Muratore
via Internet

Editor's note: The Daily Flash appears online at www.phoenixnewtimes.com

Vapid Transit
Great article ("Think Tank Warfare," Tony Ortega, May 13), but too bad you didn't touch on the many times Jeff Flake has (pardon the pun) derailed mass transit in the Valley under the guise of libertarian economy.

Scott Hume
via Internet

Review Master
Hats off to M. V. Moorhead for the right-on-the-money review of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ("Good Will Shakespeare," May 13). I read the "other" review, and it was an obviously contrived piece from an individual with little to no academic training, common sense or aesthetic sensibility. To say that Kevin Kline "overemotes" was ridiculously absurd.

M. V. Moorhead, whoever you are: Send this to your bosses and tell them that you are an intelligent, studied, well-read and obviously well-rounded person with whom they should make a lasting relationship (if they have not done so already).

This is not just because I agreed with your assessment; it is because it was done with the eye of a critic, and we are sorely lacking someone with this character and intensity here in the Valley.

Dean Palmer

Caged Heat
Come on, Tony, you make it sound like these "inmates" are all churchgoing boys ("109 Degrees of Incarceration," Tony Ortega, May 6). The fact is 99 percent of them are guilty or have had some sort of criminal background.

Hey, I have a good idea: Let's increase our taxes so that some sick son of a ----- can chow down on steak and lobster at least one day out of the week. Who cares that he's on trial for sodomizing an 8-year-old girl? Let's not go too far, how about just a simple drive-by shooting, maybe a rape? I'm sorry some child molester died. I should say, I'm sorry for his mother.

Why don't you tell the public how much of our hard-earned money goes into the prisons and jails instead of the lawsuits that are pending? In my eyes, these sick SOB's should be melting in a cell anyway.

D. Bassler

Editor's note: About two-thirds of the people held in Maricopa County jails are awaiting trial, presumed innocent until proved guilty.

I was truly appalled at Jennifer Alcock's last statement regarding Lance Hawthorne (Letters, May 20). "This guy deserved what he got, and his mother should be glad that this part of her life is over. If I were her, I would be ashamed that I gave birth to that." Either Jennifer is not a mother, or Jennifer is one of the sickest of this sick society!

Name withheld by request

Bawl Park
Thanks for your piece on these ridiculous "stadium" proposals (Flashes, May 13). Let's stop taxing people for these sports arenas. I think, if any arena is built with taxpayer money, they ought to be admitted free, because they own it, not the Bidwills and the Colangelos!

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