Name withheld by request

I am not an activist on whether a person should be pro-life or not. I believe it has to do with what the situation may be at the time. However, that is not the point here that I wanted to express.

I was a patient of Dr. Brian Finkel in 1994 and I thought he was a great doctor. He did a great job and I did have another abortion to compare it to. He was very sensitive, I thought, to my questions and concerns and answered them to the best of his knowledge. I have also referred a couple of friends to him, and they agreed that he was a good doctor.

As long as there are women out there who choose the option, then Dr. Finkel should be the one to provide it--safely.

Name withheld by request

Exit, Stage Right
Theater critic Robrt L. Pela's complaint that he is "plagued by amateur playwrights" raises the question of whether Pela is not living out his own version of a very old-fashioned drama, engendered back east, about the "professional" critic who devours those who presume to think they can write. Pela even has a "doorman," probably a poor illiterate fellow, who waylays the great man on his way to review the mightier works of Phoenix theater stages.

Pela is like the reader who goes to the library and complains because there are too many books. Imagine the boredom we would suffer if we ever ran out. Terror of such an event causes me to endorse any and every incentive that causes people to write. I don't give a damn if they stumble or fall along the way because becoming a good writer may take years, and they have to have a lot of perseverance.

There are a lot more people in Phoenix who grab Uzis and go out and kill a bunch of people, as well as themselves, than there are people who write plays. Maybe if those poor souls hadn't encountered too many critics like Pela along the way, they would be writing plays, too, instead of acting out a tragedy.

I would like to see Pela leave the constricted past he seems to inhabit too much, like an old movie, and join the modern world where doormen can be as brilliant and surprising as the next fellow. I know lots of playwrights who take very lowly jobs so they can write. I have done it many times myself. I waitressed, I worked in a factory. I am 67, and haven't made it yet, but I believe I will.

Mr. Pela, we know you can only see so many plays. I suggest you see what you want to see, but don't try to denigrate what we amateur playwrights are doing. You don't have to come to see our plays. We will survive. In fact, if you can't control your snobby side, we are better off without you!

Geraldine King

Robrt L. Pela responds: If your plays are anything at all like the 20-plus-page letters you've sent me through the years, Geraldine, I'd recommend keeping that factory job. Although, comparing psycho killers to playwrights was a nice touch.

Neighbors Unite
My name is Julian Sodari, leader of the Grant Park Neighborhood Association and a member of the Phoenix Elementary School Board #1, and this concerns your column ("Whither Warehouse?" David Holthouse, June 17).

You describe the Grant Park neighborhood as a slum area, and we do not appreciate you classifying our neighborhood as a slum area. It might be the oldest neighborhood in Phoenix, but it is not a slum. Many residents in the Grant Park neighborhood are hardworking people, and they take pride in their neighborhood. We do not appreciate you suggesting that a jail should be built in the middle of our neighborhood.

Julian Sodari

Wages of Sin
Quite a commentary, guys ("Beach Blanket Bacchanal," Dewey Webb, June 17)! Only one major mistake: 6,000 tapes sold per month is correct, but not at $29.95 each. Wow, I would be a millionaire. Not so! Try the wholesale price.

George Martin
via Internet

Editor's note: The videos currently are selling on the Web for $29.95 each.

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