Fiduciary Duty

I applaud Paul Rubin's article regarding further exposure of the malfeasance of fiduciaries ("Nancy Drew," January 20), whether public or private. These crimes against the elderly would be more frequently exposed if the judiciary would do its job and stop rubber-stamping annual accountings when they are presented without any questions or concerns. What a shame that the judiciary system, including court commissioners, is so trusting, and has such high regard for these individuals that they can't see when red flags are raised, such as in the event of annual accountings that are filed late, or not at all, or when there is personal property missing from the ward's homes. Paul Rubin's continuing vigilance may be the only safety net society's vulnerable have.

Carleen Warrack
via Internet

Great article about Nancy Elliston. Keep up the good work. With the exposure that you give these "fiduciaries," I'm sure that the mention of Paul Rubin's name strikes fear in their hearts. They know who they are.

Mitch Mauldin
via Internet

Stress Tress

I loved the article about Mullets (A href="http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/issues/2000-01-27/house.html">"Shout at the Mullet," David Holthouse, January 27). It was hysterical! I've been trying to get my friends to go on a "Mullet Hunt" for about a year now. It's played like this: Everyone works in teams of two. Each team gets a disposable camera and has eight hours to find as many types and styles of Mullets as possible (i.e., fe-Mullet, Mexi-Mullet, kid-Mullet). Each person puts $5 into the "pot," so that whichever team brings back the most pictures of different Mullet categories wins all the money. Obviously, the more people, the more money, but it's not about the money. We just thought it'd be hilarious trying to nonchalantly get pictures of all these Mullet Heads in a sneaky way! We were going to start at Bank One Ballpark since baseball games get such a wide variety of people. Truck pulls, NASCAR and even hockey games are just too obvious -- it takes the challenge out of the hunt!

Melissa Santello
via Internet

Thanks for the Mullet bulletin. As a one-year resident of the Phoenix metropolitan area (and soon to be ex-resident), I, too, had noticed the predominance of Mullets crowning the populace. Although other factors played a larger role in my decision to depart, I must say that I am glad to be headed for an environment that, hopefully, is less attractive to those of the Mullet persuasion. I also made sure to send the link to your column to a friend of mine in New Jersey to see if she can do something about closing the gates back there. I just couldn't believe this hair style had migrated across the country when I got here, but I guess none of us can feel safe anywhere we live now. And (gasp) to think I thought I could escape it in Ahwatukee! There, it has already infected the youth. Such a waste of access to top-quality hair-care products. Anyway, thumbs-up to your vigilance. May the shears be with you.

Erin O'Donnell

Pond Slum

Good for you, attacking the Town Lake project ("Lake Eerie," David Holthouse, January 20), which might bring a bit of pleasant urbanity to an Arizona town. Goddamnit, it might enrich the people clever enough to get it built. The bloody capitalists! Better to keep lower Arizona a shithole wasteland of rock, sand, dirt, desert, cactus, lizards and rattlesnakes.

George Donaldson

Thanks for this article and uncovering the two sides of Robert Sentinery. To me Java is all about image and appearing edgy! Magazines such as Java are about creating the mythology that the Phoenix metro area is a hip and cool place to be. The reality is that it is about to become a theme park attracting many more families and snowbirds. Also, the terminally hip are usually not the source of cash that developers are looking to attract. This is why this Java article seems so out of place.

It is not only Java that is selling out, it is also the City of Tempe. Did you notice The Gap on Mill Avenue? Please! Everyone in Tempe has his eye on the prize, ASU, the mayor, developers and, for some strange reason, Robert Sentinery. What's in it for him? Maybe he's looking to get out of the hip and cool business and into a broader advertising market to help increase readership. I guess it had to happen. How long can a person stay hip and cool anyway?

April Richey

You know, you're being really negative. What could be cooler than a circle of outlet malls around a manmade lake? Perhaps they could only be accessible from the water, so in addition to having the challenge of parking a car in Tempe, visitors could fight for primo line space for boat rides to go shopping! Combine that with a street fair, and it's more of a workout than most people get all year! Stop standing in the way of progress, you're just going to get soaked by the wave of the future.

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