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09-21-2000

I wish him all the best and hope he can pull himself out of the doldrums he's in. Maybe I'll get together with Pearse someday and we'll both write "You'll Never Sketch in This Town Again."

Stephen Reid
Mesa

Playwrong

Script lacking: This letter is in response to Robrt L. Pela's interview with Dale Wasserman, who wrote the play A Walk in the Sky ("Not Quite Cloud Nine," September 14). Being a local actress and theatergoer, I found Wasserman's comments completely offensive. The problem with his play was not with what he calls the "non-actors" in this town, but with his weak writing! Those actors should be winning awards for some of the corny, cliché lines they were given to speak. The writing never lets the actors develop any kind of three-dimensional character. And a little bird tells me that Wasserman was very difficult during the rehearsal process and changed things constantly. Shame on him. He can look to any city he wants to find the "professional" actors he seeks, but I fear he may only find that what truly is holding back his play is an unprofessional, ungrateful writer who is living in his past glory.

Alison Hanisch
Tempe

Law Dust

Say it ain't so, Joe: Photo-op Joe Arpaio ("Posse Galore," Robert Nelson, August 24) brags that he's tough on crime even though he's failed to reduce recidivism as he promised when he ran for office.

If Broken-Campaign-Promise Joe just did what he said he'd do, would we need the new billion-dollar jail? Isn't the newer and much bigger one a monument to his failure to reduce recidivism?

Is getting tough on inmates the same as getting tough on crime? Isn't Out-of-Control Joe, who was accused by Amnesty International of being a human rights violator, actually soft on crime? Wouldn't it have been better to have reduced recidivism and put all that new jail funding into badly needed education programs instead? "Incarceration, ; education, no." Say it ain't so, Chain-Gang Joe.

Hasn't Pink-Underwear Joe managed to win votes by simply entertaining the electorate? Doesn't that fly in the face of professional law enforcement? However, humiliating and abusing inmates has simply not reduced recidivism. Shouldn't public safety and cost-effectiveness necessitate that inmates go through proven and sustained rehabilitation programs of education, job training and therapy? The latter have a record of reducing recidivism.

Rich Rosen
Tempe

Voters love dolts: Joe Arpaio is a self-serving, arrogant, sadistic pig. And he'll no doubt get reelected, since the mediocre minds of this "town" love their abuse -- abuse that is gladly handed out by people who hold high positions of power in this state. A sadistic sheriff is very fitting for a public that relishes abuse.

I don't need to point out the attraction to con-artist governors elected repeatedly, do I?

Mass masochism is a bottomless pit, as evidenced in the extreme tolerance of the scum in our elected offices.

A few years ago, I was working at a very established (20-plus years) Italian restaurant in Scottsdale, when who else but a fresh-out-of-prison Charles Keating graced all of us peons with his presence. Instead of being treated like a leper, as I'd expected, he was given a celebrity welcome. We had many celebrities visit, and none was treated as royally as Charlie. What commenced was a high-fivin', back-slappin', drink-buyin', adulatory brouhaha for old Chucky.

I couldn't believe my eyes and ears. I was appalled; it was literally nauseating. Anyone witnessing this, not knowing who the "hero" was, very well may have thought this guy was a wonderful human being. Saintly, perhaps.

This "town" gets what it deserves, for the voters willingly elect these sociopathic, gluttonous morons into power.

Name withheld by request

Paper Trail

Republic acquisition: I set aside your August 10 story on the sale of the Arizona Republic to Gannett Company for a month before reading it, but still feel the need to comment on the good work of Amy Silverman ("Meet the New Boss, Same As the Old Boss"). Unlike many fluff pieces that have appeared in the Millennial New Times recently, this story was worth a good read.

Not only does the story point out the sad tradition of conflict of interest in Arizona editorial boards, it also invokes fear of an imminent homogenized journalism, which captures neither the character nor the reality of life in Arizona. The only hope in sight is that future editorial boards might be less likely to continue to play chess with Arizona's political pawns, despite contrary dictates of the canons of journalism.

Your next story, please: How Arizona is affected by being under the domination of two radio conglomerates that bombard us with lifeless music and cotton candy news reporting.

Only by revealing and critiquing these media trends can you prove your worth as an "alternative" newspaper.

Kenneth Clark
Phoenix

Jazz Guff

Looking for God: I'm amazed and dismayed by Dave McElfresh's comments regarding the music of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman ("Weird Impressions," August 17). The use of terms such as "awful," "unnerving," "manic" and "brain-draining" reveals a bias and a narrow-mindedness that I'd never experienced in reading McElfresh over the years. I expect more from such a well-versed and observant writer.

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