Letters

From the week of December 14, 2000

Cause and Effect

Common ground: I want to let you know that I think your article about Dennis Burke and Arizona Common Cause was unfair ("Lost Cause," Amy Silverman, December 7).

In my 3,200-mile walk across the U.S. that ended earlier this year, just after my 90th birthday, Dennis and others in Arizona Common Cause (now the Arizona Good Government Association) were my best helpers. They raised money through a Web site, organized volunteers, and did communications work nationally. We had hundreds of print, television and radio stories about campaign finance reform -- many on the national level -- as a result.

Without Dennis, I don't think my walk would have amounted to much. He saw the importance of it, and Arizona Common Cause came to my rescue all across the U.S. when other organizations gave me little interest, until my journey was nearly completed.

I think we helped inject campaign finance reform into the national political agenda as a result -- and we are not finished by a long shot. The Arizona group, and Dennis in particular, is highly regarded by America's reform leaders. I am therefore joining their new organization, Arizona Good Government Association, as a member of its advisory board.

On a personal level, I consider Dennis Burke one of the finest human beings I met all across the country. I shall never forget the loving kindness Dennis bestowed upon me, and neither will my son, Jim, who continues a close friendship with him.

Doris Haddock
Dublin, New Hampshire

Irrational Inquirer

Sinking sensationalism: You're putting a confused he-she on the cover who is so mentally impaired that he-she cannot see that he-she caused his-her own cancer ("She-Male Trouble," Dewey Webb, December 7). Thanks for the image of some misfit squirting floor wax into his-her chest region. Let's hope lots of young girls read that, shall we?

Thanks for putting pedophile aficionados above the victimizations and civil rights violations currently taking place in our community ("Devils' Advocate," Amy Silverman, November 30). You serve the Ignorance Is Bliss crowd oh so well.

And, most especially, thanks for saving me a trip to pick up the New Times Enquirer next week. I'm not sure I can stomach your sure-to-come legitimization of bestiality and incest while knowing the socialists are telling trusting citizens to get rid of their self-defense weapons as they simultaneously look the other way in cases where they are most needed.

Fire your editor and replace him with someone with a sense of what serving the greatest needs of his community might be. Your "transgender" and kiddy-porn-supporting readers might suffer the loss of his warped priorities, but our community at large surely could be better served by a high school student with a rudimentary sense of purpose.

Angel Shamaya
Phoenix

Offense Straddler

Peds on parade: I think the great tragedy here is that this misguided fool is busy helping pedophiles when his own daughter admits to being molested ("Devils' Advocate," Amy Silverman, November 30). Arizona is one of only a handful of states that has taken advantage of the full power of Megan's law legislation.

Bruce Herman, president
Child Molester Awareness Association
(CHILDMAA)

Perp Haze

Body of evidence: I was very moved by the article "'Til Death Do Us Part" (Paul Rubin, November 23 and November 30). I normally have never been too affected emotionally by the deaths of people (especially when I have never even met them), but this story was different. I actually got pretty choked up for Judi Eftenoff and her family's loss. I have some mixed feelings on how she got mixed up in coke because I would like to believe that what seemed to be such a sweet, innocent girl from North Dakota wouldn't get involved in something like that on her own, and maybe it was Brian's doing.

I have thought of many possibilities about how she met with foul play, and they go like this: She and Brian got into a fight before he left for the casino. He hit her a bit, which explains the marks on her face and body. As far as the bruise on the back of her head that was compared to a pool-cue wound, maybe the cabinets in the kitchen had round knobs and she could have hit her head on those during their fight. I think when he left she was so depressed that she did not want to live anymore and overdosed. However, one thing about this possibility does not explain one last thing: How did so much undigested coke get in her stomach? Did he force it into her mouth before he left? Not to try to kill her, but maybe to say "You like coke so much, then I'll give you some coke" and shove a bunch down her throat -- almost like you might see in a movie.

The bottom line is even if Brian is guilty, I am not sure they have enough evidence to put him away. If he did do it, then I hope he gets what he deserves, whether it's at the hands of justice or by the circle of karma. What goes around comes around, and he will have to live with this guilt for the rest of his life. My thoughts and prayers go out to Judi's family and friends.

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