From the week of December 21, 2000

It was Dennis Burke, as head of Common Cause, who was enough of a visionary to realize that hanging out in the halls of our state Legislature was not the most effective way to pass reform legislation. This may not be appreciated by our elected representatives or by Common Cause in Washington, but his activities have made it possible for Arizona to have a cleaner and more responsive government, for which we should all be thankful.

Luisa Stark

The Fahr Side

Ill will: I have known Felicia Fahr for about six years and I've enjoyed the shows that I've seen her perform ("She-Male Trouble," Dewey Webb, December 7). After she left the 307 Lounge, I was privileged to perform with her in some of the other local venues. Our shows lasted several months, and every time there was a performance, you were sure that Felicia would do something or say something crazy. She is absolutely great.

I would have to agree with the others who stated that Felicia can be extremely tough. But as she stated, she is just honest. Brutally honest. She will tell it like it is, asked or not asked. But I guess that's what endears her to me. I appreciate her honesty. I admire her struggle.

However, I must tell you that I am embarrassed and ashamed of myself. I was one performer who was asked to perform at a couple of her benefit shows. But I did not perform. I allowed myself to fall prey to the rumors of drug abuse.

Thank you for bringing this story to my attention. I've not seen Felicia for more than a year, and it's sad that it has to take a public newspaper to bring something like this to a friend's attention.

David Canen


Dolt.com: Jeremy Voas wrote: "The probable ascendancy of George W. Bush is incontrovertible proof that America loves a dolt" ("Dunce Fever," November 30).

May I remind you, however, that 300,000 more Americans voted for Al Gore than for Dubya? The proof is hardly "incontrovertible."

But it may indeed be true that Arizonans love a dolt, as evidenced by the number of them who have been elected to public office in this state. On the other hand, Voas asked, "What difference, really, will it make in your life -- or mine -- if George W. is president and Al Gore is not?"

In one area, if no other, the choice of president will almost certainly make a big difference in many lives -- the appointments to federal judgeships, both the Supreme Court and others. While such appointments do indeed need congressional approval and thus the decision is not solely the president's, he alone makes the nominations. On crucial issues such as civil rights, the death penalty, abortion, prayer in school and others, the person elected to the presidency in 2000 may have a very big impact on our lives.

Linda Ann Wheeler Hilton

Let George do it: I believe it would be fairly easy to take two years of speeches from any politician and find a few poorly phrased sentences. George W. Bush's popularity does not come from how he states his beliefs, but the fact he actually does have beliefs and standards, something that has clearly been lacking in the last eight years.

The Clinton/Gore administration seems to have a single guideline: What can we get away with? Gore has the ability to twist facts, while simultaneously ignoring them. To me this is not a quality of intelligence or leadership.

Brian Martin
via Internet

Kelley's Zero

Slam dunk: I am with the band Kind of Like Spitting. I just read Brendan Kelley's very lopsided review of our last record, 100 Dollar Room (In Town, November 30). I figured since he felt the need to go out of his way to make it extra insulting (it was more a slam on my character than the band), I could let him in on something. Know this: I love music, and everyone involved in putting out records and touring with Kind of Like Spitting loves music. We bust our asses to do this, and I am proud of 100 Dollar Room.

I know it's bad form and it makes me look petty to answer a review, but I don't really give a shit. Brendan Kelley is straight up mean, and from my end of things (dealing with bands and club owners around the area for the last few years) has done more to hurt the Phoenix music scene than help it.

Ben Barnett
via Internet

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