Fear, Facts and Fruitcake

Letters from the week of June 20, 2002

Tom Miner
Tempe

Fragmented Sentence

Weighty issues: "Scales of Injustice" (Robert Nelson, June 6) was an excellent article. Unfortunately, I don't think the general population here is of an intellectual capacity (their processors are too slow, or maybe they've been out in the sun too long without head protection) to recognize that such injustice exists.

My impression of the citizens of Arizona since moving here 4.5 years ago is that they exemplify those that W.C. Fields referred to in one of his more famous quotes: "Never underestimate the stupidity of the American (Arizonian) public, they are dumber than you think."

I really don't understand why an organization like the ACLU isn't hot on this, on the basis of the equal protection clause of the Constitution. I suppose they are too busy sending all the solicitations I keep getting in the mail.

Keep up the good work you are doing to shine a light in the dark places. I would say the more howls you get from most of the local public, the better you are doing to approach the truth — the last thing many want to hear or see revealed.

Dave Keeler
Gilbert

Copping out: When I sent out correspondence regarding this vicinity one time, I made a typo that resulted in "Maricops" county, and now I don't think it was entirely unintentional. In the nearly six years I've resided in Arizona, I have never seen any place that's just more crawling with law enforcement than Phoenix and its suburbs. The sirens blare constantly in my neighborhood, and yet one still cannot get the fuzz to stop guys around me from beating their women.

So it comes as no surprise that Maricops County Prostitutor [sic] (P)Rick Romley wants to maintain his high profile (and reelection potential) by flaunting his "law 'n' rootin' tootin' order" agenda. Same for Janet Napolitano: She claims to be pro-reproductive rights for women, but when she goes to testify before the Supreme Court to keep state-sanctioned executions intact, why should she earn my vote? With this attitude being flogged on the public, no wonder it has a plethora of exploitative television that's lasted 10 years — Law & Order, America's Most Wanted, plus the multitude of judge shows that permeate daytime TV.

But this is George W. Bush's Amerikkka, remember? I don't care about what happened on September 11 last year, and if a load of NYC police died during the WTC collapse, well then, it was just their job. Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H once said, "Heroics just get people killed," and I agree. Why glorify neanderthals who sodomize their captives or gun them down with 41 bullets?

I am having my third mental breakdown since I moved here, and it's no small wonder why when I see how hostile the inhabitants are around here. When I get the opportunity and employment, I am moving back to Michigan and blowing this sand stand. I've had enough of it, and let me just flip this place off with my middle finger held high.

Nick Foster
Phoenix

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