By Amy Silverman
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Movie rebuff: Did anyone at the New Times actually go to Madstone before saying it was the "Best Indie Movie House?" If you had, you would know that, other than painting the place green inside, they've done nothing to enhance the indie experience.
If you actually go to indie movies, you still have to go to a Harkins theater, which have better seats (Madstone's still say AMC on the arms and have been sitting there for years without improvements), better sound and better eats. Yes, you can get a glass of wine, but you're sipping it in a cafeteria-style "lounge."
Additionally, of Madstone's six screens, they are only showing two films that aren't playing anywhere else -- at most! They are either showing general-run movies or things that Harkins showed months ago. I've seen three movies at Madstone (including one in wide release!) since they opened and also saw films at Harkins the same week. The difference is obvious.
So, before you give Madstone this designation in the future, please go there, and then go to one of the three Harkins theaters that shows indie movies.
As someone who sees more than a hundred movies a year at the theater -- and one who has tried to give Madstone a chance -- I believe even more than ever that Harkins offers more and better choices for independent films. And in much nicer theaters.
Many tanks: Thank you, New Times, for recognizing one of the best-kept secrets in the southwest: Maricopa County's White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
I spend many Saturdays hiking this spectacular park. I am always awed by its beauty and serenity. With wonderful hiking trails, topnotch camping facilities and family-friendly events, it is truly a jewel in the desert.
I want to commend the staff of the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department for their commitment to creating and maintaining a desert wonderland in the midst of ever-encroaching development.
Those who utilize the White Tanks can rest assured that county leaders are also committed to the parks. Just last fall, the county acquired more than 3,000 acres of pristine desert land bordering the park, to ensure preservation of open space in our community.
Maricopa County owns and manages some of the most beautiful parks in the world, from the White Tanks in the west to Lake Pleasant in the north and the Usery Mountain Recreation Area in the east Valley. I encourage everyone to visit the parks often.
Thank you again, New Times, for recognizing the splendor of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
Max W. Wilson
Maricopa County Supervisor
Artist/engineer Jim Campbell is one of the most gifted artists going in that odd hybrid called "art and technology" -- but he is barely on the radar screen of the art world. Lebow's essay helps to correct this astigmatism with his highly resolved treatment of the low-res panels featured in the exhibition. Equally important, Lebow provides the broader historical context needed to gauge the significance of the work. As long as New Times prints writing of Lebow's quality, I'll keep reading.
Of morals and money: The letters from Tee Combs and Lorraine Vance regarding Dr. Teodori were heartfelt, I'm sure, but misguided at best (Letters, October 10). While they claim a slam job was done on St Joseph's Hospital courtesy of Paul Rubin, they completely missed the big picture. Dr. Teodori felt that his patients were receiving sub-par care at this facility and simply made it known that this was unacceptable. What this meant to St. Joe's was that they would have to dig into the deep coffers of their profits and up-train and up-staff their critical care unit to meet his demands. This meant that a critical care nurse could no longer care for two and three patients at a time. This meant that St. Joe's would have to spend some of those profits. They refused (and called his bluff), and Teodori didn't blink. What Dr. Teodori did was walk away from an institution which had been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract by the state to do surgeries in their facility. This to me is the heart (no pun) of the matter.
As the parent of a 5-year-old who endured two major heart surgeries (one at 12 days of age and one at 9 months), I am grateful that Dr. Teodori was our surgeon and that my son was in the care of professionals at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Ask St. Joe's what the attrition rate of nurses at their hospital is. Ask St. Joe's what the nurse-to-patient ratio is. Yes, Dr. Teodori is temperamental; yes, he is demanding; and he insists on the best care for his patients regardless of the cost. Walking away from that fat state contract at St. Joe's should be proof enough. I don't want my child cared for in a facility that cares more about the bottom line than the well-being of my child.