Mars Face-off

Letters from the week of December 12, 2002

Regarding the claim by ASU that its site is ASU and not NASA. While that may be technically correct, the question has to be asked: Whose money is involved?

Who financed the THEMIS spacecraft, the imaging cameras, the launch vehicle, the ground bases, the 24-hour tracking, etc.? If the federal government is the financier of this project, then the products resulting from this project belong to the American taxpayer. The federal government maintains certain rules regarding the use of federal dollars; can this situation be any different? Is ASU a public institution supported by public dollars?

This is a clear case of keeping the science hidden from the public. Why haven't we seen any color images of any kind from NASA, ASU, Malin, etc.? They have been taken but are released rarely.

No, I'm afraid that too much subterfuge exists in this whole affair. The truth is there if only a good reporter would get into the subject.

Jim Miller
Howell, New Jersey

And the Beating Goes On

Fists of justice: I found a copy of the New Times on a flight this morning and was compelled to write this letter as soon as I got home. Right off the bat, I'd like to say I have zero sympathy for Wade Jess Jordan, the subject of Robrt Pela's interview "Death by Cop" (Speakeasy, December 5). I have never understood, nor will I ever understand why people get so riled up when obviously guilty individuals get exactly what they deserve. As a matter of fact, when I hear about cases like this, I cannot help but applaud the officers involved for instantly solving another one of society's problems. All the defense attorneys reading this letter will scream: "It is what our country is based upon, assumption of innocence, blah blah blah blah, if we give the police that kind of power, no one will be safe, blah blah blah blah."

It is those same defense attorneys who have made a mockery of true justice and robbed police officers of their ability to do what is right. Reference the Rodney King case. A complete joker. Multiple DUIs, PCP, multiple robberies, multiple assaults, then pursued one night in a high-speed chase, pulled over and justly beaten. Suddenly he achieves the status of martyr hero!

All the knee jerks reading this letter will scream, "Racist! Racist!" Not true. I have never been, nor will I ever be a racist. I am a realist. I don't care if you're black, white, red, yellow, purple, or even green -- if you have a rap sheet a mile long and take police on a chase, you deserve to be beaten for hours. Daily!

Tammie Hanson-Ferguson's description of her brother's incident is almost comical. Does she seriously believe her arguments hold water? Maybe in court, but definitely not in terms of absolute right and wrong. Jordan got a DUI and an assault charge and was sentenced to a work-release program? Why is he not alive right now, sitting in a jail somewhere? Hanson-Ferguson's speed limit and turn signal excuse is the most laughable.

In my view, the incident sums up like this: kid breaks law, court system unwilling to punish him, kid takes advantage of the situation, kid takes police on chase, kid refuses to comply with the officers' orders, officers solve the problem that the court was unwilling to solve.

Tammie: If you want to blame somebody for your brother's death, look no further than your brother.

Aaron Dunham
New York, New York

Stone Cold

From the clown of Bedrock: Thank you for telling us about Gary Carpaneto and Bedrock Stone Company ("Heart Failure," Robert Nelson, December 5). As consumers, we need to know the ethics of the people and companies with whom we are doing business. That isn't always easy to learn early on, but in this case, thanks to your reporting, we now know more about Mr. Carpaneto and his Bedrock Stone Company, and that helps us to make informed decisions about whether or not we should be doing business with him.

Linda W. Massey
Peoria

Pagan's Progress

Ritual in spirit: I read your article about pagan gatherings ("Coffee, Tea or Mead?" Spiked, November 28). I, being pagan for many years now, felt prompted to respond.

First of all, pagan is derived from the Latin "pagus," meaning country dweller. This pertained to one who honored a God and Goddess. There are a variety of Pantheons (paths from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds). Each pantheon has its own deity structure.

I would like to say I believe, during a ritual, one must Honor the Deities. Foolish behavior and immature actions are not what should be taking place while conjuring and calling upon the Deities. This is very inappropriate and of no use to others who are serious and take pride in what they believe and portray. Yes, of course there is merriment and party time and so forth . . . after the ritual.

One cannot be taking himself or what he claims too well if he acts in an immature or inappropriate manner. I know if I were conducting a ritual, I would not tolerate this kind of behavior. It's too bad you didn't take an interest earlier and attend Pagan Pride Day, the solstice September/fall ritual. That one was done well because of the fact it was a public ritual and gave one a better idea of Pagan Celebrations.

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