By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Deeply disturbed: As I'm sure you would expect, I was very disturbed after reading the "Very Bad Thoughts" article (Susy Buchanan, February 6). First of all, it sickens me that people like this exist in our society, and second, we do nothing about it? This guy has admitted that he would eventually have sex with a young boy, and he wants help?
I have a suggestion: How about a .22 bullet to the head? It's not like the guy is "living" anyway, right? He even said that these thoughts plague him most of his day; what is the point? As much as I am against killing, why should we let people like this roam free, and, for that matter, why do we allow convictedchild rapists and killers to live in jail? I say put them all to death; there really is no point to allowing them to live.
Name withheld by request
Very nice thought: If this man only could realize that he was still loved and lovable, maybe he could let the horror go.
Something to think about: How awful. Should preemptive conviction become law? Even preemptive execution? I would hate to be the judge of this one.
Marc V. Ridenour
Organized thought crime: Derek is priming himself and is about to make his move on a victim. If he has disclosed his past, his struggle and his vulnerability, he is getting ready to do something. His disclosure is a license of sorts because he has notified everyone that he is vulnerable and that it is a matter of time. These are the words of a man with a plan.
I should know. I was abducted and sexually abused as a child twice and lived to tell the story. I have been cured of what sexual abuse has done to my mind and life. I don't consider myself a victim or a survivor; I am a conqueror of sexual abuse. I'm different from most victims, though; I know the mind of the pedophile and I can relate to how they think and how they target their victims.
I work with two organizations that are innovative and dynamic in treating victims and abusers, and Derek, I am sorry to say, has been treated by the wrong therapists. What they have to offer is garbage, and this is why he still has such serious issues.
I have been working with victims of sexual abuse for seven years with a high success rate, and the organizations I work with have the same record. The Phoenix organization is currently in organizational stages and is starting training of facilitators for survivors of many forms of abuse, rape, incest, physical, domestic, childhood sexual, and sexual addictions. The organization is The Door of Hope Ministries. We will be offering free support groups and affordable, possibly free counseling for all issues of abuse.
Derek can be helped to overcome the bondage of pedophilia and sexual addiction. He just hasn't been looking in the right places.
Name withheld by request
Flight of fancy: If I may encapsulate Robert Nelson's musings regarding the Columbia space shuttle disaster ("Flame-out," February 6): He equates it with a downed small plane or an escalated domestic squabble; he neglects to intervene when his son returns to video game la-la-land at the first commercial break; and he battles his own ennui with a fantasy vignette of rural Texans exhorting one another to jam flaming space flotsam up their behinds before selling it on eBay.
Robert, if the prospect of being instantly immolated at 3000° F, or flash-frozen in the near vacuum of the upper atmosphere, or pulverized right through your seat belt (no help there, Dale) in a spin-out into the proverbial wall at Mach 20 with the consequent litter of deep-fried Naut Nuggets across 75 counties isn't enough to seize the imagination of zombie boy, isn't it just possible you forgot to pull his headphones down long enough to explain it to him properly?
And how can you blame the lad for his attention deficit and self-absorption when you proceed to share with the world your own colossal narcissistic disconnect, that if a space mission catastrophe doesn't grieve you for more than an hour, it's time to discontinue space missions?
Robert. Go ahead and give a care. Think of it as an exercise in parental discipline.
Stephen W. Baum
Dark shadows: Paul Rubin's largely well-intentioned mental health articles, rich in controversy and intrigue, make a point, however, more dark and insidious than the mysteries they hope to unravel ("Dangerous Minds," January 30).
Indeed, working with all and anybody who has a history of violent behavior and complex issues interfering with their lives is somewhat risky to be around 24 hours a day.
Ask the considerable number of Arizona women whose husbands have "alcohol-related issues" coupled with job and family problems. Seventy-five percent of our incredible murder rate comes from this population!
Critic panned: Regarding Robrt L. Pela's review of Scottsdale Community Players' Babes in Arms ("Playbill Bunny," February 6), we fully admit that while it is not one of our best productions, it has given us one of the highest sales percentages, 98.3 percent of capacity, we have ever had. The vast majority of our patrons have said that it was fun and they enjoyed it, and, after all, our patrons are who matter.