Devils and Mormonism

Letters from the week of March 27, 2003

Tom Donofrio

Code Red

Building permit: Amy Silverman's recent article "Code Squawkers" (March 6) suggests that a new building code proposed for Phoenix, the NFPA 5000, is "more safety conscious" than the International Building Code, a competing new building code also being eyed by jurisdictions across the country.

Actually, both the NFPA 5000 and the IBC fall well short of the mark when it comes to providing adequate fire protection for building occupants, firefighters and rescue personnel.

Indeed, those who live or work in Phoenix will soon have reason to be concerned about the state of fire safety in buildings to be constructed here in the future. Why? Because NFPA 5000 has accepted the principle that sprinklers virtually never fail and, therefore, require a minimum of fire-resistant construction.

In response to the growing reliance on sprinklers for fire protection, the new NFPA 5000 also allows for taller and wider buildings, with more open, flexible space and fewer fire-resistant separation walls to slow the progression of a fire.

While many code officials view fire-resistant construction as a costly excess, firefighters and fire damage investigators see it as a potential lifesaver. They recognize that the more fireproofing and other fire-resistant construction that is designed into a structure, the less likely it is that a burning building will collapse and trap, injure or kill its occupants.

The need for adequate built-in protection becomes all the more critical when the sprinklers fail to function.

With so much at stake, fire safety cannot be an "either/or" proposition. Every building in Phoenix should have both sprinklers and fire-resistant construction for the safety of everyone who works or lives here.

Dr. W. Gene Corley
World Trade Center Building
Performance Study

Skokie, Illinois

Union do's (and don'ts): Your article was very interesting, especially the quoted reasons provided by Councilman Dave Siebert for supporting the NFPA building code. Mr. Siebert knows if your city does not agree with a code issue, PB pipe, that it amends the code to delete PB pipe. Since Arizona has the Uniform Plumbing Code as the State Plumbing Code, this is not an issue.

The issue started when IAPMO, the organization that publishes the UPC, was invited to join the three major building code organizations in the United States to develop a single set of building codes. This would benefit manufacturers, suppliers, architects, general contractors and building owners.

IAPMO discussed this issue for more than a year but decided that they would lose "union" control of the codes and declined to join the ICC in developing a single set of codes. Councilman Siebert is employed by PIPE and I believe that he has shown a perceived conflict of interest in his active position on this issue.

Larry Richards

Hoag's No Hero

Pro Tools time: So there it was, another story about some dick in the music business. I'm sorry Ė Bob Hoag may not be a dick, but from your story that's what I got ("Exploring Bob," Joy Hepp, March 20). He made fun of someone successful. You ragged on Pro Tools and he expressed betrayal for not being as good a producer as Walt Vincent.

What happened to the time when journalists actually researched a story? Do you even know what Pro Tools is? Pro Tools is simply a digital recorder, a medium like an analog tape machine. Your story said he records to a vintage Amek automated console. That doesn't exist; you don't record to consoles, they are simply I/Os, not recorders. Amek's not vintage; it's a piece of crap, actually.

I think Hoag's a very talented guy, for sure. I just wish you would have talked about how he works with the band and his vision for creating great songs.

Seriously, the writing in the article is half-assed and an embarrassment to everyone working hard to create great songs. You had the opportunity to show the great parts of Bob Hoag's production but instead you basically inserted a few personal phrases into recycled reviews that have been done to death. Please go the distance instead of wimping out with boring-ass articles.

Jeremy Parker
Van Nuys, California

Art Lesson

Culture shock: This is a response to the March 13 letter by Chip Wilson, "Out of Commission," regarding possible cutbacks in arts funding.

Wow! This coming from an individual living in the culturally diverse Chandler. I'm sure the only time this individual ever comes downtown is to spend $30 on a beer and a hot dog just to watch a ball game. Did you know that the people the arts bring to downtown Phoenix are those who wish to stay downtown and spend some time here? This is why the arts are important to the vitality of the city.

I can agree on the whole "pots on the wall" thing, but the next time you look at that $10 poster of Jeff Gordon on your wall, think about what the world would be like without your precious poster.

And as for the boring performances, when was the last time you even attended anything outside of your local movie theater? Odds are pretty good that you have yet to even experience what it is that the arts actually provide to the community.

Feel free to visit downtown Phoenix on any First Friday and experience what it feels like to be out from under your rock. Hope to see you soon.

Scott Sanders
Downtown Artist

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