At the peak of controversy

Letters from the week of May 1, 2003

Son of Scam

Losing patients: Well done ("Rent a Patient," Paul Rubin, April 24). Many of my clients (employers/health insurance carriers) have been battling fraud of this sort for a long time and have had difficulty getting the public and regulators interested. I think your article will help with this current fraud ring that robs us all in America. It is often not legitimate insurance companies, health-care providers and patients that cause our health-care system to be out of control. I think managed-care companies often get a bad reputation, but they lead the regulators to most of these fraud schemes. Thanks for your work in exposing this issue.

Philip Davidson
Via e-mail

Hill of Beans
Prevailing winds: Just wanted to commend you on writing a beautifully scathing column in the recent issue of New Times ("Squaw Peeved," Robert Nelson, April 17). Man, I love a good lambasting, especially on an issue as ridiculous as this one. One of the most bitter-tasting aspects of modern politics is this kind of pandering for the supposed affections of his/her constituents. I'm certainly keeping my fingers crossed that Governor Napolitano doesn't prevail in this little campaign. For crying out loud, work on bringing our gas prices down instead! Thirty-four cents above the national average. I can think of another name for that: price-gouging.

Rich Pedersen
Scottsdale

Monumental undertaking: I just read your column titled "Squaw Peeved" and I have to say I am in total agreement with you; I don't think we should rename the Squaw Peak or the parkway. I believe it would be a huge slap in the face to the many Americans from Arizona who have died in action. I do, however, think it would be quite appropriate to build a small monument to honor all those from Arizona who have died in service to this country. I also feel we should start a petition or something to remove Governor Napolitano from office. Keep up the great work.

Leo Howard
Phoenix

Don't you mean Ntv Amrcn?: You idiot! If it really doesn't matter what the name means to most Native people, then why do you care, one way or the other? Your disgusting tirade about something you know nothing about shows just how ignorant white people are about the Ndn Nation's attitude toward that word. Typical white thinking, you can find some way to piss on something you don't agree with by doing what you call research. Look in the dictionary, ask an actual Ndn. What, you don't know any? Hmmm. Why doesn't that surprise me?

Judi Brannan Armbruster
ULCKaruk Tribe of California

And we know what paybacks are: "Squaw Peeved" was not a good column -- it was great. It has been payback time for the poor, pitiful, disadvantaged, misunderstood and underappreciated natives and their sympathizers for a hundred-plus years now and it will be for another hundred. They snag a political hack bent on getting a few extra miles from this tank and we get an unnecessary new name for an old peak.

Custer died for my sins and I owe them nothing. Besides, I voted for the real war hero, Williams Peak.

Name withheld by requestRace relations: Hey, you know you have a bitter heart. The renaming of that place is trivial, especially since it belongs to some tribe anyway. It is the fact that Lori Piestewa was the first sovereign Red Nations woman to serve in a volunteer capacity for a so-called country called U.S. government, a country and government that uses God's name in their courthouses but yet, still steals from the very first peoples of this country.

Yes, you, sir, are full of shit. We, the Red Nations, shall be served with justice someday; we will have our lands back. It's Scripture, it's Biblical, racist man. Piestewa's death in one way represents all the women who were brutally murdered by U.S. government soldiers, women and children, and this day she stands with them. Yes, racist man, surely our god or your god shall prevail and stand by and with the righteous owners of this land.

Josh Redwing
Via e-mail

Bad connections: "Squaw Peeved" is what we all should be about now. Used and abused by a slimy politician in the governor's chair and a few (very few) misinformed others. If Mike Williams only had better political connections, a little more skin pigment, been from the Rez or the ghetto, we would have never heard of Lori Piestewa. A political hack job was foisted on the many, by the few.

Name withheld by request

The Buck starts here: Where is Ed Buck when we need him? I, for one, would gladly sign a petition to recall our newly established dictator.

If this bully had any respect for the people she allegedly represents, she would have called for a public vote on the Squaw Peak matter. Oh, excuse me, I forgot -- in Arizona, the will of the voters doesn't matter if a few politicians disagree with it, a fact for which Jerry Colangelo undoubtedly gives thanks every day.

I will make one concession in the future, however; I will use a new name for the mountain, but not the one Little Ms. Tyrant demands. To me, it will henceforth be Piss on the Peak -- and on the governor, too.

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