Letters from the week of July 29, 2004


When in Rome . . . : I completely agree with your take on the Ray Lindell case ("Naive Gringo Pill Popped Below Border," Susy Buchanan, July 22). This guy totally went down to Mexico and didn't follow the country's laws, and his family started screaming bloody murder. It's so true that ugly Americans think they can do whatever they want south of the border and that the grateful Mexicans should just look the other way, proud and happy that the great citizens of the United States deign to spend money in their country.

And the Arizona press, except for New Times, portrayed Lindell as if he were just some poor old man trying to help his sick wife. I'm sure he wanted to help his wife, but that wasn't the whole story. It's just wrong for his family and the rest of the media to make it seem like Mexicans are evil. Come on, folks! Mexico is a Third World country, and that's why we Americans like to go down there for bargains on everything from clothes to narcotics.

I can tell you from experience that it is painfully easy to buy whatever you want in a Mexican pharmacy, as long as you follow the rules of the land. The problem is, how do you get the drugs past U.S. agents at the border? Which, I found it amusing to read, was what Ray Lindell was worried about. I mean, he clearly thought he was doing something wrong, even though the story pointed out that he was allowed by U.S. law to bring in a three-month supply of Valium as long as he had a U.S. prescription, which he claimed to have.

Anyway, great job at setting the record straight. And another in a long line of insightful stories by Susy Buchanan.
Ray Peterson, Chandler

And the guy who's buying loads of pills is not corrupt: How dare you criticize a poor, elderly gentleman for trying to help his wife! Those corrupt Mexicans are beneath contempt. I don't care what you say, that country should be nuked for keeping Ray Lindell in jail for any length of time. He could have died in there. What are they selling illegal drugs for in Mexico, anyway? And then they try to shake down an American who's down there helping them out by spending money in their dreadful nation. Shameful and horribly shameful of New Times to take their side.
Patricia Mantell, via the Internet


The real ball busters: After reading your article about Perverted-Justice.com, I looked over the site thoroughly ("Perverting Justice," Susy Buchanan, July 15). The methods used by these vigilantes are not only devastating to their victims (and I call them victims because of the methods they use) but, more important, to the wives and children who are severely affected by Perverted-Justice's procedures.

Don't get me wrong . . . I am all for breaking the balls of any man (or woman) who solicits a child for sex. But to be judge and jury just because you catch an adult chatting about sex with a minor is not due process of the law that we are all entitled to.

Since reading the article, I went to Corrupted-Justice.com and signed up. After posting my opinion on the subject, the next morning I awoke to a nasty message over the Internet calling me a person who "takes up" for pedophiles, which couldn't be further from the truth.

This tells me that not only does PJ harass "suspected chatters" but also anyone who dares to criticizes their cause. My son (who is a minor) occasionally uses my computer for the Internet and could have logged on and seen that deviant message left for me.

Protecting children, my ass! My children need to be protected from the fanatics at PJ!
Name withheld by request


Master debaters: The Phoenix area worked hard to get one of the 2004 presidential debates. As we are the host city, both President Bush and Senator Kerry are invited guests and deserve respect from us. The political exhibition that is scheduled at ASU is not art but hate ("Heil to the Chief," Joe Watson, July 1).

It does nothing to provoke constructive thought. To those who hate President Bush, it simply reinforces their hatred but does nothing to make them think openly.

I do not think that providing art that demeans Senator Kerry adds anything to raise the level of a bad exhibition. That would not provide balance, nor do justice to either candidate. The only people who benefit from this exhibition are the self-serving, so-called artists who have an agenda. It is true that these people have a right to display their work, but not in a public arena that I help pay for.

Finally, it seems that the supporters of this exhibition seem to equate vulgar language with witty and brilliant thought. This shows a lack of maturity, and disrespect. Let's show both Senator Kerry and President Bush that Phoenix is deserving of hosting this debate, instead of being crude and petty.
Lee Shapiro, Phoenix

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